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Laser-aided material identification for the waste sorting process
Author(s): Heinz Haferkamp; Ingo Burmester; Kai Engel
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Paper Abstract

The LZH has carried out investigations in the field of rapid laser-supported material- identification systems for automatic material-sorting systems. The aim of this research is the fast identification of different sorts of plastics coming from recycled rubbish or electronic waste. Within a few milliseconds a spot on the sample which has to be identified is heated with a CO2 laser. The different and specific chemical and physical material properties of the examined sample cause a different temperature distribution on the surface which is measured with an IR thermographic system. This `thermal impulse response' has to be analyzed by means of a computer system. The results of previous investigations have shown that material identification of different sorts of plastics can possibly be done at a frequency of 30 Hz. Due to economic efficiency, a high velocity identification process is necessary to sort huge waste currents.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2092, Substance Detection Systems, (28 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.171252
Show Author Affiliations
Heinz Haferkamp, Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany)
Ingo Burmester, Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany)
Kai Engel, Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2092:
Substance Detection Systems
Geoffrey L. Harding; Richard C. Lanza; Lawrence J. Myers; Peter A. Young, Editor(s)

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