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With a speed of 4 objects per second the batteries are fed into the ID-unit where they are identified with a set of sensors. The classification is made using artificial intelligence.

With a speed of 4 objects per second the batteries are fed into the ID-unit where they are identified with a set of sensors. The classification is made using artificial intelligence.

The OBS 200

The OBS 200 is an automatic sorting equipment for waste portable batteries. The system is a complete identification and sorting system for all cylindrical and 9V batteries with a total capacity of more than 200 kg (400 lbs) per hour.

The system enables collectors and recyclers to efficiently sort mixed streams of batteries into separate material fractions with minimal labor and expertise required.

Using vision technology the system does not only recognize the different chemistries. It also collects data that tells the relative share of the recycling stream for each brand and manufacturer.

 
 

Sorts any chemistry

From a normal stream of waste batteries the OBS 200 can sort all cylindrical batteries up to D size and all 9V batteries, usually 75 to 80 per cent of the stream. Other batteries need to be removed in a pre-sorting process. In the base version the OBS 200 sorts batteries into four different chemistries: Alkaline, Nickel Metal Hydride, Nickel Cadmium and Primary Lithium. Fractions can also be added for other chemistries as Zinc Carbon, Lithium Thyonil Chloride and Lithium ion (cylindrical). The purity rate in the large fractions (>2.5% of entire volume) is normally at least 97 per cent. Alkaline has normally a purity over 99 per cent.

 

 

 
The biggest brands in United Kingdom, presented in realtime from the OBS600.

The biggest brands in United Kingdom, presented in realtime from the OBS600.

Detailed data

With the OBS 200 the material is not only sorted. The system also collects information about the batteries such as brand, type, size and weight. With the information it's possible to see the real market share for each manufacturer. With a web-based tool it's also possible to analyze the market share in different subsegments such as chemistry, private label/OEM or size/type. The same tool can be used also for follow up of the production with a detailed logging of throughput per hour, reasons for stops and chemistry composition.

 

Proven technology

The OBS200 at Eco Clean in Slovakia.

The OBS200 at Eco Clean in Slovakia.

The OBS200 is the third generation of Optical Battery Sorting systems developed by Refind. The first machine was launched in 2012, the second in 2014. The improvements on the OBS200 is mainly about size and cost, which have both decreased. Flexibility, accessibility and maintenance has also been improved in this version.

So far, the systems are sorting batteries at several locations in the UK, US, Slovakia and Canada.

 

 

 

Contact

For inquiries or questions. Please contact: Johanna Reimers, johanna.reimers@refind.se, +46 733 100 362