Axion Consulting, one of the UK’s leading resource and recovery specialists, has expanded its range of services for Materials Recovery Facilities with a new Material Analysis and Sampling Service (MASS) for mixed material streams.
MASS has been developed by Axion’s process engineers to combine common-sense, practical measuring methods with the correct application of statistical formulae. The collected composition data is processed on-the-job, so exactly the right sample size can be taken to remove background variability.
This means that optimum sampling can be carried out in the minimum required time, yet still gives the customer high confidence in the validity of the results obtained.
Providing a rapid and factual analysis of mixed material streams, the MASS service can be accessed as a standalone package; or it can follow on from the more comprehensive MRF Health Check that helps managers get the best from their waste sorting operations.
Axion’s extensive experience over the past decade encompasses sampling and analysis techniques covering diverse waste streams, from plastic pots and trays to mixed bread, cakes and doughnuts.
"We believe many MRF operators and owners are not carrying out statistically valid sampling and analyses of their infeed and output streams," explained Axion Director Keith Freegard. "As their main task is to recover valuable materials at high purity from comingled waste, it is essential to know exactly what they’re dealing with to gauge precisely their plant’s overall performance.
"The composition and volumes of these complex material waste streams changes over time. That’s why accurate and representative measurement is vital to identify any necessary responses to optimise operational efficiency – and maximise profits," he added.
Axion Consulting, part of the Axion Group, develops and optimises processing and collection methods to recover value from waste resources for a wide range of clients within the recycling and process industries.
Axion designs and builds innovative process plants for companies in the recycling sector, advising on plant design and equipment selection. Its specialist teams have particular expertise in mixed waste plastics and biofuels.