NIR Spectral Imaging Pushes Recycling Machine Vision Forward
Headwall & PICVISA Focus on Real-Time Sorting for In-Line Inspection
Fitchburg, MA; October 8, 2015 - Headwall Photonics (Fitchburg, MA; Diegem, Belgium) will be supplying advanced-technology spectral imaging systems to PICVISA (Barcelona, Spain) for use for in-line plastic recycling and sorting. As a leader in sorting solutions for the recycling industry, PICVISA is focusing on the ability of hyperspectral imaging to sort and process recycled plastics. By utilizing advanced hyperspectral sensors to capture discrete spectral image data, PICVISA is able to more precisely differentiate and sort between a range of plastics that otherwise would be indistinguishable
According to Mr. Luis Segui, Chief Operating Officer of PICVISA, "In-line sorting and recycling of plastics represents a perfect application for hyperspectral imaging.We have always focused on innovative, cost-effective solutions to differentiate our company and Headwall, like PICVISA, is the leader in the field of advanced process vision."
In describing the collaboration, Headwall CEO David Bannon noted "This is a targeted sensor solution addressing a critical environmental need," noted Bannon. "A strong technical team comprising PICVISA representatives, our distribution partner Alava Ingenieros located in Spain, and Headwall's application engineering team worked to develop a customized solution for PICVISA's market. The result of this effort is that PICVISA's customers can take advantage of very cost-effective imaging solutions that represent the next generation of process vision technology."
Headwall's award-winning Hyperspec NIR image sensors are integrated into PICVISA's new ECOPACK systems slated for worldwide deployment. The spectral range for the hyperspectral sensors will be the Near-Infrared (NIR), spanning 900-1700nm. Headwall's precision optical technology, based on aberration-corrected gratings in an all-reflective design, allows for deployment of vision technology across very wide conveyor belts collecting and processing information at very high speed. This allows PICVISA to significantly increase throughput across the recycling operation. The high spectral and spatial resolution of Headwall's Hyperspec NIR sensor means that even similar material sets (such as plastics sharing the same color) can be distinguished and separated based on the spectral signature of each distinct material.
About Headwall Photonics
Headwall Photonics is the leading designer and manufacturer of imaging
spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall's high performance spectrometers, and spectral engines have been selected by OEM and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of patented spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.
For information contact:
Mr. Chris Van Veen
Headwall Photonics, Inc.
PICVISA is a Spanish manufacturer of equipment and solutions based on image processing. Optimized software combined with the latest camera technology and illumination systems allows PICVISA to supply the market with robust, efficient and high-quality systems.
The patented PICVISA systems provide industry with a wide range of information not available with other optical solutions. This information is properly used to improve the detection of different materials that previously could not be separated using other vision systems or detection solutions.
With the latest developments in optical sorting of recyclable materials, PICVISA collaborates in the achievement of a Sustainable Future.
For information contact:Carrer dels Països Baixos, Num 18-20 nau 1
Poligon Industrial 'Les comes'
08700 Igualada ( Barcelona )
+34 93 801 76 10
Headwall Photonics is represented in Spain and Portugal by Alava Ingenieros Group. The privately-owned Company provides high technology solutions in the Testing, Measurement, Communications, Security, Defence and Preventive Maintenance fields.The Group offers consultancy, engineering, distribution, training and technical services, providing turn-key projects for several sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Security, Defence, Energy, Communications and Finance, as well as Testing and Research Centres, Universities, Public Services and Industry in general.
For information contact:
Sergio García Fernández
Tel.: +34 91 567 97 57
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