‘We’re responsible for some of the key components of the processing chain, and are currently in the middle of the data collection phase,’ explains Christoph Feyerer, Head of Product Management at Komptech. “The point is to intelligently configure the system for the input material. The optimum process parameters are automatically set for the targeted secondary raw materials.” Only extensive testing can determine how the machine parameters affect the material quality and what material data can be used for process control purposes. “We just concluded a multi-week test series on shredding commercial and household waste, which gave us the requisite data material,” reports Christoph Feyerer.
This involved shredding several hundred tonnes of waste with the Terminator at defined settings, followed by screening and sifting. “This not always odourless data lets us proceed to simulations. From there the next project step is a real processing line.” That’s sure to be interesting. “This makes the project an ideal fit with our digitalization roadmap,” says Heinz Leitner, Komptech CEO, “because the Internet of Things and Smart Machines are coming – there is no way around it. And we want to be well prepared.”