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Machinex Revamps Optical Sorter for Easier Maintenance Access

Machinex is unveiling the new-generation MACH Hyspec prior to WasteExpo, held May 6-9 in Las Vegas.

Machinex has recently carried out a full design review of the MACH Hyspec optical sorter. As part of this process, the decision was made to totally revamp the overall appearance of the unit.

Machinex is unveiling the new-generation MACH Hyspec prior to WasteExpo, held May 6-9 in Las Vegas. Machinex experts will be at booth #2800 to present the new features of the machine to the visitors.

“Our research and development department has been working closely with our design engineers during the past year in response to detailed communication with our customers to meet their needs,” said Machinex in a statement. “The revised access features within the new design result in a significant 50 percent saving of the cleaning and maintenance time required, with the added benefit of improving the ergonomic operation and the general safety for the staff. With the overall increase in the use of optical sorting within new and existing facilities, these features will result in significant time savings per shift.”

“At Machinex, as sorting technology experts, we strive to provide innovative equipment design and performance. As such, we are constantly focused on the requests and requirements from the industry with safety, maintenance and operational availability as our core focus. We recently surveyed several existing customers, many of the comments/requests have been featured within the new improved design and operation of our MACH Hyspec Optical Sorter. The new ergonomic design provides increased ease of access for maintenance and servicing,” said Jonathan Ménard, executive vice president of sales and strategic positioning at Machinex, in a statement. “We also significantly refreshed the esthetics of the unit by harmonizing its design with the newly released SamurAI robot.”

The new design features include a built-in platform allowing a standing working position (81 inches height by 23 inches width), which is the biggest in the industry, incorporating a full-size access door into the ejection hood. An internal guard rail system ensures the security of the worker when inside the machine, and the optional secondary splitter will be positioned by a rail when the platform moves into place. Both the lighting system and the ejection nozzles bar can move into an ideal position to facilitate cleaning and maintenance. As for the outside of the machine, an access ladder has been added to maintain the components accessible from the speed belt conveyor, also installed is a mechanism to easily retract the air tunnel.

To date, 28 units with the new design have been sold to materials recovery facilities in Canada and the U.S. The first machines will be installed this summer.

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