STADLER celebrates the production of the 1000th ballistic separator

The first ballistic separator with 100% STADLER components

In 1996 STADLER introduced its first ballistic separator featuring a shaft developed in-house and 100% original components. The machine was purchased by Böhme, in Germany, again starting a lasting relationship.

Stefan Böhme, CEO of Böhme, states: “In our first light packaging sorting plant, the two STADLER ballistic separators operating in parallel always fulfilled the core task of material classification after the screening drum, which was still very simple at the time. The ballistic separator was, and remains to this day, the only mechanical device capable of separating so efficiently three different fractions at the same time when sorting light packaging.”

STADLER’s ballistic separators play an important role in the company’s sorting plant: “Reliable separation of fines and the separation of 2D and 3D material are the standard here. For a long time, we have been using air support to discharge the 2D material to generate a large part of our film fraction for manual re-sorting. A very big advantage for the overall sorting quality is also the excellent material distribution for subsequent units, which is generated by the ballistic separator.”

For Mr. Böhme too, STADLER stands out not only for the quality of its products but, very importantly, for its capacity to help Böhme’s operation evolve and grow to meet the changing demand of the sector over time: “STADLER has excellent products, a high level of planning expertise and, last but not least, a wealth of experience in the implementation of large-scale plant installations or conversions. I particularly appreciate the adherence to schedules and the expertise with which the construction measures were implemented. The teams make targeted use of their experience and the contact with the project manager also leaves nothing to be desired. The fast and reliable spare parts service is also impressive: even for older components, a solution is always found”.

Böhme sorting plant

Continuous innovation anticipating customer requirements

STADLER is constantly searching for ways to improve its machines’ performance and efficiency. In 2000, it introduced two important innovations: the patented pivoting frame, which eliminated the need to tilt the entire machine and adjust the conveyors, and the paddles with screened perforation.

In 2002, STADLER extended its offering of STT2000 ballistic separators with a new model developed specifically for separating paper and cardboard, featuring its patented Z-shaped paddles. The same year, having identified a new market requirement, it launched the STT5000 for heavy materials, such as MSW and industrial waste. This machine featured a shaft designed to withstand moist waste and extra robust paddles for processing flows of heavy materials. 

Most recently, STADLER identified a new demand for processing extra heavy material, a fast growing recycling sector due to environmental concerns and pressure to reuse materials. To address this requirement, it developed the STT6000 specifically for sorting construction and demolition waste, landfill mining, and even MSW with large impurities.

Assistant Head of Research and Development at STADLER, Mr. Christian Nordmann, highlights the key advantages of the machine: “There is no need for pre-sorting or pre-shredding the input. Also, differently from screening drums, which separate the material only in two fractions, the three-fraction output of the STT6000 means that impurities can be easily removed, as they are still in their original size.”

STADLER ballistic separators are extremely flexible and can be adapted to match very specific requirements. For example, the company has designed ballistic separators with fewer paddles to fit in the small spaces available in sorting plants in Japan. It has also created machines with longer paddles to address very particular needs. It can also assemble up to three ballistic separator modules on top of each other or serially to achieve better output fractions.

An international success

STADLER ballistic separators are internationally recognized and are operating in markets across the world, with more than 770 units sold in Europe, some 70 machines in North America, more than 80 in Asia, 60 in Australia and over 20 in Latin America.