Tomra's groundbreaking food-grade plastics sorting solution

Solving the most complex sorting tasks

Indrajeed Prasad, Product Manager Deep Learning at Tomra Recycling, adds: - The use of deep learning technology not only automates manual sorting but also enables the industry to achieve high-quality recyclates through more granular sorting. Thanks to its ability to detect thousands of objects by material and shape in milliseconds, GAINnext solves even the most complex sorting tasks. Plus, with its integrated deep learning software, it offers the opportunity to adapt to future demands. We are delighted to be able to launch these innovative and much-needed solutions to meet the ever more stringent quality requirements for sorting outputs, driven by the increasing demand from consumer brands for more high purity recycled content.


Field-proven technology

GAINnext ’s deep learning technology has been proven in the field for many years. Tomra was the first in the industry to introduce deep learning technology in 2019 with an application to identify and remove PE-silicon cartridges from polyethylene (PE) streams. An application for wood chip classification soon followed in 2022. To date, more than 100 AutoSort units with GAINnext are installed at material recovery facilities across the globe.

Among the early adopters of the brand new applications are market-leading plants such as Berry Circular Polymers’ flagship facility in Leamington Spa, Viridor Avonmouth in Bristol - the UK’s largest multi-polymer facility - and the French Nord Pal Plast plant, which is owned by the European Dentis Group.

Feedback from the market on the latest GAINnext developments has been resoundingly positive. Professor Edward Kosior, founder and CEO of Nextek Ltd and its NextLoopp initiative that aims to create food-grade recycled polymer from advanced mechanical recycling, was among the most recent visitors to Tomra’s test center and confirms: - Tomra’s ground-breaking AI system, GAINnext, has propelled the recycling industry to an exciting pivotal juncture in plastic packaging sorting and creates new opportunities for closing the loop on many plastics in food-grade applications. GAINnext is poised to accelerate the most simplified, cost-effective and highly efficient sorting system on the market. We’re immensely proud to see our industry moving forward on this transformational journey.