trinamiX – Portable NIR scanner for plastic identification
Mobile NIR solution from trinamiX
New operating concept allows innovative material analysis
The easy-to-use NIR solution from trinamiX is mainly used in the incoming goods inspection of recycling and compounding companies for plastics. You receive an analysis in seconds and can thus immediately make a statement about the type of material. There are various solutions for the recycling of plastics, textiles & carpets, as well as for PE-PP blends and the development of NIR detectable masterbatches.
trinamiX offers all essential functions in one app, which is used to operate the spectrometer. The app as well as the databases are automatically updated and the data backed up. The customer portal offers you the possibility to analyse and export your data and to create reports.
All in all, trinamiX thus creates an NIR solution that is cost-effective and very intuitive to use and with which even employees without expert knowledge can quickly gain new insights.
How the spectrometer works
The NIR spectrometer is generally placed on the sample, a measurement takes about 2-3 seconds. The data is sent to the trinamiX data centre via the smartphone or PC. The result is shown directly on the display of your device.
The Plastics LITE, Plastics PRO and Textile applications can be used offline for up to 7 days.
For further analyses, data export, etc., the trinamiX customer portal provides many functions that are constantly being expanded.
- Compact spectrometer for mobile use in incoming goods inspection, on business trips, in production and at the customer’s site
- Intuitive operation via smartphone app or PC application
- Safe operation guaranteed even by laymen without laboratory experience or training
- Access to the latest data models
- Customer portal with additional functions for analysis and export of measurements
- Rapid amortisation due to low acquisition costs and virtually no learning curve
- High readiness for use due to battery charging for up to 6,000 measurements
Available software options
trinamiX offers the following ready-made applications for the plastics industry:
- General plastics database
The Plastics LITE and Plastics PRO databases contain all essential plastics and is constantly being expanded. More detail below.
If you want to determine the PP content in PE granulate, this application is what you are looking for.
- APR / NIR Reflectivity
Determination of recyclability of plastics according to U.S. American standards.
Determination of a wide range of material and blends.
Recognition of major carpet material.
- PV backsheets
- Individual applications
Currently, you can only teach in your own references to a very limited extent.
In addition to solutions for the recycling and plastics industries, trinamiX also offers ready-made applications for food, feed analysis, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, liquids and coffee.
This makes the NIR solution from trinamiX an indispensable aid for the fast and reliable determination of plastics, for example
- in the incoming goods department of recycling companies
- in the sorting of production waste
- in the purchasing/purchasing of material
- in sales when determining customer samples
NIR Solutions for engineering plastics, plastics recycling, textile recycling & carpet recycling
Application for Engineering Plastics & Recycling
The general database for plastics is divided into 2 specialised plastics applications: Plastics LITE and Plastics PRO.
- Plastics LITE recognises the 6 most common plastics in post-consumer recycling: HDPE, LDPE, PP, PVC, PS, PET.
- Plastics PRO recognises 31 types of plastics: PE (HDPE & LDPE as subclasses), PP, PVC, PS, PET (PET-A & PET-G as subclasses), PA (PA6 & PA6.6 as subclasses), POM, PB, PBT, PEEK, PU, ABS, ABS-PA, PC, PC-ABS, SAN, SBS/SEBS, ASA, PAI, PPS, PEI, PESU, PSU, PPSU, PI, PVDF, PMMA, PLA.
Applications for Textile Recycling & Carpet Recycling
- The application textiles determines a variety of materials: acrylic, cotton, nylon, PTT, polyester, polypropylene, silk, sisal, viscose and wool.
It is also possible to determine the following blends: Acrylic-based, Cotton-based, Nylon-based, Polyester-based, Silk-based and Wool-based blends.
- The application carpet detects nylon (nylon 6 / 6.6), PAN, PET, PP, PTT as well as wool.
The following materials cannot be measured, or only with severe restrictions:
- Carbon black coloured plastics absorb large parts of the light pulse. Measuring very dark or black plastics is therefore not possible. If the black colouring is produced without carbon black – for example by combining different colour pigments – measurement with NIR is possible without restrictions.
- Plastics with a high proportion of fillers. The NIR signals can thus deviate so much from the taught-in references that correct assignment is no longer possible.
- For transparent and/or thin plastics, preparation (folding, multi-layer) is necessary and the use of a reflective background material is recommended.
A data connection to the internet is required to operate the spectrometer. Some applications can be used offline; an internet connection is necessary here at least every 7 days.