Distinguishing Nylon 6 From Nylon 6,6 At The Push Of A Button: trinamiX Adds New Application For Plastic Sorting To Its Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solution

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany  — March 4, 2021 — trinamiX, a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF SE, now supports the reliable differentiation between nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 with its Mobile Near-Infrared (NIR) Spectroscopy Solution. Within seconds, plastic waste from the two nylons can be sorted using a handy measuring device as part of trinamiX’s solution. With this new application, trinamiX is responding to customer wishes and expands its broad offering for plastic sorting.

Nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 belong to the most sought-after engineering plastics. Thanks to their robustness, they are suitable for a wide range of applications — from fishing nets to resilient components. Since nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 have similar properties, they are used interchangeably in numerous applications — and it is virtually impossible to distinguish them with the naked eye. At the same time, the separation of nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 has gained traction in recent years in light of growing requirements within the recycling industry. As a result, the production of high-quality single-grade plastic recyclates — including nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 — is becoming increasingly lucrative.

“For many recycling companies, sorting PA6 and PA66 previously involved a cumbersome analysis process – and, therefore, proved often times neither profitable nor feasible,” explained Adrian Vogel, manager, Sales and Business Development Spectroscopy Solutions at trinamiX. “With our new application, recycling companies can quickly determine the polyamide type and process the waste streams accordingly.”

Besides the recycling industry, plastics processing companies who rely on nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 in their products also benefit from trinamiX’s new application. They are now enabled to perform a clean separation of PA6 and PA66 production rejects or waste. In-house recycling processes can thus be geared towards an optimized and more efficient use of valuable resources.

In addition to distinguishing nylon 6 and nylon 6,6, trinamiX Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solution can already identify all common plastics — from classic polyolefins such as PE and PP, to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and engineering plastics such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). Recycling companies as well as manufacturers, traders and processors of goods made from recyclate benefit from a flexible and mobile solution that offers user-oriented applications for the sorting of plastic components and packaging materials.

Launched last year, trinamiX’s solution combines robust hardware with intelligent data analysis and a mobile app. NIR spectroscopy is a proven technology that trinamiX has integrated into a portable format for on-site analysis. In doing so, trinamiX relies on cloud-based data processing, which ensures continuous development of the solution — there is no need to replace hardware. This way, trinamiX can continuously develop new applications and react flexibly to new challenges in the field of plastic sorting – while working closely together with customers as in the case of its new nylon 6/nylon 6,6 application.

Posted March 4, 2021

Source: trinamiX GmbH / BASF