MSS, Inc.

MSS, Inc.

MSS, Inc. has been a world leader in automated optical sorting systems for plastics, paper, glass, metals, wood, electronic scrap and more for over 40 years. We provide the ultimate separation efficiency for your operation. MSS manufacturers recycling equipment, material sorting equipment, and optical sorting applications for facilities around the world. With MSS optical sorting systems you will increase system efficiency and capacity to new levels, recover the highest quality and quantity products, cut manual labor and maintenance costs while increasing worker safety and improving your overall bottom line. MSS is a division of CP Group. CP Group designs and manufactures material recovery facilities and recycling equipment for Single Stream Recycling, Construction and Demolition Waste, Commercial and Industrial Waste, Waste to Energy, Municipal Solid Waste, Electronic Scrap, Auto-Shredder Residue, and more.

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300 Oceanside Drive , Nashville , TN 37204 USA
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Material Recycling
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Globally (various continents)
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Our advanced, latest state-of-the-art optical sorting systems are industry-proven and achieve the most efficient separation of recyclables available. Automated sensor-based sorting systems providing you with the cost-effective, time-saving technology and flexibility you need to meet current and future market. Designed, engineered and manufactured in-house, MSS’ innovative R&D engineers developed the high-definition answer to your automated sorting requirements. Regardless of your plant size or specific need, you can depend on more than 35 years of MSS experience to engineer a cutting edge solution that is custom designed to increase your productivity – and profits – automatically.

  • Maximum Uptime Advanced sensor monitoring and reporting systems ensure maximum uptime
  • Superior Technology Our innovative R&D engineers develop cutting-edge sensor-based technology to meet new and upcoming industry demands
  • Highest Quality Commodities Our patented optical sorting technologies increases your productivity and generate the highest quality commodities
  • Continuous Durability Our optical separators are built to last and operate for years to come
  • Free After-Sale Support We believe in your long-term success and guarantee free phone and remote support over the lifetime of your equipment
  • Unmatched Experience Since building the first optical sorter for plastic bottles in 1989, we’ve expanded our deep knowledge to all other sectors of the recycling industry

Increase your system capacities to new levels with MSS, Inc. Recover the highest quality and quantity end products. Cut manual labor and maintenance costs. Increase worker safety and improve your bottom line.

State-of-the-art optical sorting systems from MSS are field-proven to give you the most efficient separation of recyclables available, while providing you with the cost-effective, time-saving technology you need to meet current market demands and take your operation into the future.

Designed, Engineered & Manufactured In-House

MSS optical sorting systems are the high-speed automated answer to your sorting requirements. Regardless of your plant size or specific need, you can depend on more than 35 years of MSS experience to engineer a cutting edge solution that is custom designed to increase your productivity—and profits—automatically.

We offer high-efficiency solutions for plastics, paper, beverage cartons, glass, metals, and e-scrap recycling facilities.

And whether you are processing and sorting individual commodities, single-stream or dual-stream recyclables, municipal solid waste (MSW), commercial and industrial waste (C&I) or construction and demolition waste (C&D) we offer the most advanced sorting solutions for your application.

MSS began in 1974 to develop separation processes for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The initial development began in 1969 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville TN. The Sorter Project combined the efforts of over 50 scientists and engineers from the University together with recycling experts from industry.

Within two years MSS placed the first commercial eddy-current separator, (PULSORT) for recovery of aluminum containers from municipal waste including an innovative feed system for uniform feeding in a U.S. in operation. Following this installation at the Teledyne National facility in Maryland, MSS placed two more PULSORT systems at the Americology facility in Wisconsin.

In 1978 MSS placed its first DICUS high-intensity magnetic separation process in the secondary titanium-superalloy industry. Since that time, numerous DICUS installations have been installed for a variety of separation applications.

  • In 1979 MSS developed the ELPAC system which combined sophisticated metal detection with a unique air jet removal process. The ELPAC system has been proven successful in a wide variety of separation applications since its initial development. The ELPAC system is a featured U.S Office of Industrial Technology invention Success Story. The ELPAC has proven successful in the removal of aluminum from cleaned plastic flake. Over 50 ELPAC units around the world operate in this application.
  • In 1980 MSS developed a unique processing system for materials recovery from municipal solid waste which did not require shredding, air classification, or bulk screening. The process utilized the Rotary Material Separator, ELPAC and PULSORT systems combined with a newly developed mechanical drum separator.
  • In 1991 MSS developed the BottleSort® system, an automated system to debale, singulate and sort post consumer plastic containers. This system has the capability to sort a mixed plastic container feed stream into individual polymers and colors, specifically, PVC, colored PET, clear PET, natural HDPE, polypropylene, mixed color HDPE and color-sorted HDPE. The system design included the development of a near-infrared (NIR) sensor for identification of plastic resin types, development of a machine vision system for color identification and the development of an x-ray based sensor for identification of PVC plastic bottles.
  • In 1992 MSS developed the ELKE, an optical system for separation of ceramic contaminates from glass cullet.
  • In 1993 MSS developed the VYDAR, the world’s first system for removal of PVC from PET in the flake form.
  • In 1994 MSS developed the Glass ColorSort to sort glass cullet by color.
  • In 1995 MSS developed the Binary BottleSort system to sort non-singulated plastic bottles by resin and color type.In 1998 MSS introduced the CartonSort and PlasticSort optical sorters, both NIR-based sorting systems for identification and separation of plastic containers and beverage cartons from mixed recyclables.
  • In 1999 MSS introduced the world’s first commercially available automated optical paper sorting equipment, the PaperSort system. Not only did it feature brand-new LED sensing technology (MultiGrade) with higher scan rates than anything available on the market at the time, but also patented material handling technology that allows for paper to be sorted at speeds previously not thought possible (up to 1500FPM or 6 meters/second).
  • In 2001 MSS introduced the Aladdin optical sorter, an all-in-one NIR and color sorting module for sorting of plastic bottles by type and color from commingled container streams. It has been the most successful optical sorter MSS has ever built. It also features the dual-eject option for the first time, which allows the operator to generated 3 output fractions from 1 input fraction.
  • In 2001 MSS introduced the Sapphire optical sorter, the successor model of the CartonSort and PlasticSort separators.
  • In 2002 MSS introduced the FiberSort optical sorter, featuring a combined NIR and color sensor to sort brown cardboard (out-throws) and non-fiber items (prohibitives) from mixed paper streams.
  • In 2003 MSS introduced the MetalSort induction-based metal detector, the successor of the ELPAC metal sorting technology that allows for the identification and separation of ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel metals.
  • In 2005 MSS introduced the MultiWave optical sorter, an LED-based NIR and color sensing technology for the sorting of cardboard (brown and printed) as well as non-fiber contaminants from newspaper and mixed paper streams. Besides the standard NIR and color sensors, the MultiWave also included a world’s first gloss and lignin sensor.
  • In 2006 MSS introduced the e-Sort, an optical sorter specifically designed to sort electronic scrap into the different categories (printed circuit boards, copper, non-ferrous metals, ABS, HIPS, PC, PC-ABS, etc.).
  • In 2010 MSS introduced the L-VIS optical sorter, a high-resolution color sorter for small particles, based on camera identification technology. The applications range from shredded electronics scrap to plastic flakes, pellets, and granules.
  • In 2011 MSS introduced the CIRRUS optical separator, the successor model of the e-Sort and, in the near future, many other of the existing MSS optical sorters

Mission Statement:

The CP Group of Companies will provide the highest-quality end products to our customers, while striving to make them the leaders in their respective industries. To guarantee our continued success we will achieve a reasonable profit, continue to be the leader in our industry through individual and combined dedication, innovation, and integrity. We will give our employees the opportunity for both personal and professional growth.

Values Statement:
We will:

  • Act with honesty and integrity
  • Treat people with respect
  • Conduct all business lawfully
  • Accept individual and corporate responsibility
  • Strive for customer satisfaction
  • Improve and innovate continuously
  • Never be wasteful
  • Always work effectively and efficiently