REDWAVE - a division of BT-Wolfgang Binder GmbH

The first machine is just a beginning!


T his is the conclusion drawn by of one of our satisfied Swedish customers in metal recycling. Since the introduction of the REDWAVE XRF in the glass sector, around ten years ago, further development of XRF ( X-ray fluorescence) sorting technology has also shown itself to be profitable in the metals sector: The technology has become very well established in recent years in the field of sorting for the most varied metals.

In contrast to near-infrared and camera technology, our REDWAVE XRF/C enables the detection of the elemental composition. The combination of XRF and camera technology in the new, innovative “free-fall design” opens up absolutely new opportunities in sorting technology and is a significant competitive advantage compared to other sorting technologies available on the market. Currently, we are the only supplier of this novel technology worldwide. The combination of camera and XRF sensors not only provides the option of qualitative analysis, i.e., identification of the element concerned, it also allows for quantitative analysis, which indicates the proportion or percentage of each element included in the material. This therefore makes it possible, for example, not only to sort copper from brass, or zinc from stainless steel, it also means that alloys can be separated from each other. If, for example, specific grades of stainless steels can sorted from each other, this results in an extra added value of currently around € 250 per tonne. This is generating significant customer interest in the new technology and the resultant sorting options that previously did not exist. Already two years ago, we organised a two day „REDWAVE Metal Day“ event to which many international experts were invited. International interest in this technology was already awakened at that time, due to the various lectures on the theme of metal recycling and demonstrations of the REDWAVE XRF. In order to give customers the opportunity to be able to test out this technology in actual running operation and with their own materials on site, two rental machines have been manufactured that are constantly in use by customers. The customer is given
the opportunity to test the quality of the sorting machine without obligation.

So far, the success of the rental machines stands as their testimony and demonstrates the complete satisfaction of the testing companies, as up till now each one of them has invested in a new REDWAVE XRF/C machine after the rental test phase. “Over the past twelve months, we have been able to win a large number of orders worth around € 5 million, in the metal sector alone, through the sale of individual REDWAVE XRF/C machines,”

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