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One of REGOM's missions is to improve the sorting of tyres. Why is it important? How do we help sorters and recyclers to reach this objective?


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Created in 2020, REGOM was created to improve the identification and sorting of used tyres, improve sorter’s working conditions and promote the right recycling process according to the right tyre.

Discover with us some of our accomplishments, and developments to learn more about tyre separation.

 




 


REGOM AT THE BLACKCYCLE WORKSHOP


  • On the 22nd and 23rd of November 2022, we were invited to intervene side by side with Michelin to present our sorting machine MTP-TRI at the BlackCycle Workshop in Zaragosa, Spain.


This event, which reunited many actors from the tyre recycling industry, was a great opportunity for REGOM to talk about the advantages of sorting tyres before they are processed and of the great recycling opportunities it can lead to.

Tyre identification enables optimizing ELT sorting and improving value. With the first goal of improving sorters’ work conditions, we discovered that our machine could fulfill a need for industrial tyre identification not yet been answered.

We believe that we are the first step towards the identification of ELTs and that it is important to lay the foundation for RFID reading.

Our technology solution, based on a vision AI analysis system, already enables pre-sorting automation.

Indeed, the machine analyzes each tyre that goes through it, measures the remaining tread, and can recognize elements such as :


  • brand,

  • profile,

  • or dimensions.


By identifying the tyre, the machine can make destination choices based on destination rules pre-setted and help sorters improve the destination decision. Depending on the configuration of destination rules, the machine can automatically evacuate up to 30% of ELTs.

REGOM has been working with Michelin to develop the reading of RFID tags in tyres.

Indeed, an RFID gate has been installed in addition to the current REGOM AI analysis/sorting machine on the conveyor on the sorting line of the French collector TC58. Thanks to the linear arrival of tyres, the machine, and the RFID reader can identify them one by one industrially.

The main objective of this MICHELIN test has been to demonstrate the RFID system capabilities on an ELT sorting line and to detect its limits (reading rate, gate position, environment integration, real-time connection, frozen or wet tyres…). This collaborative work has helped to better specify an enhanced RFID system and required operating modes and ultimately support the development of new ELT recycling streams.

It can be considered as a prequel before the deployment of RFID tags in tyres and can lead to the rise of new sorting processes. Identifying the intrants would allow many tyre recyclers to find new applications, and value for their final products.

Pre-sorting is already unlocking valorization potentials and new market opportunities, it can only go further from here.


 


SORTING TO ANSWER TO NEW APPLICATIONS

It is important to identify, select and sort end-of-life products to do effective recycling. This thinking mode is the same for every waste management.

If your company was dealing with the collection and sorting of metal scrap for example it would be unimaginable to sell this mix of metal for the same price to a recycler that would do material recovery. Indeed, metals are more valuable once they are sorted and identified. It then becomes a true raw material, identified and usable as such. Well, that is true for a lot of different products that turn into waste, including end-of-life tyres.


Sorting end-of-life tyres allows us to best address some of the different principles of sustainability and answer specific applications.


Extend the life of tyres

Reuse


Repair

Recycle



 


REGOM RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Because we have to heart to develop tyre sorting and identify solutions, innovation and development are part of REGOM’s daily missions.

Let’s discover some of our improvements and novelties :


  • After months of discussions, tryouts, and experiments, our REGOM engineer and technician Simon developed a smaller version of the acquisition box. This change in the size of the installation is a way for us to adapt the machine to any kind of existing line. We can now install the machine in narrower places, for smaller recycling plants that cannot increase their room.

  • A new machine feature is now available in the Administrative TRI software! We are increasing the sorting potential beyond the “reusable” and “ELT’s” categories. It is now possible to create batches of unitary lots, by quantity, or by weight. For example, if you had an order from one of your customers for 68 Michelin CrossClimate 205/55/16, it would be possible to enter those references and the machine will automatically select the adequate number of this specific tyre for you.


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