Case Studies

Read about some recent Turbo Separator projects successfully delivered by Atritor.

TS3096SD system supplied to secure destruction company in

Delivery date 2019
Customer Secure destruction plant
Location The Midlands, UK
Application Separation of packaged products for secure destruction
Incoming products Out-of-specification, out-of-date products from factories and other sources
Required throughput 10,000 kg/h
System capacity 10,000 kg/h
System description
  • TS3096SD Turbo Separator
  • Twin-screw in-feed conveyor with 5.5 m³ hopper
  • Single-screw conveyor for recovered material
  • Single-screw conveyor for separated packaging
TS3096SD system after being commissioned for secure destruction applications
TS3096SD system after being commissioned for secure destruction applications

The first TS3096SD model was supplied to a waste plant in England to separate packaged goods for secure destruction.

The new design TS3096SD with its swing-away doors and superior sealing system allows easy access into the separation chamber.

Shear pin paddles were fitted to avert potential damage caused by heavy foreign objects which may have accidently entered the separation chamber with the feed materials. The shear pin, when hit with a heavy object, will break allowing the paddle to swing away protecting it from being damaged.

A number of materials were tested including toothpaste, mouthwash, cosmetics, water-based paints, drinks and cigarettes, which at the time were being shredded before going to landfill or incineration.

After considering a number of options it was decided that the Atritor Turbo Separator was the preferred system to de-package their materials. Separating the materials now allows them the options to either recycle or reprocess the separated materials and not just send them for disposal.

The TS3096SD Turbo Separator system was installed in 2019.

TS3096 system supplied to waste management company in

Delivery date 2019
Customer Council
Location Guernsey
Application Recovery of organics for biogas and packaging for energy generation
Incoming products Packaged food waste and kitchen food waste
Required throughput 10,000 kg/h
System capacity 10,000 kg/h
System description
  • TS3096 Turbo Separator
  • Twin-screw in-feed conveyor with 5.5 m³ hopper
  • Double-piston pump for recovered organic material
  • Single-screw conveyor for separated packaging
TS3096 system during installation on Guernsey
TS3096 system during installation on Guernsey

Due to limited space being available for landfill, a new waste and recycling facility was built to deal with municipal waste and food waste collected on Guernsey. They required a de-packaging system to separate the food from its packaging and separate the organics from kitchen food waste collected from the island’s houses, restaurants, hotels and hospitals.

After visiting several sites using different types of de-packaging systems, it was decided that the Atritor Turbo Separator produced the cleanest organics with the minimum amount of organics in the separated packaging when compared with other systems.

The recovered organic fractions have organic liquid added between the Turbo Separator outlet and double-piston pump inlet to achieve a solid matter content suitable for pumping. The organic matter is then pumped into tankers and transported to an anaerobic digestion facility where it produces gas which is used as a fuel in the generation of electricity. The separated packaging fraction is bailed and sent to an external facility where it is used as a fuel to produce energy.

The TS3096 Turbo Separator system was installed in early 2019.

TS3096 system supplied to waste management company in

Delivery date 2017
Customer Waste management company
Location Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece
Application Recovery of organics for biogas
Incoming products Out-of-specification, out-of-date supermarket waste
Required throughput 8,000 kg/h
System capacity Up to 10,000 kg/h
System description
  • TS3096 Turbo Separator
  • Twin-screw in-feed conveyor with 5.5 m³ hopper
  • Single-screw conveyor and pump for recovered material
  • Single-screw conveyor for separated packaging
TS3096 system for recovery of organics for biogas in Greece
TS3096 system for recovery of organics for biogas in Greece

As an established waste management and recycling company, the installation of an Atritor Turbo Separator system has allowed them to expand their services to offer full recycling of out-of-date and out-of-specification products. This system is equiped for both wet and dry separation as required.

TS42120 system supplied to waste composting company in

Delivery date 2016
Customer Waste composting company
Location Scotland, United Kingdom
Application Anaerobic digestion
Incoming products Packaged food waste
Required throughput 15,000 kg/h
System capacity Over 18,000 kg/h
System description
  • TS42120 Turbo Separator
  • In-feed conveyor
  • Separated packaging conveyor
  • Double piston pump to convey recovered material feed stock
TS42120 de-packaging plant processing packaged food waste
TS42120 de-packaging plant processing packaged food waste

A waste composting company based in Scotland required a de-packaging system to de-package packaged supermarket food waste and kitchen food waste. In 2012 they purchased a second hand Atritor TS2096 model Turbo Separator which achieved the results and throughput required at the time. In 2015 they were approached by the operators of an anaerobic digestion plant which was being constructed on the west coast of Scotland which required a company to supply feed stock for their digesters. To meet the new requirements they needed to increase their vehicle food waste collection fleet and invest in a larger de-packaging system.

Although they were very pleased with their existing Turbo Separator it was decided that they would investigate what de-packaging systems were available before committing to a higher capacity system. After looking at several de-packaging system options and visiting sites using various types of de-packaging equipment it was decided that the Atritor TS42120 model Turbo Separator would meet the quality of feed stock material required by the anaerobic digestion plant whilst achieving the high throughputs needed by their plant.

An order was placed in 2016 for a TS42120 system complete with a double piston pump to convey the recovered material feed stock.

Given the success of the TS42120 Turbo Separator system they are now looking to expand their operation with a second de-packaging line.

TS3096 system supplied to waste management company in

Delivery date 2016
Customer Waste management company
Location Nogent sur Oise, France
Application Depackaging of biowaste products
Incoming products Supermarket waste, kitchen waste, agro-food waste
Required throughput Approx. 15,000 tonnes per year
System capacity Over 10,000 kg/h
System description
  • TS3096 Turbo Separator
  • Twin-screw in-feed conveyor with 5.5 m³ hopper
  • Packaging screw conveyor
  • NETSZCH progressive cavity pump
  • Automated control of storage tanks
De-packaging of biowaste products in France
De-packaging of biowaste products in France

This Turbo Separator system was installed to replace a PUTZMEISTER system, which was not suited to processing a variety of products.

TS3096 system supplied to major waste company in

Delivery date 2015
Customer Major Swedish waste company
Location Sweden
Application Recovery of organics for biogas
Incoming products Kitchen food waste, packaged supermarket food waste
Required throughput 10,000 tonnes per year
System capacity 5,000 kg/hr up to 10,000 kg/h
System description
  • TS3096 Turbo Separator
  • Twin-screw in-feed conveyor with 5.5 m³ hopper
  • Single-screw conveyor for separated packaging
  • Positive-displacement pump and macerator for recovered organics
TS3096 system for recovery of organics for biogas in Sweden
TS3096 system for recovery of organics for biogas in Sweden

As an established waste management and recycling company, the installation of an Atritor Turbo Separator system has allowed them to expand their services to offer full recycling of out-of-date and out-of-specification products. This system is equiped for both wet and dry separation as required.

A waste company located in Sweden required a system to de-package kitchen food waste and packaged supermarket food waste. The recovered organic material will be used to generate gas via an anaerobic digestion process which would be used as a fuel to generate electricity.

After visiting two UK sites which use Turbo Separator systems to separate organics from their packaging for feed stock to supply anaerobic digesters, an order was placed for a TS3096 system.

The system has now been running successfully for over three years and they are now planning to install Turbo Separator systems in their other plants.

TS1260 supplied to food manufacturer in

Delivery date 2015
Customer Food manufacturer
Location Lagos, Nigeria
Application Recovery of out-of-specification food products for reprocessing
Required throughput 1,000 kg/h
System capacity Over 1,000 kg/h
System description
TS1260 for separating out-of-specification food products
TS1260 for separating out-of-specification food products

Since purchasing the Atritor Turbo Separator in 2015, this growing manufacturer of food flavouring products has saved thousands of tonnes of waste by de-packaging their out-of-specification products and recovering the separated product for other purposes.

They are now installing a second TS1260 as their production expands further.

TS3096 system supplied to ethanol producer in

Delivery date 2014
Customer Swedish ethanol producer
Location Sweden
Application Recovery of organics for ethanol production
Incoming products Packaged bread products
Required throughput 20,000 tonnes per year
System capacity 5,000 kg/hr up to 10,000 kg/h
System description
  • TS3096 Turbo Separator
  • Twin-screw in-feed conveyor with 5.5 m³ hopper
  • Single-screw conveyor for separated packaging
  • Single-screw conveyor for recovered material
TS3096 system for recovery of bread from its packaging in Sweden
TS3096 system for recovery of bread from its packaging in Sweden

A Swedish company required a system to cleanly de-package waste bread products for use in the production of ethanol, which is used as a green fuel additive.

After conducting trials at Atritor’s test facility in Coventry, England, and visiting a UK site using Turbo Separator systems to separate bread products from their packaging for use in animal feed, an order was placed for a TS3096 system.

The first system has now been running successfully for over four years. In early 2018 an order was placed for a second Turbo Separator system which has now been installed in another Nordic country.

Two TS3096 systems supplied to waste management company in

Delivery date 2014 & 2015
Customer Waste management company
Location Two sites in Poland
Application Separation of packaged products for secure destruction
Incoming products Out-of-spec, out-of-date products from factories
Required throughput 8,000 kg/h
System capacity Up to 10,000 kg/h
System description
Packaged product separation in Poland
Packaged product separation in Poland

This secure destruction company purchased their first TS3096 system in 2014, which fulfilled new contracts for unpacking food products. This soon extended into non-food products such as deodorants and cosmetics.

They installed a second machine in 2015 on another site to process canned food products.

TS3096 system supplied to aggregate producer in

Delivery date 2014
Customer Aggregate producer
Location Milan, Italy
Application Recovery of gypsum and paper elements
Incoming products Plasterboard
Required throughput 5,000 kg/h
System capacity Over 5,000 kg/h
System description
  • TS3096 Turbo Separator
  • Twin-screw in-feed conveyor
  • Single-screw recovered material conveyor
  • Single-screw separated packaging conveyor
Plasterboard recycling system in Italy
Plasterboard recycling system in Italy

This customer is one of a number that focuses solely on taking in gypsum plasterboard and recycling its component materials.

As has become policy for many countries across the world, Italy has been working to keep plasterboard from demolition, construction and manufacturing out of landfill. Instead, the separated gypsum is collected for use in the making of new building materials and the paper is recycled.

Since our customer purchased the Atritor Turbo Separator, their services have been in increasing demand and working at capacity.

TS3096 system supplied to anaerobic digestion plant in

Delivery date 2014
Customer Anaerobic digestion plant
Location North East of England, United Kingdom
Application Anaerobic digestion
Incoming products Packaged supermarket food waste, kerbside collection kitchen food waste
Required throughput 8,000 kg/h
System capacity About 10,000 kg/h
System description
De-packaging plant processing packaged food waste and kitchen food waste
De-packaging plant processing packaged food waste and kitchen food waste

During 2014 an anaerobic digestion plant was designed and installed in the North East of England. Food waste was the main source of feed stock for the digester. To give maximum feed stock flexibility a de-packaging hall was included to allow them to take packaged supermarket food waste and kerbside collection kitchen food waste.

Several de-packaging systems were considered, including shredding and squeezing processes and liquid pulping processes, before the decision was made to purchase the Atritor TS3096 Turbo Separator system. One advantage of the Turbo Separator is that it can separate wet and dry materials and allowed them to add organic liquids independent of the separation process to achieve their required feed stock solid matter content.

The Turbo Separator achieved the cleanest recovered material with minimal organic content of the separated packaging when compared with the other de-packaging system options.

TS3096 system supplied to animal feed manufacturer in

Delivery date 2013 to 2017
Customer Animal feed manufacturer
Location Three sites in Australia
Application Animal feed
Incoming products Out-of-specification cereals, bread, cake and biscuits
Required throughput 10,000 kg/h
System capacity Up to 10,000 kg/h
System description
Trial assembly in Atritor's workshop
Trial assembly in Atritor's workshop

Prior to purchasing Atritor Turbo Separator de-packaging systems they used another make of de-packaging equipment which did not meet their requirements.

After researching what de-packaging systems were available it was decided that the Atritor Turbo Separator was the system that met their requirements both in the quality of the separated materials and the low running cost when compared with the other de-packaging equipment.

They purchased their first Turbo Separator in 2013 and were pleased with the separation results achieved on various packaged materials, reliability of the system, ease of maintenance and running costs. They have since purchased a further six Turbo Separators placing them in their plants in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.