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Examples of applications of SPECTRAL’s LIBS-based sensors for production that SPECTRAL is developing are:
- Characterization of materials for 3D printing
- Monitoring of steel during production
- Potash quality monitoring
Recycling, or also called “secondary mining”, is an increasingly popular method to fulfil the need for raw materials. But also recycling has to be done in a sustainable way. SPECTRAL is developing several LIBS-based sensor systems to improve the state-of-the art methods for recycling.
Although numerous sensors are available for separating material streams, industry still faces many challenges that can be solved by applying LIBS technology. Not all sensors are capable of operating at the speed of a running conveyor belt. Elements such as lithium, carbon and chlorine can be difficult or impossible to detect with other techniques.
Examples of products for the recycling industry that SPECTRAL is working on are:
- Bottom ash analysis
- Aluminum sorting
- Conveyer belt monitoring
- REE (Rare Earth Elements) characterization