Weighing instruments in waste management and recycling
Material flows are an important part of business operations. These can be new materials, but these are increasingly recycled materials or waste. For economic and sustainability reasons material and waste is weighed to monitor the processes. This may involve weighing waste collected from households or industry.
Why is quality weighing important in waste management and recycling?
This collected waste must be weighed with the highest possible accuracy in order to correctly manage its recycling or destruction (e.g. incineration) and to invoice the producers (private individuals, communities, industries) at the right price and to recover it as well as possible from the recyclers
The essential complementary criteria for this equipment are reliability and robustness. Indeed, as they often weigh lorry flows, any breakdown could have significant economic and environmental consequences.
What are the innovations regarding weighing instruments in waste management and recycling?
The main innovation with respect to weighing instruments in waste management and recycling is the increased connectivity. Weighing instruments are frequently associated and connected to equipment (e.g. badge reader, camera to identify vehicle number plates) which allow the weight to be associated with other elements to ensure complete traceability of the process.
Furthermore, waste collectors require these devices to be connected to supervision systems to ensure real-time data management.