Splitting of heterogeneous waste by sensor-based sorting as a basis for optimized material-specific waste-routing
© Wasteconsult international (5/2011)
In the presented work material-specific sensor-based sorting was evaluated for its technical application on heterogeneous wastes on a pilot and a large scale, in order to optimize the routing options of waste streams in an economically attractive way.

An Assessment of the EU Approach to Medical Device Regulation against the Backdrop of the US System
© Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (6/2010)
A medical device is intended to alleviate a medical condition or to substitute a body function. The use of medical devices entails risks, first and foremost for patients who usually lack the necessary information, time and ability for informed decisions. Based on this, societies choose to regulate these products.

Defining Nanomaterials for the Purpose of Regulation within the European Union
© Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (6/2010)
Consumer desire for superior and new products has provided industry with the opportunity and market demand to incorporate and experiment with new technologies, including nanotechnologies. While these products and processes have fallen under the scope of existing regulatory frameworks, potential health and safety concerns has prompted some stakeholders to call for new, nano-specific regulations.

From waste to materials management
© Wasteconsult international (6/2010)
The waste framework directive forms the legal basis of European waste legislation. The original directive dates from 1975 and was thoroughly revised in 2008. This revision served several purposes. First of all, the revision was part of the process of “better regulation” in which existing environmental legislation is screened on potential simplification without lowering the level of environmental protection. The new waste framework directive integrates three old directives, namely the old waste framework directive, the directive on hazardous waste and the waste oil directive, three pieces of legislation that showed considerable overlaps.

“Future is not an extrapolation of the past” (CK Prahalad) – The way to global resource management
© Wasteconsult international (6/2010)
Based on own Prognos analyses the article shows the so far achieved recovery rates for selected waste streams within the 27 EU member states as well as the still existing resource potential - a potential that can also contribute significantly to climate protection. Looking back from the future the article describes the major challenges of our time and for our future and develops visions for a global resource management system.

Merciless physics: Drivers and loaders are both responsible for load securing
© Deutscher Fachverlag (DFV) (6/2010)
Over the last few years, the subject of load securing has become very important. However, in spite of all the efforts some basic mistakes are still being made, meaning that many loads are not adequately secured. This results in major accidents with serious injuries and high levels of material damage – especially in domestic goods transport.

Complete utilisation of plastics: A study looks at the consumption and utilisation of plastics in Germany
© Deutscher Fachverlag (DFV) (6/2010)
Consumption of plastic in Germany continues to increase. The issue of waste utilisation in Germany has been clarified: more than 96 per cent of plastic waste is now utilised. Consequently, plastics are an important resource even after their first usage phase.

The long arm of the East: China keen to get hold of German electronic scrap
© Deutscher Fachverlag (DFV) (6/2010)
In future, energy and resource efficiency, as well as principles of closed loop recycling management will set the political agenda more than short-term economic growth. Germany is more than just a role model -- it will also be attractive as a supplier of raw materials for the Middle Kingdom.

Low point of the recession now overcome: The steel sector is recovering
© Deutscher Fachverlag (DFV) (6/2010)
The Chinese steel sector is recovering from the recession, at least for the time being. Since hitting rock bottom in mid-November 2008, prices have significantly recovered, the warehouses have reduced their excess stock, and companies are hoping that the government’s infrastructure programme will help them overcome the crisis, reports the ‘Asien Kurier’ in its March edition. The steel recycling sector will also benefit from the upswing.

Reliable identification of conductive metals: Sorting metals with no optical aids
© Deutscher Fachverlag (DFV) (6/2010)
The EX900 sorting unit, manufactured by Exsor GmbH, is a completely new development in the field of fully automatic, sensor-aided metal sorting. It can accurately recognise and sort out electrically-conducting materials, has a throughput of up to 60 tons per hour for slag and has an intelligent automation concept with freely selectable sorting and metal programs. Thanks to the PROFIBUS automation concept it is possible to control, monitor and visualise all assembly groups and subsystems universally and modularly, while the system can be extended almost infinitely.

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