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Optical Sorter Market Size By Product (Lasers, Cameras, NIR Sorters, Hyperspectral Cameras), By Platform (Belt, Freefall, Lane, Hybrid), By Application (Recycling, Mining, Food), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2018 - 2024

  • Report ID: GMI2500
  • Published Date: Sep 2018
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Optical Sorter Market size surpassed USD 1.5 billion in 2017 and is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 9% between 2018 and 2024. Growing need to reduce the process and delivery time coupled with stringent government regulations in the food sector will drive the market demand.

Optical Sorter Market

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Several food safety systems, legislation, and controls are being developed for controlling the microbiological and chemical hazards to reduce the risks to consumers’ health. Several government regulatory bodies are establishing a food safety strategy that will help in the traceability of food items at several stages including processing, production, and distribution. This is helping the companies involved in the production of food products to implement the control and monitoring unit for the management of the food ingredient quality. The optical sorting technology when implemented will allow the food manufacturers to enhance the productivity of the business operation and separate the inferior-quality materials.

The optical sorter recycling technology helps in automatically identifying and sorting most recyclables thereby offering clean commodity recovery, increasing throughput, and reducing labor costs. Rising awareness about the recovery of the industrial waste to ensure high productivity and environmental safety is driving adoption of the technology in waste recycling plants.

Several industries are engaged in collecting, managing, and processing their industrial wastes to gain the maximum usage of the material and the resources. Companies are establishing separate recycling plants where the process of recovering the hazardous materials and elements is being witnessed, owing to which manufacturers are developing advanced solutions to provide effective and reliable technologies for supporting the recycling operations. These factors are anticipated to positively impact the optical sorter market revenue.

Market by Product

Hyperspectral cameras in the market are expected to witness 12% growth till 2024 as they are being widely used and implemented on account of growing need to solve previously impossible sorting tasks. Companies are developing a new generation of systems that feature hyperspectral and multispectral imaging systems.

Hyperspectral cameras are similar to trichromatic cameras and they collect data from the electromagnetic spectrum. They are increasingly being applied for quality control, sorting, and recycling applications. In the food industry, the sorting technology has numerous applications due to growing need for the inspection of the properties of food. Capturing images of the products may not offer enough data for a system to classify or inspect food products owing to which several manufacturers are now implementing multispectral imaging systems, thereby driving the market demand for hyperspectral cameras.

Market by Application

In 2017, the mining application segment accounted for over 15% of the global optical sorter market share. Growing applications of the machinery in the mining industry for mineral and metal separation processes are being witnessed. Sensor-based sorting solutions increase the overall value of the deposit and extend the life of mining operations.

Modern automated sorting uses NIR sorters and hyperspectral cameras to control the mechanical separation of ore into two or more categories. Technological advancements and innovations in the mineral sorting processes by NIR detection technology allow the successful separation of the minerals. These use infrared imaging technology to scan the chemical and biological structure of the mineral and offers high reliability and accuracy in mineral sorting processes. Several players operating in the market are offering advanced and innovative solutions for performing the mineral sortation process.

Market by Platform

Belt sorting machinery is witnessing a significant demand from recycling, mining, and food industries. The equipment has high-performance abilities for dried/frozen/fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, and processed potato products. Moreover, it helps in identifying small defects and foreign materials thereby enhancing the accuracy of the ejection system and helping in defect removal performance and maximizing the sorter's yield.

The industry has observed increased applicability of these platforms as they offer high accuracy and low carryover ratio. They are widely used in high-capacity operations and help in minimizing the risk of food contamination thereby resulting in an enhanced product quality. The platform is also widely used for recycling applications of organic waste, glass, metals, e-scrape, plastics, and papers, among others.

Market by Region

Asia Pacific optical sorter market held around 20% revenue share and will register substantial gains during the forecast period impelled by growing adoption of intelligent solutions and rapid growth in digitalization. The integration of AI technology into the equipment is providing companies features such as advanced analytics, monitoring, and automation of the processes. Manufacturers are involved in developing the AI-based sorting technology to provide effective & intelligent solutions for the industrial operations and processes.

For instance, in September 2018, National Recovery Technologies integrated Max-AI technology into its NRT SpydIR optical sorter. This integration is expected to improve the material quality and thereby enhancing the productivity. Such advanced solutions are encouraging the industrial players to adopt smart solutions in their food production & waste recycling plants, thereby driving the market size.

Competitive Market Share

Key players operating in the market include Allgaier Werke GmbH, Binder + Co AG, Buhler AG, A/S Cimbria, CP Manufacturing, Inc., Greefa Italia GmbH, Key Technology, Inc., National Recovery Technologies LLC, Newtec A/S, Pellenc ST, Raytec Vision SpA., Satake Corporation, Sesotec GmbH, Steinert GmbH, and Tomra Systems ASA, among others.

These companies are engaged in designing, manufacturing, and distribution of material recovery, and sorting solutions. They are offering these products and solutions for food, recycling, and mining industries.

Suppliers in the market are entering into long-term partnerships and contracts with several industrial players to offer advanced sorting solutions. Moreover, these players are developing innovative solutions to help the food manufacturers improve their productivity and quality.

The optical sorter market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2013 to 2024, for the following segments:

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By Product

  • Lasers
  • Cameras
  • NIR sorters
  • Hyperspectral cameras

By Platform

  • Belt
  • Freefall
  • Lane
  • Hybrid

By Application

  • Recycling
  • Mining
  • Food
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa
Authors: Preeti Wadhwani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of optical sorter was surpassed USD 1.5 billion in 2017.

The industry share of optical sorter is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 9% between 2018 and 2024.

The increasing need to recycle e-waste from developed countries will fuel the Europe market demand, with the need to recycle waste generated from computers, refrigerators and other electronic and electrical products that could contain certain hazardous chemicals or materials.

Middle East and Africa (MEA) market size will garner momentum through 2024 owing to increasing application of the technology across the mining sector to reduce mineral dilution, optimize mining process, remove contaminants and cut down transport costs.

Hybrid optical sorter segment will witness increased demand from the food processing sector as the technology can utilize reliable air separation technology and flap separation optimized for food safety to sort acceptable products, complying with high hygiene requirements in wet as well as dry food processes.

Optical sorter industry share is poised to record substantial growth from recycling applications for packaging and dispersing vast amount of materials, including solid waste, in busy recycle facilities by using technologies like image-processing and high-speed cameras to scan and sort the waste.

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  • Companies covered: 15
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