The Cleaning Tower combined with Cyclops

In May 2018 another Cleaning Tower was successfully commissioned at the SONAE ARAUCO plant in Portugal.

PAL, as the world leader in wood cleaning and preparation, has been promoting for years the cascade cleaning system, that reduces the footprint and the use of conveyors, reaching up to 98% efficiency in the removal of pollutants from wood.

This recent reference processes 40 t/h of recycled wood for the production of particleboards and requires the installation of 2 CYCLOPS to clean ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals and heavy pollutants, in the micro and macro fraction respectively.

In the last few years we have made major investments in the NIR technology of the CYCLOPS that, as a result of optical detection, is capable of separating plastic from chips (also black ones) through a pneumatic ejection system that facilitates the accurate removal of pollutants with minimum wood waste; to date, constant research has led to the evolution of this system by integrating it with state-of-the-art detection as well as mechanical and air-based techniques applied to metals and heavy pollutants, up to the latest achievement represented by the “ALL-IN-ONE” model capable of eliminating metals, plastic and heavy pollutants through a single machine and a single processing phase.

And what about chips from laminated or coated boards? Thanks to a double system of upper/lower video cameras we can scan the material from multiple angles detecting the presence of melamine, PVC, etc., regardless of its location with respect to the transport plane; this allows us to enable our clients to use large quantities of recycled wood in the production of top quality MDF panels.