Laser measurement technology is suitable for material recycling in many applications, even under extreme conditions. Fraunhofer ILT develops innovative laser measurement processes for the specified classification and usage of raw and process material. For metal producers or processors, for example, the rapid analysis and evaluation of slag is an important aspect that makes the production of steel more efficient and increases process reliability. Thanks to laser-based processes, a large number of substances in the production process can be analyzed automatically and the process parameters optimized.
In the field of recycling, as another example, laser-based measurements are excellent for automated sorting processes. Metals, ceramics, glass, slag, or raw materials can be identified very quickly and sorted. Within the context of “urban mining” and increasing raw material scarcity, the significance of efficiently reclaiming rare, strategically important materials is growing. Fraunhofer ILT continues to develop laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), with which physical and chemical properties of valuable assemblies and elements of old electronic devices can be efficiently identified. The technology can also be used for the quality assurance of metallic components or for the characterization of raw materials.
The range of services offered includes all areas of the development chain of application-based analysis systems. Fraunhofer ILT offers its customers feasibility studies, the development and implementation of laser-based measurement processes for the recycling of valuable materials as well as individual consultation.