Multi-Sensor Sorting Systems for Metal Separation

  • Multitude of applications including scrap and metal recycling, municipal waste recovery, plastics and wood separation
  • Any combination of multiple sensors available
  • Inverse sorting available to separate all non-ferrous from metal fraction
  • Modul-based solutions that are customer-oriented and product-specific

The SICON quality promise

  • Excellent manufacturing quality „Made in Germany“
  • In-house sensor development and manufacturing enable direct customer-specific configurations
  • Highly-reliable, lowest operational costs
  • Outstanding technical support


Global presence and more than 20 years of experience

Application: Scrap Processing, Spain

Application: Scrap Processing, Spain

Application: Scrap Processing, Iowa, USA

Sensor Units for all requirements

Zurik Processing

Der Varisort M and Varisort CM. For the recovery of metals from ASR the pre-dominant technology employed, pre-dominantly on the North American market, is a dry-separation method. Following a screening and sifting step, the VARISORT sensor sorter separates based on a metal-signal or a combination of optical and metal-signal at highest throughput rates generating a completely metal-free residue fraction.

Stainless Steel Separation

Based on a metal and stainless-steel-signal, the VARISORT M+ sensor sorter is the number-one choice for mixed stainless steel processing. Equipped with a state-of-the-art sensor, the VARISORT M+ differentiates precisely between chromium- and ferrous-containing steels delivering outstanding separation results. The VARISORT sensor sorter series is characterized by highly customizable sorting configurations and setting options and can be adapted to a wide range of tasks. A typical application for the VARISORT M+ is stainless steel recovery from heavy fractions of sink-float-systems. Another application example is stainless steel recovery from dry-separation of mixed-metal-fractions.

Aluminum Processing

Aluminum fractions can be easily processed with the VARISORT XRT. Based on X-Ray transmission technology, the VARISORT XRT is capable to separates various aluminum cast and wrought alloys. In addition, the VARISORT XRT can detect heavy-metal aluminum alloys as well as organic and plastic impurities.

Copper and Brass Separation

The combination of metal-induction and optical sensor make the VARISORT CM the ideal sorter for separating red metals from mixed fractions. The highly customizable settings can be configured to a variety of copper and brass applications. The unit’s camera system has been specifically set-up and optimized for highest detection and performance values. Unlike other similar units, the VARISORT CM detects and identifies objects in real-time in the trajectory. Different application settings allow even for recovery of fine copper dust e.g. from lead or other metals.

Cable / ICW Processing

Another application example of the versatile VARISORT CM is the recovery of cables and insulated-coper-wire (ICW) from shredder residue or e-scrap. Based on a combination of evaluating a metal signal with an object’s shape and color, the VARISORT CM separates wires efficiently at highest throughputs. Stainless steel is excluded from being recognized as wire by the VARISORT CM. The clean wire fraction, free of any undesired impurities, delivers impressive results for sub-sequent granulating steps.

PC & Circuit Board Processing

Separating PCB & circuit boards from ZURIK, ZORBA and other e-scrap can be easily mastered with the pre-installed application setting on the VARISORT CM. Identifying objects reliably based on metal content, shape and color makes PC & circuit board processing economically lucrative.

ModelWorking width
VARISORT Big1,0 m / 1,5 m / 2,0 m / 3,0 m

User Interface Software “SesoDesk

All VARISORT sensor sorters come equipped with the easy-to-use application software „SesoDesk“. Based on an Octa-Core technology, the software optimizes performance of evaluating multiple sensor signals in real time while providing users with highest flexibility in complex sorting tasks.

Inverse sorting

Focusing your sorting efforts on your targeted material does not always make economic sense. An alternative approach is provided by means of inverse sorting. By targeting all non-metal to be separated from metal a clean plastics fraction can be generated easily free of any metallic-impurities. The generated metal fraction can then undergo additional processing steps, as necessary. The practice of inverse sorting is widely applicable, one lucrative example for inverse-sorting is precious-metal processing..


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