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Ferroday Ltd
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10/10/14 11:16
Posted on behalf of Norman Swindells, ns@ferroday.co.uk

Hi, Ferroday Ltd own a British Patent no. GB2366430B 'Methods and apparatus for recycling' which describes a method of identifying components at the end of life or in the waste stream together with a means of conserving the information about these components by means of an international standard implemented in software.  We are the developers of the standard and have developed its software implementation.  We would be pleased to collaborate with companies interested in bringing the provisions of this patent and our expertise in the computer representation of the product information into commercial exploitation for recovering valuable materials from waste . More information on the standards for information representation can be found on our website www.ferroday.co.uk.

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10/10/14 11:30 as a reply to Natasha Sim.
Hi Norman,

Thanks for posting - that sounds really interesting.  Perhaps you can tell us a little more about what types of waste streams your methodology is best suited for?

Thanks!

Catherine

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10/10/14 15:00 as a reply to Natasha Sim.
Hi Catherine
The Ferroday patent was originally developed as part of a SMART award and in response to the EU Directive on end-of-life vehicles but the patent makes clear that the waste stream could be of components dismantled from any complex product.  The key requirement is to be able to link the item in the waste to the information about the item and where it originated.  The technology that we have established within ISO Technical Committee 184 Subcommittee 4 (ISO TC184/SC4) enables this information to as complete and as detailed as may be required to put the waste item in its content and so enable an intelligent decision to be made as to what to do with the item.  This information technology can deal with engineering product data for metals, plastics and composites.  Dealing with waste in a more fragmented form will depend on information produced by the excitation method used to identify a fragment and I have no experience of how to deal with that.  I have a colleague who has developed a very efficient method of separating fragmented metal waste streams into recoverable materials conforming to standard specifications but this does not require the identification stage.

I hope that this helps.
Norman Swindells

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12/12/14 16:36 as a reply to Natasha Sim.
Hi.  Would the technology be sutable for identification of component on circuit boards.  e.g.  to identify the precious metal and crtiical raw material l content?

RE: Ferroday Ltd
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15/12/14 12:27 as a reply to Natasha Sim.
Yes it would.  There is one of the standards in the ISO 10303 series for the description of electronic assemblies, interconnections and package design and this uses the information structures that we developed for the description of the.materials.  The standard is not something that we have direct experience of but we have good relations with the people who do. 

Please ask if you need any more information
Norman Swindells