Black plastics are widely used in the automotive industry, electronics, food packages, and plastic bags, they can be found all around us. Unfortunately, instead of recycling, they are burned for energy or dumped in landfills, since there has not been efficient and reliable technology available to sort them.

Hyperspectral imaging is the only technology capable of identifying different black plastic types when used on the MWIR spectral range.

Specim FX50 is the only hyperspectral camera available on the market covering the full MWIR spectral range of 2.7 – 5.3 μm required to sort black plastics. It allows fast and reliable sorting of:

  • Black plastics such as PS, PE, PP, ABS and PVC
  • Rubbers
  • Non-black plastics and rubbers

The fast frame rate of the Specim FX50 combined with its high spatial resolution allows 300 kg of 2×2 cm plastic flakes to be sorted per minute (a 1-meter wide conveyor belt running 2 m/s). This high throughput makes the Specim FX50 a competitive option for the recycling industry where cost is a major concern.


  • Full spectral range – for sorting most of the plastics
  • Temperature stabilized casing – to keep accurate results within a harsh industrial environment
  • Small – Flexible and easy installation
  • High frame rate – for high sorting throughput
  • Easy integration – communicates with commercial analysis softwares through standard interfaces

Real partnership – excellent results

Specim can offer you a continuous, long-term partnership that helps you get the most out of your imaging system.

Specim in-house expertise:

  • Scalable production, maintenance, calibration, and repair services
  • Superior know-how in optics, electronics, software, and mechanics
  • Strong team to solve application-related challenges
  • Sample measurement and feasibility services