Dem-Con Cos. upgrades an MSS Aladdin optical sorter with Cirrus PlasticMax technology at its Minnesota MRF. A Shakopee, Minnesota, material recovery facility (MRF) plans to salvage more bottles with fewer people by upgrading its optical sorter. Dem-Con Cos. provides a wide variety of services to the Twin Cities area, including commercial and residential single-stream recycling. By upgrading its original optical sorter for plastics, an Aladdin supplied by MSS, Nashville, Tennessee, with technologies from the company’s newer Cirrus PlasticMax, Dem-Con’s management team hopes to save more polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles from the landfill. “For us, one of our [top] challenges is labor,” Dem-Con President Bill Keegan says. “We have a 3 percent unemployment rate in Shakopee where we’re at. We really struggle to get enough people to [work] on the line. We’re able to minimize or reduce our manual labor requirements by doing this.” Felix Hottenstein, MSS sales director, says the upgrade, which involves replacing the Aladdin’s sensor head, sensor housing, control panel, air-ejector array and catcher hood, will result in more efficient sorting. The upgrade, which Dem-Con expects ...