TOMRA Introduces Flow Technology®, a Fast and Versatile Sensor Solution for Retail RVMs

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Flow Technology® RVMs can accept up to 60 recyclable beverage containers per minute, using advanced new technology that rapidly recognizes bottles and cans of varying shapes and sizes.

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All three Flow Technology® models can process containers at a rate of up to 60 containers per minute, making them the fastest RVMs available on the market today.

Tomra Systems, ASA (TOMRA), a leading global provider of reverse vending machines (RVMs) and sensor-based sorting equipment, today announced the launch of a new generation of RVMs with Flow Technology®, TOMRA’s patented new sensor solution for retail store RVMs. Flow Technology® provides 360-degree recognition of containers, allowing RVMs to rapidly recognize bottles and cans of varying shapes and sizes, and accept up to 60 recyclable beverage containers per minute.

RVMs with Flow Technology® provide retailers with the fastest, cleanest and most versatile solution for medium- and high-volume stores where consumers bring containers to be recycled in exchange for cash. TOMRA Flow Technology® takes up to 1,000 pictures per second, making it possible for the RVMs to read container shape, material, barcodes and security marks without rotating the containers, allowing the user to insert recyclables in a rapid continuous flow.

TOMRA is now offering three RVMs with this technology: the T-9 Bottle, the T-9 Combi and the T-90. The T-9 Bottle, for single containers, and the T-9 Combi for single containers and crates, are designed to work with backroom storage systems, such as TOMRA MultiPac™ or ProPac™, and do not come with internal storage bins. The T-90 is a wide-body machine with an internal storage bin, optimized for supermarkets or other retail stores in the United States that do not have space for backroom storage. Thanks to TOMRA Flow Technology®, all three machines accept bottles, cans and other containers of varying shapes and sizes.

“The Flow Technology® machines are super-fast because they do not need to spin the containers in order to identify them, accept them and calculate the refund amount,” said Harald Henriksen, CEO at TOMRA of North America. “All three Flow Technology® models can process containers at a rate of up to 60 containers per minute, making them the fastest RVMs available on the market today. Consumers with bagfuls of recyclable containers appreciate the Flow Technology’s speed and ease of use, particularly during peak times of day.”

RVMs with Flow Technology® feature large, high-resolution color touch display screens with video capability, to make it easy for customers to see that containers have been accepted, and that the deposit return amount is correctly registered. All models have a slim-line, contemporary design, with color options of light grey, dark grey, red or black. Stores can also order a store-branded four-color wrap to match its look and feel.

The outside of the T-90 is easy to keep clean. The machine is smooth and flat, which prevents dirt buildup and makes it easier to wipe down. The internal workings are also straightforward to clean, thanks to convenient interior lights; plus, there are fewer moving parts than earlier generations of RVMs.

At any time, personnel can use the machine’s external display screen to determine which internal areas of the machine need cleaning. The internal conveyor can be easily removed and cleaned when needed.

For more information about Tomra RVMs with Flow Technology®, visit the TOMRA website.

About Tomra Systems ASA
TOMRA creates sensor-based solutions for optimal resource productivity – helping our customers increase their financial results and reduce their environmental impact. TOMRA was founded on an innovation in 1972 that began with design, manufacturing and sale of reverse vending machines for automated collection of used beverage containers. Today TOMRA continues to innovate and provides cutting-edge solutions within two main business areas: Collection Solutions (reverse vending, material recovery and compaction) and Sorting Solutions (recycling, mining and food sorting). TOMRA has 170,000 installations in over 80 markets. The Group employs 2,500 people globally and is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: TOM). For further information, please visit

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Senior Vice President, Reverse Vending Machine Marketing and Sales
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