SpydIR® with Max-AI®

This optical sorter integrates SpydIR® technology and Max-AI® technology to create a revolutionary new sorter with unmatched detection abilities. NRT’s SpydIR technology uses near infrared light (NIR) detection to identify plastics, paper, wood and other materials by material type. Max-AI technology employs a camera and neural network based artificial intelligence (AI) to identify recyclables similar to the way a person does. Max’s person-like identification decisions is an additional layer of intelligence that, when added to the SpydIR-R sorter’s highly accurate and high volume NIR sorting, creates new capabilities. The result is new capabilities – for example, NRT SpydIR® detection can quickly and reliably identify fiber, PET or numerous other materials, but Max-AI can identify if that fiber is on a tin can or if it’s cardboard, and if PET is an undesirable tray or if HDPE is food grade. 



  • NIR identification of multiple polymer types with In-Flight Sorting® 
  • Proprietary infrared sensing technology and algorithms for rapid detection
  • Operator-friendly color touch screen graphic control panel
  • PET Boost™ technology for detection of thin-wall PET, wet PET & full-sleeve PET


  • Multi-layered vision system and neural networks “see” and “think” similar to a person to identify materials


  • Remote diagnostics, adjustments and upgrades
  • Real-time and trending material composition analysis with the Total Intelligence Platform
  • Width sizes from 36″ to 120″


  • Capture form-specific PET (ex. bottle only, blue/green bottle only, etc.)
  • Capture food-grade only PET and/or HDPE
  • Capture specific fiber grades (ex. cardboard, news)
  • Identify containers with full-wrap fiber labels (suppress fiber ejection)
  • Identify black plastics, thermoform trays and other items NIR does not

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