Automatic Sorting of mixed scrap Metals

About Us

AUSOM consists of a consortium of  7 expert organisations from industry, education institutes and research centers from 4 European member states.


The project aims at bringing a robust cost effective sorting technique based on laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for sorting of shredded scrap metal, to the market.

Work Packages

AUSOM is divided into 8 work packages which aims at up-scaling results from past and ongoing research and innovation activities. 

Latest News

 We are proud to announce the first release of our AUSOM website. We’re very anxious to your reaction. If you have any comments or questions concerning the website or the AUSOM project, please contact us.

Our new conference article is out : Assessing the efficiency of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) based sorting of post-consumer aluminium​ scrap !!

By Dillam Diaz | March 9, 2022

The life cycle engineering (LCE) research group (SIM² – KU Leuven) of the KU Leuven has demonstrated the capability of LIBS in combination with machine learning techniques to sort aluminium post-consumer scrap into commercially interesting fractions. The proposed sorting targets enable increased wrought-to-wrought recycling and are an alternative for the current downcycling dynamic of aluminium scrap.  

Our new article: Simultaneous Mass Estimation and Class Classification of Scrap Metals using Deep Learning

By Dillam Diaz | March 8, 2022

The KU Leuven’s lifecycle engineering (LCE) research group (SIM² – KU Leuven) and EAVISE Research Group have explored a new methodology for mass estimation and classification of scrap metals using Deep Learning. The presented research is an essential step towards improved metal sorting and recycling. The proposed research developed is capable of monitoring the composition […]

Forecasting global aluminium flows !!

By Dillam Diaz | November 19, 2021

The lifecycle engineering (LCE) research group (SIM² – KU Leuven) of the KU Leuven  allows to estimate that the global aluminium scrap surplus will emerge soon and reach a size of 5.4 million tonnes by 2030 and 8.7 million tonnes by 2040, if currently adopted aluminium sorting and recycling methods are not improved. Here is […]

Automatic Reliable Sorting System



Testing at recycling plant.

Ku Leuven

LCC and LCA analysis, robotic picking, and education component.

LTU Business AB:

Go-to-market strategy


Development of feeding, Development of sorting, and integration of LIBS sensor in sorting equipment.

Spectral Industries BV:

Development of LIBS-sensor, commercialization actor for LIBS-sensor, and system integrator.

Swerim AB:

Coordinator Development of LIBS-sensor and data-analysis solutions, Test-bed provider for sensor and sorting.


Development of the hardware sensing solution.

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