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Recovering Metal with Bunting at IFAT 2022

Advanced separation technology enabling enhanced metal recovery is the focus on Bunting’s stand B6-452 at IFAT 2022 (Messe Munchen, Germany, May 30-June 3). 

 

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Figure 1 – Separating stainless steel from shredded UPVC windows

Technology, such as the patented SSSC Stainless Steel Separator, uses ultra-high magnetic fields to recover metals previously lost to waste. The new ElectroStatic Separator segregates conductive metals using electrostatic charges. Both technologies form a sequence of separators that maximize the separation of metals for recovery or removal from secondary materials.

Separating stainless steel from shredded UPVC windows

Bunting is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of magnetic separators for the recycling and waste industries. The Bunting European manufacturing facilities are in Redditch, just outside Birmingham, and Berkhamsted, both in the United Kingdom.

The Bunting team at IFAT includes Dirk Mylich (European Recycling Product Manager), Christopher Gabriel (European Sales Manager), Stefano Maiaroli (Sales Area Manager – Southern Europe), and Marcel Graef from 3SMI GmbH (Bunting’s newly appointed agent in Germany, Austria and Switzerland). With multi-linguistic skills, the team is looking forward to assisting companies located across Europe.

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Figure 2 – ElectroStatic Separator

Separation Technology Development

A successful recycling process relies on effective metal separation, whether for recovery or when cleansing materials such as plastic waste. Bunting’s diverse range of metal separators meets the separation demands in many different applications.

The ElectroMax Overband Magnet, displayed on the stand at IFAT, fulfills the industry’s requirement for a strong and lightweight electromagnetic alternative to traditional permanent Overband Magnets. ElectroMax installations include mobile plant, high-volume household waste recycling plants, and secondary metal recycling operations.

The development of the ElectroStatic Separator enables Bunting to provide a total metal separation solution. The ElectroStatic Separator focuses on the separation of small conductive metals from non-conductive materials as found when recycling wire, plastic, and metals.

ElectroStatic Separator

Typically, the ElectroStatic Separator is located after several stages of metal separation.  This starts with a high-intensity Drum Magnet removing smaller ferrous metals prior to the recovery of non-ferrous metals on one of Bunting’s range of Eddy Current Separators.

The remaining material passes over a SSSC or HISC Magnetic Separator, which separates stainless-steel and very weakly magnetic materials, including printed circuit boards.  This leaves a mix of material, including valuable fine metal, recovered using the ElectroStatic Separator.

Controlled Tests Prove Capabilities

On the stand at IFAT, Bunting’s experienced team aim to assist recycling companies and solve metal separation problems.  Many projects will involve the testing of material at Bunting’s recently expanded Customer Experience Centre in the UK. Tests on equipment including the ElectroStatic Separator, Eddy Current Separator, and Stainless Steel Separators determine the separation efficiency in terms of recovery and purity.

“Our aim at IFAT is to help recycling companies solve metal separation problems,” explained Adrian Coleman, the General Manager of Bunting-Redditch. “Our European mainland based team at IFAT has decades of experience in the recycling industry, as well as fully understanding the capabilities of our extensive range of metal separators.”

For further information, visit www.bunting-redditch.com

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Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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