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Tungsten Carbide Recycling Company Fills Market Niche

Clockwise from top left: Rend Lake’s yard where carbon steel is stored; raise bore bits; scrap carbide compacts after they’ve been cleaned; and containerized drill bits ready for shipping.
Clockwise from top left: Rend Lake’s yard where carbon steel is stored; raise bore bits; scrap carbide compacts after they’ve been cleaned; and containerized drill bits ready for shipping.

When mining and oil service companies are finished with their drill bits, they typically end up at a scrap dealer, who will usually group the material as heavy melt steel and sell it to a scrap metal recycler under that designation. Heavy melt contains galvanized and nongalvanized steel, as well as wrought iron.

But if those same scrap dealers looked a little closer at the junk bits and mining scrap such as roof bolts they are adding to their junk pile, they would see something a little more interesting – and valuable.

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Diagonal-Shaft Wringer Reclaims Cutting Fluids

PRAB’s Diagonal-Shaft Wringer reclaims costly cutting fluids and produces valuable dry chips, which ensures compliance with regulations when transporting scrap for recycling. Process rates of up to 10,000 pounds/hour can be achieved, and units can be configured with additional chip processing and filtration equipment for a full, turnkey processing system.

Effective chip processing with a PRAB Diagonal-Shaft Wringer allows manufacturers to increase the value of aluminum, brass, steel, cast iron and alloys, lower hazardous waste disposal costs, and reclaim valuable coolants for recycling or reuse. Features include: 700 Gs of centrifugal force that separates chips from fluid; gravity or air discharge units for efficient chip handling; and high output with fully automatic operation. Five models in three sizes are available.

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CUT YOUR FUEL BILL FAST

Hear Shane Matsen of Sierra Mining & Crushing explain how he pays for a Cat XE Wheel Loader with the money he saves in fuel.

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MG 380 VZT for Copper and Aluminum Recovery

MG Recycling’s new patented MG 380VZT COMPLETE SYSTEM is designed as a solution for cable processing and to ensure full copper and aluminum recovery, from even the thinnest fractions. The process starts with a TRITRONIC pre-shredder with a unique inverter technology able to adjust its operation according to the processed material. An accessorized feeding belt conveys material to additional equipment mounted on a compact platform, including a new MG Granulator with small rotating blades, specially designed for a long-lasting performance before sharpening is required and which includes a soundproof structure. The system’s ZIG ZAG Separator, a Turbo Pulverizer and a separator, optimizes the process of recycling thick and thin wire cables.

Following the separator stage, some plastic granules can still be contaminated with copper dust. For this, a vibrating sieve is employed, which recognizes the mix of very fine copper-plastic and thanks to a second smaller separator, allows for total copper recovery and very clean plastic particles. A set of advanced filtering solutions complete the plant. This system can be custom-made according to requirements. Besides cable processing, the MG380 VZT is ideal for processing electrical wires, AC radiators and car harnesses, and can be configured for a range of other scrap yard applications. It is engineered to handle up to 1,000 kilograms/hour of input cable, and features minimum power consumption, and fast, easy maintenance and operation. 

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Optimax 950 Mid-Weight Loader

Rotobec’s Optimax 950 mid-weight loader is designed to push the boundaries of capabilities in its class. The Optimax 950 comes standard with an 18,000-pound maximum lift capacity, 75-hp high-efficiency electric motor and a standard 27-foot heavy-duty boom. Other key features include a 38-inch slewing ring, 4,200 psi operating pressure and 35cc dual swing motors.

According to Rotobec, in addition to the tough handling pedigree that comes standard in all of the company’s loaders, the Optimax series has been engineered to be adaptable to every conceivable application and environment. The loader is available in the following configurations: SM-X (with power unit and operator station on loader); SM-R (with remote power unit and operator station); the SM-W (with power unit on the loader and a remote operator station) and the SM-H (with a remote power unit and operator station on the loader.)

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State of scrap steel

Michael Marley has been covering scrap metal markets for about 40 years. He started with Iron Age magazine in the late 1970s, eventually becoming the Editor. Iron Age no longer exists as a publication, but it did spawn, with Marley’s involvement, what is now known as the weekly Scrap Price Bulletin (www.scrappricebulletin.com) which reports on scrap prices for ferrous metals in the U.S. market. In 1990 Marley moved to American Metal Market as the Scrap Editor, then a sister publication to Iron Age, and following that went to work at World Steel Dynamics. From there, Marley moved to Metalprices.com, a market intelligence service for the international metals industry.

Can you talk about the downward trend in scrap steel prices since the beginning of 2014, and give us some insight into the market factors involved?

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Stationary Electric Handler Combined With Auto Dismantling System

Northshore Manufacturing has introduced a highly efficient means of totally dismantling automobiles, by combining the company’s most popular stationary electric material handler/excavator (the Builtrite model 2100-SE) with its proven Auto Dismantling System. This combination is designed to recoup non-ferrous metals from end of life vehicles, including metals found in engines, transmissions, wiring harnesses, radiators, heater cores, and air conditioning units.

According to Northshore, with an efficient operator, this combination can process, on-average, six to 10 vehicles per hour. For power, the Builtrite Model 2100- SE uses approximately 35 kW per hour, which when compared to an excavator using an average of 3.5 gallons of diesel fuel per hour, can equate to savings up to approximately $17,000 per year (dependent upon local diesel prices and utility rates.)

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E-Cranes make Galloo Ghent the fastest scrap terminal in the world

Through the windows of their office, CEO Bernard Beyne and managing director/CEO Rik Debaere of Galloo Recycling Group look out over their scrap terminal in Ghent, Belgium with satisfaction. The large, colourful mounds of scrap make for an interesting view from an office, and business is good.

Galloo moves approximately 15,000 to 20,000 tons of scrap through the Ghent terminal every day, making it the fastest operation in the world, according to the company. At the heart of this success story, Galloo says, is the Belgian manufacturer E-Crane.

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Buffalo Turbine celebrates 70-year anniversary

Buffalo Turbine is celebrating their 70-year anniversary in 2015. Established in 1945, the company says their goal has always been to provide the highest quality blowers, sprayers and dust suppression equipment for the agricultural, military and municipal markets, including recycling and composting facilities.

The company says the heart of all Buffalo Turbine products came with the development of their proprietary turbine blower assembly, and that the design and usage technique, specifically the 360-degree nozzle control, revolutionized the sprayer and debris blower industries.

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IROCK Crushers Offers Diesel-Powered Sidewinder Crusher

IROCK Crushers has responded to customer demand with the introduction of a diesel option for its line of Sidewinder crushers. IROCK now offers the Sidewinder-15 with a 350-horsepower Caterpillar C-9 diesel engine, which powers a 100-kilowatt generator for full on-board power. The power system is an alternative to the standard electric option.

The crusher is V-belt driven and features a P.T. Tech clutch, which decreases power loss and increases fuel efficiency. An optional vibrating feeder with a tipping grid can be powered by the sidewinder via a variable frequency drive and remote control. The machine incorporates a 5-foot-by-16-foot Cedarapids horizontal screen box with a triple-shaft design for long life. IROCK also equipped the new Sidewinder with four hydraulic outriggers for quick plant set up.

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New UNTHA Waste Shredder Revolutionising SRF Production Worldwide

Interest in UNTHA’s revolutionary XR-C waste shredder is gathering pace, as enquiries flood in from alternative fuel producers worldwide.

UNTHA shredding technology is currently working on proposals for more than 250 global prospects, eager to reap the benefits of this innovative new technology. And European orders for the high value capital equipment stand at 5.000.000 EUR for the last six months, with Swiss-based Holcim and SITA the most recent clients to invest in the machine.

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