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Update to Niton XL2 XRF analyzer designed to improve productivity in scrap recycling, fabrication and PMI

The Thermo Scientific Niton XL2 handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer is now easier to use and more durable for operators and quality control personnel in scrap recycling, fabrication, PMI and other industrial applications thanks to a new design update. The Thermo Scientific Niton XL2 Plus handheld XRF analyzer, which provides elemental composition and enables metal alloy identification, is intended to allow users to conduct laboratory-quality testing in the field. The update incorporates new functionality into the original Niton XL2 analyzer that is designed to provide uninterrupted operation in harsh environments, as well as an advanced silicon drift detector (SDD) that delivers superior analytical performance.

​Demand for Eriez RevX-E ECS accelerating among MRFs

Eriez has reported that sales of the company's new generation RevX-E Eddy Current Separators are on the rise, particularly to materials recovery facilities (MRFs). According to the company, these high performance units are highly sought after by MRFs for their maintenance-friendly features and superior used beverage can (UBC) recovery.

BPS System Controls designed for recycling equipment and operations

Maximizing productivity is a continuous concern for recycling operations, and the right control system can reduce headaches and streamline processes. According to  Ohio-based Best Process Solutions (BPS), the company's panel-building department can deliver quality controls with seamless integration into an existing system, or custom-designed, for a complete recycling line from beginning to end. 

Best Process Solutions offers magnet feeders for recycling

New Magnet feeders from Best Process Solutions (BPS) are designed to process ASR scrap from electronic equipment, and are ideal for a range of recycling facilities. These vibratory feeders are made of stainless steel to prevent the magnetization of material, which can lead to adhesion to the floor or walls of the feeder. BPS magnet feeders also feature dual-motor operation for counter-rotation for linear material movement, and can be customized to existing plant schematics of all sizes.

​ISRI raises alarm over tariff policies with U.S. administration

As tensions escalate amid an ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China that is having a damaging effect on the recycling industry, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) this week requested the U.S. government make every effort to negotiate a path forward with China. Serving as the Voice of the Recycling IndustryTM, ISRI sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer detailing the impact the current tariff policy is having on the industry in combination with the import restrictions already imposed by China. This is part of ISRI's ongoing efforts to promote free and fair trade of scrap commodities across the globe.

ISRI releases statement on China’s announcement of tariffs on all scrap imports

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), has released the following statement in response to China's announcement that it will impose a retaliatory tariff on the import of all scrap commodities from the U.S.: "ISRI is already hearing from contacts in China that the announcement has caused consternation among Chinese consumers of U.S. scrap commodities. Although these tariffs will not be levied on imports from other countries, it is our understanding that other regions may not be able to fulfill all of China's demand. This is in line with other reports that the trade war has had an impact on the Chinese economy across many sectors. 

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Recycling industry's partnership with law enforcement reaches new heights, according to ISRI

For more than a decade, the recycling industry has made a strong effort to fight the theft of metals and other materials through proactive outreach to law enforcement. One such example was the creation of ScrapTheftAlert.com in 2008. The alert system is a free online tool for law enforcement to broadcast alerts to local scrap facilities to be on the lookout for stolen material. The system recently reached the milestone of more than 10,000 registered law enforcement users, which constitutes approximately 21 percent of law enforcement agencies in the United States being represented.

Advanced technical solutions can substantially reduce occurrence and mitigate cost of fire incidents in waste and recycling

We have seen a spike in fires in the recycling industry in 2018, compared to previous years. March, April and May 2018 are now the highest months we have recorded for fire incidents at waste and recycling facilities. March 2018 could merely be an anomaly. But then came April, with 36 fires, and then May, with 38 fires reported - the highest number of fires in any month since I began reporting recycling and waste industry facility fires in 2015. 

Sicon introduces HMS Cleaning for heavy melt scrap to North American markets; EcoShred compact provides two-in one shredding

Scrap metal is the most important resource of the electric-arc-furnace (EAF) steel production process. More than 70% of total cost in EAF-steel production can be directly accounted to scrap purchases. Addi-tionally taking into account costs of electricity, consumption rate of electrodes and refractories, all strongly influenced by scrap quality, the importance of scrap becomes ever more evident.

TOMRA to spotlight X-TRACT and LIBS technologies at Aluminium 2018 Exhibition

TOMRA Sorting Recycling will showcase its sensor-based sorting technologies at Aluminium 2018, the world trade fair and conference, at Messe Düsseldorf, Germany, from October 9-11, 2018. TOMRA's exhibition stand will spotlight the company's X-TRACT machine (shown above), which separates valuable materials from metal waste, and its state-of-the-art LIBS technology, which accurately sorts and separates different aluminum wrought alloys. 

PMR introduces catalytic converter inventory management tool

PMR,  a leading processor in catalytic converter recycling for over 20 years, has introduced a new inventory management tool, available to suppliers, located in the company's web-based Supplier Services Platform (SSP). The new tool allows PMR suppliers to keep track of their converter units by inventorying boxes of their physical on-site material.

Demo of Cat material handler provides SA Recycling with opportunity to make the right equipment investment for feeder yards

SA Recycling operates over 70 scrap metal recycling yards in the U.S., including close to two dozen ferrous shredder operations. The company, started in Orange, California, has since grown as far north as Fresno, and east to Arizona and Texas. More recently, the company expanded to the U.S. southeast, into Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Originally, SA Recycling was Adams Steel; they merged with Sims about ten years ago to form "SA," which stands for Sims-Adams.

ISRI’s Annual Commodities Roundtable to focus on domestic consumption with an eye on global markets

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry, is hosting its annual Commodities Roundtable Forum, September 5 to 7, 2018, in Chicago. This event attracts brokers, traders, buyers, and sellers of scrap materials for up-to-date discussions on commodities markets and the state of global and domestic trade.

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​Puritan rotating drum magnets designed for continuous self-cleaning and high productivity in recycling

Rotating Drum Magnets from Michigan-based Puritan Magnetics, Inc. are designed for continuous self-cleaning of ferrous materials from product flow streams. As product enters the housing inlet, an adjustable feed gate meters the flow of product to the drum face. The drum has a stationary internal magnet with an outer drum that rotates. 

WENDT announces exclusive strategic partnership with MOROS Industrias Hidraulicas SA

WENDT CORPORATION, a leading manufacturer and systems integrator of automobile shredding and non-ferrous separation equipment, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with MOROS Industrias Hidraulicas SA, a Spanish manufacturer of high-quality and robust machinery for the ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal recycling industry. The exclusive partnership will allow the Zargoza, Spain-based MOROS to offer their shears and balers to the North American marketplace, through the WENDT sales and service platform. The agreement will extend to the United States, Canada and Mexico.

New 855 E expands Sennebogen product line

SENNEBOGEN has introduced the new 855 E model to its line-up of material handlers, which the company says completes the largest product line of purpose-built material handlers worldwide. With an operating weight of approx. 160,000 lb. (72.5 tons) the new 855 features reach packages from 59 to 68 feet (18 to 21 meters), a powerful 305 HP (227 kW) Cummins Tier 4f diesel engine as well as SENNEBOGEN's "Green Hybrid" technology. The new 855 E as well as all other models are available as rubber tired, crawler and stationary versions and can be equipped with diesel engines or electric motors, applicable for a range of applications, including port and recycling.

New orange-peel grapples from Cat designed for a range of applications

The new Cat GSH420 and GSH520 orange-peel grapples, replacing the GSH15B Series grapples, are designed for a wide range of applications, including handling shredded scrap, such as long structural beams and car bodies; handling rocks at construction sites; and waste at recycling and transfer stations. The performance and efficiency of the new Cat grapples help waste-handling operations, in particular, meet the challenges of increased environmental regulation, growing pressure to recycle a mix of materials, and stringent budgets.

New Cat mobile shears designed for scrap and demolition applications

The new Cat S2000/S3000 Series mobile shears, designed for hydraulic excavators working in scrap and demolition applications, feature optimum force-to-weight ratios that yield faster cycle times and more cuts per hour, compared with predecessor models. Manufactured from alloy steel that has both superior yield- and tensile-strength properties, as well as substantially greater hardness ratings than T1-type steel, the new S2000/S3000 Series shears are engineered for long, productive service.

U.S. recycling industry united on goal of addressing key industry issues

In May, a group of organizations representing various segments of the recycling industry met to discuss ways to better collaborate to advance the industry as a whole. The initial meeting, which took place in Washington, DC, at the headquarters of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, was an open discussion aimed at identifying ways throughout the recycling stream to improve quality, increase demand for material, and promote products made with recycled content.

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​Epiroc SC Hydraulic Shears

Epiroc SC boom- and stick-mounted hydraulic shears are ideal for cutting steel structures at demolition sites or recycling metal girders, sheets and cables at scrap yards. With a range of seven shears for carriers from 8,800 to 245,000 pounds (4 to 110 tons), the Epiroc shear lineup offers great cutting force and rugged dependability.

​ISRI advocacy delivers for recyclers in latest tariff measures

As China and the United States continue to spar back and forth with new tariffs being imposed on key imports on goods from each country, the recycling industry has largely been spared. On Friday, the Trump Administration announced a final list of products from China that would be assessed a 25% import duty. Several equipment parts imported from China for use in recycling operations were included on a list of targets earlier this year, but removed after pressure from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

Sierra International Machinery welcomes new director of sales for Macpresse

Sierra International Machinery is proud to announce and welcome Randy Gibson as the company's Director of Sales Macpresse for the United States and Canada. Gibson will be responsible for evolving Sierra's relationship with current Sierra-Macpresse customers and building relationships with new and upcoming industries, such as RDF (refuse-derived fuel). Gibson will be assisting Sierra Regional Sales Managers in communicating the advantages of Macpresse single-ram balers and reaching out to new markets and industries that can benefit from the use of the machinery.

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