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Metal compactor briquettors make aluminum cheaper to recycle

Metal compactor briquettors make aluminum cheaper to recycle
Kurt Manufacturing introduced its new 45 metric ton Chipmunk metal compactor briquettor at the International Manufacturing Technology Show, held in Chicago this past September. This new model, along with a recently introduced, larger 125-metric-ton model, are the company’s most energy-efficient, high-output systems for compacting aluminum and steel/ductile iron chips. Both models utilize a hydraulically-driven infeed auger that separates most unwanted solids from chips prior to the compacting cycle, and are designed with a unique mechanical kinetic energy drive. In comparison to 50 horsepower and up for hydraulically-driven compactor systems, the Chipmunk utilizes only a fraction of the power, yet produces up to 50,000 psi compaction force, transforming metalworking chips into dense, dry pucks. Pucks are then automatically discharged from chute to container, and are ready for shipment to the recycler. A fl oor tray holds recovered coolant.

Both Chipmunk models deliver up to an 8:1 compaction ratio, and will also reclaim expensive cutting fl uids. Systems compact both ferrous and non-ferrous chips into dense 3.5-inch by 1.25-inch briquettes, and all available models utilize minimal fl oor space (about the space of a small machining centre). This eliminates the need for large areas required for scrap storage, while increasing the value of scrap.

Additional operating features of both Chipmunk systems include: simple changeover from one chip material to another, programmable controls that allow for automated or manual operation, and a low-mounted hopper for fast and easy off-loading. “Both Chipmunk models provide an ideal compacting solution for manufacturers eager to reduce the cost and waste of metal scrap,” says Kurt Manufacturing sales manager Steve Kane. “With energy and material costs rising dramatically almost on a daily basis, these new Chipmunk models provide an ideal additional profit centre. These systems make it cheaper to recycle aluminum than to create new aluminum and provide solutions to environmental issues generated from scrap and coolants.”

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5280 Main Street NE
Minneapolis, MN
US, 55421


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