5 Examples of Historical Recycling

Despite the modern day obsession with recycling and environmental issues, such activity has been common practice for most of human history.  Here are 5 examples of historical recycling:

Compacted steel and aluminium cans recovered using Bunting Magnetics magnetic separators
Compacted steel and aluminium cans recovered using Bunting Magnetics magnetic separators
  1. Archaeological studies of ancient waste dumps show that during periods when resources were scarce there was less household waste (eg ash, discarded plates and other pottery and other broken items such as tool).  This suggest that the waste was actually being recycled.  There are actual records of recycling activity as far back as Plato in 400 BC;
  2. Before the industrial revolution, which started around 1750, there is plenty of evidence of scrap bronze and other metals being collected in Europe and melted down for reuse;
  3. The term ‘dustman’ originates from when dust and ash from wood and coal fires was collected and then used as a base material in brick making;
  4. As the industrial revolution took hold, many secondary goods were collected, processed and sold by peddlers who combed dumps, city streets and went door to door looking for discarded machinery, cooking pots & pans and other metals;
  5. Around 1800, one of the best recycling initiatives of all was when some drinks manufacturers, notably Schweppes, introduced the recycling of glass bottles with consumers paying a refundable deposit;

Recycling has and will continue to be vitally important, but there are many initiatives from the past that could be reintroduced today.  For more information on the automated recycling of metals, go to the Bunting Magnetics Europe website.

5 Bad Places to Find Cartridge/Tube Magnetic Separators

One of the most simplest Magnetic Separators is a Cartridge or Tube Magnet.  It is basically a stainless steel tube filled with magnet slugs inter-spaced with steel discs which act as magnetic poles.  This then produces a magnetic field which attracts magnetically susceptible materials onto the surface of the tube where they are held.Bunting Cartridge or Tube Magnets as a Grate

Such Cartridge or Tube Magnetic Separators are used widely across the process industries and can be found in plants processing food, plastics, chemicals, minerals and in recycling and ceramic plants.  They are commonly around 150mm to 300mm in length and the highest strength model, using Neodymium Iron Boron or Rare Earths, can be dangerous in the wrong hands.  Also, if the Magnet is placed next or onto any solid piece of steel, the magnetic attraction is so strong that it becomes almost impossible to remove.

However, due to their pocket-size, these Cartridge Magnets commonly go missing from process plants and can be found in the most unusual places.  These are the top 5:

  1. Stuck to traffic lights – Approx. 7 Cartridge Magnets went missing from a plant in a Scottish town.  The next day, the Highways Agency was called out as the traffic lights had failed on a major intersection causing traffic chaos.  On arrival, they found one of the missing Cartridge Magnets stuck to the side of one of the light control boxes and the magnetic field had caused the system to malfunction;
  2. Stuck on a television – After purchasing a brand new television, a father returned home one evening to find his son holding a Cartridge Magnet and rubbing it across the screen because it produced contortion and strange colours.  Once the Cartridge Magnet went too near the steel frame and became stuck, the father than realised, to his horror, that the screen had been permanently damaged and he now had a Cartridge Magnet stuck to the TV set;
  3. Stuck onto the side of a car – An inexperienced sales engineer had the embarrassment of having to explain to his manager that the sample Cartridge Magnet he had been given to show customers was now stuck firmly to his driver’s side door.  Also, in his failed attempts to remove it, he had seriously scratched and dented the paintwork;
  4. Stuck to a mobile phone – It was a classic case of “I wonder what if…”  Very quickly this process engineer discovered that iPhones and strong magnets are not a good pairing and having them stuck together only means that it is time to buy a new mobile;
  5. Stuck to another company’s exhibition equipment – Demonstrating the amazing magnetic attraction power of a Cartridge Magnet is always something worth doing.  However, this demonstration at a major European exhibition didn’t go accordingly to plan as once the Cartridge Magnet was placed, with a loud clunk, against the steel upright of an large item of equipment to show how difficult it was for even the strongest person to move it, then came the problem of actually getting it off.  After several attempts and some superficial damage to the exhibition quality paintwork, the Cartridge Magnet stayed there for the remainder of the show;

Thankfully, in all these cases there were no injuries, but the exceptional magnetic strength of Cartridge Magnets today means that they have to be handled with care and understanding.

Further information on Cartridge Magnets can be found on the Bunting Europe website.

All Press Coverage is Good! Is it?

Photos of Simon Ayling and Carlton Hicks in Hub Issue 31 Oct 14001I believe that it came from celebrities that any press coverage was good, irrespective of whether it was good or bad news.  Being in the news is important as that invariably means that you are being talked about, but is it always a good thing?  In today’s news hungry world, you have to be careful not to just issue anything on the basis that something is better than nothing.  Content, whether online or in print, needs planning and good execution to get the best coverage and also to project the right company image and message.

The appearance of the Bunting duo, Carlton Hicks (UK Sales Manager) and Simon Ayling (Managing Director) in the RWM2014 photo diary from the HUB (Issue 31 – Autumn 2014) was a little surprising (can you spot them?), but shows how our continued efforts to increase the company profile is starting to show some results.  Recently there have been features on Bunting in a wide range of online and printed press, especially focusing on some of the detailed case histories.  As Bunting Magnetics Europe continue growing their Magnetic Separation business, there will be an increasing number of case histories, press releases and blogs posted.

So, to answer the question: Is all press coverage good?  Maybe not, but carefully managed good interesting content has never been more important when marketing a business.