Combined Magnetic Separation Force at RWM2017

Bunting Magnets and Master Magnets Exhibit at Major Recycling and Waste Exhibition

For the first time, the combined Magnetic Separation force of Bunting Magnetics Europe Ltd and Master Magnets will be on stand 5P80 at RWM 2017 (NEC, Birmingham, UK 12th – 14th September 2017).

Bunting Magnetics acquired Master Magnets in January 2017 and the two companies have annually exhibited separately at RWM, the UK’s leading waste and recycling show.  The joint stand will be the first time that the companies have combined forces at a major international exhibition since the acquisition.

Both Bunting and Master Magnets have a rich and long-standing history of supplying separation equipment to the recycling sector and the acquisition creates a world-leading manufacturer of Magnetic Separators, Eddy Current Separators, and Metal Detectors.

“RWM 2017 provides us [Bunting and Master Magnets] with the ideal platform to demonstrate to our customers the benefits of the new partnership,” said Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales.

A working production-sized Eddy Current Separator and High Intensity Separation Conveyor (HISC) will be on the stand at RWM.  In 2017, Master Magnets has had a record year for the sale of Eddy Current Separators, with shipments around the world.  On the stand, the Eddy Current Separator will be shown separating small non-ferrous metal particles from non-metallic materials.

Bunting’s HISC has provided recycling companies with a much-needed solution for separating stainless steel.  Since the original conception, Bunting has developed variants and recently released the SSSC to recover stainless steel of a size up to 13cm (5”).Bunting Magnetics Europe at RWM16

“Our stand will be interactive and dynamic,” said Dave Hills.  “We want visitors to witness metal separation first hand.  Ideally, we want people to bring samples.”

The Bunting Magnetics and Master Magnets stand is focused on recovering and separating metals.  In the recycling sector, this includes separating beverage cans from household refuse using an Overband Magnet; stainless steel from shredded computer hard-drives with the HISC, and small non-ferrous metals in an automobile shredding operation with an Eddy Current Separator.

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“Recovering or removing metal is a vital stage in the recycling process.  Our Metal Separators are used to recover metal for on-sale as with UBCs, and to remove problematic metal as found in materials such as reclaimed plastic.  Fortunately, our team has a great deal of knowledge and experience and we work closely with companies to maximise the separation or recovery of the metal.”

A mobile Metal Separation Module incorporating a high-intensity Magnetic Drum (for ferrous metal separation) followed by an Eddy Current Separator (for non-ferrous metal separation) has recently been launched by Master Magnets and technical information will be available on the stand.

Also promoted at RWM 2017 will be the popular range of Master Magnets Overband Magnets.  The designs include both permanent and electromagnetic configurations.  The permanent Overband Magnet is commonly used in Materials Recovery Facilities across the UK and Europe to recover steel from pre-segregated waste.  Larger and more powerful electromagnetic Overbands are used for more arduous environments and applications.

“With Bunting combining forces with Master Magnets, we now have a range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors to suit all applications.  We are looking forward to meeting and helping visitors solve their metal separation problems at RWM,” said Dave Hills.

For further information on the Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors that will be on show at the RWM 2017 exhibition, please contact us on:

 

 

Plastics and the Environment

The Necessity of a Global Strategy for Plastics Waste

Since 1950, it is estimated that 8.3 million metric tonnes of virgin plastics have been produced.  Of this, 6.3 million metric tonnes has become waste, with 9% being recycled and 12% incinerated.  This leaves 79% that is accumulated in landfills or the natural environment.

The report written by Geyer, Jambeck and Kara Lavender Law is concerning with a prediction of 12 million metric tonnes of plastic being in landfill or the natural environment by 2050.

Hanbury Plastics Bunting Overband Magnet-7975In the UK, organisations such as The British Plastics Federation (BPF) identify sustainability as being key to the future growth of the plastics sector.  They report that the UK uses over 5 million tonnes of plastic each year of which an estimated 29% is currently being recovered or recycled.  The UK has a plastics recycling target of 57% by 2020 and the BPF and Plastics Europe with the support of WRAP are implementing the Plastics Industry Recycing Action Plan (PIRAP) to help meet this target.  However, increasing the amount of plastic being recovered or recycled by 28% in 3 years appears to be exceptionally challenging and maybe unreachable.

The application of plastics technology continues to grow, with the UK launching a new plastic £10 note in September 2017.  And this is because plastics technology produces such versatile and resilient products, properties that make it equally difficult to manage once it has been used and becomes waste.

Designing plastic products to enable easy reuse and recycling appears to be the key.  However, often the aesthetic appearance of a plastic packaging product takes precedence over the post-use waste functionality.

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As an equipment supplier, we understand the difficulties of recycling plastics.  Even though we can remove the metal contamination with Magnetic Separators, Eddy Current Separators, and Metal Detectors, a substantial amount of further processing is required with colour and plastic type separation is often required.  We will be exhibiting at Interplas 2017 (NEC, Birmingam, UK 26th – 28th September), the UK’s premier show for the plastics sector, and it will be interesting to see and hear the ideas and thoughts of the industry.

Designers of plastic products, especially packaging, need to be creative and give reuse and recycling a higher priority during the concept phase.  With the prediction of an ever-increasing production of plastic, a workable environmental strategy has never been more important.

For further information on separating metal from plastics during the production of the virgin product or during the recycling process, please contact the Bunting team on:

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Quality and Environmental Accreditation for Bunting Magnetics Europe

Bunting Successfully Transition to ISO9001 2015 Quality and ISO14001 2015 Environmental Standards

Bunting Magnetics Europe has successfully transitioned to the new ISO9001:2015 Quality and ISO 14001 :2015 Environment Standards.  The certification covers the manufacture and supply of Magnetic Separators, Metal Detectors, and Magnets and Magnetic Assemblies from their European manufacturing headquarters in Berkhamsted, UK.

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Denis Elkins, Bunting Magnetics Europe’s Quality Assurance Manager, explained the importance of transitioning to the ISO9001:2015 Quality standard.

“Bunting has held the ISO9001 quality standard since May 2005.  The quality of our products, manufacturing processes, and business management is of utmost importance to us and our customers, and, we believe, is one of the primary reasons for our continued success.”

The ISO 9001:2015 Quality Standard was revised in 2015 and now has a definitive focus on business performance.  The process approach has been combined with risk-based thinking, promoting the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle at all levels in the organization.  The new standard acknowledges that modern organisations will have several management standards in place, and the 2015 version has been designed to be easily integrated with other management systems.  The new version also provides a solid base for sector-quality standards (automotive, aerospace, medical industries, etc.), and takes into account the needs of regulators.

Bunting also recognises the importance of adopting good working practices in accordance with international Environmental Standards and originally attained the ISO14001 standard in February 2002.  The ISO14001:2015 Environmental Standard sets out the criteria for a certifiable environmental management system.  It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system, regardless of its activity or sector.

“We have been actively involved in the environmental sector supplying metal recycling equipment for many years,” explained Denis, “and so maintaining this environment standard was simply common-sense.  As a UK manufacturing company we recognise that we have a responsibility to protect the environment and the standard provides the framework to implement, measure and manage the most effective methods of operation to reduce waste and pollution.”

For further details on Bunting Magnetics Europe Ltd or our range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors, please contact our technical sales team on: