Bunting Provide Technical Support at Two Overseas Shows
Local representative Tekemashas exhibited at two Autumn international trade shows in 2018. The equipment displayed on their stands included a selection of Magnetic Separators. Both exhibitions proved to be successful, with leads for both magnetic separation and metal detection equipment.
Tekemas is based in Rodovre, Denmark and specialises in providing solutions in the handling and processing of powders and granules. They represent a number of international equipment and technology suppliers including Wysetech Materials Handling and Matcon.
Scanpack (Gothenburg, Sweden, 23-26 October 2018)
Scanpack is an international event for the packaging industry. Exhibitors showcase solutions for the entire packaging process. Visitors included managers, marketers, brand managers and others involved in packaging, from conception and design, through to production and logistics. Representatives from companies based in over 40 countries attend the show.
Bunting’s Sales Engineer, Tom Higginbottom, attended the show.
“Overseas exhibitions provide an ideal opportunity to learn about the local markets,” Tom explained. “The time I spent with the Tekemas team has been precious. I was able to provide support with technical information and, potentially more importantly, develop my relationship with the Tekemas engineers.”
FoodTech (Herning, Denmark, 13-15 November 2018)
FoodTechis a food technology event, held every two years in MCH Messecenter Herning. The exhibition is focused on showcasing the latest technology for the food manufacturing and processing sectors.
Tekemas were supported by Bunting’s Head of Sales, Dave Hills.
“Before I had even left the United Kingdom, Tekemas had arranged meetings on the stand with prospective customers,” said Dave. “Supporting our local representatives at shows like this is so important. The time can be used for product and application training as well as developing all-important relationships. It has been a very successful show.”
Bunting and Master Magnets are continually searching for new overseas representatives in a wide range of industrial sectors. For further information, contact Dave Hills on email@example.com.
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To combat injuries in the workplace, ISO has developed a new international standard, ISO 45001, published in March 2018. This covers occupational health and safety management systems. ISO 45001 provides organisations with a framework for employee safety, reducing workplace risks, and creating better and safer working conditions all over the world.
Bunting has achieved the new standard directly and in a short period of time. This was achieved without modifying and migrating from existing processes.
“As a team, we felt that it was important to have a fresh review of the whole process,” explained Denis Elkins, Bunting’s Health and Safety Manager. “By effectively starting from scratch, we were able to implement processes without compromise.”
Bunting is the first company of their kind to be awarded the ISO 45001 standard.
“We are very proud of our achievement,” explained Simon Ayling, Bunting’s Managing Director. “From the outset, we knew that this would be a challenging objective. However, our newly formed Health and Safety committee has been outstanding. I wish to thank everyone for their hard work in making this happen.”
All areas of the company were represented on the Health and Safety committee:
David Lewis – Production manager (ISOH trained)
Nigel Thorne – Design Engineer (ISOH trained)
Caroline Rasura – Customer services (Fire Marshall and First Aider)
Andrea Geddes – Production
David Pollard – Production (First Aider)
Denis Elkins – Health and Safety Manager (ISOH trained)
With the ISO 45001 accreditation, Bunting Magnetics Europe has clearly stated that the company is committed to providing the best possible safe and caring culture within a world organisation.
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In October 2018, the Master Magnets brand celebrates its 40th anniversary. In that time, the Birmingham based Magnetic Separator and Metal Detector manufacturer has developed a reputation as one of the leading technology companies in the recycling, mining and mineral processing industrial sectors.
Since January 2017, the Master Magnets brand has been owned by Bunting Magnetics. Bunting Magnetics is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Magnet related technology. The European manufacturing headquarters are based in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, UK and they have an extensive overseas network of distributors and marketing agents.
Master Magnets was founded in 1978 by Geoff Worley, a qualified engineer with fifteen years’ experience in the magnetics industry. The company grew steadily throughout the 1980s despite the economic challenges and was perfectly positioned for the increased demand in the early 1990s.
At the time, there was high levels of investment in the UK coal industry and globally located mineral processing projects. Using his considered knowledge, Geoff and his team of engineers developed a range of magnetic separators specifically for those key industries. For the coal and mining industries, they developed large Electro Suspension Magnets which would be suspended over conveyors to remove large tramp metal such as pit props and bars. The drive in Mineral Processing was for higher purity non-metallic minerals. The team designed the Induced Roll Magnetic Separator (IMR) and established a laboratory where clients could test materials.
As demand increased, the company expanded and made investments in new manufacturing technology including heavy-winding gear for ever-larger Electro Suspension Magnets. A bespoke super-strength magnetiser, weighing over 14 tonnes, was acquired, one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Master Magnets also developed a reputation for manufacturing Permanent Overband Magnets. Recycling was in its infancy, but several UK businesses were developing large mobile screens and crushers for construction and demolition sites. Master Magnets worked with the companies to develop a compact but powerful Overband Magnet that needed limited power (the only power required is to operate the belt which can be done hydraulically or electrically). Master Magnets continue to be one of the world’s largest producers of the Permanent Overband Magnet.
The Master Magnets brand became globally recognisable as export sales increased. In 2003, Master Magnets acquired the company Integrated Recycling Systems and relocated to Redditch. Further acquisition took place in 2005 with the purchase of the Metal Detection business. This further expanded their manufacturing portfolio. Customers were now able to purchase their metal separation and detection solution from one supplier.
Master Magnets continued to evolve and expand. Worley took partial retirement and handed the reigns of the business to Adrian Coleman. Coleman had started his career at Master Magnets in 1984 as an apprentice and witnessed the evolution of the company.
“Master Magnets gave me the opportunity to develop my engineering career,” explained Coleman. “In 1988, they supported me through a four year Mechanical Engineering course at Birmingham University. This gave me the necessary engineering skills to join the design office. As the company grew, I took up the position of Production Manager, before becoming Managing Director in 2008.”
“Master Magnets has developed a long-standing strong identity and reputation as a leader in metal separation technology,” said Simon Ayling, Bunting Magnetics Europe’s Managing Director. “The acquisition means that we can invest in their manufacturing facility in Birmingham and in the development of new separation technology. When Geoff [Worley] founded the company, his aim was to produce well-engineered equipment to solve metal contamination and separation problems. That challenge has been passed onto us and we are excited by the future.”
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At this year’s rejuvenated RWM Exhibition (NEC, Birmingham, 12th – 13th September), the Bunting Magnetics and Master Magnets stand proved to be a great success. Being positioned in a prime stand in front of the entrance, and with working metal separators on the stand, visitors were drawn to see the latest developments in magnetic separation technology.
At an event in the Google headquarters in London, RWM exhibition manager Nick Woore announced their intention to inject new life into the show. The plans sounded positive, although there was still a great deal of doubt from many exhibitors. In fact, in 2018 the number of exhibitors were lower than in 2017, but visitors numbers were higher.
“It was great to see people queuing outside the entrance on the first morning of the exhibition,” said Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales. “As soon as the doors opened, our stand was full of visitors.”
Bunting had two operating production-sized metal separators on the stand:
Dave Hills also gave two presentations on ‘Stainless Steel Separation in Modern Day Recycling’.
“Being able to show visitors the separation capabilities of the equipment was vitally important,” explained Hills. “This made it easier to relate to their metal separation requirements. Following the exhibition we will be conducting tests at our Master Magnets Redditch laboratory, where we can confirm the separation capabilities. It is going to be a busy few months.”
Hills also explained the importance of a successful RWM. “Recycling and good waste management is no longer an option but a necessity and it is essential that there is a UK based trade event. We are looking forward to hearing how the organisers plan to further develop RWM for 2019.”
The UK’s largest recycling exhibition, RWM, takes place on the 12th and 13th September 2018 (NEC, Birmingham, UK). Leading up to the show, we wanted to review three key facts relating to the latest DEFRAdata (from 2016) on plastic packaging waste (published in February 2018).
The Amount of Plastic Packaging Waste
UK households generated 1,015,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste in 2016. This is actually 12% lower than in 2012, although the amount has been relatively stagnant since 2103. In 2016, 20% of all packaging waste was plastic (by weight), although this percentage would be far higher if measured by volume due to the low bulk density of the material.
A Rising Recycling Rate
45% of plastic packaging was recycled or recovered in 2016 compared with 25% in 2012. The 2016 figure is higher than the EU target of 22.5%. Since the beginning of 2018, the UK Government has set a new recycling and recoverable target of 57% by 2020. This means that new strategies are needed to raise the rate by 12% in just four years.
However, there remains a question about what to do with the plastic once it has been recovered. The UK still exports a large proportion of its waste, but this is still classed as being ‘recovered’ and is included in the 45%. Since China closed their doors to waste, plastic waste has being shipped to countries around the world, including Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. This is not a sustainable solution, but it not reported in the statistics. An increasing amount of plastic waste is expected to remain in the UK and it is unclear how it will be managed.
Plastics Recycling Plants
It is widely accepted that there are not enough plastic recycling plants in the UK. In the past, it has been difficult to economically operate a plant with high costs associated with equipment investment and site difficulties due to the flammable nature of plastic waste.
One successful plant is located near Wrexham in North Wales where EcoVyn process 1,000 tonnes per month of good quality plastic waste. EcoVyn installed several Drawer Filter Magnets to remove ferrous metal contamination from the granulated plastic.
There has been a huge change in the public perception of plastic waste since the showing of the BBC series Blue Planet II in 2017. This has forced politicians to start taking action and it will be interesting to see the level of political and governmental engagement at the RWM exhibition.
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The BBC television series Detectorists has significantly increased the public’s awareness of metal detectors, but many people remain unaware of their importance in the recycling of waste materials.
Although the size and design of metal detector used in the recycling industry may be different to those used by the enthusiasts on the television show, the basic concept is the same. When an electric current is passed through the coil of a metal detector, it creates a magnetic field. If a piece of electrically conductive metal is close to the coil, eddy currents will be induced in the metal, and this produces a magnetic field of its own. A separate control recognises that the new magnetic field has changed the metal detector’s magnetic field and identifies that there is metal present.
Metal Detectors are becoming increasingly important in the recycling industry. Magnetic Separators and Eddy Current Separators are widely used to remove liberated ferrous, non-ferrous and even some stainless-steel metals, but are unable to separate metals that are imbedded in material or are unresponsive to these types of metal separators.
This is particularly important in recycling operations where the waste material is large in size and needs to be shredded or granulated. A common location for the Metal Detector is on the conveyor prior to size reduction, where it identifies the presence of any metal that may damage the shredder or granulator. The effect of metal damage can be costly in terms of repair and also downtime. Typical waste materials include plastic, wood, and demolition waste.
There are primarily two different types of Metal Detector suitable for detecting metal in such conveyed material. The Underbelt Conveyor Metal Detector is ideal when handling larger materials of variable shapes and sizes and the aim is to detect larger metal. Two different coil designs mean that the Metal Detector is suitable for belt widths from 100mm to 1200mm. This design of Metal Detector identifies and then stops the conveyor belt. Operators then locate and manually remove the metal contamination.
The second type of Metal Detector surrounds the conveyor belt. This increases the detection sensitivity and is also needed when there is a deeper burden depth on the conveyor. There are various coil configurations, such as the QDC, QTA, and TN77, and the selection is based upon each application.
Once the waste has passed through the process of size reduction and separation, Metal Detectors are commonly used to check that metal is not present in the final product. In some applications, the material will still be conveyed and so previously mentioned designs are used. However, in applications where the particles are now significantly smaller different designs of Metal Detector are required.
In plastic recycling plants, Free Fall Metal Detectors such as the quickTRON 03R not only detect but also reject metal contamination. Gravity free-fall style metal separators are specifically designed to isolate and separate any contaminated material moving in the product flow. They automatically detect, pick up and reject both ferrous and non-ferrous from the product flow without any interruption to the line process.
As each application can be unique, selecting the optimum Metal Detector for an application is best achieved by conducting a site visit to understand the process and the objective.
Visitor interaction is the theme of the Bunting stand at this year’s RWM (12-13 September, 2018, NEC, Birmingham, UK). With their stand (5Q11) in prime-position opposite the entrance to the show, Bunting will invite visitors to take a lump of non-ferrous metal or stainless steel, place it on the belt of the metal separator, and witness separation.
“We wanted to do something different this year,” explained Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales. “Visitor interaction is so important and we want people to handle the metal and then see what happens when they place it on the belt of the metal separation system.”
On the Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator, visitors will be able to separate several different materials. These include large lumps of fragmented stainless steel, from secondary metal recycling plants, and printed circuit boards (PCBs) from electronic recycling operations.
The Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator uses a patented high strength magnetic roll that generates enough attractive power to separate even the weakest magnetic materials. When passing through a shredder, the edges of stainless steel become weakly magnetic and this enables the effective separation. Also, PCBs have small components that are weakly magnetic and these are attracted by the strong magnetic field and separated from non-magnetic materials.
Eddy Current Separators are a common feature at the RWM exhibition. The Master Magnets design focuses on maximising non-ferrous metal separation whilst maintaining product purity levels. The ability to produce the optimum separation of non-ferrous metals is dictated by the design of the high speed rotating magnetic rotor and visitors will be able to place non-ferrous metals on the separator and witness the dramatic and violent separation.
As the Permanent Overband Magnet is one of the most commonly used magnetic separators in the recycling and waste industry, it was important to have a model on show. Hundreds of Permanent Overband Magnets are built at the Redditch manufacturing facility each year and they can be seen on many pre-sorted refuse operations recovering steel cans and mobile plant such as crushers and screens.
“Participating in a demonstration is different to simply watching,” explained Hills. “Visitors to the stand can choose the item they want to separate and then see what happens on the metal separator.”
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Magnetic Separators Remove Contamination from Plastic Waste
EcoVyn Ltd has installed two Bunting Drawer Filter Magnets to remove ferrous metal contamination from plastic waste. Since the installation of the magnetic separators, EcoVyn has reduced their waste by 94%.
EcoVyn Ltd is at the forefront of PVC compounding and brings pioneering new technology to the market place. They offer one of the most advanced and innovative production processes in the UK producing reprocessed, blended and virgin compounds for a variety of applications.
EcoVyn first met Bunting at the Interplas international plastics exhibition in September 2017. The company use a high proportion of plastic waste, of which 80% is post-consumer. Presently, EcoVyn processes 1000 tonnes per month of good quality reclaimed plastic waste, which they plan to increase to 16,000 tonnes per annum. The cleansed plastic waste is blended into virgin material, resulting in a 90% output of grade A product. Waste generated during the manufacturing process is also recycled leaving less than 1% being discarded.
However, plastic waste is often highly contaminated with metal. Metal Detectors were already installed to remove the metal contamination, but the reject rate was very high with over 60 tonnes of waste being generated, of which a high proportion was good quality plastic.
At Interplas, EcoVyn explained the problem to the Bunting team who agreed to conduct a site review. During the review it was concluded that easily removable magnetically-susceptible metal could be removed, leaving the metal detectors to detect and separate non-ferrous metals. This would then significantly reduce the number of metal detector rejections and, therefore, the amount of waste generated.
After a review of the process, Drawer Filter Magnets were recommended to be installed between the screw conveyor transporting the 8-10mm sized infeed material and the metal detector. The metal-cleansed material would then pass onto a pulveriser before continuing through the process.
The Bunting Drawer Filter Magnet is used widely in the plastics industry and enables the simple and effective removal of ferrous metal from free-flowing materials. The Drawer Filters installed at EcoVyn have two rows of high strength Rare Earth Neodymium Magnets. The top row has two Tube Magnets with three in the second row aligned to sit below the gap in the top row. This ensures that all the product strikes at least one of the Tube Magnets, where ferrous metal is attracted by the strong magnetic field and captured.
After the installation of Drawer Filter Magnets, the amount of waste was reduced from 60 tonnes to 4 tonnes.
Since installing the Drawer Filter Magnets, EcoVyn has established that a 20 minutes cleaning frequency is required, highlighting the high level of metal contamination commonly found in plastic waste. The ferrous metal found captured on the Tube Magnets ranges from small fine ferrous dust to nails, washers, steel sheet shards and electrical capacitors.
Following the installation of the Bunting Drawer Filter Magnets, controlled laboratory tests have been conducted at Bunting’s Master Magnets facility in Birmingham which indicated that 99.9% of all ferrous metals had been removed.
The final plastic product produced by EcoVyn is then used to manufacture products such as pipe, internal windows, beading, picture frames, and shoe soles.
Visitors to IFAT 2018 Enthralled by Working Magnetic Separators
An Eddy Current Separator was violently expelling non-ferrous metals from plastic waste on one side of the stand, whilst large chunks of fragmented stainless steel were being separated by the SSSCon the other. ‘Seeing Is Believing’ was very much the basis of the Bunting and Master Magnets stand at IFAT 2018 (14th – 18th May 2018).
“We wanted to showcase our metal separation technology,” explained Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales, “and that meant having production-sized equipment operating on the stand. The positive reaction of visitors highlighted the importance of being able to show metal being separated.”
IFAT is the first major waste and recycling exhibition of 2018 in Europe, featuring 3,305 exhibitors and over 141,000 visitors. Key topics discussed during the week-long show included the filtering of microplastics; more effective recycling of plastics; and the digital transformation of the entire industry.
“Effective metal separation is vital for the successful recycling and reuse of many secondary materials,” said Dave. “As a specialist in Magnetic Separation, we believed that the IFAT show provided the perfect platform to show recycling companies what is possible. The show proved to be exceptionally successful and we are now in discussion with companies all over the world.”
Following the IFAT exhibition, many companies who visited the stand are sending samples to the Master Magnets laboratory in the UK for controlled tests to confirm the separation capability of both the Eddy Current Separator and Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator.
“There was a lot of interest in the Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator. Stainless steel is a problematic material and, due to it’s hardness, can cause real problems in granulators and shredders. Visitors were often surprised to see large fragmented stainless steel being attracted and separated. It has generated a huge amount of interest and there is a lot of work to do.”
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“Orders and interest for our [Bunting & Master Magnets] recycling equipment has never been stronger,” reported Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales.
IFAT is the first major waste and recycling exhibition of 2018 in Europe and is anticipated to be very well attended with a projected 140,000 visitors.
“Since the acquisition of Master Magnets [January 2017] we now have a total metal separation portfolio,” said Hills. “On our stand at IFAT, we will be demonstrating how to successfully separate large stainless steel and recover small non-ferrous metals. We want visitors to see rather than be told what separation is possible.”
At the IFAT exhibition is also looking to meet potential distributors for the Bunting & Master Magnets magnetic separation range of equipment.
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