Changes in E Waste Management Highlighted at IERC 2018

Future of Electronics Recycling Discussed at 17th International Electronics Recycling Congress

IERC 2018 closed on Friday 19th January 2018 with a stark warning that changes are needed in the global management of E-waste.  Attending the congress were 480 international experts from 42 countries.

WEEE E WasteBunting Magnetics Europe’s Managing Director, Simon Ayling, was at the congress for the first time.

“All the leading companies and organisations involved in E-waste were present at the congress,” said Simon.  “There was a very honest and open assessment of the present state of the industry, with a focus on what needs to change.”

Many visitors to the Bunting Magnetics stand had issues with separating Stainless Steel.

“Stainless steel is clearly a major issue when processing WEEE.  Up until now, it has been difficult to effectively [physically and economically] extract the stainless steel.  This then causes problems with shredder wear and the contamination of the end product.  With the HISC and SSSC, we have Magnetic Separation solutions for both small and large sized Stainless Steel.”

At IERC 2018, there was a focus on change.  As developing countries introduce tighter restrictions on the shipment of waste in general [EPPM – China raises drawbridge on incoming overseas plastic waste], a more holistic approach is needed.

New technology, like the Bunting Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator, and increased automation were identified as being vital to improve WEEE recycling rates.

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

The amount of E-waste is ever-increasing and the shrinking product size is making recycling increasingly difficult.  Rising collection costs and falling value of the end recycled product may lead to more localised e-recycling.  There also needs to be a clear political strategy with a standardisation of regulations.

WEEE E Waste“It was clear that the industry faces a challenging future,” observed Simon.  “Being able to successfully recycle WEEE can be prohibitively expensive and is further complicated with local and global environmental regulations.  Companies involved in processing E-waste are having to continually modify their businesses to survive in an ever-changing industry.  Hopefully, our Magnetic Separation technology will help.”

For further information on Metal Separation including Stainless Steel Recovery and Removal, or to assess the right Magnetic Separator or Metal Detector for a specific application, please contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: sales@buntingeurope.com
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Metal Separation at IERC 2018

Bunting Exhibiting at 17th International Electronics Recycling Congress (17-19 January 2018)

IERC, the first major recycling event of 2018, is being held in Salzburg, Austria between the 17th and 19th of January.  For the first time, Bunting Magnetics will have a stand at the event.

During the 3 day congress, experts from around the world will discuss the latest issues facing the recycling world such as the Chinese ban on plastic waste imports and the continued drive towards electric vehicles.

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

Technology is always high on the agenda as new innovations make it possible to recover and separate an increasing number of valuable metals whilst reducing the amount of unusable waste.

Bunting has developed a wide range of Magnetic Separator technology.  Following the acquisition of Master Magnets in January 2017, Bunting is able to provide solutions to separate any metals.

Stainless Steel Separation

Stainless Steel becomes very weakly magnetic when bent or cut (as when passed through a shredder).  Bunting developed two new Magnetic Separators, the High Intensity Separation Conveyor (HISC), and the Stainless Steel Separation Conveyor (SSSC).  Both systems have ultra high magnetic fields that enable the attraction and deflection of Stainless Steel, enabling separation.  Production sized equipment was recently on display the RWM 17 exhibition in the UK.

Non-Ferrous Metal Separation

The Eddy Current Separator remains a vital part of any recycling process, separating and recovering non-ferrous metals.  Master Magnets have a number of Eddy Current Separator configurations enabling the separation of large and very small non-ferrous metals.  In 2017, Master Magnets manufactured and shipped a record number of Eddy Current Separators.  This is as a direct result of companies seeing their equipment’s superior separation capabilities.

General Ferrous Metal Separation

Separating metal at stages is the key to enabling the best recovery and purity of metal.  General Magnetic Separators are commonly used earlier in the process to recovery or remove ferrous metals and include:

Bunting Europe’s Managing Director, Simon Ayling, will be at the congress.  If you have a specific application, please see us on our stand.

In the meantime, for further information on Metal Separation or to assess the right Magnetic Separator or Metal Detector for a specific application, please contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: sales@buntingeurope.com
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Top 10 Read Bunting Blogs of 2017

Which Magnetic Separator Articles Proved Popular in 2017?

In 2017, we have posted 48 articles and news stories on a wide range of subjects from metal contaminated food, environmental issues of plastic waste, and review of major trade shows such as Waste 17 and Interplas.

But which ones proved to be the most popular?

Here’s the top 10.

10 – Magnetic Separation Myths – You Can Block a Magnetic Field

The 8th of 10 myths on Magnetic Separation was published in February and highlighting how difficult it is to block out a magnetic field.

9 – Where are Metal Separators Positioned in a Plastics Plant?

This is one of the ‘Perfect Plant’ series of blogs, first published in March 2016, assessing a typical plastic plant and highlighting the best locations to remove metal contamination.

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8 – ‘Ingesting Metal Fragments Can Cause Injury’ states FDA

On their website, the US FDA review the issue of metal contamination and highlight the dangers of consuming food products contaminated with metal.

7 – Cases of Metal Found in Food

For the UK’s Food Safety Week in June, we looked at recent high profile cases of metal being found in food and investigate how these problems could have been prevented.

6 – Magnetic Separation Myths – It Is Easy to Clean a Magnetic Separator

The 10th of the 10 Magnetic Separator myths was published in March, looking at the difficulties of cleaning high strength magnets and providing some simple solutions.

5 – Getting Metal Out of Recycled Tyres and Rubber

This article, assessing the best ways to remove metal from shredded rubber, was first published in April 2016, but still remains popular.

4 – How do you Separate Stainless Steel?

This article was published in April 2015 and highlights the challenges and solutions of separating stainless steel.

3 – 3 UK Waste and Recycling Facts

In the week prior to the UK’s recycling and waste show RWM17, we investigated three facts on how the UK handles and recycles our waste.

2 – Bunting Acquires Master Magnets

In January, we announced the acquisition of one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors, Master Magnets.

1 – What is an Axial and Radial Magnetic Field?

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Despite the huge news coverage and interest in the acquisition of Master Magnets, the most read blog in 2017 was an article first published in August 2016.  The technical article explains the difference between an Axial and Radial Magnetic Field when used in a Magnetic Separator such as a Drum Magnet or Magnetic Pulley.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading our news and blogs in 2017 and please keep reading in 2018!

For further information on Metal Separation or to assess the right Magnetic Separator or Metal Detector for a specific application, please contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: sales@buntingeurope.com
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Top 10 Blogs Bunting 2017

Our 2017 Review

A Look Back at Our News & Blogs from 2017

2017 has been another busy and exciting time for Bunting Magnetics Europe with some great news stories.  In this blog we look back at the past 12 months and review the stories that hit our headlines.

January

bunting_master_magnetsWe started the year by announcing that Bunting had acquired leading UK Magnetic Separator and Metal Detection company Master Magnets.  This changed the Magnetic Separator landscape in Europe.

At the same time, the Bunting team was exhibiting at the Arabplast exhibition in Dubai.  The plastics focused event was attended and visited by plastics professionals across the region.  Sales were even made on the stand!

Our 7th of our 8 Magnetic Separator Myths examined the impossibility of achieving 100% metal separation.

To finish off January, we announced record sales in 2016 despite the backdrop of Brexit and political uncertainty.

February

We started the month with our 8th Magnetic Separator myth, asking if it was possible to block a magnetic field.

Bunting also joined the British Plastics Federation, reflecting our longtime involvement in the sector providing metal separation solutions.

Bunting at Exposolidos 2017

Our exhibition focus in the month was Exposolidos in Spain with our local representative SMED Tecnica.

In February, we also asked the question of whether our Environmental future is simple down to design?  This was written in response to the growing awareness of the environmental impact of waste that would gradually intensify through the year.

We finished off the month with the launch of the Teardrop Tube Magnet, ideal for use in fine powders where bridging might be an issue.

March

The strength of a Magnetic Separator is often expressed in ‘gauss’.  However, the vast majority of people are unable to measure gauss and so we showed a simple practical way to check the magnetic power using a simple spring balance.

Our 9th Magnetic Separator myth highlighted the dangers of strong Magnets and our 10th myth looked at ways to easily and safely clean captured metal off  Magnetic Separators.

We also investigated a US FDA report stating the ‘Ingesting Metal Fragments Can Cause Injury‘.

In March, we exhibited at the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show in Farnborough UK.

April

Metal is commonly found in spices and we examined a typical plant and identified the best locations for Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors.

We also reported that we sold a record number of Plate Magnets in 2016 for export to Indonesia and 28 In-Line Magnets to a German baby food producer.

New Bunting Sales EmployeesWith the continued growth of the business, we were thrilled to announce the appointment of two new sales engineers, Tom Higginbottom and Gordon Kerr.

In April, UK supermarket Morrisons was hit by a metal-in-food scare and we looked at how this could have happened and ways in which such a problem could have been prevented.

May

Our Food Safety theme continued in May when, during a metal separation survey, we found large amounts of metal safely captured when processing rice.  Our Perfect Plant review assessed the best methods and equipment location to ensure that metal is removed from Processed Vegetables.

Exports continued to proved successful with the shipment of a HFS Drawer Magnet to a Plastics recycling company in France.

Our technical review in May reviewed the effect of high temperatures on Rare Earth Magnetic Separators.

June

There was a political flavour to news in June after the UK’s general election and we investigated what the leading parties were promising with regards to the environment.  At the same time, Bunting and Master Magnets were jointly exhibiting at Waste 17, a major UK recycling show in Manchester.

The week after, Bunting supported local representative BMS France at the FIP Solution Plastique exhibition in Lyon, France.

To mark the UK’s Food Safety Week, we reviewed recent cases of ‘metal’-in-food’ and the potential implications for the manufacturer, sales outlet, and customer.

July

Denis_Elkins_Bunting_Magnetics_Europe-2176In July, we were thrilled to announce the successful transition to ISO9001 2015 Quality and the ISO14001 2015 Environmental Standards.

In the media there was increasing attention on the issue of plastic waste in the environment and we commented on the necessity of a global strategy for Plastic Waste.

August

The environmental theme continued in August asking if the UK could realistically increase their metal packaging recycling rate by 10% by 2020.

September

As a prelude to RWM17, the UK’s largest waste and recycling show, we looked at 3 UK Waste and Recycling Facts such as asking how much waste do we actually generate?

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

After exhibiting at RWM, there were many questions being asked by exhibitors and visitors about the future of the event despite the importance of recycling and the global waste problem.

October

Bunting Magnetics Europe at Interplas 2017

The UK’s leading plastics show, Interplas, is held every 3 years and, as in previous years, it was very well supported by both exhibitors and visitors.  The environmental issues associated with plastic waste was gathering momentum.

Removing metal from fine powders can be extremely difficult and we produced a technical report looking at the best techniques and ideal equipment.

Tom Higginbottom attended the successful Bulk Solids & Powders show SyMas in Poland with the local Bunting representative TEKPRO.

November

The Manufacturing and Engineering industries have been concerned about the lack of young engineers and hopefully initiatives such as Tomorrow’s Engineers Week will help address this issue.

We were also excited to report two consecutive record sales months in September and October.  2017 was proving to be as successful as 2016.

Our latest Perfect Plant review focused on the brewing of beer and ensuring that all metal is removed to protect delicate processing equipment and the taste of the beer.

December

Pantomine BlogThe BBC TV series Blue Planet had highlighted the global problem of plastic waste in our oceans.  However, as the pressure increased on the plastics sector, we asked whether Plastic was the Pantomime Villain of the recycling world?

We hope you have enjoyed reading our news and blogs in 2017.  If there are any topics that you would like reviewed, then please get in touch and send an email to Paul our press officer (press@buntingeurope.com).

For further information on Magnetic Separators or Metal Detectors please contact the Bunting team on:

Bunting Europe Announces Record Monthly Sales

Continued UK Manufacturing Success for Bunting

Bunting Magnetics Europe Ltd has had two consecutive months of record sales in September and October 2017.

The latest announcement of record monthly sales follows a prolonged period of growth.  Sales in 2016 reached a record high for the European operation and in January Bunting announced the acquisition of UK magnetic separator and metal detector competitor, Master Magnets.

Dave_Hills_Bunting_Magnetics_Europe-8758Dave Hills, Bunting Europe’s Head of Sales, gave an insight into the background of the latest record figures:

“Despite media reports of a potential slowdown in manufacturing and continued concerns about BREXIT, we [Bunting Europe] continue to see a growing demand for our products.  Our ongoing growth is the result of continued investment in our resources, both mechanical and personnel, whilst expanding our presence overseas.  It’s been tough, but we continue to work hard to execute our strategic plan.”

Sales growth has been across the Bunting product portfolio that includes the supply of high powered Magnets such as Neodymium, complex and bespoke Magnetic Assemblies, and Magnetic Separators for processing and manufacturing industries such as plastics and food.  The latest figures do not include sales for the Master Magnets part of their business, which has also seen significant growth in 2017 since the acquisition.

24 months ago, Bunting Europe set out a strategy to significantly expand their overseas network of sales representatives and distributors.  This has been supported with regular support at trade fairs, training and visiting customers to countries including Poland (SyMas Exhibition, October), Dubai (Arabplast, January), Spain (Exposolidos, February), South Africa (ProPak, March), and Belgium (AJ Solutions Open Day, March).

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17
Magnetic Separators and Eddy Current Separators operating on the Bunting and Master Magnets stand at the RWM17 exhibition (Sept 17)

The export focus has also been supported by exhibiting at five major trade shows in the UK.  Bunting featured at the international plastics exhibition, Interplas UK in October, and also joined Master Magnets for a joint presence at two major recycling shows, Waste 17 (June) and RWM17 (September).

“Our marketing activity in 2017 has been very busy,” explained Hills, “and the result is sustained sales growth.  With that growth, we have to invest by expanding our team: in the offices, on the road, and on the shop floor.  It is an exciting time and we already working hard on implementing our plan for 2018.”

For further information on Bunting Magnetics Europe’s record sales months or their range of Magnets, Magnetic Assemblies, Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors, please contact us via:

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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:

Positive Vibes For Recycling at Waste 17

High Interest in Magnetic Separators and Eddy Current Separators at Waste 17

Despite the rain and the General Election, Waste 17 proved to be a great success on 8th June 2017.  The Waste 17 exhibition was held at Manchester United’s ‘Theatre of Dreams’, their Old Trafford football ground, with both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

“We were really excited [about Waste 17] as this was the first time that Bunting Magnetics and Master Magnets had exhibited together since the announcement of the acquisition in January [2017],” said Bunting Managing Director, Simon Ayling.

Bunting and Master Magnets were headline sponsors of the only Northern-located recycling and waste exhibition, organised by the team at Skip Hire Magazine.  The exhibition was well attended by both exhibitors and visitors.  In the external area, there was a wide range of large mobile recycling plant, waste collection skips, and vehicles.  Companies in the indoor exhibition were providing both services and equipment to the waste and recycling sector.  There was also a seminar area.Waste_17-0634

The Bunting/Master Magnets stand was located directly in front of the main entrance doors and on display was an operating Eddy Current Separator, Permanent Overband Magnet, and Metal Detector.  On the Eddy Current Separator, small non-ferrous metal was being separated from shredded plastic.

“This year we wanted to show visitors our equipment,” explained Simon.  “Having a working Eddy Current Separator on the stand is always impressive and we were able demonstrate the separation capabilities.  There was a really positive reaction from the visitors’ and we are sure that undertaking demonstrations was an important factor in the high number of enquiries.”

The team were also able to demonstrate the depth of field of the Permanent Overband Magnet, used to separate ferrous metals from conveyed non-magnetic material as found in MRFs and Sorting Stations.Waste_17-0813

“The joining of Bunting and Master Magnets has been tremendously successful.  Being together at Waste 17 gave us a chance to meet and talk with existing and new customers and show that our ability to provide a complete metal separation solution has been enhanced.  We are now looking forward to our next joint exhibition, RWM17.”

For further details on the Bunting range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors used to recover or remove metal to enable recycling, please contact our technical sales team on:

Bunting and Master Magnets Headline Sponsors of Waste 17

Metal Separation Technology Operating at Waste 17

Bunting Magnetics Europe and Master Magnets are the headline sponsors of this year’s Waste 17 recycling show being held at the Old Trafford Football Ground in Manchester on Thursday 8th June.  An operating Eddy Current Separator and Stainless Steel Separator will be separating metals on stand A40 and we welcome visitors to bring along a sample to test.

Bunting Magnetics Europe at RWM16The Waste and Skip Trade Exhibition is being held for the 4th year, with an annual growth in exhibitors and visitors.  Bunting and Master Magnets have both exhibited since 2015.

“With the acquisition of Master Magnets, this is a big year for both companies and Waste 17 is the first time that we will be exhibiting together,” said Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales.

The amalgamation of the two product portfolios provides an extended range of metal separation solutions for the recycling sector.

The Master Magnets Overband Magnet is used extensively in recycling operations such as MRFs and on mobile plants.  Suspended above a conveyor, the Overband attracts and lifts metal out from non-metallic materials.

Master Magnets Mobile Eddy Current Separator (1200)Being demonstrated at Waste 17 is the Master Magnets Eddy Current Separator, used to separate non-ferrous metals from non-metallic materials.  2017 has proved to be a very busy year for Eddy Current Separator projects.  Metal Separation Systems incorporating Eddy Current Separators have been exported across the world and projects include a Finnish Waste Processing Plant.  At Waste 17, they will be officially launching the Mobile Eddy Current Separator.

Working alongside the Eddy Current Separator is the Bunting Stainless Steel Separator.  The two metal separators work side-by-side in recovering or removing non-ferrous metals from non-metallic materials such as reclaimed plastic.

“Visitors will be able to see stainless steel and non-ferrous metals being separated on our stand, ” reported Dave.  “Seeing is believing and we wanted to demonstrate our expanded metal separation capabilities.  This is a very exciting time for us and our customers.”

For more information of the Waste 17 show or Metal Separation Equipment such as the Eddy Current Separator, Stainless Steel Separator, and Overband Magnets, please contact us on:

Phone:  +44 (0) 1442 875081

Email:  sales@buntingeurope.com

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Bunting Expands the Sales Team

Gordon Kerr and Tom Higginbottom Join Bunting Europe

Bunting Magnetics Europe Ltd has expanded their UK sales team with the appointment of two new sales engineers.  The appointments follow a period of sustained sales growth and the acquisition of Master Magnets.

New Bunting Sales EmployeesTom Higginbottom (left in the photograph) joins Bunting’s external sales team and has an engineering background, with particular knowledge of hydraulics.  Tom’s focus will be face-to-face customer contact, providing onsite support and advice on solving metal contamination problems.

In a new internal role, Gordon Kerr is responsible for business development.  Gordon previously held a sales and marketing position at Anglian Home Improvements before becoming a Project Manager at Ceramica & Stone.

“There is a real positive vibe in the company,” said Gordon, “and I am looking forward to contributing to the company’s success.”

Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales, explained the reason for the appointments.

“Meeting clients at site continues to be one of our top priorities.  It enables us to get a better understanding of the problems faced by the client, which ultimately results in being able to offer better solutions.  As we [Bunting} have grown and expanded, the demand for visits has increased and appointing Tom was a natural progression.  Tom has a wealth of engineering experience and is an exciting addition to the team.”

“With Gordon, we have a new focus on business development.  He will be working very closely with the external sales team, identifying potential clients and arranging meetings.  His appointment marks the proactive action we need to take to reach out to new customers.”

Tom and Gordon will be supporting customers who need Magnetic Separators, Metal Detectors, and Factory Magnetic Solutions including Lifting Magnets and Magnetic Chucks.

For further information on the appointment of Tom and Gordon, please contact us on:

New Bunting Sales Employees
Gordon and Tom with Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales

Plate Magnets Remove Metal from Tobacco

Record Export Sales for Plate Magnets

Bunting Magnetic Europe manufactured a record number of Plate Magnets for Export to Indonesian tobacco processing plants in 2016.  Each Plate Magnet is installed to magnetically attract and hold tramp metal and nearly 100 were manufactured.

Plate Magnets are used in tobacco processing to remove metal contamination introduced from collection and transportation of tobacco leaves, or in the process.  The Metal Contamination can be large in the form of a nail or bolt, or as small shards.  Metal can damage delicate processing equipment such as the blades on the tobacco leaf cutter, which can prove to be very costly.

Metal Found in Plastic Recycling Bunting MagneticsPlate Magnets are available in two magnet strengths.  Standard Ferrite or Ceramic Plate Magnets are suitable for larger tramp metal.  However, for removing metal from tobacco, higher strength Rare Earth (Neodymium Iron Boron) Magnets were required.  These produce exceptionally strong magnetic fields and capture very fine magnetic particles.

Although many Plate Magnets are installed in chutes, these models for this tobacco installation were mounted above the conveyors.   Metal contamination is magnetically attracted up off the moving conveyor and onto the face of the Plate Magnet.  The amount of metal captured by the Plate Magnets was substantial.

Each Plate Magnet had a Flat Face and was designed to be Self-Cleaning.  They were also supplied with a mounting kit and removable lever.

The specifications of the Plate Magnets supplied were:

  • 31 Rare Earth (Neodymium Iron Boron) Plate Magnets with 165mm (6.5″) deep magnetic field;
  • 38 Rare Earth (Neodymium Iron Boron) Plate Magnets with 125mm (5″) deep magnetic field;
  • 29 Rare Earth (Neodymium Iron Boron) Plate Magnets with 90mm (3.5″) deep magnetic field;

Bunting Plate Magnets

Plate Magnets are one of many designs of Magnetic Separators used in the process sector.  The type of Magnetic Separator is dependent upon the application and the type of metal contamination.

For further details on Plate Magnets or addressing any Metal Contamination and Separation issue, please contact our technical sales team on:

Other articles on Plate Magnets include: