Practically Measuring Magnetic Separator Strength

Technically Assessing Magnetic Separator Power

A Magnetic Separator is designed to attract, capture and hold magnetic particles.  The magnetic strength needed to successfully achieve that design objective is commonly stated in a magnetic separator supplier’s quotation or specified in the tender.  This ‘Magnetic Strength’ is usually referenced in terms of ‘gauss’, a unit of measurement.  However, the ‘gauss’ value can be very difficult to accurately measure.

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Fine iron contamination captured on Tube Magnets

There is a more practical method of assessing the magnetic strength.  This removes any ambiguity whilst providing simple, repeatable, and comparable data to assess most Magnetic Separators.

Measuring Magnetic Strength

The magnetic strength of a Magnetic Separator is often referenced in terms of ‘gauss’.  Gauss (symbolized G) is the centimetre-gram-second (cgs) unit of magnetic flux density. A flux density of 1 G represents one maxwell per centimetre squared (1 Mx ­ cm -2 ).  It is named after the German scientist Carl Friedrich Gauss.

Gauss can be measured using a Gaussmeter.  However, it is important to note that the Gauss rating on its own does not fully indicate the strength of a magnet.  Additionally, gaussmeters can give a range of readings dependent upon the orientation of the probe and several other variable parameters.

Proposals for Tube Magnets often include details of length, diameter and the gauss reading.  With the gauss reading being so difficult to test and prove, purchasers and users are unable to check that the Tube Magnets supplied actually meet the specification of the quote and the order.

However, in terms of Magnetic Separation the objective for the user is simple; the magnetic force must enable the attraction and capture of any magnetically susceptible metal.  That ability can be measured as a function of the effort needed to remove a specific steel item from the surface.

The Method

Measuring the effort needed to remove a steel item from the face or surface of a Magnetic Separator is achieved using a spring balance and is commonly called a ‘Pull Test’.  The magnetic test piece (e.g. a 6mm ball bearing welded onto a non-magnetic attachment ring) is clipped onto the end of the spring balance.

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A Pull Test Kit ‘Spring Balance’

The magnetic test piece is placed on the surface of the Magnetic Separator and force applied at the other end of the spring balance until it is detached.  The force required to remove the magnetic test piece (measured in kgs) is recorded on the measurement scale of the spring balance.

Measurements are taken in the centre of the Tube Magnet and on the end poles.  They are repeated three times and the average recorded as the force required to remove the magnetic test piece at each point.

The following video explains the Pull Test technique.

This simple but effective method does not record or provide any indication of the gauss, but accurately provides data that can be used to compare the condition of a Magnetic Separator over time and compare the performance with other similar designs.

Pull Test Experiments

Magnetic Separator designs vary considerably depending on the application.  The Pull Test technique is suitable for measuring the magnetic strength of smaller Magnetic Separators such as Tube or Cartridge Magnets and Plate Magnets.

Tube or Cartridge Magnets are often used stand alone or as part of a Magnetic Separator configuration (e.g. Drawer Filter or Liquid Trap).

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Magnetic Test Piece

A small steel ball is used as the magnetic test piece when measuring the magnetic strength of a Tube or Cartridge Magnet (the photograph shows a 6mm diameter ball)

The metal test piece is attached to the end of the Spring Balance and then placed into the magnetic field, being attracted to the magnetic pole.

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Magnetically Attracted Metal Test Piece

In a series of experiments, we used the Pull Test technique to assess the magnetic strength of Tube Magnets with Ceramic (Ferrite), Standard Neodymium Rare Earth, and High Strength Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets.

The tests were undertaken using three different sizes of steel ball in the magnetic test piece (6mm, 12mm and 25mm) and introduced non-magnetic spacer to assess the magnetic strength at specific distances away from the surface (3mm and 6mm).  All the recorded measurements are in kilograms (kg)

Ceramic (Ferrite)

Gap 6mm Ball 12mm Ball 25mm Ball
None 1.25 1.75 2.5
3mm NR NR 1.2
6mm NR NR NR

Graph - Ceramic Tube Magnet

Note:  all measurements are recorded in kilogrammes.

Standard Neodymium Rare Earth

Gap 6mm Ball 12mm Ball 25mm Ball
None 2 4.25 9
3mm 1.2 1.6 2.45
6mm NR 1.25 1.5

Graph - Std Neo Tube Magnet

Note:  all measurements are recorded in kilogrammes.

High Strength Neodymium Rare Earth

Gap 6mm Ball 12mm Ball 25mm Ball
None 3.75 9 14.5
3mm 1.5 2.5 4.6
6mm 1.1 1.5 2.25

Graph - High Strength Neo Tube Magnet

Note:  all measurements are recorded in kilogrammes.

In all cases, the drop off in magnetic strength as you move away from the surface of the Tube Magnet is significant and this highlights the need for metal contamination to come into contact with the surface.  Arrangements where the Tube Magnets are configured as a Grate (i.e. are lined up and equally spaced) commonly have a deflector above the gap between the Tubes that directs material in the area of maximum magnetic strength.

Comparison

The tests highlight the difference in magnetic strength on the surface, with high strength Rare Earth magnets producing nearly 3 times as much pull as Ceramic magnets.

Findings During Magnetic Separator Audits

Magnetic Separator Audits often highlight issues that had previously gone undetected.  The first check focuses on the physical integrity of the Magnetic Separator, inspecting welds, and assessing wear and damage.  Once these have been completed, the measurements are taken.

The most common findings when undertaking magnetic separator audits are:

Weld Failure

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Consequence of weld failure on a Liquid Magnetic Filter

Magnetic Liquid Filters, fitted into pipelines, have Tube Magnets that are welded to a lid and project down into the product flow.  Metal is attracted and captured on the surface of the Tube Magnet.

In cases where the welds have failed (e.g. poor manufacture, eaten away by acidic or alkaline liquids), liquid will seep into the tube and onto the magnets.  The magnets then swell and lose magnetic strength, ultimately splitting the outer stainless-steel casing.

Tube Magnet Wear

When material falls directly onto the surface of a Tube Magnet, over time the surface can be worn.  Wear usually occurs on the poles where magnetic particles have been captured.  Once the outer stainless-steel casing has been breached, the Tube Magnet should be replaced.

Weak Tube Magnets

Magnetic separation audits highlight the variance in magnetic strength of Tube Magnets.  Often, the Tube Magnets have been installed for some time and details of the original specification have been lost.  When testing the magnetic strength, some Tube Magnets are found to have very poor strength and provide little if no metal separation protection.  This is of great concern when the Tube Magnet is positioned to protect a particular item of processing plant where metal contamination damage could result in production downtime and costly repairs.

Conclusion

The Pull Test Experiments highlights the importance of physically checking the real magnetic strength of a Tube Magnet and not only replying on the stated gauss.  Including details of the force needed to detach a 6mm steel ball from the surface of the Tube Magnet in the request for quotation and the order, protects the user and ensures that the supplied equipment is as exactly as stated.

This ‘Pull Test’ measurement technique also enables a regular comparative test that will immediately highlight any drop in magnetic strength.  This can be used in annual audits or inspections as part of a plant’s quality management system.  A change in ‘pull’ strength may be the result of physical (e.g. failed weld, broken magnets from being dropped) or excessive heat.  The reduced magnetic force may result in the magnetic separator no longer being fit for purpose.

For further information on measuring the strength of a Magnetic Separator, please visit our website or contact us on:

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Photographs taken and videos produced by Paul Fears Photography

3 Successful Plastics Recycling Projects for Recycle Week

Celebrating Recycling Success

The theme of the 2018 Recycle Week (24-30 September)  is ‘Recycling. We do. Because it matters.’  Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, organised by WRAP under the ‘Recycle Now‘ brand.

Recycling has never been more prominent in the news, with managing plastic waste high on the agenda.  We work with many plastic recycling companies and have provided many magnetic separators and metal detectors to remove metal contamination.  To celebrate Recycle Week we wanted to talk about plastics recycling success and also highlight the changes faced by companies recycling plastic.

EcoVyn Reduce Waste by 94% with Bunting Drawer Magnets

Bunting Magnetics Drawer Magnets at Ecovyn

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.  By installing Drawer Magnet Filters, EcoVyn reduced their waste by 94%.

HFS Drawer Magnets Removes Metal from Recycled Plastics

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A French plastic recycling company installed the Drawer Magnets to remove fine iron contamination present in the recovered and granulated plastic.  If the metal is left in the reclaimed plastic, it causes serious defects in the new plastic product and can also damage processing equipment.

Metal Separation Module Cleans Recycled Plastics for Recapture Plastics

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A new plastics recycling plant was built in Kent, UK.  The plant was designed to handle up to 25 tonnes per hour of reclaimed plastic.  Once shredded, the plastic is passed over a strong Drum Magnet (to remove small ferrous metals) followed by an Eddy Current Separator (to remove non-ferrous metals).  The end product is also passed through a Quicktron Metal Detector prior to the clean plastic being bagged ready for shipment.

Contamination Hinders Plastic Recycling

We work with many plastic recycling companies located across the world.  Every company is faced with the problem of contamination.  Contaminated plastic waste is worthless and processing is required to remove contaminants, such as metal and stone, to make this waste product reusable.

We are fortunate to be working with some amazing companies in the waste and recycling sector.  Their innovation and knowledge continually increases the amount of materials we can recycle and reuse.

For further information metal separation equipment designed for removing metal from plastic waste and in other recycling applications, please visit our website or contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: press@buntingeurope.com
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Photographs taken by Paul Fears Photography

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A Rejuvenated RWM Exhibition

Busy Stand for Bunting Magnetics at RWM

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.

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Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator in action

In January 2018, Prysm Group announced that they had taken on the flagging RWM exhibition.  Attendance of the RWM exhibition in 2017 had been poor and many exhibitors had lost faith with the event.

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’.

RWM 2018 Exhibition

“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.”

More photographs from the RWM exhibition can be seen on our Flickr photograph album.

For further information metal separation equipment designed for removing metal from plastic waste and in other recycling applications, please visit our website or contact us on:

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Email: press@buntingeurope.com
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Photographs taken by Paul Fears Photography

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Metal Contaminated Sugar Alert

Latest Metal Contamination Food Safety Alert

On the 28th July 2018, the UK Food Standards Agency released a food alert announcing ‘Tereos UK recalls Granulated Sugar due to the presence of small metal pieces‘.  This is the third report of metal being found in food reaching the consumer in 2018 after six metal contamination alerts in 2017.

Metal In Sugar

Metal enters the food manufacturing process via many different avenues.  Metal can be present in ingredients being delivered to a food processing plant and unless removed at source can enter the process and cause significant damage.  Equipment failure and wear can also lead to metal contamination and is usually removed with the right combination of magnetic separators and metal detectors.

The source of the metal contamination in the granulated sugar is presently unknown and an investigation is most likely underway.  The sugar is sold in the UK by the retailers Iceland, Poundland, and Sainsbury’s and has been recalled.  The metal contamination will be costly in terms of direct financial cost and reputation.

Getting Metal Out of Sugar

Removing metal contamination from granulated sugar is commonly achieved using Drawer Filter Magnets and Plate Magnets.  Plate Magnets are installed in chutes where the sugar flows over the surface.  Due to the small size of the sugar granules Neodymium Rare Earth Plate Magnets are preferable, producing the highest magnetic attractive force to remove small ferrous and magnetically-susceptible work-hardened stainless steel.

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Due to the potential sticky nature of the sugar, sleeved Drawer Filter Magnets are often preferred, in an easy-clean design.  The Rare Earth Tube Magnet sits tightly inside a fixed stainless steel outer tube.  Cleaning forms part of a daily maintenance schedule, with the Tube Magnets being withdrawn from the sleeves to drag and deposit metal contamination in a discharge chute.

Magnetic Separation Audits

Bunting engineers conduct regular Magnetic Separation Audits at many food manufacturing plants.  An audit involves the visual and physical inspection of every magnetic separator in a plant to check on the location, suitability integrity (ie checking welds and for wear), and magnetic strength (which can deteriorate with excessive heat, weld damage, or if dropped).  In April three Magnetic Audits were conducted and highlighted a number of issues that have since been addressed.

For more information on preventing Metal Contamination Food Safety Scares, or to arrange a free onsite survey and audit of a particular plant or process, please contact the Bunting team on:

Phone:  +44 (0) 1442 875081

Email:  sales@buntingeurope.com

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Metal Recovery Focus at CARS 18

Metal Recovery Equipment on Show at CARS Exhibition

At the CARS 2018 exhibition (11-12 July 2018, NAEC, Stoneleigh, UK), the focus on stand M6 will be on maximising the recovery of metal whilst also maintaining purity levels.

The Complete Auto Recycling Show (CARS) is Europe’s premier event for auto recyclers and material processors. It is the only event of its kind, drawing over 1,200 attendees from across the globe in 2016.

Unlike traditional trade shows, visitors get the chance to experience not only the indoor exhibitions, but to see working line demonstrations, participate in offsite tours, visit the Skills Lab and access the Conference Theatre – all included within the free ticket.

Master Magnets, the recycling focused division of Bunting Magnetics Europe Ltd, will be demonstrating the separation and recovery of non-ferrous metals and stainless steel on stand M6.

“Our focus is on recovering as much metal as possible in a high value grade,” explained Dave Hills, Bunting and Master Magnets Head of Sales.  “There is always a balance between recovery and purity and the best results often come from several stages of separation.”

Master Magnets has a complete range of metal separation equipment for every stage of metal recovery.

Ferrous Metal Separation

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The primary metal separation stage in any recycling plant focused on ferrous metals.  Large Drum Magnets, specifically designed for the arduous environment, are commonly used along with smaller Drum Magnets and Pulley Magnets.

Non Ferrous Metal Recovery

Eddy Current

Eddy Current Separator designs have been perfected to enable the recovery of even the smallest non-ferrous metals.  Two rotor configurations (ie concentric or eccentric) are available to suit the specific application.  Recent developments include a precise splitter positioning system to maximise recovery and purity.

Stainless Steel Separation

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Stainless Steel Magnetic Separators are a relatively new addition to the metal separation range of equipment that has been extremely popular in USA secondary metal processing plants.  There are two variations available:

HISC (High Intensity Separation Conveyor) – This enables the magnetic separation of small and mid-sized stainless steel – 10mm to 40mm (½” to 1½”) – and for wire-cleaning applications.

SSSC (Stainless Steel Separation Conveyor) – With a patent magnetic circuit design of high-intensity neodymium magnets, the SSSC can remove up to 94% of irregular shaped stainless steel – up to 125mm (5”) in size – from auto shredding or wire chopping stream.

On stand M6 at the CARS exhibition there will be demonstrations of both non-ferrous metal recovery on an Eddy Current Separator and Stainless Steel separation.

For further information on Bunting Magnetics and Master Magnets and our range of metal separation equipment designed for the metal recycling, please visit our websites or contact us on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: press@buntingeurope.com
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Metal Separation MOT at WASTE 18

A Free Review of Magnetic Separators and Eddy Current Separators

At this week’s WASTE’18 Expo (Thursday, 5th July 2018, Warwickshire Event Centre, Leamington Spa, UK), on stand A Bunting Magnetics and Master Magnets are offering a free Metal Separation MOT.

The Metal Separation MOT involves a site visit to review the positioning, set-up, strength, and separation performance of Magnetic Separators and Eddy Current Separators.

Over time, it is not unusual to find that the positioning and set-up of metal separation equipment has been changed.  This may have occurred during a maintenance period or during a break down, or there could have been a change in the plant layout.  Assessing the installation as an external auditor enables a review with a fresh pair of eyes.  At the end of the MOT, a report is prepared and submitted and this can form part of a company’s quality management.

For further information, please see us on stand A at the WASTE’18 expo.

At the show, Bunting and Master Magnets will be exhibiting and demonstrating the Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator and the Mastermag Eddy Current Separator.

Separating Stainless Steel

Bunting Master Magnets at RWM17

The successful recovery or extraction of stainless steel from mixed non-ferrous metals (eg WEEE) or non-metallic materials (eg plastic waste) has been an issue for many recycling companies.  The Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator has been designed with an ultra strong magnetic circuit to attract and deflect the weakly magnetic metal.  Stainless Steel becomes weakly magnetic, usually on the edges, when passing through a shredder or granulator.  Demonstrations on stand A at WASTE’18 will show stainless steel being separated.

Separating Non Ferrous Metals

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Maximising the recovery of non-ferrous metals, such as aluminium and copper, increases financial return whilst also reduces the amount of material passing to landfill.  On the stand, there will be demonstrations to show how effective the Mastermag Eddy Current Separator is in the high yield and high purity separation of small and large non-ferrous metals.

With the global focus on waste management and recycling, especially with regards to plastic waste, this year’s WASTE’18 is expected to be busier than ever.

To register for WASTE’18 go to Free Visitor Registration.

For further information on Bunting Magnetics and Master Magnets and our range of metal separation equipment designed for the waste and recycling sector, please visit our websites or contact us on:

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Email: press@buntingeurope.com
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EcoVyn Reduce Waste by 94% with Bunting Drawer Magnets

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%.

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Bunting Drawer Filter in situ at EcoVyn

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.

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Granulated plastic waste

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.

Bunting Magnetics Drawer Magnets at Ecovyn
Ferrous metal captured on the surface of the Tube Magnets

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.

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Ferrous metals captured by the Bunting Drawer Grate Magnet including nails, a capacitor, washer, wire and steel sheet shard

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.

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:

Hillhead Attracts Bunting Europe

Bunting Europe Exhibit at Hillhead for the First Time

Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors for the quarrying, mining and recycling industry will be on show on stand C9 at this year’s Hillhead exhibition (Hillhead Quarry, Buxton, 26-28 June 2018).

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The joint Bunting Europe and Master Magnets stand will feature Permanent Overband Magnets (self and manual clean designs) and two different types of Metal Detector (the TN77 and QTA).

“Hillhead has always been a really important exhibition for Master Magnets,” said Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales.  “The Master Magnets Overband Magnets and Metal Detection Ltd range of detectors are widely regarded as industry standards for both quarrying and recycling.”

Held in a limestone quarry in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside, Hillhead is the largest exhibition of its kind anywhere in the world. Continually adapting, it provides a spectacular and unique setting for exhibitors and visitors alike to do business amongst live working demonstrations and static displays.

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Many quarries use the combination of a Permanent Overband Magnet and Metal Detector to protect processing equipment such as screens, crushers and conveyor belts.  The Overband Magnet removes any magnetic tramp metal leaving the Metal Detector to identify non-magnetic metal parts such as manganese steel digger teeth.

“The recycling of construction waste continues to grow in importance and features strongly at Hillhead,” said Dave.  “With equipment such as the Mastertrax Mobile Eddy Current Separator, we have practical solutions for removing ferrous and non-ferrous metals.”

May through to July is a very busy exhibition period for Bunting Europe and Master Magnets.  Hillhead is just over one month after the very successful IFAT waste and recycling show in Germany and is followed by the Waste ’18 exhibition (Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, 5 July) and CARS (NAEC Stoneleigh, 11-12 July).

“Exhibiting at these events is so important,” explained Dave.  “We meet both existing and potentially new clients and can also show them what our equipment can do.”

For further information on the Magnetic Separation and Metal Detection equipment on display at Hillhead, please contact Dave Hills on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: dhills@buntingeurope.com
Via the website

Master Magnets Mobile Eddy Current Separator (1200)

59 Pastry Products Potentially Contaminated with Metal

Tesco, Aldi and Nisa Recall Pastry Product Due to Potential Metal Contamination

On the 2nd June 2018, the Food Standards Agency announced that the Addo Food Group was recalling batches of chilled pastry products, including sausage rolls, pasties, pastry pies and slices because of potential contamination with small pieces of metal wire.  This is the latest food safety recall due to metal contamination and the announcement comes seven days before the start of National Food Safety Week.

Addo Food Group manufacture the chilled pastry products as own-branded products for major UK supermarkets Tesco, Aldi and Nisa, as well as those produced under the Walls and Millers brands.  The extent of the recall is substantial, with 59 products being recalled.

How Does Metal Get Into Food?

Unfortunately, food product recalls due to metal contamination are relatively common with 6 Food Safety Scares reported by the UK Food Standards Agency in 2017.

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However, with the correct combination of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors, such disastrous and costly product recalls should not happen.

Metal can enter the food production process at a number of stages:

  1. Metal can be present in the foodstuffs being delivered.  To prevent such an introduction of metal into the process, many food processors pass the in-feed material over Magnetic Separators and through Metal Detectors;
  2. Processing equipment wear and failure (e.g. screen break, pump collapse, etc) can cause metal to enter the process stream;
  3. Accidental introduction by people on site;

However, with the right combination of metal separation and detection equipment, such metal can be found and removed before any finished product leaves the production facility.

How To Prevent Metal Contamination

The vast majority of food processing plants have Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors installed.  Many of these have been in operation for many years which, in some cases, can be decades.

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Demonstration of how to use the Bunting Magnetics pull test kit to measure the strength of Tube Magnets and Plate Magnets

During some recent Magnetic Separator Audits at UK food processing plants, we have found Magnetic Separators that have been:

  • Damaged and no longer have any magnetic strength;
  • Moved and are positioned in such a way that it is very unlikely to capture any metal contamination;
  • Cleaned too infrequently, resulting in a substantial build up of captured metal until the magnet face is full and the Magnetic Separator no longer operates;
  • Purchased and installed without any check of the magnetic strength, which subsequently turns out to the very weak;
  • Installed many years previously and now provides limited protection due to the poor magnetic strength;

To prevent metal contamination problems, it is advisable to have an annual audit by an external third party.  This audit then forms part of the quality and safety management system.

It will be interesting to determine the cause of the latest food recall due to metal contamination, but it will take longer to damage the reputation of the manufacturer Addo Food Group and consumer confidence in the affected products.

For more information on the issue of Metal Contamination and Metal Separation, or to arrange a free onsite survey and audit of a particular plant or process, please contact the Bunting team on:

Phone:  +44 (0) 1442 875081

Email:  sales@buntingeurope.com

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Metal Separation Demos Ignite Interest at IFAT 2018

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 SSSC on 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.”

For further information on the Magnetic Separation equipment on display at IFAT, please contact Dave Hills on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Email: dhills@buntingeurope.com
Via the website