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).
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 TN77and 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.
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:
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.”
For further information on the Magnetic Separation equipment on display at IFAT, please contact Dave Hills on:
“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.
For further information on the Magnetic Separation equipment on display at IFAT or to express interest in representing Bunting and Master Magnets in Germany or any other country, please contact Dave Hills on:
Testing Magnetic Separators in Food Processing Plants
In one week, we have conducted Magnetic Separation Audits at three separate UK food processing plants. The audits form part of the quality management system of each company and are used for both internal and external food quality and safety assessments.
A Magnetic Separation Audit involves the physical testing and inspection of all Magnetic Separators.
Physically Testing the Magnetic Strength
The first part of the inspection assesses the magnetic strength. This involves using a Pull Test Kit which includes a spring balance and various sizes and shapes of magnetically susceptible steel test pieces. A Gauss Meter is not used as the readings can be inaccurate and variable. The physical test involves placing the steel test piece on the surface of the magnet (on a magnetic pole) and measuring the amount of force (in kgs) that is needed to remove the item from the surface of the magnet. This is then repeated and an average reading recorded.
Visually Assessing the Magnet
The second set of tests involve the visual inspection of the Magnetic Separators and we are checking for:
The amount of metal contamination captured by the Magnet;
Signs of damage or wear;
Fixings and any related safety issues (e.g. missing restraining nuts);
Cleaning regimes and ease of cleaning;
In the three recent audits there were a number of findings including:
Magnetic Separators were in locations where it was extremely difficult to clean and may be considered a safety risk;
Welds on a Magnetic Separator had been eaten away by the acidic product resulting in liquid penetrating the Tube Magnet. This caused the magnets to expand within the stainless steel casing and also destroyed the magnetic field;
The magnetic strength of some Magnetic Separators (especially those that had been installed for some time) was very poor and the level of separation would be minimal;
In some locations, Magnetic Separators had been removed from the process but were still registered in the system;
The positioning of some Magnetic Separators could be changed to improve the metal separation performance;
Following the Magnetic Separation Audit, a full report, with all the test results, is written and submitted with recommendations. This then forms part of the food processing company’s internal quality audit system and is refereed to when there are inspections from external third parties and customers. Commonly the audit is repeated on a annual basis using the same test parameters.
Similar audits are also undertaken in other industries including Plastics Production and Recycling. An annual health check ensures that the Magnetic Separators are performing to their maximum potential and achieving the separation goals for which they were originally installed.
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:
The Polymer Training and Innovation Centre (PITC) provides training for engineers working with plastics and has an extensive range of working equipment including moulding machines, pneumatic conveying systems, and magnetic separators.
At Technivation, there were talks from machinery manufacturers and also an industry update from the British Plastics Federation. BPF Membership Services Director, Stephen Hunt, highlighted a change in the awareness and public perception of plastics since the airing of the BBC Blue Planet II series at the end of 2017. The BPF have been working hard to clarify misconceptions about plastics, highlighting that plastic is vital in the manufacture of so many products including cars, medical equipment, and IT. They are presently working closely with the UK Government on the proposed tax for single use plastics, which closes on 18th May 2018.
As Stephen Hunt explained, the plastics sector is the 8th largest exporting industry in the UK with a turnover of £25.5 billion. The sector is also the 2nd largest employer in the manufacturing industry. He also highlighted how waste from the USA and European Union combined only contributes 2% to the amount of plastic waste found in our oceans.
Delegates at Technivation had the opportunity to tour the training facility and meet representatives from equipment manufacturers including Summit Systems, Kistler, Arburg, and Staubli. Tom Higginbottom, Bunting’s Sales Engineer, was demonstrating how to effectively remove metal from the plastics process using a combination of a FF Drawer Filter Magnet and Quicktron Metal Detector.
“At Technivation it was really good to be able to demonstrate how to remove metal and also to show how the equipment is actually installed on a working moulding machine,” explained Tom. “We supplied the FF Drawer Filter Magnets to PTIC so that the importance of metal removal is included in the training programmes.”
Magnetic Separator Technology for Plastics Training
The Polymer Training & Innovation Centre in Telford has added a Bunting Magnetics Drawer Filter Magnet to the range of equipment at their plastics manufacturing training facility. The FF Drawer Filter Magnet attracts and captures any fine and coarse magnetically susceptible materials that enter the plastics manufacturing process.
The Polymer Training & Innovation Centre provides polymer training and consultancy, specialising in injection moulding, blow moulding and extrusion training. They are a technical training and consultancy business that is owned by City of Wolverhampton College.
At their Telford training facility, the Polymer Training & Innovation Centre has working production-sized plastics manufacturing equipment for injection moulding, blow moulding, thermoforming, materials handling, and a wide range of other important ancillary equipment.
Technical Trainer, Andrew Dermody, explained the importance of trainees having practical training on the equipment.
“We have great support from the industry and equipment manufacturers such as Bunting. This support means that we can deliver practical training, with a hands-on approach, and that is the best way for our delegates to learn. Having the Drawer Filter Magnet installed exactly as it would be in a production plant, is an ideal way to show our students best-practice and highlight the importance of metal removal.”
The training facility at Telford was refurbished in early 2017 and Bunting supplied the FF Drawer Filter Magnet in March 2018. The FF Grate Magnet is bolted onto the bottom flange of a Summit Systems fed hopper. The Magnetic Separator has a transparent front plate so that operators are able to see the material passing through or held within the system. Virgin plastic beads fall from the hopper through two rows of high strength Tube Magnets, which attract and hold any magnetically susceptible materials. The Tube Magnets use ultra-strong, permanent, Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets. The cleaned plastic beads are then fed into the Engel injection moulding machine. Removing all metal contamination ensures that the final plastic product is free from defects and reduces the amount of waste and potential damage to moulding machines.
On a regular frequency, dictated by the amount of metal captured, the Tube Magnets are removed as one complete assembly from the housing and cleaned. The design of the Drawer Filter Magnet means that removal of the Magnet Assembly is quick and easy, keeping maintenance times to a minimum.
“The Bunting design is good as it is very visible,” said Dermody. “Often Magnetic Separators are placed out of sight in hoppers, which means that they can be forgotten. In this installation, the Drawer Filter Magnet is right in front of the machine operator and the clear front allows easy visual checking of the magnets.”
Bunting also supplied Drawer Filter Magnets for use in the classroom and the Polymer Training & Innovation Centre plan to incorporate ‘metal separation’ as one of the course topics.
The Drawer Grate Magnet is widely regarded as standard for the plastics industry and Bunting has supplied thousands to plastics manufacturing operations globally.
“It is great that delegates are able to see, in practice, the importance of having good Magnetic Separation equipment in the plastics process,” said Tom Higginbottom, Bunting’s Sales Engineer. “Even with virgin raw materials, there is always a small amount of fine ferrous metal contamination and there is always the risk of larger tramp iron that could seriously damage the injection moulding machine.”
On the 18th April 2018, the Polymer Training & Innovation Centre is staging the Technivationevent at their recently upgraded training facility in Telford. During the day there will be a series of short technical presentations, the opportunity to experience their Polymer on-line simulation software, and the chance to meet and talk with primary and secondary equipment suppliers including Bunting Magnetics. Visitors will be able to learn more about Polymer Apprenticeship’s and Funding and discuss their organisations own training requirements.
Bunting and Master Magnets Joint Sponsorship of Waste, Recycling & Skip Trade Exhibition
The combined Magnetic Separation might of Bunting Magnetics and Master Magnets has signed up as the headline sponsors of WASTE’18 for the second year in succession.
WASTE’18 provides an ideal platform for companies involved in waste management, recycling, and the skip trade to meet and discuss developments in the sector. The exhibition takes place on Thursday, 5th July 2018 at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, near Coventry.
“We are really excited to announce our headline sponsorship,” said Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales. “With the dynamic changes happening in the waste sector, exhibitions such as Waste are vitally important in bringing technology companies and waste processors together.”
WASTE’18 organiser, Andrew Gold, welcomes the news. “Both companies are great supporters of the event, and it’s a bit like welcoming old friends into your own home. Their world class products are always popular amongst visitors, and if last year’s stand is anything to go by they’ll be drawing large crowds on the day.”
The focus on the Bunting and Master Magnets stand will be on maximising metal separation. This includes:
Eddy Current Separators for separating and recovering non-ferrous metals such as aluminium beverage cans from presorted refuse and fine non-ferrous metals from waste electronics;
Stainless Steel Separator for either recovering or removing stainless steel from non-magnetic materials such as in the recycling of plastics and waste electronics;
Overband Magnets to recover steel beverage cans from presorted refuse and re-bar from demolition waste on mobile crushers;
“Our group of companies [Bunting Magnetics Europe and Master Magnets] has never been busier manufacturing equipment for the waste and recycling sector. Being seen at exhibitions such as WASTE’18 is really important as we can demonstrate what metal separation is possible. We are really looking forward to the show,” explained Dave.
Magnetic Separators Remove Metal During Baby Food Production
A Baby Food producer based in Germany has purchased a further 14 In Line Magnetic Separators to guarantee a metal-free product. The latest 14 In Line Magnetic Separators are in additional to 28 already supplied and installed as they equip their food manufacturing plants across Europe.
In Line Magnetic Separators are designed to easily fit into an existing pneumatic or gravity fed pipeline transporting food stuffs. Both ends are fabricated to connect with the installed pipework. The central body of the In Line Magnet has a strong Rare Earth Neodymium Plate Magnet.
A key feature of the In Line Magnetic Separator is that there is no restriction to the product flow. In this particular project, baby food passes through the body of the In Line Magnet and any ferrous or weakly magnetic materials are attracted by the strong magnetic field and then held against the face or the Plate Magnet.
The Plate Magnet has a tapered step, which intensifies the magnetic force and also provides an area to collect rogue metal contamination.
As the Baby Food has chucks of vegetables and meat, it was important that there was no restriction to the product flow where the food could be damaged or blockages could occur. The Magnetic Liquid Filter, which uses Rare Earth Neodymium Tube Magnets, would not have been suitable for this application.
Periodically, the captured metal is cleaned off the face of the Plate Magnet. Access is designed to be simple and quick, with the Plate Magnet swinging away from the body on hinges.
All 42 In Line Magnetic Separators are designed for use in pneumatic pipelines up to 15 psi. They are manufactured from Stainless Steel there are a range of standard sizes available.
For more information on the Pneumatic In-Line Magnet or any Magnetic Separator, please contact our team on:
Bunting Magnetics and Master Magnets have booked the stand greeting visitors as they enter through the main entrance at this year’s RWM recycling and waste exhibition (NEC, Birmingham, UK 12-13 September 2018).
“After last week’s RWM Digital Marketing Masterclass in London, we got together with Nick and the new RWM team and talked through the best way forward,” explained Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales. “Everyone wants this show to be a success and so have taken the bold step of securing the stand opposite the entrance to the show. Our aim is to have our stand full of working equipment to immediately capture the imagination of the visitors.”
Bunting Magnetics has been gradually increasing their presence at the show over the past 5 years.
“We started with a small stand at the back of the hall,” said Dave. “Over the past few years our presence in the recycling industry has grown, especially when we acquired Master Magnets [January 2017]. And our stand has gradually increased in size and moved towards the show entrance.”
On the larger stand, that will greet visitors to RWM, Bunting and Master Magnets plan to exhibit a wide range of Metal Separation equipment including:
“Exhibiting working equipment at exhibitions has always worked for us,” said Dave. “Seeing is believing and that starts at an exhibition. Last year, visitors saw the separation capabilities of our Stainless Steel Separator and Eddy Current Separator and subsequently conducted tests in our laboratory at Redditch. We want to demonstrate what is possible with our new and innovative technology.”
The stand at RWM18 will be the largest Bunting and Master Magnets has ever had in Europe.
“As one of the biggest manufacturers of metal separation equipment in the world, we wanted to make a bold statement. We have some great ideas for visitor engagement at RWM and are already starting on our planning!”
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 website or contact us on:
Germany Based Representative Required to Support Developing Business in the Recycling Sector
With the expanded Bunting and Master Magnets product portfolio of Magnetic Separators, Eddy Current Separators and Metal Detectors, the search has started for a new representative in Germany for the recycling sector.
“With the addition of the Master Magnets range of separation equipment, we have identified exciting opportunities in the recycling sector in Germany,” explained Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales.
“We now have one of the most extensive and complete ranges of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors in the world. We are already exporting separation equipment to Germany and other countries, but recognise that we need a locally based representative,” said Dave. “This is a great opportunity and we are looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with a recycling industry specialist.”
The expanded range of separation equipment used in the recycling sector includes:
Stainless Steel Separator
The revolutionary Stainless Steel Separator is installed after primary Magnetic Separation and Eddy Current Separation to remove either weakly magnetic materials from the primary product to produce a clean recycled material (eg UPVC window frames, recycled plastics, etc), or to recover valuable materials (eg stainless steel and PCBs).
Eddy Current Separators
The Eddy Current Separator (ECS) is an advanced metal sorting unit that is capable of separating non-ferrous metals such as aluminium and copper from dry recyclables. A mobile Metal Separation Module incorporating the Eddy Current Separator and a high intensity Magnetic Drum (called the ‘Mastertrax‘) has proven very popular.
Permanent Overband Magnets
Mastermag Overband Magnetic Separators are renowned around the world as the most effective units for the continuous removal of tramp ferrous material from a product stream. Simply suspended across a conveyor belt, metal is lifted up and then discharged using a self cleaning belt.
Under the well-known brand, Metal Detection Ltd, Bunting has a varied range of Metal Detectors to suit many different applications. There are designs to suit a wide range of applications and sensitivities.
Other Magnetic Separators in the range include Pulley Magnets, Drum Magnets, Scrap Drum Magnets, Electro Overband Magnets, and a wide range of smaller equipment including FF Drawer Grate Magnets and Plate Magnets.
For further information or to express interest (for representing Bunting in Germany or any other country), please contact Dave Hills on: