Our 2018 Review

A Look Back at Our News & Blogs from 2018

BREXIT and concerns about plastic waste have dominated the news in 2018.  Despite the BREXIT pessimism, UK exporters continue to export and the plastics industry is working hard to pacify environmentalists.  2018 has been another great year for Bunting Europe and we look back on the past twelve months of our news and blogs.

January

WEEE E Waste2018 started with the announcement of our attendance at the 17th International Electronics Recycling Congress (IERC) in Salzberg, Austria.  After the event, we write a review highlighting that the congress recognised that changes in e-waste management are needed.  Secondary electronics continues to be a source of many valuable and precious metals.  With technology such as the Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator, it is possible to recover printed circuit boards (PCBs) from waste.

Towards the end of January, we listed the record number of exhibitions and conferences being attended in 2018.  It was going to be another busy 12 months.

We also announced of search for a representative in German to help develop business in the recycling sector.  This search remains ongoing.

February

The UK Government had announced that 2018 was going to be the Year of Engineering.  We announced our support, highlighting the need to encourage young people to seek a career in an exciting and ever-changing industry.

RWM Digital Masterclass 2018_02_06In February, we were invited to attend a RWM digital masterclass at the Google headquarters in London.  The RWM exhibition had been acquired by PRYSM Media and they wanted to show how they were going to breathe new life into the struggling event.

A week later we announced our continued support for RWM with confirmation of exhibiting in 2018.  We had taken the opportunity to book one of the premier stands, immediately opposite the entrance to the show.  With our extensive range of Bunting and Master Magnets metal separation equipment, we wanted to demonstrate that we are now one of the major suppliers to the recycling industry.

One of our large ongoing export orders is supplying In Line Magnets to a baby food producer in Germany.  By February 2018, we had supplied 42.  The In Line Magnets remove ferrous metal contamination.

Our final blog of the month focused on how contamination is hindering the recycling of plastic.  Plastic recycling companies face huge challenges due to unnecessary and avoidable contamination.

March

Our first blog in March asked whether recycling in the UK was reaching crisis point.  What were the politicians going to do with recycling targets unlikely to be achieved and the ongoing pressure to deal with plastic waste?

Mark Harris Bunting Magnetics EuropeWe announced the expansion of our sales team with the appointment of Mark Harris, a field sales engineer for the Southern part of the UK.

In February 2018, Youngs Seafood had recalled fish cakes due to the possible presence of metal and plastic.  We investigated how this could occur and what measures were needed to prevent re-occurrence.

In March, Bunting and Master Magnets were announced as the joint headline sponsors of the WASTE’18 exhibition.  We also announced that Bunting and Master Magnets were exhibiting high intensity magnetic separators at the Ceramitec trade show in Munich, Germany.  Master Magnets has a global reputation in the ceramics and mineral processing industries and Ceramitec is one the premier world exhibitions.

In a move to pacify environmentalists, the UK Government announced a new UK drinks container recycling strategy in March 2018.  However, the announcement raised more questions than answers and we assessed whether the proposed changes would make a difference.

April

In 2017, the UK Food Standards Agency reported six cases of food being recalled due to metal contamination.  We reviewed all six cases and assessed why the problems occurred and how they could have been prevented.

Ceramitec 2018

Ceramitec was held between 10th and 13th April 2018 and proved to be a great success.  An order for two Master Magnets Electromagnetic Filters was placed at the show by a Turkish ceramics producer.

In Telford, UK the Polymer Training and Innovation Centre added a Bunting Magnetics Drawer Filter Magnet to the range of equipment at their plastics manufacturing training facility.  This extended the range of equipment used to train the next generation of plastics engineers.  Later that month, the Polymer Training and Innovation Centre held the Technivation conference, attracting delegates from across the UK plastics sector.

In April, we had conducted 3 separate Magnetic Separation Audits at UK food companies.  Each audit using the Pull Test assessment method of determining magnetic strength by measuring the force needed to remove specific metal items from the surface.  The audits found that several of the Magnetic Separators were no longer fit for purpose due to damage, age or location.

May

We announced our support and sponsorship for the Tŷ Hafan #5in55 Mountain Challenge.  Between the 5th and 7th July 2018, a group of Dads, whose families have been supported by Tŷ Hafan, were aiming to climb and travel between five UK mountains in a maximum of 55 hours.  We had been thrilled to sponsor the Ben Nevis leg of the challenge.

Bunting Master Magnets IFAT 2018

Our next exhibition was 2018 was the IFAT tradeshow in Germany.  IFAT was the largest waste and recycling focused event in Europe and an ideal location to demonstrate the Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator and Eddy Current Separator.  The show proved to be exceptionally successful.

June

In early June, the UK Food Standards Agency announced the recall of 59 pastry products due to the potential presence of metal.  This affected products being sold by major UK food retailers Tesco, Aldi and Nisa.

Bunting Magnetics Drawer Magnets at Ecovyn

The busy exhibition schedule continued with a review of the Hillhead 2018 event.  Master Magnets had exhibited at the show for decades and this was the first joint stand.  The show was another success with orders were secured on the stand.

Plastic waste returned to our news with a review of FF Drawer Filter Magnets installed at EcoVyn in Wrexham, UK.  Since the installation of the magnetic separators, EcoVyn had reduced their waste by 94%.

July

We started with a review of the WASTE’18 show where we were offering companies a ‘Metal Separation MOT’.  The exhibitions train kept rolling and our next blog reviewed the CARS 18 exhibition at NAEC in Stoneleigh, UK.

Plastic waste and recycling hit the headlines again in July.  Brussels-based Plastic Recyclers Europe (PRE) and the Association of Plastic Recyclers in Washington, USA concluded that there are four conditions that define a plastic product as being “recyclable”.  This appeared to be a logical and helpful proposal that is yet to be accepted by the EU and the UK.

August

With the RWM show being less than 1 month away, we reviewed our attendance at the show.  With such a prominent stand, we wanted it to be very interactive and turned it into a metal separation test centre.

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The UK Food Standards Agency announced the latest metal-in-food safety alert, reporting that Tereos UK had recalled Granulated Sugar due to the presence of small metal pieces.  We reviewed the challenges of removing metal from sugar.

In August, Skip Hire Magazine featured an article we had written entitled ‘Metal Detectors Detecting More Than Treasure‘.  The article was re-published as a blog and looks at how Metal Detectors are used widely in the waste and recycling industry.

In anticipation of the RWM waste and recycling show in September, we reviewed 3 facts about plastic packaging waste.  These included how much plastic waste is produced, the present recycling rate, and the existing plastic recycling plant infrastructure.

September

RWM 2018 Exhibition

The rejuvenated RWM18 proved to be a huge success for the organisers and Bunting.  There was a constant flow of traffic on the stand with a great deal of interest in the working Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator and Eddy Current Separator.

Later in the month, we celebrated the 2018 Recycle Week (24-30 September) by reviewing three successful plastics recycling projects.

October

In October 2018, the Master Magnets brand celebrated its 40th anniversary.  Over 40 years, Master Magnets has developed into one of the world’s leading suppliers of magnetic separators and metal detectors to the mineral processing, ceramics and recycling industries.

Our technical article ‘Practically Measuring Magnetic Separator Strength‘ reviewed practical and accurate methods of testing magnetic separators.  This method is used by many food processing companies as part of an annual audit of their processing equipment.

Bunting Europe Health and Safety Committee

We had reason to celebrate in October, with the announcement that we had been awarded the ISO45001 international standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S).  This relates to all activities on their European manufacturing headquarters in Berkhamsted, United Kingdom.  Congratulations to our Health and Safety Committee!

One extensive Magnetic Separation Audit undertaken in 2018 was for Jordans Dorset Ryvita at their factory in Poole, UK.  The 3-day audit reviewed 52 different Magnetic Separators.

There was more export success with the sale of 24 Drawer Filter Magnets to a plastics producer in France.  The sale had been secured by Bunting’s local representative BMS.

November

Despite the growing unrest about BREXIT, there was still positive news about business overseas.  15 Magnetic Liquid Traps were sold to fruit juice producers in Spain.  Additional orders are expected in 2019.

Tekemas Team at Scanpack 18

Dave Hills and Tom Higginbottom provided support to local representative Tekemas at two trade shows in Scandinavia.  The Scanpack show in Goteburg, Sweden and FoodTech in Herning, Denmark provided an opportunity to gather information on the local market and provide training.

Plastic waste returned to the news with a blog that was first featured as a headline article in the British Plastics & Rubber magazine (Nov/Dec 18).  The article was titled ‘The Changing Face of Plastics Recycling‘ and assessed changes made in 2018.

December

Eder_Design_Training_Visit_4489Laura Joubert from our South Africa representative Eder Design traveled to the UK for product training.  Over a week, Laura had the opportunity to meet both the Master Magnets and Bunting teams, whilst receiving training on Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors.

As 2018 draws to a close, we reviewed our first overseas exhibition of 2019:  ArabPlast.  We attended ArabPlast, Dubai, UAE in 2017 and it proved to be a big success with orders secured on the stand.  We will again be exhibiting in 2019 (5-8 January 2019).

We hope you have enjoyed reading our news and blogs in 2018.  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:

RWM Becomes Metal Separation Test Centre

Interactive Stand 5Q11 at RWM

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.

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The separation of stainless steel on a magnetic separator

“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.”

Operating on the stand at RWM will be a production-sized Eddy Current Separator and Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator, and demonstration-sized model of the popular Permanent Overband Magnet.

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.

Dave Hills will be speaking about the Stainless Steel Magnetic Separator in the Alternative Fuels Theatre on Wednesday 12th (12:30-13:00) and Thursday 13th (11:45-12:15).

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.

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Non ferrous metals being separated on the Eddy Current Separator

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.”

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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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:

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