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:

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The Challenges of Removing Fine Iron from Powders

Magnetic Separators Designed for Processing Powders

Removing metal contamination when the tramp metal and material is granular is far more straightforward than when in a powder form.  To determine the best solution to remove fine iron contamination from powders, it is necessary to have a good understanding of the way the fine materials behave.

Powders are produced and used in a wide variety of industries including food, pharmaceuticals, refractories, and chemicals.  It is estimated that 80% of materials used in industry are in a powdered form.

flour-791840_960_720A ‘powder’ is defined as fine dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing, or disintegration of a solid substance.  The nature of a powder means that the handling and processing tends to be problematic as powders exhibit similar properties to both solids and liquids.

Metal contamination, commonly in an iron form, can be introduced into a material at any stage within a process.  Tramp metal that is undetected and remains in the product before the powder production stage, becomes significantly reduced in size and, subsequently, increasingly difficult to extract.

Magnetically susceptible metal contamination (i.e. iron) is commonly removed using Magnetic Separation Equipment, which traps metal using Ceramic Ferrite or Rare Earth Neodymium Iron Boron (Neodymium) Magnets.  Although there are Magnetic Separators where the magnetic field is produced via an electrical current, the vast majority utilize permanent magnets such as Ceramic Ferrite and Rare Earth Neodymium Iron Boron (Neodymium).  Ceramic Ferrite Magnets produce low strength but deep magnetic fields, while Neodymium Magnets create the strongest permanent magnetic presently commercially available.

Where Does The Metal Originate?

Metal contamination commonly originates in a powder from two sources:

  1. Primary large tramp metal, such as a nail, screw or bolt;Tube Cartridge Magnets Bunting Magnetics-5
  2. Primary or Secondary fine tramp iron. Primary fine iron or magnetic particles are often present in the raw material.  This originates from primary processing, transportation, or even naturally occurs in the original material.  Secondary fine iron originates from a larger tramp metal source that has been reduced in size during the process.  Typically, this could be from a nail, screw or bolt that has been through a size reduction process, or from damaged or worn processing equipment.  Another common source of secondary fine iron contamination is rust, falling into the process from weathered and worn processing equipment such as chains, hoists, and building cladding.

The separation and detection of tramp metal is easier when the metal contamination is in a larger form and can be successfully removed using a wide range of suitable Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors.  Magnetic Separators using standard strength Ceramic magnets, with deep magnetic fields, are ideal.  A good example is the Plate Magnet, often installed in a chute, in a housing, or as part of an In-Line Magnetic Separator.

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Larger metal contamination is also easier to detect on a Metal Detector.  Metal is detected as it passes through the coil of the Metal Detector and an automatic reject system removes it from the flow.  For detection, the magnetic field generated by the Metal Detector has to see a state change.  Finer sized metal produces a lesser state change and thus increases the difficulty in detection.

In a project in Pakistan, a processor of fine Sodium Bicarbonate is using a Quicktron Metal Detector to remove the larger tramp metal.

Removing larger tramp metal with a Magnetic Separator and Metal Detector prior to the processing stage not only prevents the metal from being reduced in size (e.g. converted into a secondary source of fine iron contamination), but also protects delicate processing equipment such as granulators, shredders, and mills from being damaged by the metal.

Once in a powder form, there are processing parameters to consider when assessing the optimum method to remove fine iron contamination.

How Does a Powder Flow?

When a powder is sprinkled, it remains light and free.  However, when the same powder is vibrated or compressed, it may become very dense and even lose the ability to flow.

Individual grains in a powder cling to each other in clumps, in accordance with the Van der Waals force.  This coagulation often results in the fine iron being trapped in among clean product.  The ability of any Magnetic Separator to attract, hold and separate the fine iron is dependent on the iron being as close to the magnetic field as is physically possible.  If the fine iron contacts the surface of a Magnetic Separator with a high strength magnetic field, it will be held.  However, when the fine iron is held inside a coagulation of powder, then it could be held out of the reach of the maximum magnetic force.  Thus, it will not be separated.

The way a powder flows impacts on the design of the Magnetic Separator.  Powders flowing in a hopper may experience classic flow problems such as ratholing, bridging or flooding, all of which could be exacerbated by the design of Magnetic Separator.

Different Designs of Magnetic Separator

Plate Magnets Bunting Magnetics-9797High strength magnetic fields, as produced by Neodymium, are needed to capture fine iron metal contamination.  There are four main magnet configurations suitable for handling powders.

  1. Tube Magnets (also known as Rod Magnets and Cartridge Magnets), often in a multi-rod Grate configuration;
  2. Flat-faced Magnetic Plates;
  3. Cone-shaped Magnets;
  4. Magnetic Drums with a curved magnetic arc;

Although occasionally a Tube Magnet may be used on its own, it is more commonly part of a larger multi-cartridge Grate system.  The Magnetic Grate is designed to fit inside a hopper, or can be supplied complete with a housing (i.e. as a Drawer Filter Magnet).ff-neo-4

In operation, powder falls freely onto the surface of the Tube Magnet where fine iron strikes the surface and is held by the strong magnetic field.  To ensure that the powder makes contact with the Cartridge surface, deflectors are often deployed above the gaps between the Cartridges.

Powder build-up on the surface of a Magnetic Cartridge will reduce the separation efficiency.  Also, in severe cases, a slight build up on the surface of the Cartridge may quickly cause a blockage of the whole housing.

Such blockages can be prevented by ensuring that there is optimum space between the Magnetic Cartridges.  Also, in some cases, the mounting of an external vibrating motor on the side of the hopper or housing will provide enough disturbance to prevent any material coagulation.  The frequency of the vibration needs careful consideration as it could affect the flow ability of the powder.  Additionally, when vibrators are used, the Magnetic Cartridges need to be manufactured to withstand prolonged periods of vibration.

Bunting Teardrop Tube Magnet

‘Teardrop’ shaped Tube Magnets are specifically designed to stop the build-up of fine powder on the surface.  The sharp edge of the teardrop faces up into the product flow and allows material to flow around the edge and into the magnetic field.  Magnetic particles are captured and held underneath the Tube Magnet.

Flat-faced Magnetic Plates are ideal when it is possible for the material to flow over the surface.  For fine iron removal, the Magnetic Plates would use high strength Neodymium Magnets.  This magnetic field is further enhanced when a Tapered Step is added to the face of the magnet.  Captured iron migrates behind the step and away from the material flow, reducing the risk of re-entering the cleansed product.

As well as being fitted into chutes, Magnetic Plates are incorporated into housings.  The Plate Housing Magnets resist bridging and choking to remove tramp iron and ferrous fines from flow-resistant bulk materials.  The stainless steel housings mount easily to enclosed spouting or directly on processing equipment.

There are optional square, rectangular, and round adapters for easy connection to existing chute work.  A baffle at the top of the housing helps break up clumps and directs product flow over the unit’s two powerful Plate Magnets.

Bunting Magnetics In Line Magnet

Plate Magnets are also used in In-Line Magnets and there are two designs:

  1. Gravity In-Line Magnets (GIM) – The Plate Magnets are positioned in round, sloping spouting where material is under gravity flow.  For effective tramp metal capture, the spouting should be angled no more than 60° from horizontal;
  2. Pneumatic In-Line Magnets (PIM) – These designs are for use in dilute phase pneumatic conveying systems (up to 15psi). They can be installed easily with optional factory-supplied compression couplings and work best in horizontal runs with the plate magnet down to take advantage of material stratification;

Another design of In-Line Magnet is the Center-Flow, although the magnetic field is generated in a Cone configuration instead of a Plate.  The Magnetic Cone is positioned in the center of the housing, allowing the powder to flow in the space left between the housing.  Center-Flow In-Line Magnetic Separators are commonly used in dilute-phase pneumatic conveying lines up to 15psi.

To achieve optimum contact with the product flow, a conical magnet is suspended in the center-line of the housing.  This tapered, exposed-pole cartridge has a stainless steel “nose cone” to direct the flow of materials around the magnet.  The tapered poles of the cone magnet allow ferrous fines to collect out of the direct air stream.  Additionally, the trailing end of the magnet is an active magnetic pole and holds any tramp metal that is swept down the cone.

Both types of In-Line Magnet are designed with clamps and doors to enable easy access for cleaning.

drumIn specific applications, a high strength Neodymium Drum Magnet will enable the best level of separation.  The Drum Magnet is gravity-fed, usually via a Vibratory Feeder.  The Drum Magnet has a stationary high-strength magnetic arc positioned inside a rotating outer shell.  When material flows onto the drum magnet, the magnetic field projected by the stationary magnetic assembly inside the shell captures fine iron and holds it securely to the drum’s stainless steel surface.  With contaminants removed, the good product falls freely to a discharge point.  As the drum rotates, the captured fine iron travels along the drum surface and out of the magnetic field, where it is discharged.

There are various magnetic field configurations possible, but the most suitable for removing iron from powder is one that produces a Radial Magnetic Field.  This ensures that once captured, the fine iron does not leave the Drum surface until it moves out of the magnetic field.

Processing powder on a Drum Magnet presents more difficulties that other designs of Magnetic Separators.  Firstly, it is recommended that the Vibratory Feeder has an air bed to produce a consistent feed of powder.  Standard Vibratory Feeders may deliver powder in clumps, significantly affecting the separation performance.

Secondly, the shell of the Drum Magnet should be rotated at high speeds.  This will result in some of the powder pluming, and this can be minimized by keeping the distance between the end of the Vibratory Feeder Tray and the rotating surface of the Drum Magnet to a minimum.

The high rotation speed of the Drum Magnet significantly reduces the amount of product lost to the magnetics.  This is because there is less material on the surface of the Drum at any one time, reducing the chance of entrapment.

The use of Drum Magnets operating at high rotational speeds has been very successful in removing fine iron from abrasives, refractories, and other applications where the material has a high specific gravity.

Ensuring Powder is Metal-Free

As the demand for finer and purer powders increases, so does the need to remove even the finest iron.  Understanding the properties and behavior of the powder is vitally important when considering the optimum method of fine iron separation.  Often the ultimate solution is a series of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors located at strategic points within the process.

For further information on removing fine metal contamination from powders with Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors please contact us on:

Environmental Issues Highlighted at Interplas 2017

Interplas Exhibition Well Supported by Plastics Industry 

On the morning of day 2 of the Interplas 2017 exhibition (26th – 28th September, NEC, Birmingham, UK), BBC Radio 5 Live featured a news item reporting that UK pub operator, JD Weatherspoon, had decided to stop using plastic straws.  This announcement highlighted the challenges facing the plastics sector.

Bunting Magnetics Europe at Interplas 2017

Interplas 2017 is the UK’s premier show for the plastics sector and proved to be a great success.  As experienced at many UK trade exhibitions, the footfall was not as seen at shows in the USA, Germany or other European countries, but the visitors to the Bunting stand had specific metal contamination issues in their plastics production process that needed a solution.

However, plastics and their environmental impact continue to hit the headlines.  Indeed, there were two large posters on the stand of the British Plastics Federation asking:

“As we supply equipment both to companies manufacturing primary plastic products and recycling plastics, we see the problem from both sides,” said Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales.Bunting Magnetics Europe at Interplas 2017

“Even when manufacturing primary plastics, it has been common and good practice for companies to recycle and reuse their plastic waste for many years.  Indeed, this often necessitates the need for Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors, removing any rogue metal introduced during this recycling process.”

“However, the real challenge is collecting, processing and then producing a usable plastic product from recovered secondary plastic materials.  Again, we have installed Metal Separation Systems to remove ferrous and non-ferrous metals (eg at Recapture Plastics), but there remain challenges with the end market for the final recycling-sourced plastic product.”

There appears to be a growing appetite for focusing on the issue of plastics in the environment.  The implementation of charges for plastic bags by firstly the Welsh, and then the UK governments may be the first of many initiatives to reduce the use of plastic products.  The latest announcement by JD Weatherspoon about banning plastic straws is expected to be followed by similar announcements by other major coffee shops and food outlets.

At Interplas 2017, the vast majority of the exhibitors were focused on primary plastic production.  With the ever-increasing global focus on environmental issues, we wonder how different the exhibitor and visitor make-up will be at Interplas 2020.

For further information on Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors for removing metal during the primary plastic production process or in a recycling operation, please contact us on:

 

Getting Metal Out of Plastic on the Bunting Stand at Interplas 2017

Bunting Magnetics Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors at UK Plastics Show

The latest Magnetic Separation and Metal Detection technology will be on display on the Bunting Magnetics Europe stand (Hall 4, Stand H11) at Interplas 2017 (NEC, Birmingham, UK, 26th – 28th September 2017).

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Bunting FF Drawer Grate Magnet

Bunting Magnetics is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors.  The European manufacturing headquarters are based in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, UK and they have an extensive overseas network of distributors and marketing agents.  In January 2017, the company acquired Master Magnets, significantly expanding their range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors.

“Interplas is the number one exhibition for the plastics sector in the UK,” said Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales, “and the show gives us a great opportunity to meet many existing and potentially new customers.”

Bunting Magnetics has a strong global relationship with the plastics sector.  Many of their Magnetic Separators have been designed specifically for use in the manufacture and recycling of plastics and plastic products.

The Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors on the Bunting stand at Interplas are designed to capture, identify and remove metal contamination.  The presence of rogue metal damages processing equipment and affects the end-product quality and reject rates.

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The FF Drawer Grate Magnet is specifically designed for removing magnetically-susceptible particles from plastic.  The standard model has 2 banks of Neodymium Rare Earth Tube Magnets mounted inside a sealed housing.  Other variations are available including a low profile design for positioning underneath large hoppers and silos. Magnetic Separators with Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets remove even the smallest magnetically-susceptible particles.  On the stand will be examples of extremely strong Magnetic Grates, Plate Magnets, Tube Magnets, and the industry-standard FF Drawer Grate Magnet.  Visitors will be invited to test the magnetic strength for themselves.

Bunting Magnetics Europe at RWM16“This combination [FF Drawer Grate Magnet and the quickTRON Metal Detector] offers the best method of removing metal from free-falling materials,” explained Dave Hills.  “The Magnetic Separator captures and holds any magnetically attracted metals such as steel screws, bolts, steel slithers from worn equipment, and even work-hardened stainless steel.  This always proves to be the bulk of the metal contamination.For a complete metal separation solution, the FF Drawer Grate Magnet is fitted above a quickTRON Metal Detector.  The Metal Detector then identifies and rejects any non-ferrous metals.

“Any remaining metal will be identified as it passes through the Metal Detector and then ejected.  The cleansed plastic can then proceed safety into the next stage of the process, whether than is to the extruder or granulator.”

A working, production-sized model of the combined FF Drawer Grate Magnet and quickTRON Metal Detector will be on the Bunting stand at Interplas.  Regular demonstrations will enable visitors to witness the capabilities of the complete metal separation system.

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pTRON Metal Detector

A range of pTRON Metal Detectors designed for use in Pneumatic transportation lines will also be on display on the Bunting stand.

With the acquisition of Master Magnets, Bunting also has an extensive range of Magnetic Separators and Eddy Current Separators for the recycling sector.

“The combined experience of Bunting and Master Magnets means that we have a solution for most metal separation problems.  The Master Magnets Eddy Current Separator is an industry standard and is used to remove non-ferrous metals from plastics in recycling operations across the world,” said Dave Hills.

For further information on the Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors that will be on show at the Interplas 2017 exhibition, please contact us on:

Combined Magnetic Separation Force at RWM2017

Bunting Magnets and Master Magnets Exhibit at Major Recycling and Waste Exhibition

For the first time, the combined Magnetic Separation force of Bunting Magnetics Europe Ltd and Master Magnets will be on stand 5P80 at RWM 2017 (NEC, Birmingham, UK 12th – 14th September 2017).

Bunting Magnetics acquired Master Magnets in January 2017 and the two companies have annually exhibited separately at RWM, the UK’s leading waste and recycling show.  The joint stand will be the first time that the companies have combined forces at a major international exhibition since the acquisition.

Both Bunting and Master Magnets have a rich and long-standing history of supplying separation equipment to the recycling sector and the acquisition creates a world-leading manufacturer of Magnetic Separators, Eddy Current Separators, and Metal Detectors.

“RWM 2017 provides us [Bunting and Master Magnets] with the ideal platform to demonstrate to our customers the benefits of the new partnership,” said Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales.

A working production-sized Eddy Current Separator and High Intensity Separation Conveyor (HISC) will be on the stand at RWM.  In 2017, Master Magnets has had a record year for the sale of Eddy Current Separators, with shipments around the world.  On the stand, the Eddy Current Separator will be shown separating small non-ferrous metal particles from non-metallic materials.

Bunting’s HISC has provided recycling companies with a much-needed solution for separating stainless steel.  Since the original conception, Bunting has developed variants and recently released the SSSC to recover stainless steel of a size up to 13cm (5”).Bunting Magnetics Europe at RWM16

“Our stand will be interactive and dynamic,” said Dave Hills.  “We want visitors to witness metal separation first hand.  Ideally, we want people to bring samples.”

The Bunting Magnetics and Master Magnets stand is focused on recovering and separating metals.  In the recycling sector, this includes separating beverage cans from household refuse using an Overband Magnet; stainless steel from shredded computer hard-drives with the HISC, and small non-ferrous metals in an automobile shredding operation with an Eddy Current Separator.

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“Recovering or removing metal is a vital stage in the recycling process.  Our Metal Separators are used to recover metal for on-sale as with UBCs, and to remove problematic metal as found in materials such as reclaimed plastic.  Fortunately, our team has a great deal of knowledge and experience and we work closely with companies to maximise the separation or recovery of the metal.”

A mobile Metal Separation Module incorporating a high-intensity Magnetic Drum (for ferrous metal separation) followed by an Eddy Current Separator (for non-ferrous metal separation) has recently been launched by Master Magnets and technical information will be available on the stand.

Also promoted at RWM 2017 will be the popular range of Master Magnets Overband Magnets.  The designs include both permanent and electromagnetic configurations.  The permanent Overband Magnet is commonly used in Materials Recovery Facilities across the UK and Europe to recover steel from pre-segregated waste.  Larger and more powerful electromagnetic Overbands are used for more arduous environments and applications.

“With Bunting combining forces with Master Magnets, we now have a range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors to suit all applications.  We are looking forward to meeting and helping visitors solve their metal separation problems at RWM,” said Dave Hills.

For further information on the Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors that will be on show at the RWM 2017 exhibition, please contact us on:

 

 

Plastics and the Environment

The Necessity of a Global Strategy for Plastics Waste

Since 1950, it is estimated that 8.3 million metric tonnes of virgin plastics have been produced.  Of this, 6.3 million metric tonnes has become waste, with 9% being recycled and 12% incinerated.  This leaves 79% that is accumulated in landfills or the natural environment.

The report written by Geyer, Jambeck and Kara Lavender Law is concerning with a prediction of 12 million metric tonnes of plastic being in landfill or the natural environment by 2050.

Hanbury Plastics Bunting Overband Magnet-7975In the UK, organisations such as The British Plastics Federation (BPF) identify sustainability as being key to the future growth of the plastics sector.  They report that the UK uses over 5 million tonnes of plastic each year of which an estimated 29% is currently being recovered or recycled.  The UK has a plastics recycling target of 57% by 2020 and the BPF and Plastics Europe with the support of WRAP are implementing the Plastics Industry Recycing Action Plan (PIRAP) to help meet this target.  However, increasing the amount of plastic being recovered or recycled by 28% in 3 years appears to be exceptionally challenging and maybe unreachable.

The application of plastics technology continues to grow, with the UK launching a new plastic £10 note in September 2017.  And this is because plastics technology produces such versatile and resilient products, properties that make it equally difficult to manage once it has been used and becomes waste.

Designing plastic products to enable easy reuse and recycling appears to be the key.  However, often the aesthetic appearance of a plastic packaging product takes precedence over the post-use waste functionality.

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As an equipment supplier, we understand the difficulties of recycling plastics.  Even though we can remove the metal contamination with Magnetic Separators, Eddy Current Separators, and Metal Detectors, a substantial amount of further processing is required with colour and plastic type separation is often required.  We will be exhibiting at Interplas 2017 (NEC, Birmingam, UK 26th – 28th September), the UK’s premier show for the plastics sector, and it will be interesting to see and hear the ideas and thoughts of the industry.

Designers of plastic products, especially packaging, need to be creative and give reuse and recycling a higher priority during the concept phase.  With the prediction of an ever-increasing production of plastic, a workable environmental strategy has never been more important.

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:

Other articles on Plastics Recycling include:

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:

Export Success at FIP Solution Plastique Exhibition

Bunting Magnetics Support BMS France at Plastics Show in France

Dave Hills, Bunting Europe’s Head of Sales, was on the stand of local distributor, BMS France for the duration of the major annual international plastics exhibition, FIP Solution Plastique, held in Lyon, France between 13th and 16th June 2017.  Dave gave us this report:

“Last week [13th to 16th June] it was hot and humid in Lyon.  And it was debatable whether the air conditioning in the exhibition centre was actually working.  However, the turnout for the show was fantastic.

FIP Solution Plastique is the number 1 show for the plastics sector in France.  There was a technically and globally diverse group of exhibitors present, all specialising in working in the plastics industry.

We were present to support our local distributor BMS France.  Being on the stand gave me the opportunity to develop relationships with the BMS team, deliver some product training, and also learn about the plastics market in France.  I also had the opportunity to meet the BMS Spain team, based in Barcelona.

It was also good to meet and talk with other equipment suppliers, many of who had equipment on display at the show.  It was interesting to hear their feedback on present market conditions.  We find exports visits such as this invaluable.

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Along with our Metal Detectors and Magnetic Separators, BMS had a wide range of equipment on the stand.  There were 3 operating Boy Injection Moulding Machines on one stand and a Woojin Injection Moulding Machine on a 2nd stand.

There were also 5 Wanner Granulators, and Pixargus had a live demonstration of their unique surface inspection and dimension measurement system.

The extensive range of products and the interactive nature of the BMS France stand made it one of the busiest at the show.

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It was interesting to think that all of the aforementioned equipment relies on the plastic pellets and raw materials being metal-free.  And getting metal out of plastic is our speciality.

BMS France was able to talk to visitors about a complete solution, with demonstrations of the quickTRON 03R Metal Detector and FF Drawer Filter Magnet removing both ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

Being in France also gave me an opportunity to hear people’s thoughts about BREXIT.  Unlike some other European countries that I have visited since the referendum, people in France have a very negative opinion about the UK leaving the EU.  In fact, many people asked whether the decision could be overturned.  This just highlights the importance of a negotiated exit that involves free trade.

However, the atmosphere at the exhibition was very positive.  Indeed, BMS France sold 2 Injection Moulding Machines at the show, which was fantastic.  And both will be protected by Bunting Metal Detectors and Magnetic Separators.

An excellent show and we will be back in 2018.”

For further details on the Bunting range of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors used to remove metal from virgin and recycled plastic, please contact our technical sales team on:

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Cases of Metal Found In Food

A Food Safety Nightmare

To mark the start of the UK’s Food Safety Week (19th – 23rd June 2017), we are looking at recent cases where there has been an issue with food safety with specific reference to metal contamination.

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Metal contamination is commonly found in foods as they are being processed.  Metal can be introduced at a number of stages including:

  • Originating in the raw food product prior to arrival at the processing plant;
  • During transportation of the foodstuffs to the processing plant;
  • In the process from process machinery wear or failure;
  • Accidentally by workers or during maintenance;

In the vast majortity of food processing plants, there will be a series of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detector to remove and identify any metal contamination prior to the finished food product leaving the factory.

However, if the Magnetic Separator or Metal Detector is not operating to the optimum efficiency, or if there are no systems to remove metal installed, then metal end up in the food product being purchased by the consumer.

Recent Metal Found In Food Cases

These are some recent cases where metal has been found in food.

  1. In May 2017, William Santus & Co announced that Uncle Joe’s Liquorice & Aniseed Extra Strong Mints (35g tins) were recalled because there were fears that the sweets may contain small pieces of metal;
  2. UK supermarket Tesco faced a ‘metal-in-food’ safety warning in March 2017 when there were fears that the vegetarian product, Quorn Meat Free Mince (300g pack), was contaminated with small bits of metal;
  3. Lotus Bakeries UK Ltd recalled Lotus Biscoff Crunchy Biscuit Spread because the product may contain small pieces of metal.  This affected most of the supermarkets in the UK in March 2017;
  4. Metal Found In Morrisons Green BeansThe food company OK Food Inc (Oklahoma, USA) recalled more than 466 tons of breaded chicken because of possible metal in the food in March 2017;
  5. In the USA, Blue Buffalo dog food had to be recalled in March 2017 after a Lakeland woman reported that she had found metal.
  6. UK supermarket Morrisons was hit by a food safety scare in April 2017, when metal wire was found in green beans;

In all cases, the cost of recalling the product was significant, but for many it was not as high as the damage to the company’s reputation.

Other Food Safety reports relating to Metal-in-Food include:

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:

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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: