Page 24 - HUB-4 Magazine Issue 82
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  MRF’s & Recycling News
Sorting from incinerator bottom ash residue
The Scanmetals group of companies has three sites in Europe where it produces non-ferrous metals out of incinerator bottom ash (IBA) from waste incineration plants. The cleaned and separated metal fractions are sold around the globe to primary and secondary smelters, refineries, foundries and mills.
The Danish company gets all its sorting solutions for non- ferrous metals from STEINERT. The owner, Ejvind Pedersen, likes the fact that this centralised method of procurement saves time, allowing him to concentrate on developing innovative recycling ideas. Pedersen compares the efficiency and reliability of STEINERT with that of German automotive manufacturers. He stresses the confidence that his production staff have in the equipment and how easy the technical components are to operate.
Pedersen explains: "We produce four truckloads of aluminium a day. What makes this so significant is that industry doesn't then have to be supplied directly from primary mining and improves its environmental footprint by using high-quality secondary raw materials. This translates into CO2 savings of 90 %."
Pedersen focuses on the production of high-grade aluminium. The process starts with the non-ferrous metals separator for recovering Zorba from the ash. The next step is separating the stainless steel using an induction sorting system. Thanks to x- ray transmission, the STEINERT XSS T EVO 5.0 produces very pure aluminium by sorting out heavy metals. The sorting equipment's detection rates are so precise that it produces an aluminium purity of up to 99.8%; material which is always highly sought after on the market. This also allows the metal to be kept in circulation for long periods. Secondary raw materials with high levels of purity are needed for high-grade applications.
It's about more than price alone
The Stena Recycling group of companies has a network of 178 recycling plants in Europe and employs more than 3500 people. Every year, Stena recycles over 6 million tons of complex waste materials. The Stena Nordic Recycling Center handles 500,000 tons of complex materials annually, saving 870,000 tons of emissions.
Jesper Fournaise, Outbound Sales Manager at Stena Recycling S/A, is responsible for the production and sale of aluminium. "We're the green gods," is how Fournaise describes his team. By this, he means that scrap is converted into recyclable material that's fed back into the production cycle. When asked what has changed the most over the last few years, he says: "We used to ship our scrap to the Far East, where it was sorted by hand and we didn't know what happened to the material. Advancements in technological sorting represent one of the greatest differences. Now, here in our own country, we're able to use x-ray technology to meet maximum quality standards and to put the metal back into commercial use."
According to Fournaise, for a long while it's not just been about the sales price of a metal: "Our customers, the smelters, save CO2 by using secondary raw materials and sorting is one of the most important primary stages. Because we strive for qualities similar to those of primary aluminium, we opted for sorting technology from Steinert. Steinert simply delivers the exact values we need for copper, zinc, manganese and magnesium. We've conducted continuous tests and now we've found the right level of quality."
High levels of reliability and availability
Stemin S.p.A., a specialist in aluminium recycling located close to Bergamo in northern Italy, has decided to use STEINERT sorting technology, especially for dry density separation by
means of x-ray transmission (XRT) to ensure the maximum purity of its aluminium production. Every year, Stemin produces up to 70,000 tons of high-quality secondary aluminium. The sorted aluminium is ready for the furnace and is passed to the company's own foundry for further processing.
Board member Olivo Foglieni has been using STEINERT equipment for years and was one of the first to deploy the latest evolutionary stage 5.0 STEINERT XSS T. He is full of praise when it comes to the reliability of the technology and team: "I'm sure I don't have to explain how important absolute reliability of the x-ray unit and sorting quality is for us. Both are indispensable to ensuring a smooth process between sorting and further use of the aluminium product. Downtimes put the entire supply chain at risk. But our long- standing experience with Steinert proves that this is something we don't need to worry about."
Stemin has replaced a total of four machines from competitors with STEINERT x-ray sorting technology in recent years. "Compared with the others, the biggest difference is how reliable the machines are. We have opted for Steinert because of their ongoing research and development in the field of metal recycling, the fact that the quality of their sorting is improving all the time and because their more capable sorting systems help us to produce the quality levels we need. Each type of scrap that we work with has its own requirements and it is important for us to separate by input material, magnesium or heavy metals like copper. This is the challenge we face - and always with the goal of increasing the value of the metal," adds Foglieni.
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