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Petlon Polymers master metal separation

Metal separation from plastics
Developments in metal separation from plastics points to increasing demand for automotive grade plastics.
The potential for recycling the plastic content of ELVs was recently demonstrated to us by the effectiveness of metal separation from granulated plastics.



The company, Petlon Polymers Ltd has invested in its polymer compound production lines by upgrading its metal detection and separation equipment with a EZ-Tec 9100 all metal separator, developed and manufactured by UK-based manufacturer Eriez Magnetics Europe Ltd. The separators are being installed at critical stages of the process to ensure metal free end product quality at an affordable price.

A leading manufacturer of engineering polymer products, Petlon offers a range of prime, recovered (R-Prime) and recycled materials as well as material recovery solution for waste products from manufacturing operations in the range of engineering polymers as well as in PET. The plastic waste material is collected, shredded, granulated and then used as a base feedstock in the manufacture of high end quality engineering compounds.

Eriez’s EZ-Tec 9100 is a vital part of the process, removing ferrous and nonferrous metals in order to protect expensive machinery and ensuring all finished products are free from any metal fragments. The result is a high quality finished product.

The EZ-Tec 9100 is a high sensitivity all metal balanced coil technology metal separator, equipped with a quick acting pneumatic reject mechanism. The model installed on Petlon’s production lines detects and removes any ferrous, nonferrous and stainless steel particles greater than 0.5mm sphere. Petlon are upgrading the equipment at different stage in the production flow, where it is used for improved pre-screening as well as ensuring the high quality of the final products. Easily retro-fitted, this compact metal separator is designed for installation in free fall or gravity-fed applications and can be used as a stand-alone unit or installed in line with the process flow.

So what does all this mean for the auto recycler? Maybe today, not a lot as companies such as Petlon are primarily using post factory waste but if we delve a little further, their waste stream includes automotive plastic components with metal inserts etc. There is very little difference between a bumper from an ELV and a damaged one from a production line. Eriez are demonstrating that the technology is there to separate the metals fraction and all we need is for the demand to grow - and that’s happening all the time. It won’t be long until we’re are looking at those bumpers and dashes in a different light!

You can visit Petlon Polymers website here and for more information on Eriez or their EZ-TEC 9100 separators, including videos visit Eriez here.

March 2015

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