GERMAN-BASED supplier of separation technology STEINERT has launched a special design fines all-metal recovery system. The STEINERT Fines ISS with ARGOS C technology has been developed in close cooperation with customers to meet the demands of a market showing increasing demand for fines metal products below the size of 10mm.

The high copper content usually found in this size range can very often justify the use of STEINERT Fines ISS for the recovery of these small metallic particles from post eddy current Auto Shredder Residue (ASR) streams. Recent installations show that even an additional 1% of metal recovery with a STEINERT Fines ISS leads to a short term ROI.

The typical product coming from a STEINERT Fines ISS used in the waste from an eddy current separator includes up to 80% of very small bare and insulated copper wire not detectable with recent systems found in the market.

The STEINERT Fines ISS combines two new technologies especially developed for the separation of very fine metals. The ARGOS C inductive sensor offers previously unseen sensitivity readings to allow for recovery of even the smallest pieces down to 1mm in particle size effectively. This sensor is a fully digital sensor providing conductive imaging enhancing the accuracy of the separation by giving more detailed information on each detected particle. The data transfer is completely Ethernet based for a quick succession of signals to be accurately identified.

The second new technology integrated in the STEINERT Fines ISS is a bullet-type valve bar for extremely accurate firing to minimize consumption of compressed air which is the major factor in operating costs for every modern sensor sorter. It also increases the purity of the generated metal product because more accurate firing means less unwanted carryover of non-metallic contaminants.

The new ARGOS C sensor and bullet-type valve bar are connected through a state-of-the-art control panel allowing for a large variety of signal-based information to be processed. STEINERT says this will guarantee best possible results in terms of recovery and purity with the highest means of sensitivity and selectivity for customers in today´s growing and changing markets, thus protecting and increasing their business by providing them the necessary flexibility to stay competitive.

The initial success of the first STEINERT Fines ISS sensor sorters came in the ASR industry but additional applications for successful implementation of this technology have been encountered in the fields of Waste To Energy (WTE) metal processing from bottom ash and plastic waste processing to clean up PET-Flakes. The Fines ISS is available in 1 and 2 metre working widths.

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