The industrial metal recycling process is similar to any recycling program but has unique requirements related to sorting, preparation, and transportation.
Stage 1. Collection & Transportation
Pick-up and drop-off services are provided to companies and businesses that create a bulk amount of scrap metal. During this stage, the metal is collected and transported to our facility.
Stage 2. Identification & Sorting
The next stage requires the identification and sorting of scrap metal. Ferrous metals containing iron, which is magnetic, are separated from non-ferrous metals. Removal of non-recyclable materials is also required during the sorting process. We can only produce high-quality recycled metals by using high-quality source materials.
Stage 3. Compacting
Next, the metal needs to be compacted by a variety of machines to reduce the surface area to volume ratio, which means it will melt more effectively. Metals are shredded, squashed, broken, and squashed into tiny pieces or sheets.
Stage 4. Melting
Furnaces are used to melt metals, and each type of metal requires a large, specialized furnace. The sheets or pieces are poured in and heated to a specific melting temperature. This process can take minutes to hours depending on the volume of metal, amount of heat being applied, and the type of furnace or metal.
Stage 5. Purification
The melted metals are purified to protect the final recycled product and the integrity of the products it will be used for in the future. Some examples of purification processes are electrolysis, the most common, or a magnetic system that removes foreign particles.
Stage 6. Solidification
Conveyor belts carry the molten metal to a cooling chamber for solidification. Chemicals may be added during this stage to alter certain properties such as density. During this process, metals can be shaped and sized, typically into bars or blocks that are easily transported.
Stage 7. Export Transportation
Finally, the processed scrap metal is now recycled and prepared for use in manufacturing by a large variety of industries!