Steinert releases Fines ISS with Argos C technology

System claims to recover small metallic particles from ASR.

July 31, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
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recycling industry technology equipmentThe equipment company Steinert, based in Cologne, Germany, has introduced its Fines ISS (induction sorting system) with Argos C technology to the recycling industry. The company notes that the system allows users to extract metals smaller than three-eighths-inches in size.

Steinert adds that it developed the fines sorting system in cooperation with its customers. The company says interest in the system is strong becuase it offers users the ability to extract more copper from auto shredder residue (ASR). Steinert says recent installations of the system show that even a 1 percent increase in metal recovery with the Steinert Fines ISS will lead to a much quicker return on investment.

In research Steinert conducted, it found that the typical product extracted with the Steinert Fines ISS includes up to 80 percent of small bare and insulated copper wire not traditionally detectable with other systems found in the market.

The Steinert Fines ISS combines two new technologies to separate fine metals, according to the company:
  • The Argos C inductive sensor offers previously unseen sensitivity readings to allow for a recovery of metal pieces down to 1 millimeter in particle size. The sensor is fully digital and provides conductive imaging that can enhance the accuracy of the separation by giving more detailed information on each detected particle. The data transfer is Ethernet-based for a quick succession of signals to be accurately identified. 
  • A bullet-type valve bar is integrated in the Steinert Fines ISS to provide accurate firing to minimize the consumption of compressed air, which is the major factor in operating costs for sensor sorters. The valve bar also increases the purity of the generated metal product because more accurate firing means less unwanted carryover of nonmetallic contaminants. 
Both the new Argos C sensor and the bullet-type valve bar are connected through a control panel, allowing for a large variety of signal-based information to be processed, Steinert says. The design, Steinert says, guarantees results in terms of recovery and purity with sensitivity and selectivity for customers.

While the initial success of the first Steinert Fines ISS sensor sorters started within the ASR industry, Steinert says the system has been incorporated in a range of other fields including waste to energy, metal processing from bottom ash and plastic scrap processing.

The Steinert Fines ISS is available in working widths of 40 inches and 80 inches.

For more information on the system, visit Steinert at