The metal recycling industry faces many challenges with the collection, sorting, processing, recovery and volatile value of metals. Currently, this list also includes labor constraints, rising transportation costs and overall safety concerns. The last thing recycling and scrap metal processors need is conveyance problems and downtime.
Metal scrap conveyance solutions are not one size fits all! A great first step in determining the right match is to identify the unique properties of the scrap metal being handled. This step paves the way to not only getting the most out of the conveyor, it also aids in identifying how the best-fit solution combats common causes of conveyor downtime and maintenance costs. Common causes of downtime associated with conveyors include belt wear and tear, product carryover, and inability to convey a variety of materials.
Alpena, Michigan-based Endura-Veyor offers solutions for the metal recycling industry to reduce belt wear and tear and carryover and to manage a range of materials. For instance, one conveyor type you might be aware of is the steel belt conveyor. Endura-Veyor’s 2.5- to 9-inch pitch steel belt conveyors are heavy-duty and made to endure. They are designed with removable bottom pans, side access covers and easily removable drive chain and take-up guards for maintenance and cleaning. The steel belt conveyors also have abrasion-resistant steel in key areas to reduce wear and tear. The modular bolt-together design of the conveyors makes them easy to modify to meet the changing needs of the application.
But Endura-Veyor doesn’t stop there. We have introduced a very exciting and innovative Top Flight Drag Conveyor™ and Debris Mitigator. The Top Fight Drag Conveyor is a powerhouse in the metal recycling industry. This conveyor handles a range of loose, problematic materials and challenging loading conditions, such as inclines, curves, batch or surge loading, encountered in many recycling applications. This conveyor is equipped with guided chain-driven flights or paddles that are reinforced for tough applications. The flights push material along an abrasion-resistant, hardened-steel trough or channel, making it more durable than traditional belt conveyors. The Top Flight Drag Conveyor keeps material contained on the conveyor, allowing flights to transport more material than the surface area, delivering an efficient solution for moving bulky or odd-shape products, reducing jams and increasing throughput.
The Debris Mitigator is an optional feature for many conveyor types. Fine, shredded materials can cause maintenance problems for conveyors and conveyor belts. This feature provides a way for material that migrates underneath the belt to exit through the frame, so it does not collect and buildup between the belt and the frame. The Debris Mitigator provides a quick visual check for buildup and lowers maintenance time required for cleaning the belt and the frame, prolonging the life of the belt and reducing costly downtime. This unique feature also is offered with attachable recapture trays, so that fine materials and debris from the conveyor belt can be collected in a cleaner, more efficient way.
When considering conveyor solutions for metal recycling, it is important to also consider magnetic separators and conveyors that are engineered to “attract” materials even under the toughest metal handling conditions. Magnetic slide conveyors are available for applications that require products to be dropped and secured from the bottom surface. Alternatively, overhead magnets are available to lift products out of a stream of other materials from the top, firmly securing it for further handling.
Endura-Veyor’s magnetic slide conveyors are very reliable, low maintenance, customizable conveyance solutions. The magnets themselves are chain-driven and are wrapped in a stainless-steel cover with no external moving parts for added safety. They are a perfect fit for tough ferrous applications, such as machining chips and stampings. Endura-Veyor’s heavy-duty magnets are “CHARGED FOR LIFE” and custom fit for each application to optimize the magnetic circuit and ultimately improve the production for many years.
Endura-Veyor has innovative conveyance solutions that provide ways to reduce manual labor requirements, optimize recovery and increase overall efficiency in recycling and scrap yards by reducing maintenance, equipment jams and downtime.