Whether it’s our home, our businesses or in industry, we’re constantly creating huge amounts of waste metal, all of which should be recycled. Scrap metal processing begins with the collection of waste material in a way that reflects the amount and purity of the scrap itself. Depending on the nature of materials collected, a number of steps are necessary as the actual scrap metal processing proceeds – sorting, compacting, crushing, and cutting. Large chunks of metal, from automobiles and other vehicles, require methods to reduce their size before being sorted, cleaned and reused. Scrap that is small, or even tiny, must be compacted, then melted, and then remanufactured.
Scrap metal processing can get quite involved. Compacting, for instance, is required to reduce volume and increase weight to suit the specs of the foundry that melts the metal. In fact, compacting also reduces the fabricator’s transportation costs and makes storage much easier. Separation may also be required during scrap metal processing, because many metal combinations must be separated in to remove any impurities. As well, residues of plastic, wood, and rubber must be removed, as they contaminate the metal.
With modern advancements in technology, the scrap metal processing industry has made great gains using computerization, high tech equipment and state of the art machinery. It’s all designed to provide the marketplace with reliability of service, quality of product, and cost effectiveness. And with some factories operating 24/7, the time and money savings are benefitting every player.