Conveying and Feeding

Conveyors and feeders are of great importance for recycling and sorting operations. Conveying and feeding systems transport materials between two locations and help move and spread heavy materials. Conveying and feeding systems for recycling purposes are designed in various types with different applications.

This Technology Zone offers an insight into the latest innovations in Conveyors and feeders for recycling and sorting industries.

Conveyors and feeders for recycling operations

Conveyors are commonly used in recycling operations to transport materials such as plastic, paper, and metal. They are often used to move materials from one part of the recycling process to another, such as from a sorting station to a baler or compactor. Conveyors can be designed to handle a variety of materials and can be configured to fit the specific needs of a recycling operation. They can increase efficiency, reduce manual labor, and improve safety by reducing the need for workers to manually move materials.

Examples of conveyors in the recycling industry include:

  • Materials Recovery Facilities (MFC’s). Belt conveyors form a critical part of any MRF. The belt conveyors transfer waste from the loading dock to the sorting line and crushers and balers.
  • Recycling installations for metal parts. In the recycling process of metal parts, conveyor belts must have a solid top cover and fabric to withstand sharp edges.

Conveyors for recycling operations

Feeders are equipment commonly used in recycling operations to control the flow of materials into the recycling process. They are designed to handle a variety of materials such as paper, plastics, glass, and metals. Feeders can be used to regulate the amount of material being fed into the process, prevent jamming or clogging, and ensure a consistent feed rate. They can be automated or manually controlled, and can be integrated with other recycling equipment such as shredders, crushers, or balers.

Examples of feeders in the recycling industry include:

  • Apron feeders: Apron feeders are mechanically robust and operationally flexible feeders used throughout the recycling industry.
  • Grizzly feeders: Grizzly feeders are widely used in waste recycling applications and are suitable for combining large particle scalping and downstream feeding into a single operation.
  • Pan feeders: Pan feeders are commonly used in recycling operations ahead of secondary and tertiary crushers. The pan feeders are driven by unbalanced electrical motors and compact structures and are easy to install.

Feeders for recycling operations - Grizzly feeder

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Experts for Conveying and Feeding

Tom Higginbottom specialises in providing recycling companies with support and advice on metal separation and recovery. Tom’s onsite experience means that he understands the challenges faced within a recycling operation and is able to provide practical solutions. When managing a recycling project, Tom is involved at every stage from the initial site meeting and review, through material testing at Bunting’s Customer Experience Centre, equipment recommendation, and installation and commissioning. Recent projects include an ElectroStatic Separator for an electronics waste recycler, Overband Magnets and an Eddy Current Separator for a pre-sorted household refuse recycling operation, and a Stainless-Steel Magnetic Separator for a metal recycler.
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My name is Erik Kuenen. I am the international Sales Manager for Goudsmit Magnetic Recycling Systems. With over twenty years of experience in the waste and recycling branch, I am your specialist for magnetic and non-ferrous systems. From Waalre, the Netherlands, Goudsmit designs and manufactures magnetic systems for metal separation and metal recovery. Having 60 years’ experience within the industry, we maintain very high-quality standards. As reprocessing several waste flows becomes more and more refined, environmental demands get higher and higher. To keep up with the demand, our company continues to develop new types of magnetic systems that exceed customers’ high standards. We invite you to come and test your materials in our test centre in Waalre. This enables you to determine which magnetic system is best for your application. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. By phone +31(0)612150238 or email: LinkedIn:
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