Automobile recyclers are generally able to recover up to 85 percent of a vehicle’s total materials just by collecting the residual ferrous and non-ferrous metals that are left behind after shredding. The remaining materials—a mixture of plastics, wood, fabric and glass—are known as automotive shredder residue (ASR) or auto fluff. ASR is made up of a mixture of plastics, rubber, glass, wood products, cloth, paper, foam, direct and electric wiring, as well as a variety of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
Each year the U.S. alone generates about five million tons of ASR. While most auto shredder residue is tossed into landfills, up to 60 percent can actually be recovered as valuable and reusable metals.
The Tuffman®-Eriez® Metal Separation System is designed to separate and recover ferrous and non-ferrous metals from automotive shredder residue. Through the use of a Tuffman® Trommel Screen, the larger pieces in the ASR are separated out, and the smaller fines travel via an incline conveyor to a drum magnet and an Eriez® Eddy Current Separator. The drum magnet removes ferrous metals from the stream, and the self-cleaning separator uses a patented heavy-duty Kevlar/ceramic surface rotor shell and high-frequency eddy fields for optimum separation of materials.
The remaining material travels up another Tuffman® Incline Conveyor to an Eriez® ProSort II Metal Recovery System. The ProSort II requires 75 percent less energy than an air-driven sorter and has a low operating cost, as well as sensor-activated paddles that deflect detected materials.
The Tuffman®-Eriez® Metal Separation System allows operators to efficiently recover valuable materials and precious metals from ASR or e-waste. The system can be configured to handle multiple tons per hour.
Equipment is also available to dry auto shredder residue from our Vulcan® Systems. Vulcan® can supply a full range of equipment to dry, sort and move ASR, including custom-designed and manufactured dryers.
Recovering and recycling metals from automotive shredder residue not only benefits the environment but also helps operators to obtain more value from their material.
Contact us today for more information on the Tuffman®-Eriez® Metal Separation System and our other metal recycling products!
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