MSA is a proud supplier of Overband Magnets for the timber recycling industry and has worked closely with clients to improve metal separation and product purity challenges and increase production speeds. Although Overband Magnets are a popular choice in the timber recycling industry, MSA has another solution for the task: The Magnetic Head Pulley Conversion. Read this blog post to find out about the MSA Magnetic Head Pulley and the role of magnetic separators in timber recycling.
Magnetic separators play an important role in the timber recycling industry, which is why it is important to select magnetic solutions that will prove the most effective. In comparison to the popular choice – the Overbelt Magnet, the Magnetic Head Pulley has up to three times more surface intensity, along with mechanical advantages of pulling tramps down to the belt as opposed to up through a moving burden. Additionally, using a Magnetic Pulley allows for high belt speeds, as belts can be run faster, resulting in increased production and productivity.
The MSA Magnetic Head Pulley allows for more consistent collection of small tramp metals, such as staples and nails. With this magnetic separator, we can confidently say that the Magnetic Pulley will pay for itself – and fast!
The main purpose of installing magnetic separators in timber recycling applications is to achieve greater product purity.
When it comes to timber recycling for garden products, such as bagged woodchips, processors need to conform to their contracts in order to avoid litigation. This means that their product has to be pure! In these cases, an effective magnetic separation solution is an absolute must – it will increase production productivity and help those companies purify their product.
For applications where presses are used to make wooden boards, the end-goal is the same. The recycled product needs to be free of metals in order to supply end-users with quality materials.
In both of these applications, the Magnetic Head Pulley would outperform the Overbelt Magnet. Let’s dive into how this magnetic separator works:
Magnetic Head Pulleys operate much the same as non-magnetic Head Pulleys, except that the metal pieces are discharged separately to the non-magnetic product stream.
As the product stream reaches the conveyor discharge point, ferrous metal is attracted to the pulleys magnetic field and held to the belt. As the belt moves around the pulley, the non-magnetic material is discharged in a normal trajectory, however, the ferrous metal is still held to the belt. When the belt passes out of the magnetic field, the magnetic material drops off into a separate chute or bin to the rest of the product. A non-magnetic splitter may be installed to separate the two discharges.
The alternative metal separation solution for timber recycling: The Overbelt Magnet
This magnetic separator achieves effective metal separation and increases product purity in timber processing. It can be supplied in self-cleaning and manual-clean options, with the latter option being available with a stainless steel drawer which allows for simple and easy cleaning.
Our self-cleaning magnets are designed, tested, and assembled in Australia using as many local components as possible. We take extra care to use locally sourced non-proprietary bearings and motors. This is because we know many of our customers operate in regional or remote areas and need to be as self-sufficient as possible. We understand downtime costs you money and things need to happen fast. Our intention is to supply you with a robust and reliable unit that is serviceable using mainstream locally sourced consumable components such as bearings and motors, shafts and belts.
For increasing product purity in your timber processing/recycling plant, contact our friendly team.
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