Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Scrap metals: How they are reused to make new products?



Scrap metals which are generated abundantly from modern consumerism tend to be dumped in landfills or discarded away. Scrap metals may have toxic chemicals and hazardous elements in them so it is imperative to keep them away from landfills by recycling them where there is a danger of those metalspercolating into the environment which could cause soil pollution. Thus scrap metals must be used so that they don’t end up polluting the environment.

Aside from the environmental factor, reusing scrap metals such as copper, aluminium, brass, steel, and iron has economic benefits. It drastically reduces manufacturing costs as recycled metals can be used over and over again leading to a ‘circular economy'.
Some of the areas where reusing scrap metals can be effective are as follows:

1. Manufacturing: As mentioned before,  scrap metals helps to significantly reduce the cost of raw materials for the manufacturing plants. But other than that, the  scrap metals can be used to produce different alloys afterthe melting process..

2. Construction: From roads, bridges to buildings materials, reusable and production surplus scrap metals are used in a variety of ways in the construction industry. Scrap metals like iron, stainless steel and aluminium are used on a common  basis.

3. Packaging: Steel and aluminium are typically used for new food packaging. Canned items usually consist of certain out amount of recycled scrap metal with few being manufactured  entirely of scrap metal.

4. House furnishing: A typical house presents a lot of avenues for scrap metals to be reused. Appliances, lighting, metal roofing, etc., gets manufactured  using alloys that are tcomposed of scrap metals. Furniture like lamps, chairs, tables etc. all, are containing alloys that are composed of recycled metals owing to their durability.

5. Transportation: The bodies of ships, aircraft, and automobiles among others are the modes of transportation, manufactured using alloys produced from recycled scrap metals.
Thus, we can see that recycled scrap metals find a variety of applications and thus they must be recycled to conserve the environment as well as make manufacturing cost-effective. Scrap metals have a lower boiling point than virgin ore and thus can be easily melted and land would not be dug up to extract non-renewable metal ores which up the risk of environmental pollution.




Thursday, 18 July 2019

Effects of Not Recycling


The fact that recycling is one of the most important issues in recent times needs no introduction. Also UAE passed an ambitious law in 2018 to recycle 75% of the waste generated by the country (Gulf News, New UAE federal law aims at 75% of waste recycling), which highlights the importance of recycling with combined efforts around the world to recycle human waste suffocating the environment.
This article is not about the importance of recycling, rather it talks about what would be the results of not recycling. That is, let the landfills fester with ever voluminous mounds of trash. What will be the effects of not recycling that?
The world is already reeling from an unimaginable turnover of waste. According to the World Bank, the global volume of waste is set to increase by 70 percent by 2050. (World Bank, Global Waste to Grow by 70 Percent by 2050 Unless Urgent Action is Taken: World Bank Report)
The developed countries generate the maximum amount of the world's waste with the US being one of the biggest. An estimated 254 million tonnes of waste gets generated by the USA per annum (Environmental Protection Agency or EPA). The UAE being the highest waste generator in the Gulf region, generating an estimated 6.5million tonnes of waste and is one of the world's highest in terms of per capita waste production.(Gulf Business, UAE seeks end to status as one of world’s largest waste producers)
The effects of not recycling can be categorised broadly into two categories: environmental and economic.
1.                  Environmental
First, let’s talk about plastic. Recent reports around the world of the presence of plastic in the bowels of aquatic creatures especially an infamous one have raised alarm over the problem that the accumulation of plastic waste poses. According to a World Bank report, 242 million tonnes of plastic waste was produced globally which constituted 12 percent of the total solid waste generated worldwide (World Bank, Global Waste to Grow by 70 Percent by 2050 Unless Urgent Action is Taken: World Bank Report).
Scrap metal, easily recyclable, when not recycled puts pressure on landfills and serves to increase the toxicity of the environment.
Glass can be recycled ad infinitum thus saving cost as well as lessening water pollution.
If recycling is not done (and not done properly), there are environmental costs to bear globally.
2.                  Economic
There are significant economic implications of not recycling in addition to the obvious environmental effects.
In 2017, the global recycling industry generated an estimated $265.61 billion (975.64 billion dirhams) of revenue. The global plastic recycling industry alone was estimated to have a market size of an estimated $37.6 billion (138.1 billion dirhams).(Cision, Global Waste Recycling Market Outlook Report 2017-2018: $37.6 Billion Opportunities in Plastic Recycling)
Revenue generated leads to more jobs. In the US alone, tens of thousands of people work in the recycling sector. If recycling is stopped, these people along with thousands of others around the world will lose their jobs.
Recycling also helps to reduce prices on many items such as glass and some types of metal. Since the material is recycled every time, manufacturing costs are cut drastically in half. The effect of not recycling would not only put immense pressure on already depleting finite resources but would also make prices inflate for a lot of materials.
Thus, to conclude, the impact of not recycling has a tremendous cost, both environmentally and economically and would only clog the various spheres of the planet with unmanageable clutter, both hazardous and non-hazardous. Therefore, in a world of fast depleting resources, recycling is the need of the hour.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

How To Properly Care For Brass


 Although brass has an attractive colouring and is versatile, it is more malleable than many other metals.  It is important to take care of your brass bars the moment you receive them because of its malleable nature.

This makes brass prone to easy damage and hence should be handled carefully. Therefore, on receiving a delivery of brass machining bars, you should immediately check the packaging to ensure that each bar is coated with plastic. You have to also make sure that the packaging and palates are not damp, as this can often cause staining. Moreover any damage to the packaging can easily travel through to the metal inside.  Brass should be ideally kept indoors, in positions higher than the ground level.

While handling brass bars, you have to be careful that they do not bang or scrape against each other in order to prevent the surface from denting. To minimise the possibility of corrosion, it is necessary to prevent the brass bars from coming in contact with ammonia based products or ammonia itself. In case of contact, the brass will be rendered useless as it will develop stress corrosion cracking.

Using mild detergent mixed with warm water to clear the surface dirt regularly will preserve the brand new look of your brass material. Refrain from using abrasive cleaners as that may result in removing the lacquer coating on the brass which is done to prevent tarnishing.

Friday, 14 June 2019

Powder coating removal from aluminium


When it comes to metal painting, there are various ways to do it, some more prevalent than others. In Aluminum’s case- powder coating is one of the most used ways of coloring. A colored powder is sprayed on the metal when it is extremely hot, which results in a very strong second bond that ultimately leads to long lasting color.

Sometimes people don’t need the metal color anymore and want their object back in the original color, in which case one can follow the following steps to remove the color-

STEP 1: Set up a location outside home to hang the object so that it is accessible in all the areas. You can use your garage or work station for this work.

STEP 2: If there are any areas that you don’t want to change color of, cover them with paper bags and tape them all around very well so that they stay intact.

STEP 3: Use an industrial strength gasket remover to remove the powder color by spraying it all over. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, by this time you shall see the powder coating bubbling and peeling down.

STEP 4: Clean the object with a dry rag and if you’re still able to see the color at some places, repeat the process.

Safety precautions:
Wear thick long-sleeved clothing, gloves, safety goggles and a respiratory mask since the gasket remover is pretty poisonous.
Discard all the rugs and bags used in the process.


Wednesday, 29 May 2019

What causes metals to corrode?



Ever seen those dreary red vehicular bridges or metal structures leading to water tanks, creaky gates, fences or handles? The most common example of corrosion that we see in our everyday lives is rust – corrosion of the iron metal. This redness indeed is a typical representation of the phenomenon of ‘corrosion of metals’. Corrosion is when the metal quality has deteriorated.

What causes corrosion of metals?

Corrosion in metals is an electrochemical process; it is part chemical and part electrical. Positively & negatively charged ions from the metal result into a chemical called ‘iron hydroxide’ when they come in contact with water. When both oxygen and moisture work their wrath on the metal, it causes the metal to corrode. It will continue to cause the reaction leaving back nothing but say, a pile of rust (in case of iron) as long as the process continues.

Which metals are prone to corrosion?

In the metal family, magnesium, aluminum, iron, zinc, brass, copper, bronze and tin have higher reactivity so they easily corrode. Rust on steel, greening of copper or tarnish on silver/brass is a common phenomenon that we see every day around us. It also represents danger to human lives as its impact can cause injury.

What are the typical causes of corrosion?

·         Improperly maintained metal
·         Use of low quality metal
·         Ignorance towards maintenance of structural issues such as plumbing problems, leaky areas/roofs, stagnant water, and foundation issues of the building/structure, etc.

Does this mean all metals corrode? No, some metals rarely corrode. This group of metals which are less reactive, also known as ‘Noble Metals’ are metals that can be found in nature in their purest form - rhodium, palladium, silver, platinum, and gold are some examples of metals that are much less reactive than others; thus more expensive!
Understanding of the environmental conditions and metal properties and implementing this understanding into your design structure or foundation is an effective preventive measure against metal corrosion.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

How is Scrap Metal Processed


In an era of recycling, it is imperative to have knowledge of recycling process in order to take better decisions of the tools and methods of recycling. The recycling process dealt with here in particular, is scrap metal. 

A scrap metal processing yard where one gives away his or her scrap metal for recycling, chiefly categorize the metals into ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Ferrous (from Latin ferrum, meaning "iron") metals comprised of iron and steel (an iron alloy). Copper, aluminium, brass et al., are called non-ferrous metals.

Scrap metal processing in part entails separation of these types of metals from each other using magnetized tools. A number of wrecking yards allow people to purchase scrap metals for specific purposes. Such a sale occurs only after due separation of the metals. This makes for easier identification of the metal by an interested buyer.

The primary basis of the sale of metals by the wrecking yards is the weight of the scrap metal being sold. Quality of the metal is really not that important in such a scenario. This is because the main concern of the yards is what the metalworks factories give them for selling metal. Metalworks factories purchase metals on the basis of weight.

After proper separation and sorting into suitable divisions, the scrap metal is subject to a number of processes which include cutting, shredding, molding and turn into metal cubes. The metal cubes are then purchased by the metalworks factories that melt the metals for the manufacture of new products.

Monday, 29 April 2019

Methods of Recycling Non-ferrous Metals



Conscious efforts towards sustainability have led to the recycling of even non-ferrous metals like aluminum, copper, nickel, silver, and tin. These metals retain their original properties even after undergoing recycling repeatedly. As they are found mixed with liquids and solids, extracting and purifying them before recycling can be a complex task. However, recycling is cheaper than mining metals and saves up to 95% of energy costs.

Three methods widely used to recycle non-ferrous metals are:

Electrowinning: Electrowinning, also known as electroextraction, is a relatively simpler procedure of extracting metals, which dissolves them using electricity. If non-ferrous metals are to be extracted for recycling, the procedure involves the metal in any form of waste to be put in a liquid solution, to dissolve it into the liquid a state known as leaching or leachate and then submerging it using cathodes. Hence, non-ferrous metals like copper, nickel, silver, and tin are recycled for further use.

Precipitation: Another widely used method for recycling non-ferrous metals from aqueous solutions is precipitation. It includes two metal removal sub-methods known as co-precipitation and adsorption. The end-result metal is called precipitate and the chemical that causes it to precipitate is called precipitant, which is mostly sodium and calcium hydroxides or oxides used to increase the pH.

Metal Sensors: Metal sensors are widely being used in sorting and extracting non-ferrous metals from scrap found in vehicles or e-waste. The method might falter as non-ferrous metals of similar densities can’t be separated from each other using gravimetric techniques which ultimately require human observation and intervention.

Monday, 15 April 2019

What exactly is scrap metal?

Metal is present in most objects we see around us - food storage boxes, houses, vehicles, accessories, computers, mobile phones - a component that's found in various things, big or small. When these objects are old and ready to be discarded or demolished, the metal that remains becomes scrap metal, which can be melted and recycled to produce new useful products for consumers.

Many consumers, individuals or  business organisations, actively participate in recycling discarded metals by bringing large amounts of scrap metal to the scrap yards which also rewards them with money in return.

Some sources of scrap metal are:

Construction Waste: 

Lots of metal like aluminium siding, steel beams and copper pipes go into constructing houses and other buildings. When old buildings are demolished, the leftover metal materials can be used for new construction.

Industrial Waste: 

Factories, manufacturers and other mechanic shops discard heaps of metal waste. After metal sheets are cut out, the remaining material becomes scrap which can be recycled for new products.

Auto Parts: 

Large number of old/damaged automobiles and their parts are discarded, from which the metal parts can be broken down, recycled and reused as metal scraps.

Consumer Goods: 

Our houses are loaded with metal scraps right from household appliances  to steel cutlery, cans, can openers, aluminium foil, electronics like computers and televisions and furnishings. At scrapyards, these metals are recycled to make other goods.

If you plan on recycling metals, the simplest way is to gather your old household items and bring them to scrapyard to be recycled and reused.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Difference Between Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal


While buying and selling scrap material, have you ever wondered “What is the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous materials?” If you have, read on to learn more.

Ferrous metals like mild steel, stainless steel, cast iron, wrought iron and carbon steel contain irons which are used for their strength and durability. They are used in making industrial containers, construction of buildings, pipes, automobiles and rails for railroads and hardware tools like knives, used at home.

Most ferrous metals except for wrought iron and stainless steel are prone to rusting because of the use of carbon to create them. They also have magnetic properties and are used in creating electrical appliances like refrigerators and large motors. The most recycled materials in the world are indeed ferrous metals.

Non-ferrous metals include tin, lead, copper, brass, aluminium and zinc. These metals are strong, more malleable and light weight than ferrous metals and are used largely in the canning industry and aircrafts.

Since they don’t contain iron, they resist rusting and are used in water pipes, road signs, gutters and roofing. Their non-magnetic factor works in electrical wiring and small electronics. Also, aluminium is the third most recycled material while other non-ferrous metals like brass, lead and copper are scarce.

Those wanting to sell the metal must know that ferrous metals are found in good number; hence the prices tend to be lower than non-ferrous metals with minor rises or drops in the pricing. Other than aluminium, prices of non-ferrous metals can highly fluctuate.


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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Aluminium Recycling

The act of recycling metals has been in practice for a very long time as aluminium can be reprocessed and reformed an endless number of times without affecting its quality.

Recycling aluminium takes just 5% of energy and all of its properties remain as good as new which add to its demand in the scrap industry. The metal can be used in the manufacturing of various products e.g. cars, aeroplanes, window frames, food packaging and many more.

There are five stages involved in the process of recycling aluminium:

1. Collecting:

 Aluminium waste material in the form of aerosols, drink cans and foil trays can be collected from houses or waste banks where they are mixed with other food and drink packaging. Some waste management councils also collect aluminium waste like foils and cans separately.

2. Sorting: 

After collection, the recyclable metals are taken to local waste transfer stations where, with the use of magnets, they are sorted into groups of steel and aluminium items that arecompressed into bales.

3. Reprocess:

 After the metals are compressed into bales they are taken to a reprocessing plant where they undergo the stages of shredding, decoating, melting and casting. In the last stage the molten metal is cast into huge ingots.

4. Rolling:

 The ingots are sent to rolling mill that is then rolled out to create sheet aluminium which can then be used to make new packaging.

5. Conversion:

 The aluminium sheets are then fit to undergo conversion to produce a variety of packaging items.


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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Technology and the Scrap Metal Industry

The act of recycling metals is prevalent since times unknown and today, with widespread technology, managing scrap metals, and its business has become easier than ever. Technology provides us with many platforms to efficiently manage waste by connecting buyers with sellers.

Websites

Numerous websites with verified scrap listings connect people to buy and sell scrap online as per their requirements and price ranges. You will come across several deals and you can choose which suits you best.

Software

Every person today is using a handheld device such as a smartphone or tablet, hence, the online business of waste management is integrated for use on-the-go. Many apps or at least mobile sites can be found that aid in keeping you connected with the websites and let you filter your searches based on your requirements, price range and location as well as initiate transactions which make up the larger part of e-commerce.

Communication

Technology today has enabled us to communicate in different ways from anywhere and everywhere. It is so much easier to now exchange photos and videos and asks to have a look at the scrap you are planning to buy. Communicating with the help of technology on verified platforms helps buyers and sellers in staying away from making any possible fraudulent transactions.

Inventory

You can create an online inventory where you can manage your scrap to suit your customers’ requirements. The filters and data management options available help you organize your scrap inventory systematically as well as make suitable purchases.



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Friday, 15 February 2019

Recyclable Metals in Jewellery

The fashion space keeps introducing new designs and existing metals are used to make jewellery pieces according to latest trends. While some metals are referred to as scrap when they are worn and outdated, it is quite easy to recycle them to get new designs.

These are the metals you can recycle as jewellery:

1. Copper: 

Copper wire, mixed copper and copper tubing can be recycled to produce new jewellery pieces.

2. Bronze:

Bronze is a common scrap metal found in a variety of industries that can be recycled once it is worn out. The use of bronze fixtures has increased tremendously and it is being used on a large scale in the jewellery industry too to create fashionable pieces at lower costs.

3. Stainless Steel: 

The stainless steel industry knows how important and beneficial it is for our environment to recycle the metal. The metal is found in various items we use on a daily basis and can be recycled to be used as jewellery.

4. Silver: 

Often found in electronic waste, coins, and old jewellery, silver is commonly recycled to get new jewellery pieces. It is a durable and highly valued metal in the jewellery industry which can be recycled to produce new pieces from time to time.

5. Gold: 

Known as the most valued metal, gold is often recycled to keep up with its high demand in the jewelry industry. 

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Potential Sources Of Sheet Metal Scrap In Your Machine Shop



Labor intensive industrial activity is not only time consuming but also capital consuming. In the process of fabricating, processing, or manufacturing, a lot of scrap materials get wasted that eventually results in wastage of a company’s resources.

If you have already sensed a way to make the most of your company’s resources, you are absolutely right. Here are some of the wise and simple ways to make quick money with metals and scraps.

Aluminium Sheets


Aluminium is a versatile metal that not only rules our kitchen utensils and spatulas but also is greatly used in aircraft, doors and furniture. If you are a keen machine enthusiast, you may be able toss extra bucks in your pocket by selling off scrap aluminum.

Stainless Steel Sheets


Stainless steel is a revolutionary industrial product that is widely used in medical purposes like surgeries and vaccinations; besides, it reigns over almost every metal department in the world owing to its durability.

Scraps Obtained from Water Jet Cutting


Water jet scrap parts and bits have high market value as they are not at all oily and are greatly pliable. If you can collect a good amount of water jet scraps, chances are you would make good money. Usually it is used for granite and soft metals such as aluminum, and copper.

Scraps Gathered from Metal Plate


Never throw away metal plates or its scraps and bits, for they would eventually be recycled and reused in the industries. Make a profit by collecting and recycling them, without much fuss or difficulty. These could be aluminum or metal shavings or filings etc.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

A Guide to Identify Metals





If you are new to this world of scrap metal recycling, you are surely prone to get confused between steel, iron, tin and aluminium. This unfamiliarity and inability to identify these metals can be quite overwhelming. But there is nothing for you to worry about. This guide will assist you in identifying the various kinds of metals out there.

As a matter of fact, there are various tests you can perform in order to classify various kinds of metals. These tests include the following:

1.Magnet Test


This is by far the simplest way to classify and identify the metal. Getting an ordinary magnet is all you need and in case the metal contains iron, it would get attracted to magnet. These are ferrous metals. Scrap iron will pass this test. However, scrap brass or aluminium will not be responding to magnet as they are non-ferrous in nature.

2.Identification by Means of Colour


Colour of the metal can help you in identifying the chemical makeup of the metal. In case the metal is red in colour, it could be copper or even red brass. Similarly, golden coloured metal could be brass.

3.Identification by Means of Weight


You can also classify metals on the basis of their weight. For example, a lightweight metal could me aluminium and likewise, lead and iron metals would be heavy in weight.

4.Hardness Test 


If the metals are soft, they could be copper; however, metals like steel and iron are quite hard and are break resistant. The metal which is quite easy to bend is aluminium.

5.Professional Help 


If you are still unable to classify the metal, it would be best to seek help from professionals. They can assist you in classifying the metals through their scientific tests.

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