An SGM High Frequency magnet is allowing a Wisconsin company to harvest an extra ton per day of nonferrous metal.
Lenny Siesco Sr. started Magnetic Research & Recycling of Belgium, Wis., in order to harvest metal from the residues produced by auto shredding plants and other industrial operations.
Making a living by finding and extracting the valuable portions of other companies’ cast-offs takes patience and know-how, plus a willingness to try new ideas.
One of the new ideas that has paid off tremendously for Lenny is recon- figuring the company’s production line by deploying a 60-inch High Frequency fines separator and an SGM DSRP model magnet, both made by SGM Magnetics Corp.
Before installing the SGM equip- ment, Lenny had been using a single eddy current unit to recover nonfer- rous metals. What remained after that was considered by Lenny to be trash and was treated as such by being con- veyed to a container for disposal.
The two new SGM machines now run underneath what had been the waste stream, capturing a full one ton of additional metal per day that had been going un-recovered.
Although he admits he was “skeptical,” Lenny was willing to go see an SGM High Frequency fines separator at work and was impressed enough by what he saw to place an order for a unit with SGM.
“When you look at the material that heads toward the SGM High Frequency machine, you think it’s a waste of time,” says Lenny. “But when you see what that machine pulls out, it’s phenomenal,” he adds, referring to the small pieces of aluminum, copper, brass and zinc.
Specifically, Lenny says of the High Frequency, “We slid this under the trash belt and started getting 2,000 pounds of metal per day.”
Lenny says everything about the machine has been trouble free, from the installation to maintenance. “We just rolled this machine underneath the conveyor and started pulling metal right away.”
After eight months in operation, downtime has been almost non-ex- istent for the SGM High Frequency sorter. “This is built like a tank—it is really heavy duty. We’ve done nothing but grease the bearings, clean it a little and watch it run trouble free.”
Looking back, Lenny says installing the SGM unit was a “no-brainer.” The machine provided an almost immedi- ate return on what Lenny says was a very affordable purchase price.
“It pays for itself in a hurry,” he de- clares. “You are not only getting the value of the metal, but you’ve also re- duced your landfill costs by, say, 5 per- cent—and that alone will pay for the unit’s cost. It has been a phenomenal addition”