With metal prices climbing higher, Bunting Magnetics in Newton looked for a way to recycle the scrap pieces produced in its own facility.

This story first apppeared in the Sept. 22 edition of the Kansan.

With metal prices climbing higher, Bunting Magnetics in Newton looked for a way to recycle the scrap pieces produced in its own facility.

The company ended up with a product they plan to market to others, as well.

The XTractor Metal Separator is the newest addition to the company’s lineup of magnetic separation equipment. The XTractor, which features a self-cleaning magnetic drum separator, provides continuous separation of ferrous metals (such as steel and iron) from non-ferrous materials for recycling purposes.

The ferrous metals will stick to the magnets until the pieces reach the portion of the cylinder where there isn’t a magnet and drop into a separate compartment away from the other materials, such as flour, other metals, grain, etc., said Charles Whitt, Bunting’s director of marketing

Any manufacturing operation producing scrap can use this new application in their operation, Whitt said. In particular, fabrication and machine shop operators can experience dramatic bottom-line profits. Since 2003, the prices for scrap have risen dramatically.

“The XTractor Metal Separator allows for the proper segmentation of ferrous and non-ferrous materials,” he said. “By separating these scrap materials into distinct groups, recycling facilities will offer higher dollar value per pound for the clean separated material.”

This allows any company to earn significantly larger revenue when the separated scrap is sent for recycling, he said.

Bunting has set up XTractors to accompany many of their machines to separate different types of metals. Because each type of metal is separated out, scrap value is increased, Whitt said.

“In today’s economy, you need a competitive edge in every part of your manufacturing operation. Bunting Magnetics Co. and The XTractor can help companies have a huge, positive impact on the bottom line,” Whitt said. “Prices have skyrocketed for scrap, and The XTractor allows customers to take advantage of those market prices and turn their scrap into cash.”

Bunting has affected its bottom line with the implementation of this product. In 2007, the company received $9,600 for recycling of its scrap metal. In the first eight months of 2008, the new recycling program has produced $60,000.

The XTractor separates scrap from a variety of machines including stamping and punch presses, torch, lathes and milling equipment. The unique Bunting drum separators contained in the XTractor are especially well suited for the separation of ferrous and non-ferrous materials, Whitt said.

The XTractor is custom made to suit the customer’s processing rate requirements, he said. Typically, standard units feature either a 12-inch diameter by 12-inch wide drum surface, which can process up to 1,500 pounds per hour or a 18-inch diameter by 2- inch wide surface capable of 2,500 pounds per hour.

Options include a custom-made work stand to allow easy processing of the scrap and an XTractor rake for funneling of the scrap into the separator.