Steinert reduces magnesium proportion when processing scrap aluminium

Increasing the aluminium purity and handling the specifically defined alloy concentrations in a targeted manner are becoming increasingly important when processing varied scrap aluminium.
Free magnesium in aluminium scrap. Photo: Steinert

The proportions of free magnesium (Mg) contained in the material flow of some scrap aluminium can now be reduced by up to 92%. This technical application can be retrofitted on most Steinert XSS T x-ray transmission sorting systems built from 2016 and is already being used.

The dry mechanical processing of scrap aluminium involves multiple sorting stages to extract ferrous proportions via magnetic separation and non-ferrous metals (such as waste and composites) via an eddy current separator. Free heavy metals and high-alloy aluminium objects (with high proportions of copper and zinc) are separated using x-ray transmission (XRT) sorting systems. If required, these can also separate significant amounts of wrought and cast aluminium in a separate sorting stage to generate added value from the proportions of coveted clean wrought.

Within the Steinert XSS T sorting stages, a further technical advancement in the x-ray sorters can now further improve the aluminium quality. This enables the proportions of free magnesium contained in the material flow of some scrap aluminium to be reduced by up to 92%. The magnesium (die-cast components) can either be extracted separately as a concentrate or can be sorted, for example into the cast aluminium fraction – the technology available until now meant that both were barely feasible with Steinert XSS T. This application can now be integrated into aluminium scrap sorting systems (ELV, mixed scrap) and operates at the usual throughputs of 3 to 8 t/h per metre of sorting machine width. It can therefore be used without any loss of throughput capacity. This sorting task can now be performed in the usual grain sizes and process lines of 10 – 30 mm, 30 – 70 mm and 70 – 130 mm because that is also where the main share of free magnesium is found. In the case of machines built from 2016 onwards, Steinert can retrofit the sorting program at the customer’s premises.

Controlling the proportions of magnesium in the aluminium fractions is vital, especially in the trading and technical processing of scrap aluminium in secondary melting plants. The Steinert KSS FL XT (multi-sensor technology), with additional sensors for detecting further object characteristics, also has an improved ability to manage this sorting task even with complex input materials.


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