Scrap Sorting using a Handheld XRF Gun

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Scrap Sorting using a Handheld XRF Gun

Whether you operate a single local scrap yard or a multi-location worldwide scrap recycling facility, handheld XRF guns for scrap metal sorting are essential equipment in your scrap yard. 

Whether you operate a single local scrap yard or a multi-location worldwide scrap recycling facility, handheld XRF guns for scrap metal sorting are essential equipment in your scrap yard. 

These analyzers can rapidly:

  • Sort scrap by alloy identification

In most recycling facilities, the alloys of interest are sorted by chemical composition.  In local scrap yards, it may be as simple as separating various types of metal.  At larger facilities, the sorting may be into specific grades, or even separations within a given grade.  In many cases, scrap metal is pricedbased upon the minimum concentration of the valuable elements.  For example, SS 304 may be purchased assuming that the Ni content is 8%.  Using an XRF analyzer for alloy sorting, it is possible to sort the scrap very rapidly so that high Ni 304 (>10%) is isolated and sold at a higher price. Our experts can provide additional information on the use of XRF for scrap sorting - Contact us today!

An XRF alloy sorter equipped with a Silicon Drift Detector can rapidly sort steels, high temperature alloys and copper alloys. These alloy analyzers are capable of making several thousand analyses of these classes of alloys within an 8-hour work day, enabling large volumes of metal to be quickly sorted. In addition, the gun provides an identification of the alloy measured, making it very easy for even an unskilled operator to be very productive when sorting scrap.

  • Achieve rapid scrap valuations

Using handheld XRF provides the information required to determine the value of your scrap.  By averaging several readings from a load of scrap and using a valuation source such (as the London Metal Exchange pricing), it is possible to quickly calculate the value of the scrap.   

When used to examine incoming scrap, XRF guns can determine not only the analysis of the material but identify situations where there might be mixed scrap.

  • Sort scrap for foundry operation

XRF guns are capable of analyzing all classes or metals, including:

  • Carbon & Low Alloy Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Nickel and High Temperature alloys
  • Copper alloys
  • Titanium alloys
  • Aluminum alloys
  • Precious metals
  • Exotic Metals
  • XRF vs. Nitric Acid
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