Dartmouth Metals Commissions Non-Ferrous System from Wendt
Wendt Corporation recently announced the commissioning of a small non-ferrous system at Dartmouth Metals Ltd. The installation of the system represents part of Dartmouth’s growth strategy to recover a greater percentage of non-ferrous metals, opening additional markets for the valuable material.
Located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Dartmouth Metals is a 3rd generation, family-operated business that has been serving the scrap industry since the 1960s. In 1979, Peter Giberson founded what is known today as Dartmouth Metals Ltd., while his son, Dave, joined his father full-time in 2003. As a company of forty employees, Dartmouth prides itself on developing relationships with customers and staying at the forefront of the recycling industry, both of which have contributed to their growth.
Dartmouth’s non-ferrous plant features a Wendt Tumbleback Feeder, Trommel, Fines Eddy Current Separator, J-Box and Wendt/Tomra Finder. The plant incorporates the companies two previously existing eddy current separators. Dartmouth operates a small shredder and was running their automobile shredder residue (ASR) through eddy current separators, leaving valuable non-ferrous metals uncaptured.
“We were shipping away our non-ferrous materials to a friendly local competitor, but we knew what we were missing.” The company had their product sampled several times and should have been getting 11-14% metallic recovery but were only achieving 6% with their original setup. “We were missing half of the material we could have been recovering. When the door closed for shipping our fluff material without sorting it properly, we knew it was time to invest,” said Dave Giberson, Dartmouth Metals owner & manager.
Dartmouth expects to recover the last 6-8% of metals; Zorba Fines, Zurik and Copper Wire, with their new system. The company also attributes the new system with increased labor savings and attracting higher levels of talent. “The Wendt system modernizes our yard and has made it a more appealing place to work,” said Giberson. “We have saved in labor because of the advanced technology but have also added higher level positions to operate and maintain the equipment. People are familiar with Wendt equipment, and it has attracted additional talent to my company because of it.”
Wendt specializes in developing the right solution that fits customers’ requirements from single pieces of equipment to small scrap processing plants to the largest plants in the world.
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