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Using Air Instead of Water to Separate your Recycled Materials

 by Tom Musschoot,

Separating recyclables by density is nothing new. For many years, the use of wet tanks to remove heavy materials from lights has been very successful. Unfortunately, the disadvantages of this technology are increasingly apparent. With stringent and


increasing environmental regulations, use of water quickly becomes a messy proposition. When material enters a wet tank, any contaminant on the material is quickly disappeared into the water.

Also, the material is now wet and becomes increasingly difficult to handle and process further. Finally, periodic cleaning of the wet tank means the user needs to either pump out and save the water from the tank, and or a way to dispose of this now

contaminated liquid. Air classification is the answer to these issues.


Machines such as the General Kinematics DE-STONER® Air Classifier efficiently separate heavy materials from lights. Energy-efficient vibratory action and high velocity, low-pressure air streams work in tandem to fluidize and stratify commingled materials according to differences in terminal particle velocity. Many DE-STONER® systems are designed with “air curtains” to provide further separation after the initial cut of “heavies.” The result: fast, efficient removal of heavy materials such as stones, metallics, and glass from lightweight materials such as aluminum, paper, plastics, and wood.

Tom Musschoot


Tom Musschoot joined General Kinematics full time in 1999 holding the titles of Director of Marketing and VP of North American Sales & Marketing to name a few before assuming the office of the President. Tom received a BA in Music from Bradley University before completing his MBA at Webster University. Tom has 5 patents in his name, spearheading the rotary product line for GK. When Tom is not in the office he can be found watching hockey, working on cars, or driving his kids to their sporting events and cheering them on.