An East coast scrap processor needed a better way to sort the non-ferrous materials coming through their facility. The existing process was disadvantageous and consisted of piling the material on the ground to sort through by hand.
The General Kinematics team assisted in developing a two-part system that would be able to handle both the metering and sorting capabilities of the facility efficiently.
Metering Feeder: The Vibratory Metering Feeder installed accepts the feed from a tote box tipper. It is manufactured with a special reinforced load plate to withstand the large heavy drop of the scrap metal on the feed-end. The Feeder is also lined with AR400 removable liners for maximum wear and life. The vibratory action of the Feeder “levels” the pile of scrap metal and delivers a “metered” feed to the Vibratory Sorting Conveyor. The Feeder also has a “strike-off” or “knock-down” assembly to keep the level of any pile below a certain level making the flow to the Vibratory Sorting Conveyor more even and consistent.
Vibratory Sorting Conveyor: The Vibratory Conveyor has a horizontal stroke action to “shuffle” the metal scrap along the length of the machine to easily allow operators to pick specific metallurgy. The horizontal “shuffling” action also helps reduce the noise level of the material from “bouncing” on the steel deck surface. The Vibratory Conveyor is lined with AR400 removable liners for maximum wear and life. The Vibratory Conveyor will keep the scrap metal spread out on the deck surface making it easier for pickers to identify and pick the designated items.
The GK equipment has been running for over six months with no issues. The Vibratory Conveyor is positioned at the optimal height for maximizing ergonomic motion by the manual pickers and has greatly improved their overall process and workflow.
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About General Kinematics
General Kinematics Corporation, incorporated in 1960, was established to market, design, and custom fabricate innovative vibratory materials handling and processing equipment. Today the company is one of the world’s largest suppliers of vibratory processing equipment, holding more than 200 worldwide patents, and is acknowledged as a major contributor to the technical advancement of vibrating equipment design and application. Today, over 50,000 General Kinematics units have been installed in virtually all of the world’s industrialized countries. For more information about General Kinematics products and services, visit the company’s website at www.generalkinematics.com.