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Electrostatic separators promise efficiency

Issue: Spring 2018 Plastics Recycling

This story appeared in the Spring 2018 edition of Plastics Recycling magazine.

EKS: This line of electrostatic separators from Hamos GmbH, Penzberg, Germany, is used to separate mixed plastics, including different types of black polymers and plastics from scrap electronics and cable. In the first step, mixed plastics in a loading unit are electrically charged via the triboelectric method, taking on different charges depending on their type. A vibrating conveyor feeds the mixture toward a high-voltage field that either attracts or pushes the particles away, depending on their charges. The fully automated systems can handle scrap sized from 2 millimeters to 10 millimeters.

What’s new? Availability in the U.S. through exclusive distributor eFactor3.

Benefits: Efficient separation, low processing costs and product purity of greater than 98 percent. Also, the machines are energy efficient and offer flexibility — one piece of equipment can be adapted to handle many different mixtures of plastics.

eFactor3 LLC, Pineville, North Carolina, 704-944-3232, www.efactor3.com