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Metal tamed by magnet

Q: What is your product?

The PokerSort magnetic separator by Eriez.

Q: How does it work?

The PokerSort uses a permanent magnetic drum to help alleviate issues caused by long, rod-like pieces of ferrous metals that can damage downstream equipment in automobile and other metal scrap operations.

As automotive parts exit a shredder, alignment guides on the incline conveyor position rod-type objects parallel in the flow. As metal rods reach the end of the conveyor, they extend beyond it and are magnetically pulled over the PokerSort into a chute. They collect in a bin or bunker.

Q: Where would it ideally be installed?

At the end of the shredder discharge belt before a magnetic scrap drum, in an automobile or scrap processing line where metal rods are a problem.

Q: What benefits does it offer?

The PokerSort is fully automatic and requires no manual operation. Once set up, it will continually remove unruly metal rods from the waste stream. It can be retrofitted into existing plants and comes in various sizes.

Q: How many have you sold and where?

Since April 2012, when the PokerSort was first revealed at the ISRI show, Eriez has sold many units into scrap yards across the US. Following this success, the company is introducing the PokerSort into European markets, and has already sold one unit to a large German waste management company.

Q Any savings?

Metal rods can poke through conveyor belts, causing jams and bridging conditions that can shut down an entire facility. Even a few minutes of downtime can cost thousands of pounds in saleable product. By installing PokerSort, this downtime can be significantly reduced.

Q: What about maintenance?

The robust PokerSort, like most magnetic separators, requires low maintenance and minimal spare parts.

It is self-cleaning and ruggedly built to provide a long service life.

Q: What is its life span?

The PokerSort is made up of strong magnets. They have a permanent magnetic field and will occur minimum loss to their strength.

Q: Any future applications?

The PokerSort is just one example of customer need driving innovation at Eriez. With our 70 years’ experience in magnetic separation technology, we were able to develop the existing range of permanent magnetic drums so customers could remove problem metal rods.

One of our main objectives is to design equipment to help customers solve their toughest challenges. We are committed to investment in research and development so we can continue to introduce cutting-edge products such as the PokerSort, which enable our customers to become more efficient and profitable.

Q: Where has it been used?

A PokerSort test unit was installed at Liberty Iron & Metal in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 2011. On-site testing proved the PokerSort’s remarkable performance, with 90% of rod-shaped pieces of metal eliminated.

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