IMI adds equipment to testing facility for recycling applications

Industrial Magnetics Inc. (IMI), the owner of the Javelin brand, has recently completed the equipment installation phase of its new recycling test facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The company announced plans for this new, 6,000-square-foot application testing facility for customers who are interested in the recovery or separation of ferrous and nonferrous metals in recycling-related industries in January.

IMI says the test line was designed to replicate real-world scenarios for customers who would like to see how the separation equipment performs with regard to their specific application.

“The test facility has generated a lot of interest from both existing and potential customers,” says Jason Miller, vice president of engineering for the Javelin brand. “We have scheduled large-scale tests for a few customers who have specific results in mind. The test facility will provide an opportunity to validate the performance of the equipment prior to purchase, which allows us to provide our customers with solutions, rather than just equipment pricing.”

In addition to material and application testing, the test facility will be available to customers who would like to process materials on a tolling basis.

According to a news release from IMI, the facility will have two eddy current separators for processing fines and larger nonferrous metals. The eddy current separator units can run independently or can be operated simultaneously for mixed products of varying sizes. The eddy current separator units can be set up for customers’ recovery, removal, or separation goals.

Miller adds, “A lot of thought went into designing the system to ensure that the integrity of the tests is relative to the information [and] data provided directly from our customers. We have the ability to simulate specific variables, such as belt speeds, product sizing, flow rates, and capacity requirements.”

The test facility also incorporates additional IMI and Javelin separation magnets such as a suspended overhead magnet and a drum magnet separator for the removal and recovery of ferrous metals and a line of magnetic stainless steel conveyors for stainless steel removal.

With the testing facility, most testing can be completed in seven to 10 business days and customers are welcome to attend the test sessions in person or via Skype. Upon completion of the testing process, a full report is provided with pictures, video, test results, and recommendations.

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