Briquetter Processes Wet Chips, Swarf for Higher Waste Value
The PRAB Dualpak scrap metal briquetter processes scrap aluminum, steel, cast iron, copper, brass, titanium, magnesium, Inconel and other metals into briquettes to cut costs, mitigate environmental risk and increase waste stream value. According to the company, briquetting can add value to scrap metal, such as wet chips or swarf, by removing the liquid, reducing scrap volume and decreasing transportation costs. The process also supports EPA regulations by removing hazardous cutting fluid from solid material. In addition, the briquetting process recaptures coolant that can be recycled and reused.
The Dualpak has an in-feed hopper with augers to feed the wet chips or swarf into a compression chamber, where opposing hydraulic cylinders press the metal and squeeze out fluid to create a compact, dry briquette. These briquettes are said to be safe and easy to re-melt, and can command a higher value from recyclers; they are also easier to store, PRAB says.
Touchscreen controls on the briquetter enable access to reporting and diagnostics. The machine was developed in collaboration with Neff Press and PuckMaster.