Three secrets to sorting scrap aluminum profitably

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Whether you run a small recycling facility or a sophisticated aluminum processing plant, the SciAps X-550 offers a balance of speed and accuracy for your aluminum and high temp alloys. The videos below provide three ways to sort aluminum with XRF, depending on your specific requirements, or read our 2020 Aluminum Alloy Sorting Guide.

The “fast” way

Sorting common grades? This method is recommended for facilities that don’t see a wide variety—for example, a facility that mostly sees the common grades like 6061, 6063, 3003, 5052, and common 2000s and 7000s. This method sorts the aluminum into these likely grades in 1-2 seconds but does NOT measure key alloying elements Si and Mg. If you’ve been sorting this way for years and you’re satisfied, then this is just a faster way.

The “precise” way

Avoid common mix-ups with the “precise” way. If you’re facility receives more than just the common 8-10 grades, then the sorting approach in this video is recommended. For example, if you receive aluminum grades that only differ by concentrations of Mg or Si—like 5000s, many 6000s, 3000s and cast aluminums—then you must measure Mg and Si to properly sort these grades. SciAps has made the measurement of Mg and Si pain free. The X-550 measures Mg down to 0.3% in 3-4 seconds, now making it efficient to sort aluminum grades that differ only by low concentrations of Mg, such as 3003/3004/3005.

The “fast and precise” way

If you handle both a high volume of aluminum and a wide variety of grades, the patent-pending Aluminum App is the ideal choice. This video explains the advantages of the Aluminum App, which is mainly speed. With our app, you can measure low concentrations of Mg and Si in 1-2 seconds, about twice the speed of the method shown in Video 2. Watch the difference SciAps technology makes.

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