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Scrap Chopper FAQ

Posted on Fri 04/23/10 in ChopTalk


What are scrap choppers and how do I know if my company needs one?

Scrap choppers are machines that eliminate the hazards of linear scrap (i.e. plastic or steel banding, baling wire, cable, edge trim, etc.) by chopping it into small, manageable cut lengths that are ready to be recycled. In order to decide if your company would benefit from a chopper, you must first evaluate how your company currently manages its scrap:

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Recycling Plastic & PET Banding is Now More Efficient & Affordable

Posted on Fri 04/16/10 in ChopTalk


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gold Hill, OR —In their efforts to ‘Go Green’ and encourage B2B recycling in an unsteady economy, Sweed is launching their latest product development that will help generators of scrap plastic banding eliminate their scrap at a more affordable price.

Years ago, chopping scrap banding was thought of as optional; but with the explosive growth of the recycling industry and its demands for a higher grade of pre-processed...

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Facility Operations: Enough of This Scrap

Posted on Fri 04/16/10 in ChopTalk


Written by Del Williams

Whether you’re warehousing, distributing or manufacturing, chances are awkward, unwieldy scrap steel and/or plastic strapping gets in the way. How you handle the mass of steel and plastic straps holding pallets and product together, and how effectively you handle production scrap, can actually help or hurt the bottom line.

Once it has served its purpose, steel and plastic strap is a pain to handle and dispose. It gets in the...

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New Style Load Turner Brings Better Efficiency and Cost Savings

Posted on Thu 02/04/10 in ChopTalk


Gold Hill, OR – Sweed has three reasons to celebrate the release of their new style Load Turner: compaction, open design, and cost! Let’s face it, times are tough; and tough times call for a new way of thinking. As a result, Sweed engineers sharpened their pencils and developed an improved, cost-effective option for customers in need of C-Turners. C-Turners are essential machines for plants that process flat material such as panel, plates, or any...

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Gaining a Competitive Edge in Edge Trimming

Posted on Wed 01/27/10 in ChopTalk


Safer, more efficient handling of slitterline trim and tube scarf at the point of generation can add to the bottom line

As seen in Fabricating & Metalworking

With the weak economy and global competition, there’s more pressure than ever on roll form and tube fabricators to produce more, more safely, at lower cost.

Whether slitting continuous lengths of metal to size or finishing metal tubing, one brake on profitable...

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Eliminate the #1 Hazard in the Tube Mill Industry

Posted on Mon 08/17/09 in ChopTalk


Article from June issue of Tube and Pipe Journal

Nearly every day mill operators are injured while dealing with red-hot, razor sharp tube scarf. Sweed Machinery’s TS450 OD Scarf Chopper is the solution that is proven to reduce the risk of serious injuries, make handling of scarf manageable, and increase mill production. Installing a Sweed chopper in place of an existing winder eliminates repeated threading of hot scarf, handling heavy scrap balls, and most importantly gets...

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Sweed Machinery Attends ISRI

Posted on Wed 04/22/09 in Recycling


Gold Hill, OR, USA— Sweed Machinery is attending the annual ISRI convention at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada this year! The ISRI convention provides professionals in the scrap industry an opportunity to network and gather the latest news and trends available for scrap recyclers.

With their line of scrap choppers, shears, and wire and cable separation systems, Sweed helps scrap recyclers dispose of all types of ferrous...

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Zero Landfill Option for Baling Wire Scrap

Posted on Fri 03/27/09 in


Let’s face it, times are tough; and tough times call for a new way of thinking. The buzz of zero landfill is growing, but with the current state of the economy, it’s difficult to afford capital equipment that can help achieve a company’s recycling goals. As a result, Sweed looked for an option that would allow companies to recycle their scrap wire and get the best value for their processed scrap material while using an...

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In a Down Economy

Posted on Sat 01/31/09 in Choppers


Look to Recycling and Safety to Save

Sweed Choppers can turn scrap bands into profits. For nearly 50 years, Sweed Machinery has been designing and manufacturing recycling equipment to help companies control their scrap problems. “We design machinery to meet existing needs and develop custom modifications for individual customers” said Cory Graper, Sweed’s sales manager. Companies are beginning to realize the importance of practical recycling, efficient use of space, employee safety and profit recovery through scrap conversion....

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Baling Wire Chopper - Model 5503

Posted on Fri 06/27/08 in Recycling

Baling Wire Chopper - Sweed Model 5503 XHD

Many companies are often confronted with the challenge of disposing harsh baling wire. Sweed Choppers will chop your scrap wire into small cut lengths making it easier, safer and more economical to handle your business’ by-product. One series of choppers designed specifically for scrap wire reduction is Sweed’s Model 5503; a series of heavyweight performers for plants converting substantial quantities of linear material. The 5503 series offers a fast efficient feed rate, an...

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Sweed Model 5703 XHD Magnetic Separator System

Posted on Thu 05/08/08 in 5703 series


Built for the most extreme linear scrap challenges

Model 5703 XHD Chopper

Put four cable-annihilating rotary knives on a beefy 600 lb flywheel that’s driven by up to 60 HP of raw power and you have a super heavy-duty rotary shear with a serious appetite. Sweed’s taken their popular 5703 rotary shear, originally introduced in the early 90’s, and given it several key design upgrades with one thing in mind- make a heavy-duty rotary shear that will...

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Sweed Bundle Turners

Posted on Wed 04/02/08 in Panel


Whatever Your Needs, Sweed Can Accommodate


Sweed Turners are essential machines for plants that process flat material such as panel, plates, or any large wood, metal or composites. Turners make it practical to inspect and process two-sided material of virtually any size.


Sweed offers styles of turners to accommodate different facility needs. Recently, Sweed has customized turners to accommodate bigger and heavier loads in response to OSB manufacturers producing larger units. These new turners can accommodate...

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Did You Know?

Posted on Thu 01/31/08 in Company


Sweed Machinery has been manufacturing choppers since 1956 and dryer infeed equipment since 1957. Currently, Sweed has attained prominence in recycling equipment in a wide range of industries (don’t worry, we won’t bore you with a long list). In addition to the chopper line, Sweed has taken steps to solidify its manufacturing systems and modernized its veneer handling equipment to help veneer manufacturers efficiently increase production. With sales, customer service, engineering and manufacturing all under one...

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Get The Most Out of a Chopper

Posted on Thu 01/31/08 in Payback


Sweed has some ideas that we’ve implemented in our own plant, as well as ideas taken from other companies that may help you encourage employees to chop your facilities scrap material:

Use the Chopper Alongside Your Company’s Safety Program
Every company has an OSHA safety program. Safety incentive programs are the most effective way to encourage everyone on your staff to follow the guidelines outlined in your safety program. It happens quite frequently that employees will...

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Three Way Partnership

Posted on Thu 01/31/08 in Payback


Storing unwanted scrap for even a short time takes up valuable manufacturing space that could be used for production. For example, loose banding that customarily fills up a 30-yard dump box needing 160 square feet of plant space can normally fit into two 55-gallon drums after its chopped. Few companies object to converting wasted space to productive use.

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Sweed Choppers and Lean Manufacturing

Posted on Wed 01/30/08 in


Pressure to reduce costs and the ups and downs of the economy are forcing manufacturers in all industries to implement lean manufacturing principles, a process designed to reduce costs while delivering high quality products within a shorter lead-time. Lean manufacturing reduces the waste that costs small and large companies thousands of dollars each year. Sweed suggest companies streamline their waste by adopting P.O.G. recycling into their facility and become leaner.

What is POG?
Point-of-generation (

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Hydraulic Load Turner

Posted on Wed 01/30/08 in Panel


Turners make it practical to inspect and process two-sided material of virtually any size. Sweed offers a few styles of turners to accommodate different facility needs: Panel Turners, Pass Thru Turners, Butterfly Turners, L-Turners, C-Turners, Giant C-Turners and Rotating C-Turners. For facilities with exceptional needs, Sweed can customize a unit to meet individual needs.

Most recently, Sweed built a custom turner for Ashley Furniture in Arcadia, WI. Ashley’s C-Turner was developed because they...

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Slitter Trim Chopper

Posted on Wed 01/30/08 in Tube Mill Solutions


Sweed Quietly Making Slitter Line History

Scrap winders, while requiring the lowest capital investment for a scrap handling system, have many disadvantages that impact the productivity of the slitting line and the safety of the line operators. Scrap winders also have limitations as to the scrap conditions they can handle. For instance, at the start of every coil processed, the scrap strand has to be manually threaded to the scrap winder; this requires manpower and downtime. It...

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Talk to Your Scrap Buyer

Posted on Wed 06/20/07 in Safety


Scrap dealers don’t want to pick up a bunch of unmanageable scrap that they have to haul back to their yard and try to separate. They would much rather pick up neat, sorted and compacted scrap. Metal recyclers all over the U.S. and abroad use Sweed equipment in their scrap yards, but if a scrap dealer installs a Sweed chopper in their client’s plant, the dealer can increase the volume of his business without having to...

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A Chopper Will Save Space

Posted on Wed 06/20/07 in Safety


The amount of loose banding that customarily fills up a 30-yard dump box can normally fit into two 55-gallon drums after it’s chopped. Every time you pay to have a dumpster of banding emptied, you erode your company’s profits. All over, dumping fees are rising at alarming rates. During this year alone, the rates at some landfills have doubled! As environmental regulations become more stringent and available space for landfills becomes more scarce, dumping fees will...

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"Point of Generation" Chopping

Posted on Wed 06/20/07 in Safety


Pressure to reduce costs and the ups and (recent) downs of the economy are forcing manufacturers in all industries to implement lean manufacturing principles, a process designed to reduce costs while delivering high quality products within a shorter lead-time. Lean manufacturing principles can also help reduce the waste that costs small and large companies thousands of dollars each year. Sweed suggests companies streamline their waste by adopting POG recycling into their facility to become leaner.

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