Sweed scrap choppers are such versatile machines that process a wide variety of scrap and are used across a range of industries to improve production and processing. Their use varies depending on the industry and the scrap that needs to be processed, but they all increase efficiency while reducing waste and risk.

The following is a guideline for common scrap materials and the units that are typically recommended for each. Prior to quoting, Sweed recommends a consultation to specify the type and volume of scrap as well as your requirements for the end results.

 
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Steel Banding

Once steel banding gets cut away from the job of securing a load, it gets pitched aside. Sweed banding choppers provide quick, clean conversion of mild steel banding to help reduce dumpster fees and keep employees safe.

Once steel banding gets cut away from the job of securing a load, it gets pitched aside. Sweed banding choppers provide quick, clean conversion of mild steel banding to help reduce dumpster fees and keep employees safe.

Unprocessed steel banding scrap not only takes up a lot of space, but also can be sharp and dangerous to dispose of. Sweed banding choppers address both of these issues since chopped steel banding is extremely compact and safer for employees to handle. On top of that, chopped scrap will help reduce dumpster fees and dealers will often pay more for processed scrap - many Sweed customers have recouped the investment in their scrap chopper investment during the machine’s first year of use. After that, the money saved in dumpster fees and Worker’s Compensation claims shows up annually as increased profits on the bottom line.

  • Wood & Lumber industry

  • Textiles industry

  • Paper industry

  • Food, Beverage, and Packaging industries

  • Warehousing

  • Recycling industry


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PET/Poly strapping

While unprocessed PET/poly strapping doesn’t present the same hazards as steel banding, it is still a tripping hazard, it takes up a great deal of space, and it keeps housekeeping costs high while reducing productivity because of the cluttered workspace. A 30-yard dump box of loose strapping can typically fit into two 55-gallon drums after being chopped, which increases efficiency, lowers housekeeping costs, and raises morale with a tidier space.

Sweed choppers quickly and efficiently process the by-products of your business, from banding to wire to scrap metal.

Sweed choppers quickly and efficiently process the by-products of your business, from banding to wire to scrap metal.

  • Wood & Lumber industry

  • Textiles industry

  • Paper industry

  • Food & Beverage industry

  • Packaging industries

  • Warehousing

  • Recycling industry


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Blades

Handling the blades used in a variety of different industries can be very dangerous for workers. Along with processing blades down to manageable scrap, Sweed choppers also reduce the amount of times that a worker has to come in contact with these scrap blades, which further reduces risk.

Blades are used in all different industries. Sweed scrap choppers assist in keeping employees safe from scrap blades laying around.

Blades are used in all different industries. Sweed scrap choppers assist in keeping employees safe from scrap blades laying around.

  • Wood & Lumber industry (band saw blades)

  • Paper industry (doctor blades / coater blades)

  • Textiles industry (doctor blades / coater blades)

  • Food industry (bread blades)


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Baling wire

Baling wire used in the paper and textiles industries are one of the most dangerous and difficult to handle aspects of manufacturing and distribution. However, Sweed Choppers allow scrap processing for these industries to be as easy as feed-and-forget.

Baling wire used in the paper and textiles industries are one of the most dangerous and difficult to handle aspects of manufacturing and distribution. However, Sweed Choppers allow scrap processing for these industries to be as easy as feed-and-forget.

Companies that use baling wire to bale their end products know that the material does not bend very well, which turns it into a tangled mess upon disposal. On top of that, the ends are sharp and can grab and poke unwary workers passing by. Sweed wire choppers make that disposal tidy while eliminating the risk posted by long and sharp wires.

  • Textiles industry

  • Paper industry

  • Recycling industry

  • Scrap industry


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O.D. scarf

Sweed O.D. tube scarf choppers eliminate dangerous and cumbersome winders and chop the scarf inline as it’s being produced. Chopping scarf greatly reduces risk of burns, cuts and back injuries from unloading winders.

Sweed O.D. tube scarf choppers eliminate dangerous and cumbersome winders and chop the scarf inline as it’s being produced. Chopping scarf greatly reduces risk of burns, cuts and back injuries from unloading winders.

This material is particularly dangerous because workers have to grab incredibly hot and sharp metal with a pair of tongs as it’s produced at line speed to feed it into the winder. Winders are cumbersome to use, and handling large balls of scarf is extremely dangerous. Furthermore, if the scrap breaks from the winder, workers can be cut and burned. A scrap chopper eliminates the need for a winder and employees only have to thread the scarf into the tension-controlled pinch roll only once per run! All of this greatly reduces employee risk and increases the value of the scrap.

  • Tube & Pipe industry


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Tube and pipe

Sweed Choppers and Crushers easily handle tube and pipe scrap conversion, providing an invaluable service to help tube mills recover off-spec tubing. Chopping tubing increases scrap compaction; crushing it first will double your compaction ratio!

Sweed Choppers and Crushers easily handle tube and pipe scrap conversion, providing an invaluable service to help tube mills recover off-spec tubing. Chopping tubing increases scrap compaction; crushing it first will double your compaction ratio!

Mills utilize Sweed choppers to crush and chop tube and pipe into ready-to-recycle lengths to help them recover their off-spec material. Sweed’s machines are able to process tubing and piping quickly and efficiently, and can handle all types of metals including brass, copper, and stainless steel.

  • Tube & Pipe industry


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Wire and Cable

From stripping to separating for aluminum and copper recovery, Sweed’s wire and cable processors handle a broad range of ferrous and non-ferrous materials used in this multifaceted industry.

From stripping to separating for aluminum and copper recovery, Sweed’s wire and cable processors handle a broad range of ferrous and non-ferrous materials used in this multifaceted industry.

Sweed wire choppers and separators are well-suited for processing all types of scrap wire and cable. Using a combination of linear and bulk processing, Sweed systems quickly and efficiently separate ferrous from non-ferrous material while obtaining the highest purity end product possible. Sweed systems are built to last, engineered to fit the customer’s application, and are made and supported in the USA with many replacement parts on hand. With decades of experience, Sweed is a leader in the recycling equipment industry because of their engineering talent and long-standing reputation for quality craftsmanship and service.

  • Wire & Cable industry

  • Scrap industry


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Slitter Trim | Stamping | Punch Press

Sweed choppers can be placed into a facilities production line to handle scrap being produced at line speed.

Sweed choppers can be placed into a facilities production line to handle scrap being produced at line speed.

Companies processing stamping, punch press, or coils of metal from a slitter line deal with dangerous scrap on a regular basis. In a plant’s high-volume automated operation, scrap winders are a bottleneck and pose a hazard to employees. Sweed Inline Choppers can be married into an automated line, eliminating the need for traditional winders and greatly increasing employee safety.

  • Automotive industry

  • Metal Fabrication

  • Manufacturing


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For facilities needing to recover copper and aluminum from radiators, Sweed separation systems are a popular choice due to their quick investment recovery potential.

For facilities needing to recover copper and aluminum from radiators, Sweed separation systems are a popular choice due to their quick investment recovery potential.

Radiators

Sweed systems can handle a variety of scrap materials for non-ferrous separation to increase recovery potential and reduce material handling risks.

  • Scrap industry

  • Recycling industry