Sweed 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.
Unprocessed steel banding scrap not only takes up a lot of space, but also can be sharp and dangerous to dispose of. Sweed 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
Food, Beverage, and Packaging industries
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 fit into two 55-gallon drums after being chopped, which increases efficiency, lowers housekeeping costs, and raises morale with a tidier space.
Wood & Lumber industry
Food & Beverage industry
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.
Wood & Lumber industry (band saw blades)
Paper industry (doctor / coater blades)
Textiles industry (doctor / coater blades)
Food industry (bread blades)
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 choppers make that disposal tidy while eliminating the risk posted by long and sharp wires.
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
Tube and pipe
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
Wire and Cable
Sweed 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
Slitter Trim | Stamping | Punch Press
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 Choppers can be married into an automated line, eliminating the need for traditional winders and greatly increasing employee safety.
Sweed systems can handle a variety of scrap materials for non-ferrous separation to increase recovery potential and reduce material handling risks.