The US scrap metal recycling industry which is driven by a recovering US economy, a growing Asian economy, and the growing demand for products manufactured with recycled materials, continues to grow with a value of billions of dollars. Despite the volatile economic activity across the global markets, the outlook for the metal recycling sector remains positive as the demand for scrap metal grows among both domestic and global consumers.

In America, there are also growing concerns over e-waste. In response, electronic manufacturers, regulators and recyclers are looking for more productive ways of separating copper and aluminum from insulation to create new metals by recovering scrap wires/cables.

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copper wire stripper

Wires/Cables Recovery Systems in the United States
Stage1: recover up to 98% of insulated and bare wires
Using a sorting system to recognize fine metal particles with a highly-sensitive electro-magnetic sensor that can also identify insulating polymer coatings made of PVC, PP, PE, or rubber with an additional high-resolution near-infrared sensor.
Stage2: recover up to 95% of insulated wires
The signals from both sensors are analyzed with the help of the newly developed processing technology which delivers high-precision results. This means the insulated copper/aluminum wires/cables can be safely identified and separated with up to 90% of purity.
And to achieve the final separation of metal (copper and aluminum) from the insulation layers, there are several steps included in the process:
1. Material separation: pre-sorting of copper and aluminum from insulated layers and other particles, as well as different grades of metals. A number of processors in the US have now established systems to get copper or aluminum from their materials. These methods may include dry systems, such as electrostatic separators, and wet separation systems that use shaker tables and cyclones.
2. Shredding: mandated for efficiency reasons in larger plants, but still optional in smaller plants
3. Granulation: usually accomplished in multiple stages
4. Screening: an optional stage that is used before or/and after the final to enhance recovery
4. Density separation: where the actual separation and recovery of the copper or aluminum from the insulation occurs, using simple aspiration (an air wash of the insulation away from the metallics) and/or fluidized bed separation
5. Tailing process: various procedures, dedicated to either enhancing metals recovery or to conditioning the tailings for recovery or final disposition.

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copper wire granulating machine

Metal Recycling Rates in the United States

#1 Bare Bright Wire
#1 Copper Tubing/Flashing
Brass (Plumbing, Pipe)
$1.60 /lb.
Insulated Copper Wire (Cat 5/6)
$0.90 /lb.
Insulated Cable
$1.85 /lb.
Aluminum/Copper Coil (Clean)
$1.20 /lb.
Car Batteries
$0.26-$0.29 /lb.
Sheet Aluminum (Windows/Pans)
$0.45 /lb.






Wires/Cables Recycling Equipment Spotlights in the US
Automated Recycling Products, Inc. (APPI) in America offers three models of wire strippers: the DRM, the smallest; the COMC and the REC. All these three models will strip the plastic insulation from a wire diameter of 1/8” to 1 1/8”. And Cumberland offers granulators for recycling, injection molding, extrusion, blow molding and all other polymer industry processes.

Wire and cable recycling involves the extraction of reclaimable copper and aluminum scrap so that the resultant clean metal can be resold and reprocessed. The equipment used in that extraction process must be especially efficient to improve the purity of the resulting material. To that effect, The metal recycling machines, have been working hard to upgrade our equipment to better serve the growing market demand including the US market.

We are now supplying small-sized wire stripping machine, which is used for removing the insulation layer from various kinds of scrap wires with the diameter of 1mm-42mm; different models for different wire diameters: AMS-918A for diameter of 1mm-25mm, AMS-918F for the diameter of 1mm-30mm, AMS-918KA for the diameter of 1mm-35mm, AMS-918KOB for the diameter of 1mm-42mm. And large-sized cable stripping machine, which is a heavy-duty stripping machine for high-volume stripping process, AMS-918B for the diameter of 2mm-85mm, AMS-918B-1 for the diameter of 10mm-165mm, so this machine supplied by us is mainly employed by large-scale wire/cable stripping business worldwide; also its multi-functions of processing single-core and double-core flat wires at one time contributes a lot to its popularity.

Mini AMS400 copper wire granulator for household and small-scale recycling business; AMS400 scrap copper wire granulator, an integrated one, for recovering automotive wires, telephone wires and cables; AMS600 copper/aluminum granulator for wires and cables with a diameter that is not more than 20mm; AMS800 copper granulator with 99.99% purity rate for large-scale recycling business. They are the other featured wires/cables recycling equipment from us.