A Very Special Day

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Source: Steinert Elektromagnetbau GmbH

Never afraid to try out a new and unusual approach, Steinert resolved back at the beginning of the year to stage its own in-house event parallel to the Entsorga 2006 trade fair. And no sooner had the decision been taken than the perfect name was also found: the Steinert Open '06.

The associations with a golf or a tennis tournament are only partly intentional. The event was indeed open to the industry as whole, and for us, the employees of Steinert GmbH, the aim was most definitely to give it our best shot.

All in all, the event attracted 300 participants from Europe and overseas, many more than anticipated when planning first began. Given the large number of people involved and their enthusiastic response, we could be rightly proud of our company and the decision to stage the Steinert Open '06.

Surprisingly, perhaps, the two countries sending the highest numbers were not from Europe but from Japan and Taiwan, which together accounted for 60 participants.

Back at the beginning of the year, it became clear that our stand at this year's Entsorga-Enteco wasn't going to meet our original expectations in terms of location, size and shape. Our company management therefore decided to exploit its home advantage and organize its own event in parallel to trade fair. As things turned out, both Steinert and the fair itself profited from the decision. In fact, 40 per cent of our participants made the journey to Cologne specifically to attend Steinert Open '06, and most of them then went on to visit the fair as well. And Entsorga also helped enhance the attractiveness of our event. Many people simply travelled a day earlier in order to take a look at what we have to offer, discuss business and enjoy the good atmosphere at the Steinert Open '06.

The Steinert Open '06 was just that — an open event without a rigid schedule. Attendance of the talks and presentations, for example, was optional, and the emphasis was on demonstrations and opportunities to share ideas, with talks and displays following one another in loose succession.

The event kicked off with an opening address by Franz Heiringhoff, our Managing Director, who talked about Steinert's partnership with its customers. His message? Close dialogue between the company and its clients is essential when it comes to working out new product ideas and making them marketable. As he emphasized, it's the only way to increase genuine customer benefit.

In another presentation, Technical Director Dr. Uwe Habich introduced our recently unveiled x-ray sorting system, together with all the technical details and areas of use. These include a whole range of new sorting applications such as organic from inorganic substances, light from heavy metals, PVC from other plastics, and normal from high-temperature glass. In the future, we and our customers will be exploring the boundaries of this technology and, where possible, extending them.

In a third presentation, our Sales Director Dr. Ulrich Kohaupt took a look at efficiency in metal processing. Key issues for the customer here include high machine durability and consistently efficient separation. As Dr. Kohaupt showed, the use of an eddy current separator that features the eccentric pole system can generate between €70,000 and €300,000 a year in extra revenue.

There were a number of demonstrations featuring displays of the new XSS x-ray sorting system, the upgraded FSS colour sorting system, and our new 2.50-metre-wide non-ferrous metal separator.

The XSS demonstrated its ability to separate light metals from a composite of metals, for example in the extraction of aluminium from a copper-rich mixture, for which sink-float separation systems are still the usual option.

Another demonstration showed how the FSS can be used to sort, on the basis of colour, printed-circuit boards from electronic scrap.

Recent years have seen substantial growth in the processing of shredder fines. There was therefore great interest in the demonstration of the fine-pole system in an eddy current separator. Here, the use of our eccentric pole system brings yields of as much as 30 per cent per ton of shredder fines.

In order to showcase the full range of products and systems from Steinert, there were also displays of various overband magnetic separators and electrical magnet drum separators as well as our high-gradient magnetic filter. Two induction sorting systems with a working width of 2.00 metres were also on display.

The star of the show, however, was the NES 250, an eddy current separator with a working width of 2.50 metres, which makes it the largest in the world today. Boasting a throughput of approx. 130 cubic metres per hour, this opens up completely new horizons in plant design. For example, the still common practice of splitting the flow of material becomes in many cases redundant, which in turn means reduced plant costs. And thanks to the excellent availability of the Steinert eddy current separator, there is no need to install a second machine to cover eventual downtime. All in all, it means another increase in efficiency for the refuse-processing and metal-recycling sectors.

Practically the whole of the company was open to visitors at the Steinert Open '06, with opportunities to inspect our production operations as well as study the technical specifications of individual products.

In the evening, it was time to relax and discuss the day to the sound of blues music. As dusk fell, the lighting on the company grounds and the machinery on display contributed to creating a striking and very pleasant atmosphere.

For both us at Steinert and our guests, it was a very special day.

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