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Publication Date: 04/2003
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Six questions to help you select metal separators and detectors

Metal debris is a common source of bulk material contamination. Tramp iron and other metal debris can damage or shut down your handling and processing equipment and reduce your product's quality and value. And removing larger debris and even metal fines from your product is often necessary to comply with your customers' specifications, industry standards, or regulatory requirements. Using the right separation equipment is a sound financial decision that helps protect your machinery investment, your product's marketability, and your company's reputation. But how do you decide what metal separator or detector will best suit your needs? Answering the six questions in this article will help you make a good choice.

To select an appropriate metal separator or detector, you need to answer six key questions about your operation and the metal debris you're likely to encounter. Some of these questions might not have precise answers, so you'll have to guesstimate to make reasonable choices for your application. Be aware that you may need to use only one piece of equipment or several to meet your application's needs. For general definitions of metal separator and detector terms, see the related sidebar "Metal separator and detector basics" later in this article.

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