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Waste Iron Powder



Greetings!

I have a client here in PA who makes a carrier for toner used in certain
types of copy machines. They use iron powder in their product to give it
the proper electro-magnetic properties. The iron powder they buy is
otherwise intended for the sintered metals industry. The particle size
distribution of the purchased powder is too wide for their use. Therefore
they screen out the material that is too coarse and the particles that are
too fine. This results in 50% waste. They used to be able to recycle
it-previously it was smelted into steel-but their sources to do so have
dried up.

They generate between 3 - 4000 lbs./mo. They currently have 40,000 lbs. on
site (and growing) until they can find a recycling option.

Anybody have any thoughts? Why would it no longer be acceptable in
steel-making? Might there be other steel producers that would be interested
in it? Are there other possible uses?

You suggestions are appreciated.

Warren

wjw5@psu.edu

Warren J. Weaver
PENNTAP
PO Box 5046
York, PA 17405

Certified ISO 14000 Auditor (#E051734)

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