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Electric Motors

recycle electric motorElectric motors used in various kinds of machines have been around for almost 175 years. They’re not always 100% “green” (that depends on where the power used to charge the batteries), but are generally much more environmentally friendly than fossil fuel powered engines. There are two main types of electric motors: ones that use alternating current, the kind that comes out of most household outlets, and ones that use direct current, which comes from batteries.

The first practical application of the electric motor, following the work of British scientist William Sturgeon, was created and patented by Emily and Thomas Davenport (U.S.) in 1837 in the form of a direct current motor that powered machine tools and a printing press.

Just about everywhere you look you’ll find electric motors being used. Depending on their type (rotary, servo, linear, etc.) they run fans, turbines, drills, the wheels on electric cars, machine tools, and even electrically powered spacecraft propulsion systems. One popular use of electric motors is for boating. There’s little doubt boaters and anglers can get closer to nature, without polluting it, and do so much more quietly, using an electric boat motor.

The major pros of electric motors are that they’re quieter, have fewer moving parts, don’t directly use fossil fuels, cost less initially, and normally have a much longer life than their fuel counterparts.

If you need to dispose of an old electric motor, recycle it at Mann Metals Corp. Not only is it better for the environment, but we’ll pay you for the metal.

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Carbide and Hard Facing Technology

Through a process of heating (but not melting) various heavy metals called “sintering”, carbide or as it’s alternately called “carbon carbide” or “tungsten carbide” are formed. Tools and dies formed of tungsten carbide are essential when the task at hand involves cutting or working with other very hard substances, such as other metals or rock substances.

If you work with tungsten carbide tools, you’ll know some of the big names like Kutrite, who manufacture composite rods used in drill bits and many other applications.

The advantages of using carbide are many. The material is made of the highest steel cutting quality, and can often be used—such as for a drill bit—at a higher speed or for longer periods of time. Many machines, especially those used in precision cutting, use carbide parts or inserts. A relatively new process developed by Conforma Clad Inc., specifically known as Conforma Clad hard facing, involves spraying a mixture of tungsten carbide that’s been embedded in a hard nickel-chrome matrix onto existing machine parts. This process greatly extends the life of the part. Tungsten carbide is often brazened onto an existing steel tool or part to form the sharp end of the tool.

Mann Metals Corp buys and recycles carbides. Please contact us to find out more.

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History & Recycling of Aluminum

Recycle scrap aluminumAlthough aluminum is the most abundant metal on Earth, it easily combines with elements such as oxygen and silicon, and isn’t found as a simple metal on it’s own. That could be why it wasn’t discovered and confirmed until the early 1800’s. A clay compound heavy in aluminum called bauxite has been used since 5300 B.C., but simple aluminum wasn’t produced or used until after the industrial revolution had kicked manufacturing into a new gear around 1900.

These days, aluminum of all kinds is being replaced and recycled, and it’s used in everything from wiring, furniture, construction, and containers. Aluminum is one of the scrap metals most often recycled, and Mann Metals is pleased to purchase yours.

Mann Metals buys scrap metal, including aluminum scrap, and recycles it. If your company produces large amounts of turnings, filings, or other scrap aluminum, please contact us about arranging pick up. For smaller amounts of the metal, please bring it into our facility.

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Go Green by Recycling with Mann Metals!

Mann Metals - Your Recycling PartnerAre you a business owner looking to increase sales and capitalize on the “green” trend?

Mann Metals can be your partner in attracting eco-aware customers in a reduce-reuse-recycle sales campaign!

If you sell metal tools, objects, or electronic devices, consider running an eco-friendly promotion where customers can turn in their old tool, object, or device to get a small discount on a new one. All customers will be attracted by the price, and your “green” customers will be doubly attracted to your promotion by the recycling of old materials.

Mann Metals is pleased to purchase old computers, phones, certain types of batteries, metal tools and objects such as lawn furniture, fencing, auto parts, and motors. Contact us to find out what scrap we purchase, and plan your “green” sales promotion around accepting the scrap we will buy and recycle.

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Copper Metal History & Recycling

Copper MetalCopper was the very first metal to be mined and worked, as it is found near the earth’s surface, and is a soft metal that can be worked with simple tools. As early as 9,000 BC it was used in weapons, tools, and as ornaments in the Middle East. Mined as malachite, and smelted in kilns used for pottery, it was easier to find and work than was gold.

The price of copper has risen over the past few years, making it far more valuable than just a decade ago. And when the price of virgin copper rises, so does Mann Metal’s price for scrap copper. Please call or stop by for our current prices.

Mann Metals buys copper found in insulated wiring, small motors, plumbing, and in heating and cooling systems. Contact us to find out if the scrap copper you’d like to get rid of can earn you cash, too.

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Energy Efficient Lighting = Savings, Rebates & Recycling Dollars in Your Pocket

There has never been a better time to consider lowering your business overhead by reducing energy costs. Due to legislation requiring power companies to demonstrate a reduced use of electricity for increased efficiency, both the power companies and the government are offering rebates and incentives. And while you enjoy the lowered cost of new lighting, recycle the scrap from your old fluorescent lighting system at Mann Metals.

Mann Metals recycles many parts of your lighting system, including the ballast, transformer, and aluminum housing and wiring…so save some cash while installing your lighting, and earn some more by replacing and then selling your old lights in your business or warehouse. It’s cash from us for the scrap metal, and years of savings on your power bill, too.

Recently, we at Mann Metals replaced our old 400w lighting with new, more energy efficient 200w lights that are considerably brighter, and the new system cut our lighting energy costs in half. Results and rebates will vary depending on what lighting you choose, your timing, and the rebates and incentives available to you, but this kind of savings is worth investigating!

To find out more about what rebates are available in your area, we suggest the energy star website, and DTE Energy, or go to the US Department of Energy to find out what cost savings are being offered now.

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