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Eddy Current Non Ferrous Metal Separators

Eddy Current Non Ferrous Metal Separator Plant

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High Intensity [Rare Earth NdFeB], Permanent
Application Summary
e-waste WEEE, metal reclamation., Recycling, Recycling Industry, Scrap metal
Materials / Commodities
Aluminium, Copper, dross, e-waste, Scrap Metal, zorba

The MAGQUIP Eddy Current Separator plant is a two-metal product standalone fully integrated metal separation plant which is able to produce both ferrous and non-ferrous metal product streams in a small footprint area.  

The plant is a combination of MAGQUIP Eddy Current separator with “EccentriSort” rotor and an Axial Pole Ferrous metal permanent magnet drum separator which will yield very clean metals product. 

The combined magnetic equipment and vibrating feeder are integrated onto a modular skid frame to form a complete metal separation solution of easy deployment into any facility and can even be supplied as a mobile version for easy movement around material recycling facilities. 

The eddy current separator is a critical piece of equipment in any modern recycling plant where non-ferrous metal such as aluminium or copper and ferrous metals must be separated from any waste or product stream. 

The Eddy Current Separator is a non-ferrous metal separator system using an eccentrically orientated high-energy, rare-earth rotor as opposed to the concentric type of rotor. This specially engineered high-speed rotor sets the performance benchmark for Eddy Current separators and has been proven technology when deployed in a huge range of applications. 

The Axial pole permanent rotary drum separator can be supplied with ferrite magnets for easy to separate material or in a rare earth version for “fine” metal separation application.  

Mixed material is fed via a hopper, or conveyor belt onto the MAGQUIP vibrating pan feeder where it is conveyed to the axial pole drum magnet. The drum magnet separator is lace underneath the discharge end of the vibrating feeder and will attract any ferrous metals in the product stream. These ferrous metals are then held to the drum surface by the magnetic force and then discharged from the drum at a position where the permanent magnet segment in the drum no longer influence the particles. They then fall off into a dedicated ferrous metal product chute. Non-ferrous metal and any other material found with the product stream are then centrifugally discharged from the drum separator into a chute which feeds the eddy current separator module belt. 

The material is then presented to the eddy current separator eccentric rotor where non-ferrous electrically conducting metals such as copper and aluminium are ejected from the belt into a splitter module with the use of adjustable diverting plate. The non-ferrous metal “throws” end up separated into a dedicated product chute. 

The non-conducting materials such as plastic, rubber and organic matter that are separated, end up being thrown centrifugally into a “drops” chute unaffected by the eddy current rotor.  

Since MAGQUIP uses an Eccentric type of rotor that can handle relative amounts of ferrous metal without inducting heating issues, any ferrous metal not separated at the initial axial pole drum separator stage has final chance of separation via the rotor and will also end up in dedicated secondary ferrous metal collecting chute. 

Recover very clean and pure ferrous and non-ferrous metals from granulated waste products, size range 5 to 200mm (fines version will separate less 5mm). 

Typically, it is used in the processing of: 

  • Scrap Metal and Cable Recycling 
  • Metal separation
  • Rejects from shredder plants
  • Glass Cullet
  • Household refuse
  • Can sorting
  • E-Waste
  • Metal slag mixtures 

This metal separator plant uses the MAGQUIP axial pole drum separator to yield excellent recovery of ferrous metals and the EccentiSort eccentric rotor produce high rate of pure non-ferrous metal separators.  

The Magquip “Eccentric” rotor has the following advantages: 

  • High throughput and separation efficiency  
  • Simple feeding arrangement 
  • Easy belt change via cantilevered frame assembly
  • Unrestricted particle size (Fine type rotor available less 5mm particles)
  • Will handle relatively high amounts of ferrous metal as opposed to concentric type without particle inductive heating causing belt and rotor cover damage  


Vibrating pan feeder with unbalanced motors or magnetic vibrator drive type 


A machined high tensile carbon steel shaft onto which are assembled ‘rare earth’ Neodymium-iron-Boron permanent magnets. 


A machined high tensile carbon steel shaft onto which are assembled ‘rare earth’ Neodymium-iron-Boron permanent magnets. 


High strength 3mm thick glass fibre  


2 ply, 2mm Polyester with 0.4mm PVC wear cover 


Standard 3 phase squirrel cage induction motor, 2 pole, 3000r/min 


Motorised pulley ‘Joki’ type or similar – belt speed up to 2.5m/sec 


Robust, carbon steel section fabrication with suitable guards. 


Fabricated steel product collection chutes for- 2 ferrous metal chutes, one non-ferrous metal chute and one drops” chutes 


Electrical field panel enclosure with VSD’s for rotor and belt speed adjustment, can be supplied with advanced PLC panel with HMI.