Metal Scrap Recycling Processes

At Ram Iron & Metal Inc., how we work is imperative to our success. Our scrap metal recycling processes are complex and concise; ensuring every job we do is ethically, morally and environmentally sound. Ram Iron & Metal Inc. uses different scrap metal recycling processes depending on the physical characteristics of the steel scrap known as ferrous and non-ferrous scrap which is copper, brass, aluminum and stainless steel. Scrap processing is therefore, of considerable interest to the Mills or Foundries as well as the metal recyclers themselves.


Baling Process

A method which takes steel items that are ¼” or less in thickness and places them into a machine called a baler. This machine uses hydraulic pressure to reduce the size and volume of the scrap steel put into it and forms the material into a cube known as a bundle. By reducing the scrap metal into a bundle it reduces the cost of transportation by increasing the weight and creates a product that is more economical for the steel mills to melt.

Torching & Burning Process

A manual process of cutting heavier and thicker scrap metal using a cutting torch. Using oxygen and propane, the cutting torch combines these two gases to create a precise flame that melts the steel. The torching process reduces the size of the scrap metal into specific sizes and removes any foreign materials that are not acceptable to the end consumer.

Briquetting Process

A process used in the handling of non-ferrous metals such as copper wire, copper tubing and other light gauge easily compressed scrap metals. The material is taken and placed in a machine that uses extremely high hydraulic pressure to reduce size and volume of the scrap material. This method produces a small square bundle that is similar in size and shape to that of a brick. The briquetted metal is uniform in shape and weight, and sold exclusively to specialty foundries and mills.


Shearing Process

A method of preparing scrap metal such as an I-beam, tubing, etc. and even items made of copper and aluminum by the use of a special machine called a stationary shear or a mobile shear attached to a crane. The shear literally works the same as a pair of scissors cutting a piece of paper. The shearing process is a faster and a more efficient way to prepare these types of materials to the desired length for the consumption of the mills and foundries.

Shredding Process

A process used in the scrap metal industry similar to that of a paper shredder you find in your home. This method takes any type of metal such as copper, brass, aluminum and items like fridges, stoves, filing cabinets and even cars and turns it into very small pieces of metal known as shred or frag that is sold to mills and foundries.