At TT Electronics, we use the belt sorter from Profile Industries for separation of plating media (steel wire shot) from our products. We also utilize it for any process where we need to sort rectangular product from round shapes. There are many benefits of this machine. The first and most evident benefit is the time savings. It used to take hours to manually separate the product and media mixtures since they are roughly the same size. We sifted through mixtures by hand similar to how you would see gold sifted. Since utilizing the belt grader, we can separate rounds from non-round shapes in about 15 minutes without any manual labor which allows for time to be spent elsewhere. Some added benefits to the belt sorter is the guiderail construction that allows for adjustments in any degree of freedom to fine tune the separation rate and efficiency. It also has allowed for easy modifications to the machine for whatever the extra sorting needs may be.
Ben Heuer, Development Engineer, TT Electronics.