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Copper Scrap Sorting

Recycled copper helps build everything from solar cells to electric cars

Copper Sorting and Analysis

Copper Sorting and AnalysisCopper is one of the most sought after raw materials in the metals market today. In fact, copper is highly valued in almost all metals scrap and recycling businesses based on the strength of the market price. Copper and copper alloys are consistently in demand and can be infinitely recycled. Recycled copper helps build everything from solar cells to electric cars and the demand remains high.

Copper is part of many industries

Copper is a unique element with qualities attractive to construction, engineering, plumbing, printing, electronics, and many other industries. Its antifouling potential makes it useful in marine applications. Its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties show up in medical and military applications. Copper alloys—over 400 of them—bring strength, castability, machinability, ductility, corrosion resistance, and other valuable properties to every kind of project and process.

Accurately analyzing and sorting copper—whether in utensils, cable and wire, billets, sheet cuttings, or other scrap—is worth getting right.

LIBS analyzers improve on XRF for copper scrap sorting

Most metals professionals are aware of the limitations of XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) analyzers when it comes to sorting copper. Laser Induction Breakdown Spectroscopy or LIBS guns are simply better tools for speed, safety, and reliability. The ChemLite regulation free LIBS gun is excellent at analyzing beryllium (Be) in copper. Copper is only one of the nonferrous metals that LIBS guns analyze well.

Designed for heavy use, TSI's ChemLite Plus Laser Metals Analyzer are built to last. They're fast—delivering precise readings in less than 1 second. The "Green Guns" perform Positive Material Identification (PMI) as well as on-the-spot metal analysis and scrap recycling.

The ChemLite Plus is easier to use and maintain than an XRF tool. With an eye-safe Class 1M laser-and no radiation-ownership is easy. The ChemLite won't generate OSHA safety fees or fines nor will you need to worry about laser safety concerns with the TSI 1M platform. You'll be able to concentrate on sorting-more quickly, more accurately, and free of regulations.

TSI ChemLite™ Plus analyzes Beryllium Copper alloys utilizing LIBS technology. LIBS is the right tool for nonferrous scrap yards. The ChemLite analyzes alloys and measures light elements that XRF cannot.

Sorting Copper, Nonferrous, and Other Light Metals and Alloys

Our patented ChemLite analyzers benefit metals operations of every size and scope. ChemLite is the tool of choice for Aluminum analysis and alloy identification and Titanium scrap sorting and alloy identification, as well as many other metals analysis applications.

Scrapyard and metal recycling customers who work with copper, bronze, brass, and related alloys rely on ChemLite to sort:

Beryllium Copper Leaded Phosphor Bronze Nickel Silver
Yellow Brass Aluminum Bronze C7XXXX Leaded Nickel
Leaded Yellow Brass Silicon Bronze C97XXX Leaded Nickel
Red Brass Manganese Brass and Bronze Hard Brass
Semi-Red Brass Copper Nickel Leaded Hard Brass
Phosphor Bronze    


Positive Materials Identification for Copper Alloy

ChemLite Plus is an effective PMI gun for copper, including the following copper alloys to the ranges shown:

C17000 Beryllium Copper C62300 Aluminum Bronze, 9%
C18200 Chromium Copper C65500 High-Silicon Bronze A
C22000 Commercial Bronze, 90% C66700 Manganese Brass
C26000 Cartridge Brass, 70% C70600 Copper-Nickel, 10%
C28000 Muntz Metal, 60% C71500 Copper-Nickel, 30%
C31400 Leaded Commercial Bronze C75200 Nickel Silver, 65-18
C33000 Low Leaded Brass C78200 Leaded Nickel Silver, 65-8-2
C36000 Free-Cutting Brass C84400 Valve Metal
C46400 Naval Brass C86100 Manganese Bronze
C51000 Phosphor Bronze A, 5% C90300 Tin Bronze
C54400 Phosphor Bronze B-2 C93200 Bearing Bronze


If you sort and recycle copper, let us show you how ChemLite can improve your sorting speed and accuracy—beyond XRF. Request a demo today!

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