HMS Cleaning

The solution for the removal of dirt and Non-Ferrous
Metals from HMS – Ready for feeding into the EAF

Impurities in HMS, be it non-ferrous or organic impurities, have negative effects on the economic efficiency of the scrap input and can also lead to qualitative problems. Apart from that, avoidable emissions can be the consequence.

A highly efficient and reliable scrap screening process with an integrated metal recovery step that was specifically developed for this application enables a significant improvement in quality, while delivering additional scope of metal recovery at the same time. The innovative combination of efficient screening and magnetic separation produces optimum results.

The HMS cleaning solution from SICON is modular and can be individually adapted to local conditions. SICON also offers processing solutions for the separation of the non-ferrous metals contained, which can be implemented in-line or off-line. With the ReSmelt process, SICON also offers an economical recycling solution for the separated fines.

Improving the quality of steel scrap is for SICON the driving force behind the Heavy Metal Scrap (HMS) preparation process. HMS is cleaned intensively and NF metals that are still present are separated. The result is a scrap quality with a considerably higher Fe-content and reduced NF-content (specifically copper and aluminum).

In terms of the requirements of modern recycling management, SICON HMS Cleaning is an important innovation both for shear operators and for quality control in the steel indusytry! SICON also offers processing and recycling solutions for the separated non-ferrous metals and fines.

Your benefits at a glance

Economic advantages

  • Significant reduction of slag (5-8 %)
  • Increase of the liquid yield to 92-95 %
  • Reduction of emissions, electricity consumption and consumables
  • Throughput up to 300 mt/h
  • Reduction of Power On Time of 2-3 min per heat
  • Reduction of electric energy consumption of 30-35 kwh per ton of raw steel
  • Reduction of lime consumption of more than 8 kg per ton of raw steel
  • Secure production thanks to the separation of exposed NF-metals (Copper, Zinc, Aluminum)
  • Quick return on investment (ROI)

Operative advantages

  • Combination of screening and metal separation for efficient cleaning of shear scrap (HMS)
  • SICON MagSpin) – Permanent magnet with spinning effect
  • 3D-Screening – 3D heavy duty screen elements
  • Most efficient system for the separation of (magnetic and non-magnetic) fines
  • Fully Automated System – Permanent Mass Balances, Smart Alarm System
  • No loss of heavy metal scrap in separated fractions
  • Additional proceeds from separated NF metals
  • Reliable technology for high throughput
  • Delivery to customer specifications, including structural steel and infeed belt (optional)

Technical specifications

  • Throughputs ranging from 30 to 300 mt/h possible (even over multiple shifts due to the system’s high availability and ease of maintenance)
  • Removals of fines with the aid of an integrated cascade-type screen having a specific screen geometry
  • Separation of Fe scrap using permanent drum magnet (MagSpin)
  • Separation of Fe scrap on the fine parts
  • Optional separation of non-ferrous metals with the aid of eddy current and induction separators
  • Optional removal of Fe scrap using stacking conveyors

SICON adapts the HMS Cleaning to specific customer requirements. Throughput rates of up to 300 mt/h are achievable.

HMS CleaningMobileBasicAdvanced
Throughput30 - 80 tph70 - 150 tph70 - 300 tph
Separation feeding zone-
Acceleration of the scrap-
Magnetic separation
Optional with dust suppression
Discharge of residues with panfeeder
Separation of fines residues-
Remote control by cameras
Prozess data collection
Solutions for NF metal recovery

Input Material

Output Material


Product Video (on request)

written by
Rutger Gyllenram, Niloofar Arzpeyma, Wenjing Wei, Pär G. Jönsson


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