We have developed a proprietary approach for creating unique technologies to recycle PM from a wide range of scrap materials and industrial byproducts generated across multiple industries.
PM-Strip™ is a revolutionary new technology for recycling PM from scrap materials. PM-STRIP represents a technology step change for the PM refining industry and replaces smelting, which is more expensive, slower, and less sustainable.
PM-STRIP recovers PM from any type of scrap consisting of a PM plating on a base metal substrate. The key advantage of PM-STRIP is that it works by dissolving the PM plating without dissolving the base metal. The plating is thereby stripped from the substrate, and the plated PM are recovered in metallic form with a high level of purity, while the base metal substrate is recovered undamaged and can be immediately sold or recycled separately. PM-STRIP successfully recovers PM even from impure coatings, e.g., alloys of gold or silver with any other metals, and, unlike conventional methods, is effective irrespective of the thickness of the coatings.
TF1 is a non-chemical process that uses a specific dielectric fluid in a proprietary application to recover chips from populated circuit boards (i) for secure data destruction, (ii) for reuse, or (iii) as a first step to refining the PM in the chips. TF1 is cheap and safe. The dielectric fluid never absorbs any of the materials on the boards, including the solder or underfill attaching the chips, and it can be recycled and reused almost indefinitely. The TF1 process can be contained in a closed system and does not discharge any hazardous materials.
Our PbL2 technology answers the most critical challenge facing electronics recyclers who handle obsolete televisions and computer monitors: How to properly dispose of the leaded "funnel glass" in a CRT. On average, funnel glass represents 30%-45% of the weight of the whole CRT and has a content of 18%-22% lead oxide. Until recently, funnel glass could be sent to lead smelters for use as a flux or to CRT manufacturers for glass-to-glass recycling. But as a practical matter, neither of these options represents a viable solution going forward, and the e-recycling industry is frantically searching for alternatives. Various processes to disposition funnel glass are being promoted, including landfilling the glass as a hazardous material, but PbL2 is the only sustainable recycling solution. Tests have proven that PbL2 recovers virtually all the lead in funnel glass with the output being saleable lead metal and a saleable glass commodity. Moreover, PbL2 is economically competitive with any of the other proposed alternatives, even landfilling.
We are actively working with a wide range of other scrap materials and industrial byproducts. Our goal is to keep developing new technologies that replace or improve conventional methods that are inefficient and unsustainable. We have had initial success with materials from multiple industries, including incinerator bottom ash generated by waste-to-energy plants.