These electric motors generate mechanical energy (force) through the interaction of its windings and magnetic field. Now that electric motors themselves have been examined, it is important to learn exactly how to recycle electric motors. Electric motors are devices that convert electrical energy into mechanical energy. Some gadgets that use an electric motor include:
- Industrial fans
- Disk drives
- Various machine tools
How to Recycle Electric MotorsRecycling electric motors is mostly done on a large scale and is very straightforward. Electric motor recycling consists of:
- First, recyclers collecting as many electric motors as possible to increase the change of getting enough copper.
- Then, a hammer or hammering mill breaks the metallic casting of the motor.
- Afterwards, professional recyclers separate the components and categorize them according to their materials.
- Finally, they take the separated components to their different recycling points and recycle them.
Electric Motor MechanicsElectric motors have three main categories of size. The categories are:
- Small motors. These motors are range from the size of a basketball to slightly larger than an apple. Even smaller electric motors, like electronic transformers in radio-controlled cars, are less desirable due to their low copper and aluminum content.
- Large motors. Motors like this vary from larger than a basketball to less than 2,000 pounds.
- Over-sized motors. These motors are larger than 2,000 pounds. They vary in demand due to their size and nonferrous metallic content.
Common household items with electric motors:
- Hand tools
- Air conditioners
- Power supplies
- Washing machines
Common industrial items with electric motors:
- Manufacturing Equipment
Common automotive items with electric motors:
Why Recycle Electric Motors?Recycling electric motors:
- Reuses valuable materials
- Reduces landfill pollution
- Reduces solid waste
- Protects natural resources
- Reduces overall pollution