This article demonstrates the development of a process to separate rubber from a metal insert, allowing the recycling or reuse of said materials.
The parts were provided by a Freudenberg-NOK operation in Brazil. The main objective of this research is to avoid the discard of high valuable materials into the environment. Besides the economical return, the company also can reach environmental goals, like zero waste, with a low-effort, low-investment process.
This process can be implemented on a small area of the shop floor, cutting the logistics costs and enabling the reuse of the materials during the following productions.
Regarding the investment, an initial budget of about $2,000 for the barrels—with built-in heaters and agitators—and the initial amount of solutions, is enough for a pilot test.