Metal Briquetters & Metal Densifiers

Does your business need a metal briquetter?

BE Equipment provides sales and professional services for recycling, waste reduction, and waste handling equipment industries that produce metal waste. As part of our offering we offer new metal briquetters and metal densifiers from various manufacturer including Mayfran, RUF, International Baler, CP, Dens-A-Can, Imabe, and Weima America.  

The briquetting process takes metal chips / swarf and compresses them under high pressure into a briquette form, with the added benefit of being able to recover the coolant and other valuable lubricants squeezed out during the process.


What are the benefits of briquetting?

  • Briquetting increases the value of your scrap metal and turns your scrap into an ongoing income stream.
  • Costly cutting fluids previously lost due to seepage in transport and storage can be reclaimed and re-used.
  • Briquetted material helps alleviate any potential cross contamination with other materials.
  • Briquettes are almost free of coolant compared with loose chips and don’t leak coolant during transportation around the factory or en route to the re-cycler.
  • Briquetters eliminate the need for drying racks or centrifugal driers, removing a costly handling process.
  • Transportation, handling and storage costs are lowered as a result of the volume reduction achieved through briquetting.
  • Machine briquette counters allow you to accurately monitor the amount of scrap being produced.
  • Briquetting your swarf allows a substantially more localized and tidy storage of your scrap, thus reducing your occupational health and safety risks
  • Briquettes are mostly free of coolant, reducing your potential EPA liability.


What types of metals can be briquetted?

  • Aluminium Chips and Turnings
  • Aluminium Cans
  • Steel Chips and Turnings
  • Steel Cans
  • Stainless Steel
  • Brass
  • Titanium
  • Cast Iron
  • Copper
  • Nickel
  • Oil Filters


Why do recyclers pay more for briquettes compared with loose chips?

Briquettes are drier and “purer” than loose chips. As a result the need for the recycler to dispose of waste coolants is reduced, because loose swarf burns the material yield in the melting process is increased and the amount of material processed per melting cycle is also increased.


How much more can I expect to earn for a briquette compared to loose chips?

Briquette prices vary depending on the briquette quality, material type, company location, market conditions and recycler volumes. Companies have achieved as much as 3 times the value for briquettes compared to loose chips, start by speaking to your recycler about the increased value achievable for quality briquettes.

How much moisture will be removed from my scrap chips

Command series briquetters typically expel up to 99% of moisture contained in loose chips. As coolant can comprise as much as 30% of total loose chip weight, reclaiming lost coolant is worthwhile financially.

How do I re-use reclaimed cutting fluids?

During the briquetting process cutting fluids are extracted. The Command series briquetters collect this reclaimed fluid into an internal tank from where it can be pumped out into a filtering system and re-used.

What is the typical volume reduction of material?

Volume reduction is based on chip structure and grade of the material being processed. Our lab testing has yielded reduction ratios ranging from 3:1 to as much as 20:1. Eg; reducing 20 barrels of chips into 1 barrel of briquettes increases the material that is transported per load to the recycler and reduces valuable factory storage space requirements.

What is a typical payback time for a briquetter?

Payback for a briquetting system can range anywhere from 6 months to 3 years depending on many factors including the amount of material being processed, the material type, the quality of the briquettes, the savings from coolant recovery and the reliability of the briquetter.

How much space does a briquetter require?

Depending on the model and options, standard Command series briquetter installations have a footprint of between ~20–70 sq ft.

What advantages do briquettes offer foundries?

  • Briquettes achieve higher yields in the remelt process. Due to the density of briquettes, less oxidation of the material takes place due to decreased surface area of the material as compared to loose chips. This increases the volume of pure material recovered during the remelt making briquettes more valuable to the re-melter.
  • Reduced moisture in briquettes means it is safer and easier to handle.
  • Once a material is briquetted, due to its near solid state it cannot be mixed with other materials ensuring a high quality product for remelting.