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A Guide to Precious Metal Refineries

If you are using precious metal bearing catalyst in your products as well as processes for speeding and/or facilitating chemical reactions or for the end of pipe pollution abatement applications, you must be aware of the growing values of platinum, ruthenium, palladium and rhodium and the catalyst they contain.

In most cases, the platinum bearing catalysts are used to refine crude oil and at the same time, to produce aromatic compounds. Precious metal bearing catalysts are utilized in various hydrocarbon processing applications. However, the catalysts are not designed to last for a lifetime as they are deactivating overtime as a result of its harsh processing environment that contaminates them with sulfur, volatile organics, carbon, moisture or any other substances. These reduces efficacy to the stage that it must be replaced.

However you must know that the precious metals content stay intact and this is the same reason why it must be recovered and refined. Consequently due to its high values and demand/supply price fluctuations every month or year, users smartly see precious metals purchasing, leasing as well as recovery management programs with emphasis on returns and costs.

With this information in hand, choosing and working with a reliable, reputable and established precious metal supplier and refiner becomes more important for a number of reasons:

Number 1. You have to assure maximum returns of the remaining precious metals from your product or process.

Number 2. The turnaround time or speed in which precious metal bearing materials are processed will affect the cost.

Number 3. Any refiner of precious metal must be adhering to environmental code and also, atmosphere emissions along with proper disposal/discharge at all levels and also, at all time. Consequently, your relationship with your refiner should consider all possible legal implications associated with violation of environmental laws that include those that are transporting hazardous materials.

Precious metal refiner has to use advanced pollution control equipment like scrubber/baghouse system in an effort to avoid discharge of toxic emissions and annoying odors. In essence, your organization and your refiner should establish a degree of partnership that’s based on different circumstances that are beyond the refiner and your control. Choosing a refining partner to reclaim platinum, ruthenium, palladium and rhodium needs diligence on your end when it comes to the standards of the refiner that leads in high performance levels and at the same time, environmentally responsible results. And much like what is discussed earlier, one of the very important steps in PGM recovery/refining process is centered more on the removal of contaminants from the spent catalyst materials.

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