TNT Scrap uses Vulcan LIBS analyzer to increase efficiency at their scrap metal processing facility

As a busy ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal processing facility, TNT Scrap in Brooklyn, New York sorts a high volume of stainless steel. With such a high turnover of metals, their analysis process must be optimized to run quickly and accurately to increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

TNT Scrap chose the Vulcan handheld LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) analyzer from us as it’s very user friendly and provides immediate readings when processing scrap metal to increase productivity. The Vulcan helps with several processes throughout the scrapyard daily from the purchasing and sorting to the resale of materials, reducing the load on staff.

The durability of the Vulcan is perfect for the scrapyard environment, as even though the instrument has been accidentally dropped multiple times, it still works as well as it did on the day that they bought it.

Speed and accuracy

Vulcan’s speed is its biggest asset. Compared to traditional XRF analyzers, it’s one of the fastest metals analyzers around. When sorting scrap, Vulcan delivers accurate and consistent grade ID in one second allowing TNT Scrap to ensure maximum operational efficiency for metal sorting.

One of the main reasons TNT Scrap team chose the Vulcan is it makes their work easier because less time is needed in receiving and sorting before the packaging process begins.

Tim’s non-ferrous manager, James Sutton, uses the Vulcan almost every day and can analyze not only stainless steel, but also aluminum and even brass.

James said, “The biggest thing for me with the Vulcan is the accuracy, the speed. Helps out with purchasing material, sorting material, how we sell it. It really lightens the load on our workers. Just a simple shoot and it tells you what it is. It takes care of the job for us.”


In a scrapyard, the conditions aren’t always the safest and unfortunately analytical instruments are exposed to dust, oil and water as well as occasionally being dropped. Tim added, “[the Vulcan] has been dropped many times and it still works just as good as the first day we bought it”. This durability increases the cost-effectiveness and efficiency in the scrapyard, and practically anyone can use it, wherever and whenever they need to.

LIBS technology 

Tim and his team prefer the LIBS technology over X-ray technology due to safety regulations. When you have an X-ray analyzer there are certain safety regulations that you have to abide by. In Tim’s case he must list himself at the Department of Health and the Board of Health at New York City, which involves a yearly fee.

The Vulcan’s laser technology means that there’s no requirement for an X-ray license or training classes, so these registration fees can be avoided. This saves both time and money. Another benefit of the Vulcan is that its cloud technology allows you to send your readings through to your phone or via WIFI immediately. This makes it a lot easier to get readings to customers, so they know what you have available.

Tim said, “I’d recommend that the Vulcan should be considered by everyone in our industry. It’s a great product, it gives accurate readings and is very reasonably priced compared to the competition.”

Watch the full video interview with Tim and his team:

Why choose the Vulcan laser analyzer for scrap metal recycling?

Vulcan is a laser analyzer that will last even in the toughest scrapyard conditions. With increased productivity and accurate results, you’ll get top value for your scrap to maximize your profits with full day operation with one battery. Using Vulcan allows you to identify and analyze a wide range of alloys giving you grade identification and full chemistry on aluminum, magnesium, titanium, cobalt, chromium, nickel and copper alloys as well as stainless steels, tool steels, low alloy steels and more. It’s IP54 (NEMA 3 equivalent) so dust and splash water protected and MIL-STD-810G compliant for drop, shock and vibration.

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Date: 17 November 2022

Author: Abigail Sheckler, Marketing Specialist - Americas

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