Are gold, platinum, palladium, silver, and other valuable metals “hiding” in your place of business? Whether you are a factory, a scrap yard, a hospital – or any other kind of organization – here are 11 questions that can help you know.
- Do you heat materials up or cool them down?
- Do you have older electronic equipment of any kind that you are about to discard?
- Do you use equipment that remotely monitors electrical activity?
- Do you remove pollutants from the air?
- Does your company engage in welding, brazing, or soldering?
- Do you apply platings of any kind to surfaces?
- Do you currently process photos or x-rays, or have you done so in the past?
- Do you have quantities of older metal-plated items of any kind, such as jewelry or silver-plated cutlery?
- Do you have a fleet of vehicles that you no longer use?
- Do you have quantities of older military surplus electronics, vehicles, armaments, or other gear
- Do you have quantities of appliances that you no longer need or are about to replace, such as stoves, air conditioners, water heaters, or furnaces?
Did You Answer Yes to Any of the Questions?
If you did, you should call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344 so we can help you recoup the value of the precious metals that you have on hand.
Question by question, here are some reasons why your Yes answers indicate that you could have precious metals . . .
- If you heat or cool materials during manufacturing processes, you have equipment that monitors that activity remotely. Those devices use thermocouples, which contain quantities of precious metals.
- Older electronic equipment contains printed circuit boards that contain quantities of gold and other precious metals.
- Equipment or devices that monitor electronic activity, such as IP catheters, can contain platinum, palladium, and other precious metals.
- If your operations remove pollutants from the air, especially after combustion, you could be using catalytic convers that contain precious metals.
- Used or unused quantities of welding, brazing, or soldering supplies contain silver and other precious metals.
- Any materials or equipment that are used in plating – from old sputtering targets to the sludge that accumulates at the bottom of plating tanks – contain quantities of gold, silver and other precious metals.
- New and used photographic films, papers, developing fluids and other supplies contain silver.
- Old jewelry and silver-plated items can contain valuable quantities of gold, silver, platinum, and other precious metals.
- Older vehicles contain gold in printed circuit boards, palladium in catalytic converters, and other precious metals that you can recycle.
- Military surplus items of many kinds – especially electronic devices – contain printed circuit boards and other components that can contain gold and other precious metals.
- Appliances of many kinds contain thermocouple wires that contain platinum and other precious metals.
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