What Is Industrial Catalyst? And How Much Can You Profit from Recycling It?

What Is Industrial Catalyst? And How Much Can You Profit from Recycling It?

If you work in an industry that uses industrial catalysts, you probably know what they are and what precious metals yours contain.

What you might not know, however, is that the catalysts that have lived out their life in your factory could still contain significant amounts of precious metals like gold, silver and even platinum that are well worth recycling. If you are not sure how much precious metal could be reclaimed by having them recycled by a precious metals refinery like Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners, we urge you to call our consultants today at 800-426-2344. We are here to offer advice and testing on your used catalysts. In just a few minutes on the phone with us, you could discover that you are sitting on precious metals that could be worth a lot of money.

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Everything You Need to Know about Profiting in Platinum Scrap

Everything You Need to Know about Profiting in Platinum Scrap

In the classic movie The Graduate, a man takes a recent college graduate aside and says to him, “I have one word to say to you . . . PLASTICS!”

That is a famous scene, and we have some similar advice for you. If you want to profit richly from investing in precious metals, “We have just one word to say to you . . . PLATINUM!”

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Which New Cars Still Have Catalytic Converters?

Which New Cars Still Have Catalytic Converters?

You have probably heard the news that catalytic converters are disappearing now that electric cars are increasing in number on America’s roads.

That’s true. But the fact is that there are still plenty of new “standard” cars that are powered by either gasoline or diesel fuel, and those models still have catalytic converters.

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These Precious Metals Items Are Worth More than They Look

These Precious Metals Items Are Worth More than They Look

A few years ago, a man looked down at the bottom of a stream in northern California and saw something shiny poking out from the sand and gravel that surrounded it. He pulled it out and it was a gold nugget. It was absolutely beautiful!

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You Can Still Eliminate the Middleman and Make Money Recycling

You Can Still Eliminate the Middleman and Make Money Recycling

“How to Eliminate the Middleman and Make More Money from Your Used Catalytic Converters” is one of the most popular posts we published on this blog. Although we published it back in 2014, the advice it contains is still relevant today, and we urge you to read it.

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Don’t Give Precious Metals Away when Recycling Scrap

Don’t Give Precious Metals Away when Recycling Scrap

Gold, platinum, silver and rhodium are called precious metals because they are valuable. You already knew that! Yet some people toss them away anyway.

Here are some tips that can prevent you from literally giving them away without realizing it.

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Four Common Sources of Platinum Scrap

Four Common Sources of Platinum Scrap

If you’re on the hunt for platinum scrap, you could sweep the floors at a jewelry factory, pull up old drain pipes and floorboards you find there, or tweezer out bits of old platinum screens and sponge from plating tanks and drains.

That’s hard work. There are much easier places to find platinum . . .

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What’s the Best Way to Store Catalytic Converters?

What’s the Best Way to Store Catalytic Converters?

Are you ready to start collecting catalytic converters and sending them to Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners to be recycled?

Great. Because you will need to collect 500 or more catalytic converters before shipping them to us, your next decision is . . .

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What’s in a Catalytic Converter? Find Out Fast by Watching this Video

What’s in a Catalytic Converter? Find Out Fast by Watching this Video

If you ask most people how a catalytic converter works, they’ll say, “Dirty exhaust from your car’s engine goes in one side and cleaner exhaust goes out the other side. The exhaust gases then go through the muffler and leave the car via the exhaust pipe. That’s pretty accurate, but it lacks some of the subtler information about what really happens in your car’s catalytic converter. It also doesn’t explain what the recyclable precious metals that catalytic converters contain are, or where you can find them. Well, there's nothing like a video...

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Will the Volkswagen Diesel Crisis Dump Millions of Catalytic Converters on the Market?

Will the Volkswagen Diesel Crisis Dump Millions of Catalytic Converters on the Market?

According to “How VW’s Diesel Emissions System Works,” an article that Richard Truett wrote for Automotive News on September 25th, here are the devices that are installed on the VW vehicles that will be affected by the service recall:...

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What Is That Huge Catalytic Converter You Just Pulled Off a Truck or Bus?

If you’re in the business of scrapping junked cars, you already know what catalytic converters look like – they’re compact units that weigh only a few pounds. You can easily remove one from a car using only a cutoff saw or even a hack saw.

But let’s say that you just got a fleet of junked diesel-powered buses or trucks, or even a few diesel-powered construction vehicles. You take a look underneath and – whoa! – you’ve got something really, really big to remove. What are you looking at? And does it contain tons of platinum and other precious metals like palladium that you can recycle?

Shown: A school bus catalytic converter, courtesty of Times-Herald.com, 5/12/09 http://www.times-herald.com/local/Therma-Cat-test-could-clean-the-air-735458

Shown: A school bus catalytic converter, courtesty of Times-Herald.com, 5/12/09 http://www.times-herald.com/local/Therma-Cat-test-could-clean-the-air-735458

Welcome to the World of Catalytic Converter/Muffler Combos

What you just discovered isn’t a plain Jane catalytic converter, but a unit that contains both a muffler and a catalytic converter, so it reduces both sound and emissions. Sometimes these units are installed as original equipment on buses and trucks and sometimes they are aftermarket items that are added later on. In general, about half the volume of them is dedicated to the catalytic function, and about half to deadening sound. So even if they look like they must contain large quantities of platinum, that might not be the case.

According to product descriptions from Racing Industries, a company that manufactures aftermarket models, their catalytic sections, “are typically metallic substrates coated with a platinum-based precious metal catalyst. The catalyst allows a flameless burning or oxidation of diesel exhaust pollutants.”

How Much Platinum Do These Units Contain?

It depends on the size – and the size of these units varies considerably. Some are made for smaller diesel engines that power school buses and smaller trucks; others are made for larger diesel engines that power “semis” – those big interstate trucks. If you contact the manufacturer of the units that you have on hand, a representative might be able to give you an estimate of how much platinum they contain.

If you have a quantity of them on hand, it can be worth your while to recycle their platinum. If you call us at 800-426-2344, we’ll be happy to tell you what your options are.

Related Posts:

How to Eliminate the Middleman and Make More Money from Your Used Catalytic Converters
What Precious Metals are Inside Catalytic Converters and What Are They Worth?
Where Are Precious Metals Hiding in Junked Cars
Non-Automotive Catalytic Converters Contain Precious Metals Too