Recovering Scrap Metal From Data Centers

Data centers, computer departments and technology centers often require some sturdy protection and firm framework to meet security expectations. Over the past decade, new materials and lighter metals have taken the place of iron protective beams and security cages for many high-risk or durable/ruggedized computer departments.

If you're renovating a computer area, make sure to keep an eye out for scrap iron, reusable components and removable materials by understanding a few important scrapping points:

Server Mounting Cases And Protective Cages

Servers are often mounted on steel or aluminum beams in modern systems, but data centers in the 1990's may have used iron for a lot of reinforced safety units. If the areas was especially prone to rough handling by necessity of the industry or natural disaster that required stronger materials, iron was often used for at least a few vertical beams.

Many security cages were made out of iron, as well. To protect computers that may have been used for transactions in high risk areas or simply to discourage employee theft or espionage, security experts may have settled on strong cages for physical protection.

It's often a simple task to unscrew some of the units or open the lock, but there are times when too much security paranoia may have been involved. If necessary, use an iron-cutting torch to cut as close to the binding point as possible without igniting any wires or data center flooring. If possible, cutting or melting away the lock or binding point may yield a lot more metal to scrap.

For vertical server rack beams, you'll often need a team for removal. Many server racks exceed 8 feet in height and can be quite heavy even when thin enough to be considered "light weight" for iron. Make sure to practice proper carrying safety and never try to carry long beams down stairs or through difficult passages alone.

Get The Other Scrap While You're There

Even if you're just looking for scrap iron, computers have a lot of recoverable materials.

Motherboards are used to connect all of the components on a computer to move data quickly and efficiently, representing all the clicks, saves, downloads and everything else done on the computer. Data is an extremely precise concentration of electrical signals, and is transmitted across gold or tungsten contacts.

There's only a few cents of gold on each motherboard, but if you're removing an entire department or business of non-working computers, it may be worth your time to pick up the boards and drop them off at a recycling center.

If the computers are modern, the components may be reused in newer computers. They might not be immediately useful for you if you're not a computer technician or expert, but an IT department or computer recycling service may be interested. Contact a scrap iron professional to find out what other scrap sales and search services are available.

To learn more, contact a company like Bloch Steel Industries with any questions or concerns you have.