Refining & Reclaiming

We can turn the following items into cash or new product:

  • Spent targets and bonded target assemblies
  • Coated masks & shields
  • Chamber sweeps
  • Bead blast material
  • Coated substrates (call for quote, not all coated substrates are recoverable)
  • Other forms include Platinum crucibles, e-beam sources, evaporation wire, and more. Anything made from precious metals can be returned to DHF for reclaim and credit, whether we manufactured it or not.

All of these items are sources for you to reclaim dollars or new product when refined or reclaimed at DHF Technical Products. We can help you get the most money back, in the shortest amount of time and you will know our charges up front. No surprises.

DHF Technical Products offers state-of-the-art refining techniques that serve our customers efficiently and expediently. Each lot, regardless of size, receives the same careful attention. We strive to recover those precious metals you’ve specified for refining so you can feel confident. Our process is outlined below.

Step 1: DHF Technical Products Receives Your Material

Upon arrival of your material for refining, two DHF team members open your package and weigh the contents. If there is a discrepancy between the packing slip and the weight received, then you are contacted before your material is sent onto the next step in the refining or reclaim process. After the material has been weighed and the amounts confirmed, the data is entered into our computer system to generate a unique job number just for your refining lot.

Step 2: Preparation Before the Sample

Our experienced personnel review each job before it is melted to confirm the necessary and most profitable refining procedure for you. Depending on the type of material the decision could be any one or combination of: incineration (for coated substrates), debonding and chemical removal of bonding layers, melting, or sampling (for high purity non-bonded spent targets).

Step 3: Sampling

DHF uses various sampling methods. For precious metal scrap, the material is melted in an induction or gas furnace. Once the metal is molten we use a vacuum-sealed glass tube to remove a small sample of material to test for fine metal content. For materials requiring incineration, a homogeneous powder sample is removed to test for fine metal content. All samples are sent to our in-house laboratory for analysis using the latest technology and most accurate methods to determine the purity.

Step 4: Analyzing

DHF is capable of analyzing the fine metal content to parts per million (PPM), assuring accurate settlements. Depending on the type of material we may use XRF, ICP, or a fire assay to determine the percentage of fine metal contained. The result of the analysis is then entered into our computer system for settlement.

Step 5: Settlement

The settlement is based on the net fine metal contained in the refined material, valued on the daily market prices. DHF offers a variety of settlement options from which to choose: check, product exchange, wire transfer, vault account, or credit to account. DHF settles and pays in as little as 2 days, so you receive your money fast. Click Here to view our Settlement Options.

Target Exchange Program

The "Target Exchange" program offers you the least expensive way to obtain a wide variety of Gold, Silver, Platinum, or Palladium materials. Because you are supplying some of the metal contained in your returned target, the out of pocket amount is considerably less than if you purchased the target outright. This method also protects a good part of your investment against changes in metal market prices as well.