Refining Resources & Helpful Tips

Learn more about the refining process and get the education you need to ensure the highest return on your scrap.

About the Refining Process

  • Video How do we turn your scrap into gold?
    Brief video demonstration of the Kulzer refining process.

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  • Video Best Practices at Refineries
    Steps you should make sure your refiner is taking before choosing a refining partner.

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  • Video The refining process
    Simple explanation of the key steps involved in refining.

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Understanding the Value of Precious Metal Scrap

  • Video What Refineries Will Pay for Precious Metals
    Snapshot of what you can expect to get paid for scrap metals.

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  • Video ADA Noble Metal Classification System
    How the ADA defines the value of different precious metals.

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  • Video Ensuring Fair Value
    Why your best bet is to work with a reputable metals refiner.

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  • Video How prices are determined
    The formula used to determine the price of your scrap metal.

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  • Video Gold is even more precious than you think
    Surprising facts indicating there's a lot less gold in the world than you probably think.

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Starting a Scrap Program

  • Video Why refine your precious metals
    Why refining makes sense for your dental practice or laboratory.

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  • Video Webinar: Asset Management for the Dental Practice
    This webinar will help you understand the value of precious metal scrap.

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  • PDF 9 Ways to Maximize Profits
    Tony Circelli, the "Professor of Scrap," offers tips for maximizing your returns.

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  • Link Interview with Tony Circelli, Inside Dental Technology
    Advice for laboratory owners seeking to sell scrap metals.

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  • Link Set a Gold Standard in Your Practice
    Tony Circelli tells Inside Dentistry how to turn scraps into cash for profit.

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Selecting and Working With a Refiner

  • Video Scrap Settlement Advice
    When refining precious metal, you should receive a document with details of your settlement.

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  • Video Refinery Fees
    What fees are reasonable for a refinery to charge...and which ones are not.

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  • PDF The High Price of Gold, Dr. Thomas Giacobbi
    How it can pay to be skeptical of cash on the spot offers for scrap.

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  • Video Be Careful of Metals Buyers Who Visit Your Office
    It might seem more convenient, but could be a mistake.

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  • PDF Avoid Middlemen to Get Top Prices For Your Scrap

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  • Link For Precious Metal Refining, Kulzer is Golden

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  • PDF Setting the Gold Standard at Your Laboratory

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Think Refining Around the Lab

You will find scrap in many different shapes and forms around the lab. Precious metals can come from a variety of areas:

  • Grindings from benches and drawers
  • Sweeps from the floor (especially in the casting area)
  • Spills and debris (slag) from the casting well areas
  • Vacuum system debris (including the vacuum bags)
  • Platinum foil scrap
  • Platinum muffles and Thermocouples in obsolete equipment

Also be sure to:

  • Save your sink traps
  • Vacuum your entire work station, cleaning lights, cracks, crevices, chairs and shoes
  • Place carpets at the entrance and exit of finishing areas to collect grindings and dust
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Think Refining Around the Office

Collect any precious metal scrap explanted within your practice. Yellow crown and bridge material can include a broad range of gold content in addition to other precious metals such as platinum, palladium and silver. Send in scrap that you might have placed in a jar from the following procedures:

  • Crowns or bridges
  • Screws
  • Inlays
  • Gradings
  • Partials
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Three Reasons You Should Cash Your Scrap in on a Regular Basis

Accountability – Scrap has no value to you until it is refined. Regular, frequent shipments allow you to keep track of your assets.

Liquidity – Precious scrap is not liquid until you cash it in. Raw scrap collects dust, not interest.

Security – Scrap stashes are not insured. Insurance companies will not reimburse in the event of fire or theft.

Sign up for our Refining Materials Autoship Program to make it easy to stay on top of it!

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Have scrap refining questions or need help? Call us at (800) 431-1785 or email us at customer.serviceHKNA@kulzer-dental.com