Lifting magnets are used to collect and transfer
bulk ferrous materials and are designed in various configurations
for rigorous industrial use. Magnetech provides a wide range
of industrial lifting magnet sizes and configurations to meet
the needs of scrap and railroad yards, foundries, steel warehouses,
fabrication shops and work involving slabs and billets or barge
loading. All Magnetech magnets are designed to 75 percent duty
cycle and constructed with class H insulation throughout the
coil. Steel construction maximizes lift-to-weight ratio without
sacrificing strength and durability.
“Our clients always strive to reduce their
spares inventory and cost of maintenance. Our MagneTrac asset
management program results in hard savings by reducing magnet
spares inventory, down time and repairs,” said Trisha Abbruzzi,
manager, marketing and communications. The system tracks, analyzes
and maintains efficient production line performance through a
field survey, the creation of an assessment and profile, and
a comprehensive report and operator training.
Ron Slaby is sales manager at Moley Magnetics
Inc., a full line magnet manufacturer and supplier to the recycling
and demolition industry. “We serve North America, offering three
main magnet product lines, including traditional DC magnets and
generators, fully enclosed hydraulic magnets and battery operated
magnet systems. Our ‘ESB’ battery operated magnet system is unique
to Moley Magnetics and offers several key benefits to users,”
Slaby said. He noted that the system is ideal for small to midsize
recycling operations or any operation that uses a magnet for
unloading or “sweeping” up the yard, gathering material that
wasn’t collected by a grapple or is too labor intensive to be
picked up by hand.
“Although this work can be accomplished with
any magnet system, the benefits of using our ‘ESB’ include a
low purchase price relative to other systems, easy installation,
low maintenance and no generator to maintain.
“This system allows budget-conscious operations
to own a highly dependable, easy-to-install and maintain magnet
system, for the lowest cost on the market. The mechanism that
allows these magnets to be as powerful as a traditional 230V
magnet is low voltage and high current versus the traditional
high voltage/low current. This approach to building a magnet
system allows for a cooler running magnet which increases magnet
life and lifting efficiency,” explained Slaby.
The system power is provided by the 12 or
24V batteries of the vehicle to which it is attached, with the
alternator recharging the batteries, eliminating the need and
cost for a generator. The magnets are available in 26”, 32”,
36” and 40” sizes.
Winkle Industries is an ISO 9000-registered
firm and a manufacturer of industrial lifting magnets. Mark Volansky,
director of sales, stated, “Our magnets are American-made and
offer several key characteristics that our clients value: the
highest lift to weight ratio in the industry, a 75 percent continuous
duty cycle for 24 hour operation, excellent mechanical properties
that allow for outstanding durability even in the most severe
applications, and we offer standard product lines plus the capability
to custom design and engineer magnets for any application.”
Winkle products are sold in the steel manufacturing,
scrap processing, slag reclamation, construction and demolition,
foundry and shipbuilding industries. “As it relates specifically
to the scrap industry, we supply and service everyone from small
feeder yards to the major exporters with the industry’s widest
range of product available. Of course, customers need to maximize
productivity and throughput while minimizing production and maintenance
costs. We provide value to our customers by properly sizing a
lifting magnet to a crane to provide ultimate throughput capability.
Our engineering expertise allows us to offer solutions for the
specific application challenges faced by our clients,” Volansky
said. He added, “Our customers are tied to consumer products
like autos and appliances – anything that requires steel – as
well as both domestic and third world infrastructure such as
roads, rail, bridges, commercial construction, etc. So, our industry
is tied to the overall health of the economy – like many others.
“With our product mix and service, we feel
we are well-positioned to provide the value our customers need.
Rather than just being suppliers to our clients, we are a solution
provider. Stocking our engineering staff with the brightest minds
in the industry puts us front and center with our clients. Also,
we understand our role in the various industries and this allows
our customers to stay focused on their core competencies while
we focus on ours – making sure they have the right pieces of
equipment for the application specified and providing the service
and engineering support they need to meet and exceed their production
numbers,” Volansky concluded.