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Are All Magnetic Separators the Same?

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Did you know that not all magnetic separators are created equal? In a world where efficiency and precision are everything, it’s crucial to choose the right magnetic separator for your needs.

Understanding the Concept of Magnetic Separation

Magnetic separation is a concept central to many industries, such as metallurgy, waste disposal, food processing, recycling, and more. It is a process used to isolate and separate magnetic material from its non-magnetic environment or counterpart. It’s based on the principle that materials possessing different magnetic properties can be divided under the influence of a magnetic field.

Simply put, magnetic particles within a material are drawn towards the source of the magnetic field, thus separating them from the non-magnetic particles. These substances might include metals like work-hardened stainless steel, iron and nickel, or various minerals. This principle can be used in multiple ways, from purifying ores in mining industries, waste sorting and the separation of recyclable materials, to food processing.

Factors Affecting the Efficiency of Magnetic Separators

The efficiency of magnetic separators, such as magnetic pulleys, grate magnets, bar magnets, or drum magnets, is influenced by various factors. Understanding these factors is crucial in optimizing the performance of these magnetic separators and ensuring that they achieve maximum separation effectiveness.

Magnetic Field Strength

The strength of the magnetic field is one of determining factors in the efficiency of the magnetic separator. The stronger the magnetic field, the more efficient the separation process can be. Drum magnets, bar or probe magnets, magnetic pulleys, and drawer or grate magnets, for example, are outfitted with rare earth magnets to enhance their magnetic field strength and thereby improve their separating capabilities.

However, it’s worth noting that the optimal strength of a magnetic field varies according to the specific application and type of material being separated. Utilizing rare earth magnet technology can aid in achieving proper magnetic field strength for specific applications.

The Material Properties

Lastly, the properties of the material being processed also affect the efficacy of magnetic separation. This might include the material’s size and quantity, density, concentration, and magnetic susceptibility.
For instance, larger particles are generally easier to separate compared to smaller particles due to the greater magnetic force acting on them. Similarly, materials with high magnetic susceptibility react more strongly to magnetic fields and are, therefore, easier to separate using magnetic separators.

Have any questions? Browse Magnattack’s list of frequently asked questions about foreign metal fragment control.

Magnetic Separators Aren’t Created Equal

Not all magnetic separators are the same. There are specific types designed for wet applications, and others for dry applications.

Magnets for Wet Applications

At Magnattack®, we understand that every wet application is unique. That’s why we offer customized solutions to meet your specific needs.

Pressure Pipeline Separators

Our Pressure Pipeline Separator is perfect for a wide range of industries, including dairy, bakeries, confectionery, food processing, meat processing, pet food, and rendered proteins. With large diameter RE80® Magnet Probes at 90° angles, this separator ensures effective separation and retention of foreign metal fragments in liquid lines.

Emulsion and Slurry Pipeline Separators

The Emulsion and Slurry Pipeline Separator is designed for use in high viscosity applications, such as meat emulsions and thick slurries. With its powerful Acutex™ Probe Magnets and specialized design for retaining fragments, it effectively captures even the smallest metal fines and fragments in your product.

Magnets for Dry Applications

At Magnattack®, we also offer a variety of innovative and efficient magnetic solutions for dry applications, including some of these best-sellers:

Rapidclean® Drawer Magnet

The Rapidclean® Drawer Magnet is the ultimate solution for preventing the risk of re-contamination during cleaning. With its easy-to-clean design, this dust-tight, sanitary magnet is designed to capture even the smallest foreign metal fragments, ensuring the highest level of product purity. What sets the Rapidclean® apart from other drawer magnets is that it features adjustable magnet spacing, allowing you to fine-tune the vertical spacing of magnet rows for maximum separation efficiency without obstructing flow. Plus, its option for a compact swing-away style door makes installation a breeze, even in tight, low headroom spaces.

Rapidclean® Tubular Magnet

Featuring a removable drawer for effortless cleaning, powerful RE80® Magnetics, and a quick release magnetic door closure, this magnet ensures maximum product-to-magnet coverage and prevents leaks and powder spillage. The provided Rapidclean® Cleaning Tool makes cleaning quick and hassle-free. The Rapidclean® Tubular Drawer Magnet offers single bar cleaning, eliminating the risk of drawer jamming. It also allows for full inspection of the magnet bars, reducing the risk of recontamination and maintaining hygienic magnetic separation.

Mag-Ram® Automatic Self-Cleaning Magnet

Featuring a large diameter magnetic ram, a contaminants chute, and pneumatic cylinders, the Mag-Ram® effectively captures and transports foreign metal fragments, ensuring product safety. The customized controls offer options such as a timer controller or direct wire to a PLC, allowing for automatic self-cleaning with minimal operator involvement.

Key Takeaways

Are you looking to improve food safety and reduce the risk of metal contamination in your business? Look no further than Magnattack®. With over 50 years of experience, Magnattack® is a leading manufacturer of high-quality Magnetic Separation Systems designed to protect your business. Our magnetic separation solutions are specifically designed to reduce the risk of metal contamination, improve product purity, and enhance food safety. By implementing Magnattack® ‘s systems, you can protect your brand reputation, minimize equipment damage and downtime, and ensure the highest quality standards for your products. So if you want to protect your brand reputation, reduce equipment damage, and enhance food safety, choose Magnattack® as your trusted partner. Contact us today to learn more about our line of magnetic separators.

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