Are you aware there are deep field and shallow field Lifting Magnets available?
Deep field (Passive Shunting) Lifting Magnets have been used for many decades in Australia. In the last ten years shallow field (Active Shunting) Lifting Magnets have been gaining in popularity.
To understand why; we need to look at the differences and what that means in the workplace:
Deep field magnets are generally durable robust pieces of equipment, but many people are not aware that they will only lift their advertised capacity at the depth of their magnetic field.
This depth varies between sizes. An average a 500kg Pro-Lift Magnet has a 40mm deep field. This means it is only rated to lift 500kg if the material you are handling is 40mm thick. If the material is 20mm thick this 500kg magnet is rated to lift 350kg. A 1-tonne deep field magnet typically has a 60mm deep field, so on 20mm material thickness, it is rated to lift 350kg which is the same as a PML 500kg magnet.
A shallow field magnet rated to lift 400kg has a 12.7mm deep field so it can lift 400kg of 12.7mm material. When you are handling 20mm plate it is still rated to lift 400kg.
Interestingly, most deep field magnets are not rated to lift material less than 10mm thick while many shallow field magnets are rated on material as thin as 0.5mm thick.
So, what that means in the workplace when you are using deep field magnets, is there is more potential to mismatch the magnet to the load.
A mismatch like using a 1-tonne Pro-Lift with a 60mm field to lift 15mm plate will result in the lever being very hard to actuate and very hard to turn off. The lever will be very forceful on release resulting in a risk of wrist injuries.
Furthermore, a calculation is required by the operator to ensure the magnet is rated to lift the material at the given thickness.
Using a shallow field magnet on material from 0.5mm to 25mm thick will ensure that the levers actuate in a gentle manner, reducing potential wrist injuries while reducing the risk of operator error due to misunderstanding their magnets capacity on various thickness’s.
At MSA we supply both types and are looking forward to offering advice on which type suits your requirements.
MSA Magnetics provides a wide range of tools to improve the safety, efficiency, and productivity of industrial operations in the metal fabrication, lifting, and woodworking industries. The Magswitch magnets have many advantages, ranging from safety benefits to reducing downtime. These switchable magnets also have durability and speed on their side.
More and more companies are looking to reduce hand injuries by prohibiting employees and contractors from using their hands to guide loads around their factories and trucks. As this “No-Touch” Policy has become mainstream, MSA Magnetics has been approached by many companies to supply No-Touch Tools for guiding steel objects under load.
MSA’s No-Touch Tools allow the performer to work safer and be more productive as the tools help save hand and back injuries, and save time! The line-up consists of:
Magswitch Extenda-Lifts: Allows users to pick up and move hot, sharp, and dirty steel without bending over and using their hands.
Magswitch Hand Lifters: Ideal for small steel handling, dragging sheet, picking, placing and pulling parts out of burn table or handling scrap, without using your hands.
Magswitch MagDolly: This product has large solid rubber wheels and is suited to lift and carry sheet, pipe or any steel object over a greater distance. Again, no need to bend over or use your hands.
The range doesn’t end there… We are the industrial magnet experts. If your requirements have anything to do with magnets, we can provide the solution that works – Contact us today!
DO THE LIFTING PRACTICES IN YOUR FACTORY GIVE UNNECESSARY STRAIN TO YOUR WORKERS?
A large Sydney-based bakery (name withheld) recently contacted MSA regarding a problem they had with lifting large metal billets out of lathe chuck jaws in their maintenance workshop. The heavy 18+ kg billets were being transported by slings, a method which held many WHS risks:
- Unnecessary strain on staff as they bent at uncomfortable angles to remove the heavy billets.
- Risk of billet falling out of the sling due to insufficient holding surface area.
- Damage and wear to the slings posed a huge safety risk if they unexpectedly broke.
- Risk of billet falling out of the sling cradle due to it not being designed to hold a workpiece offset.
These slings would often lift between 20 – 500 kg of weight and although tested every 3-6 months, were still not considered the ‘best practice’ as manual loading of weights into the sling was still necessary.
The bakery researched the various types of lifting methods and concluded that the MAGSWITCH MLAY1000x4 heavy lifting magnet was the answer to their problems.
The MLAY1000x4 is a switchable magnet that has been specially designed for use in workshop environments to aid in the lifting of heavy ferrous materials, with a holding strength of up to 591 kgs (1,300 lbs) with a 3:1 SWL. It is lighter and stronger than competitive shunting switchable magnets, eliminates the strain that the slings were causing the bakery workers and greatly reduces the WHS risks that the slings held.
The customer provided MSA with the justification document in which they highlighted the benefits the MLAY1000x4 held for their applications:
- “Far less prone to damage and failure
- Quick and easy setup and to operate
- Can lift vertically instead of horizontally
- Allow slings to be kept for machined work and non-ferrous handling, reduces wear and tear on the slings
- Latest Safety two press finger latch to activate/de-activate magnet arm (prevents unintentional switched off)”
After purchasing and installing their new Magswitch lifting magnet, the bakery workers now experience a much safer work environment, and it has increased productivity due to the decrease in time taken to lift the heavy billets.
They since have found use for the magnet loading/unloading raw materials from delivery trucks, again increasing their productivity while improving their WHS standard.
The Magswitch MLAY1000x4 is available for purchase from MSA Magnetics. Call (02) 4272 8180 or visit the MLAY1000x4 page on our website to find out more.