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The MSA Metal Separation Range

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MSA Magnetics manufactures and supplies various metal separation options for many different industries, including mining, recycling, plastics manufacturing, agriculture, and many more.


Designed for tough industrial applications, MSA magnetic separators are excellent for machine protection and can save thousands of dollars on repairs and replacements caused by damage to machinery due to unwanted metal and tramp iron. Magnetic separators also improve product purity by effective extraction of contaminants such a roof bolts, pins, drill rods, earthmoving equipment parts and scrap metal, and also prevent downtime and reduction of maintenance as a result of damage to equipment or contamination of product.

Some of our best metal separation options for various industries:

Overbelt & Suspension Magnets

MSA Magnetics offers manual or self-cleaning overbelt and suspension magnets, for inline or crossbelt applications. These magnetic separators are designed, tested, and assembled in Australia using as many local components as possible. Extra care is taken to use locally sourced non-proprietary bearings and motors. This is because we know many of our customers operate in regional or remote areas and need to be as self-sufficient as possible. We understand downtime costs you money and things need to happen fast.

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MSA Static and Self-Cleaning Overbelt Magnets


The MSA Static Overbelt Magnets have stainless steel drawers for easy manual cleaning. Check out how easy it is to clean them!

Magnetic Head Pulley Conversions

MSA applies a proprietary RE80 magnet conversion system to convert your existing Head Pulleys into High-Strength Magnetic Head Pulleys. This enables the increase of unwanted tramp iron and metal fragment removal from your product lines without manual labour.

Magnetic Head Pulleys operate much the same as non-magnetic Head Pulleys, except that the metal pieces are discharged separately to the non-magnetic product stream.

As the product stream reaches the conveyor discharge point, ferrous metal is attracted to the pulleys magnetic field and held to the belt. As the belt moves around the pulley, the non-magnetic material is discharged in a normal trajectory, however, the ferrous metal is still held to the belt. When the belt passes out of the magnetic field, the magnetic material drops off into a separate chute or bin to the rest of the product. A non-magnetic splitter may be installed to separate the two discharges. Ferrous metals commonly extracted from the product stream include nails, nuts, bolts, wire, cans, screws, tools, and so on.

Watch our MSA Magnetic Head Pulley in action. This plant is crushing some rubbish demo material and our magnet is separating 99%.

As a more cost-effective solution, MSA can convert your old pulley, or we can supply a new one.

Watch the below video to find out what makes the MSA Magnetic Pulleys so unique:

Electro Magnets

MSA offer Overband, Hogger and Lifting Electro Magnets to protect downstream equipment and improve product purity by extracting ferrous contaminants from the product.

Check out how the MSA Self-Cleaning Overband Electro Magnet removes magnetic stone from conveyor!

Drum Magnets

Drum magnets are also an excellent choice for protection of downstream equipment and improving product purity. The MSA Drum Magnets can be Ceramic Ferrite or Rare Earth, and various designs are available for many industry applications.

drum magnet

Grate Magnets and Drawer Magnets

MSA offer both manual and automated Grate and Drawer Magnets, with design options for many industries and applications.

grate and drawer magnet


The MSA Agrimag Magnet options include a variety of designs, such as Probe Magnets, Bullet Magnets, Bar Magnets, Plate Magnets, and more. These metal separators suit a variety of industries.

agrimag metal separator

Sweeper Magnets

Whether it’s an airport, sporting field or a mine site, a beach rake or a road sweeper you want to protect, MSA can supply stock units or design custom Sweeper Magnetic Equipment to suit your needs. Permanent and electromagnet options are available. The benefits of MSA Sweeper Magnets include:

  • Super powerful to capture small and large ferrous materials
  • Deep magnetic field
  • Designed to suit desired operating speed
  • Stock sizes available for immediate delivery
  • Road sweeper magnets available for rear tyre protection
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MSA Sweeper Magnet

Beach Rake Magnets

MSA supply Beach Rake Magnets to capture stainless steel tines that break off beach rakes. These metal separators are very powerful and have a deep magnetic field to allow the magnet to retain captured metal tines on uneven sand. MSA offers design options for hydraulic and manual discharge.

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An MSA Beach Rake Magnet


For more information and advice on the best metal separation choice for your industry and application, contact MSA Magnetics today.

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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 PML 500kg 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 PML 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.

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