The mining industry is one of many industries that rely on industrial magnets. While there are some operational challenges to navigate, they can provide countless benefits to the mining process. If your company isn’t already using the industrial magnet, it may be worth it to take the time to understand how incorporating them into your mining operation can beneficial.

The Process

During mining, unwanted bits of metal are often left behind from excavation, explosives, and human error. The mining industry uses industrial magnets to separate ferrous particles from the end product, as well as to prevent damage to other mining equipment. Stray bits and pieces of metal can rip conveyor belts and decrease the lifespan of equipment such as pulverizers and crushers. Industrial magnets offer a simplified solution to this problem with quick and easy separation.

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Removing Metals & Particles

To remove ferrous particles during mining, an industrial magnet is used at the beginning of the conveyor system in order to remove metal scraps like bolts and tool bits. They are again used down the production line to remove tiny ferrous particles from the extracted material. 

Types of Magnets

Multiple types of industrial magnets are used in the mining industry. Suspended plate magnets are ferrous material separators that are suspended above the worksite’s conveyor belt system. There are also electromagnets, which are very strong and effective in extracting metal from fast-moving conveyor belts. Permanent magnet separators, on the other hand, are more efficient, as they require no energy during operation and can continue working if you lose power.

Cross-belt separator magnets, like suspended plate magnets, are also suspended above conveyor belt systems. The difference is that cross-belt separator magnets are self-cleaning – so they will extract materials and discharge them away from the conveyor belt. 

Drum separator magnets are made from ceramic and rare earth magnets, often used for high-volume applications. These move ferrous particles to an outer drum and shift it away from output lines. Drum separators are also self-cleaning, and due to their smaller size, they are also easier to move and operate at the worksite. 

Custom Solutions

Like many industries, mining requires customized solutions for their industrial magnet applications. From site to site there are unique requirements, limitations, and budgeting goals that must be met. For the best results, consult with a professional industrial magnet company for a solution that matches your exact needs. 

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Industrial Magnet Experts

Regardless of the type of magnet your business needs, Permadur Industries is here to help. Our staff can work with you to determine the best solution for your particular needs and will help educate and train your staff on the differences in the application and use of our equipment correctly, effectively and safely.  

Our team of engineers can design and install our systems based on the specific needs of your company’s unique application. This process ensures that the product you purchase is designed specifically for your needs and you understand all the characteristics of our lifting equipment before you ever “flip the switch” and that our equipment is properly integrated into your work environment.

We are an American manufacturer of below-the-hook lifting equipment that specializes in permanent lifting magnets. We offer magnets in bipolar, tripolar and five polar orientations enabling us to tailor the design of the magnet system to your specific lifting needs.  We are also here to support your needs year after year with maintenance after installation support. Contact us for more information.