Magnetic lifting tools come in many sizes from small handheld magnets to large crane-mounted systems that can lift weights that would otherwise be hard to manage. Using magnetic tools to work with steel has many advantages, and often the life span of these magnetic lifting tools makes them cost-effective in many industries.
Many industries that handle a lot of small parts made from steel or other magnetic metals use small, handheld magnetics to lift a large number of pieces at one time. Often assembly lines can retrieve screws, clips, and other metal components from storage boxes and transfer them to workstations quickly with these tools.
Similar-sized magnets can also sometimes be used to lift larger objects that are difficult to handle. Steel tubing, beams, and flat sheets of steel that are heavy and slippery can have several magnets attached to provide lifting points that allow the material to be moved from one place to another more easily.
As the loads get heavier, the magnets used can be increased in size until the load is large enough to require electromagnetic lifting tools to do the job. In some situations, custom magnetic lifting tools and magnets can be used to provide the lifting power required and may need to be constructed specifically for that use.
Industrial tool suppliers often have many different magnetic lifting tools available to choose from, and many are made for specific jobs or tasks. Stronger magnets may retract and extend within the housing to make them easier to put on and remove from the material and allow for easier tool management.
Large-Scale Lifting Tools
Commonly found in the scrap metal industry, electromagnets mounted to cranes or gantries allow operators to move large amounts of steel at one time. Magnetic lifting tools can hold far more material than mechanical tools and save time moving scrap and other steel.
These large magnets pass electricity through a wire coil around an iron core to create a magnetic force that the operator can switch on and off as needed. The power required for these systems varies and can change the magnet's strength to tailor it to the job.
These systems are well suited to auto salvage operations that have full-size cars and trucks to move around. The crane-mounted magnets are strong enough to allow the operator to lift a vehicle and place it on a pile, in a crusher, or onto a truck for transport to a recycler.
The applications for magnetic lifting tools are almost limitless when steel or other ferrous metals need moving and management. The magnets can be adjusted to fit the operational needs and, in some cases, can be changed to fit the job to ensure the operator has the lifting power needed.