Magnets, a common source of convenience, exist not only for decoration but to power our cell phones, automobiles, and life saving medical equipment. The industrial use of these powerful metals exist on another level with its application to industrial conveyor belts.
Conveyor magnets are used as a tool to protect other machinery. In a recycling plant, a plastic grinding machine can be seriously damaged if a metal object finds itself among all the plastic. Thus an industrial conveyor magnet is used to pick up the metal debris off the belt. A similar practice is used in the process of creating and manufacturing particleboard and resin mixed products. It is important to consider the cost parts that make up a grinder, the loss of revenue, and production delay during the repair time,
Employee safety is also important to consider. Grinding machines work at very high RPMs. The repercussions of a metal object falling into a machine and being propelled out, possibly injuring the operator could cost the company a lot of money. Adding a conveyor magnet is far less expensive than having to deal with injured employees and broken machines.
Food production also benefits from an addition to an industrial conveyer belt magnet. Food for both humans and animals are moved by conveyor belt systems. The processing practices often call for the mix of grains and high protein mixes for each according to their respective recipe of cooking purposes. In order to ensure the health and safety of consumers, metal debris must be extracted because it is harmful if consumed.
Historically, an individual working in the manufacturing facility was assigned the duty of manually sorting and removing metal debris. Human error due to fatigue caused numerous problems into industrial conveyor magnets were added, decades later. Their existence has improved the quantity and quality of materials produced. It has also minimized the responsibilities of humans besides those to ensure the removal of metal debris from the magnet.
The addition of magnets to industrial and commercial conveyor belts has improved human lives directly and indirectly and its contribution continues to improve our quality of life.