Magnetic systems aid automated material handling applicationsMay 08, 2020
Industrial Magnetics specializes in designing and manufacturing custom magnetic systems to increase production speeds and safety in automated material handling applications. Three products that are commonly used in tandem are magnetic Sheet Fanners, Transporter® LP’s and Transfer Conveyors.
Our full line of Sheet Fanners and Separators are designed to separate steel sheet stock, and include permanent magnetic, electromagnetic, and air-actuated models. As sheets are placed against the sheet fanner, the powerful magnetic field automatically forces the sheets apart and separates them from one another. Manually prying apart sticky, oily sheets is no longer necessary and die damaging double blanking problems are eliminated. Our Air Knife fanner also works with non-ferrous metals.
The low-profile Transporter LP magnetically transfers metal blanks, stampings and parts in automated station to station, press-to-press transfer and robotic pick and place systems. Its greatest strength is the ability to magnetically pick up and transfer perforated, ridged, or odd-shaped parts. Typical applications include stamped parts, tailor welded blanks, body panels and refrigerator door panels. Designed to directly replace vacuum cups with only minor tooling and valve adjustments, the Transporter LP is quick and easy to install. Powerful Rare Earth magnets positively hold the parts during transfer, greatly reducing the chance of slipping and shifting of your part due to oily coatings. An optional "low-skid" boot is also available to increase grip on parts during transfer. A short burst of shop air pressure is applied in order to release parts.
Magnetic Transfer Conveyors are ideal for automating the transfer of metal sheets and parts between two stations and eliminating laborious hand-feeding tasks. Common applications include stacking, destacking, press feeding and moving parts from one place to another in industries such as automotive, appliance and office furniture manufacturing. Several things are taken into consideration when designing a transfer conveyor for an application. Maximum sheet size, sheet thickness and weight, surface conditions, length and direction of transfers and type of operation all affect product recommendations.
For additional product information, or to discuss your particular application, please contact our Automation product group at 800.662.4638 and learn how our full-service design, engineering and manufacturing team can help you increase your production speeds and worker safety.