Serpent and Dove Pty Ltd has designed and built a magnetic lifter, specifically for lifting and handling difficult offcuts of thin steel strip.
Designed to the requirements of a major Australian steel manufacturer, the Retractable Element Magnetic Lifter is 700 mm wide by 1500 mm long, and employs a neodymium (rare earth) magnet element within a robust stainless steel housing.
In ‘pick-up’ mode, the internal magnetic element is at rest in the bottom of the housing. The magnet is lowered by overhead crane onto the offcuts, which are then retained with great strength to the bottom face of the stainless steel housing. The magnet is then transported with its load to a discharge point. For discharge, an onboard electric winch is activated to lift the internal magnet element away from the bottom of the housing, allowing the load to be discharged.
The Retractable Element Magnetic Lifter system is less costly and much lighter than electromagnetic systems. The Retractable Element Magnetic Lifter can be made in various sizes, and lends itself to light duty lifting and discharge applications such as multiples of small steel parts and components.