MSA lifting magnet eliminates WHS risks for large Sydney bakery

A leading Sydney-based bakery contacted Magnet Sales Australia (MSA) for
a solution to resolve lifting problems in their maintenance workshop.

Workers at the bakery’s workshop were required to lift large metal
billets out of lathe chuck jaws. Weighing more than 18kg, the heavy billets
were being transported using slings, a method that carried several WHS risks
for the staff. For instance, the workers had to strain themselves to remove the
heavy billets. There was high risk of the billet falling out of the sling due
to insufficient holding surface area. Unexpected breaking of the sling due to
wear could also potentially injure workers.

Though the slings were designed to lift up to 500kg of weight and were tested
every 3-6 months, they were not considered ‘best practice’ as manual loading of
weights into the sling was still necessary.

After studying the available options in the market, the bakery selected
the Magswitch MLAY1000x4 heavy lifting magnet as the best solution for their
challenging application.

The Magswitch MLAY1000x4 heavy lifting magnet is a switchable magnet
that has been specially designed for use in workshop environments to lift heavy
ferrous materials. Offering a holding strength of up to 591kg (1,300 lbs) with
a 3:1 SWL, the lifting magnet is lighter and stronger than competitive shunting
switchable magnets, eliminating the strain caused by slings, and greatly
reducing WHS risks.

A justification document provided by the bakery customer to MSA listed
out the benefits of the MLAY1000x4 lifting magnet. According to the client,
MSA’s solution was far less prone to damage and failure; was quick and easy to set
up and operate; could lift vertically instead of horizontally; allowed slings
to be retained for machined work and non-ferrous handling, reducing wear and
tear; and ensured safety with a two-press finger latch activating/ deactivating
the magnet arm.

Following the installation of the new Magswitch lifting magnet, the
bakery workers now experience a much safer work environment, increasing productivity
with less time taken to lift the heavy billets. MSA’s magnet is also used to
load or unload materials from delivery trucks, again increasing their productivity
while improving the overall WHS standard.

The Magswitch MLAY1000x4 is available for purchase from Magnet Sales
Australia. Please call (02) 4272 8180 to find out more. 

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