How Does Electromagnetic Separation Work?

Electromagnetic separation can almost seem like magic to some people. It uses forces that we can’t visibly see in order to separate magnetic materials from nonmagnetic ones.

Say, for instance, you work at a plant where you need to remove metal contaminants from the materials you use during the production process. You basically want to separate metal from the materials, right? That’s where you utilize magnetic separation equipment such as magnetic chutes, drawers, drums, plates, head pulleys, tubes and/or grates.

The Electromagnetic Separation Process

Basically, components can be separated by using magnets to attract magnetic materials. This involves detaching non-magnetic material with those that are magnetic. A typical separator has a powerful magnet that’s placed in or suspended from a device. Materials pass over, under or through this device whereby magnetic materials (like steel filings from metal processing material) cling to the magnet.

Electromagnetic separator devices are used in waste plants, chemical production plants, liquid treatment plants, recycling centers, agricultural machines, etc. Generally, separator devices are simple in design and quite versatile. For example, they can be adjusted to remove various types of magnetic materials from a liquid or solid. Food processing plants, for example, use electromagnetic separators to stop tiny metal fragments from working their way into food and beverage products.

Keep in mind that separators need to be washed or cleaned in order to remove accumulated materials. Oil may need to be added to moving parts. With electromagnetic separators, the electromagnets need to be able to be switched off at any time in case of emergency.

Do you have you been searching for magnetic separators? Call IPES of Pittsburgh, PA, at 877-781-4660 for more info. You can also read more about rare earth, permanent and electromagnetic separators available from IPES, here. And if you’d like to use the online contact form, here it is.