Do You Need a Magnetic Separator?
Metal is a major cause of equipment damage, production downtime, and poor end-product quality. When faced with a metal separation issue, you typically turn to a Metal Detector as a solution. But do you need a Magnetic Separator?
A Magnetic Separator uses magnetic force to attract and hold magnetically susceptible metal, including some stainless steel. There are a wide range of designs ranging from weak to exceptionally strong magnetic strength. But are Magnetic Separators necessary? Here are 5 reasons why you would use a Magnetic Separator:
- Due to their designs, they are typically easier to incorporate into an existing process line.
- Magnetic Separators tend to be less expensive to purchase and install compared to a metal detector.
- Magnetic Separators enhance the performance of Metal Detectors by removing metal prior to the detection phase.
- They are easy to maintain.
- And they can either:
- Capture and hold metal contamination until manually cleaned.
- Or capture and automatically remove attracted metal.
The most common foreign material within food processing is metal. This contamination can cause damage to further processing equipment but, more importantly, is a safety hazard to consumers. Metal contamination that makes it into the food supply can cause untold brand reputation damage to the supplier. The ideal solution is to create a process that avoids these issues altogether.
In conclusion, the best level of metal separation is using both a Metal Detector and Magnetic Separator in tandem. Metal Detectors sense and remove the presence of ferrous, non-ferrous, and stainless metals in a process flow. Magnetic Separators remove metal contaminants from dry particulates, liquids, and slurries.