You've likely heard of magnets due to being used for small applications such as pinning items to a wall or memorabilia to a fridge. 

But what if we asked you about lifting magnets? Did you know that magnets are a big enabler of lifting heavy items? 

Well if you didn't, we're here to tell you they are. And that's exactly what we're going to be discussing, breaking down, and examining in this article. All with the intention to show you how you can use one or how they might be what you need for that next project you were looking to take on. 

We're excited to delve deep into what this item is with you today, how they have used safely, and the advantages you can get from having one at your disposal.

If at any point during your time reading this article you want to get answers to a specific question you can contact a member of our LES team. The team can guide you through all your options with us and give you a bespoke idea of how they can help you. 

Let's start nice and easy by asking the question... 

What are these types of magnets?

The short and sweet answer is this item is exactly what they sound like - to lift different-sized loads with ease.  

They are a high powered magnetic device that is used to lift objects. In more technical terms a lifting magnet or magnet lifter as they are sometimes referred to as is a piece of lifting equipment that is designed for lifting material such as steel and other metals.

As a reminder, stainless steel is not magnetic due to how the metal is structured.

To lift a heavy object, a manufacturing worker places the lifting magnet over the object and activates the magnet, so it lifts the metal. Once activated, the magnet will hold the object until you reach your desired location.

The direct current generates an EM field and maintenance an attractive force. This force is really strong but if interrupted it will drop the load. A battery can be used in this case to avoid such events from happening.

You will find that you can adjust the current to make it stronger or weaker depending on your industry's needs, giving it a nice bit of versatility for different situations.

You'll find that there are other ways to lift metals, but this lifting process is suitable when the metal features magnetic metal construction.

How to use lifting magnets safely?

When lifting anything it is important to keep yourself and your workers safe.

It's always important to remember that accidents can happen at any time and any dropping of heavy workload can potentially result in personal injury and add costs such as property damage.

Here are a number of points you can follow when using this piece of lifting gear to help you avoid the points in the past sentence:

  • You should never allow any unauthorised personnel to operate the lifting magnets everyone should be trained
  • Always make sure you inspect it to ensure it's good to use
  • Stay clear of the workload any time to avoid injuries
  • Please aim to avoid none or minimum vibration/impact in transportation as this can lead to making the material fall
  • Please never move the item and load over or close to personnel as this can potentially lead to injury or costly damage
  • Prohibit any person close to, stand or pass under the magnet
  • Please always pay close attention until the load has been landed
  • Never operate the lifting magnet at a temperature greater than 148oF

These safety tips can massively benefit you when using this equipment. It's always our recommendation to you as a reader and our valued customers to ensure you are following the correct safety guidelines.

By following the above you're adding an extra layer of safety that will ensure you keep safe at all times and will help the lifting process run more smoothly.

Benefits of using lifting magnets 

You might already be thinking in your head how having this magnetic attracting lifter can bring benefits to your business. And we want to take it a step further by giving you a few benefits you might not have thought about just yet. You can consider these benefits when you're looking at using lifting magnets over a traditional hoist, chain, or hook as it could well be the better option. 

Starting with the obvious benefit that this item can improve your business's productivity by saving your team's time. This is because you can stop moving items manually and let the magnet easily pick up what you need to be moved (providing it's within the weight limit). 

You can ease strain and stress on your team as it might mean having this item stops them from needing to lift heavy materials or push them manually. This can also lead to you having a safer workspace due to the heavy lifting processes you might have had before, which has another knock-on effect to the first point - improving your team's productivity. 

Of course, if you do decide this piece of goods attracting gear is something you need you'll have these benefits above in a way that are slightly different and bespoke to you. 

Think you could do with one? 

Was this something you knew or was this all completely new to you? Whether it was something completely new or something you're already a seasoned pro on but gave you a new angle of thinking, we would love it if you let us know in the comments below. 

Hopefully, you've had your questions answered and now have a better idea of if you need this weight-attracting item. However, we're expecting that you might have got some questions in your head on how this can be beneficial to your specific application.

If that is the case, or there's something else you want to find out about, we welcome you to contact an experienced member of the LES team who will be more than happy to help find you your ideal solution for your particular industry.