There are many uses for industrial magnets in manufacturing processes and waste removal programs and are efficient in removing ferrous metals from different types of materials. Since industrial magnets are relatively cheap as compared to expensive filtration systems and can perform many of the same functions for removing metallic waste from products, manufacturers tend to use them as a cost-efficient way for production.
The manufacturing process can cause a large amount of minuscule metal particles to be chipped away from machines and components. This is especially true for manufacturers who focus on metal works or machinery. Since these particles will either float in the air to settle on the floor or to be swept into the water supply during cleaning, it can cause some hazardous conditions if not properly taken care of. Since these metallic parts are often ferrous and are attracted to industrial magnets, businesses can gain the advantage of properly disposing of metal waste or recycling it for other uses.
There are many different ways to use industrial magnets to trap the airborne metal fragments and are often custom made for specific tasks. With machinery that removes metal for an item to make a specified shape, industrial magnets can be placed around the exhaust and drills to capture the particles before they are released into the air supply for a factory. The more complicated designs to protect air supply will use stations that are set up throughout the factory floor to attract these particles to try and reduce them from being inhaled by workers.
During cleaning processes, the liquid used to wash down the machines often flow into convenient drains throughout a factory floor. By having industrial magnets positioned inside the drains, the liquids will flow through but the particles will be attracted to the surfaces and held in place until the cleaning process is over. The more industrial magnets that are used in a drainage system the less likely that any of these particles will be allowed to transfer out of a system.
The scrap particles that are picked up by the industrial magnets in a factory can be melted down into new material if all the same type or can be used for other purposes for production purposes. There are some plants that will purchase bulk metals to be refined and resold to manufacturers that require recycled parts to be included in their products. Many recycling plants will use these systems in processing scrap metals and may be open to accepting scrap particles to be used in their processors.