How are magnetic separators used in the food sector?

Magnetic separators have become an indispensable aid for industrial food production. They are incredibly versatile and guarantee that the product will be clean, free of impurities, residues and that it will leave the production process with the highest quality.

It is important to know that magnetic separators can be made of different materials (neodymium, ferrite, alnico or rare earth) and in a wide variety of formats. Depending on the combination chosen, the prices of magnetic separators naturally vary, which makes it even more advantageous to buy them directly from a magnet manufacturer. At IMA, we perfectly adapt this magnetic tool to your needs and areas of application, also allowing you to benefit from the advice of our experts and our best prices.

Before discovering which magnetic separators are the most suitable for the food industry, let's first see how they work. These are magnetic separation systems which attract ferrous materials such as iron filings or very fine magnetic particles and then filter them and separate them from the production chain.

This is particularly important in the food industry, as it is essential that food is packaged and delivered without any residue. Since there are magnetic separators of different shapes and with different properties, they can be attached to the conveyor belt at any point in the production line. Humidity is not a problem either because there are also high performance magnetic separators which are corrosion resistant. This is extremely convenient, as they can also be used to clean up liquid products like oil.

Our different types of industrial magnetic separators.

As already mentioned above, these separation systems are available in a wide variety of formats. Magnetic plates, for example, are small metal parts that are guided through duct systems. Contaminants are attracted by an additional magnetic plate. This system is available both with a permanent magnet and with an electromagnet.

Magnetic drums are often used for larger and heavier impurities in the food production chain. They can also consist of permanent magnets and electromagnets. They are mounted on the outside of the conveyor belts so that everything which passes over them and which is magnetic is directly attached.

Another well-known variant of magnetic separators are magnetic grids, ideal for cleaning sugar or grain.

There are also magnetic separation systems for liquid food. In this case, so-called liquid magnetic filters are used, which are made of stainless steel, because it is essential that they never rust.

At IMA we also have the technology necessary to create all types of magnetic systems totally personalized and adapted to your needs:

  • Electromagnetic plates

  • Magnetic tubes with stainless steel housin

  • Magnetic tubes with external separator

  • Magnetic rotary separators for liquids

  • Metal detector

The advantages of magnetic separators in food production.

In We have already stressed the important role that magnetic separators play in the food industry, this point must already be clear: industrial magnetic separators are of great importance for food production because. Ferrous metals are separated from the end product. They can be produced in a wide variety of formats so that they can be adapted to a wide variety of production processes. They have a high absorption capacity and it is very easy to remove contaminants from the filters, which guarantees an uninterrupted production chain.

They have two important advantages for your business:

  1. Unplanned production stoppages are avoided.

  2. The machines involved in the production process are protected against possible damage caused by disturbing iron parts.

These types of magnetic separation systems are very easy to install and clean, which is a big advantage.

Our specialists are at your disposal at any time to give you more information on the use of magnetic separators in industrial food production. They will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about our products. You can contact us directly via our contact form.

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