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The Boom in Concrete Recycling: Our Favorite Building Implosions

We love building implosions. Loud and spectacular, these demolitions turn enormous, out of date, and often unsafe buildings into piles of rubble. In what would otherwise take months to do with machinery and manpower is done in seconds with powerful explosives.

Our favorite aspect of a building demolition: Our magnetic separators are often used to do […]

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Sweep Away Hoof Injures, Your Horse Will Thank You

It’s long been said: “No hoof, no horse.” Just mentioning a hoof injury to a horse owner will generate a ‘don’t kid about that’ type of reaction; and for good reason. Hoof injuries can be incredibly painful and costly for animal and owner.

One horse owner whose horse suffered a puncture wound to a hoof while […]

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Cross-belt Magnets Play Role in Recycling Tire Mountains

A lot can change in 30 years; back in 1985, an estimated 2 to 3 billion tires were stockpiled in the United States. Giant mountains of tires started creating health and safety hazards. Piled tires also pointed to one of the classic challenges of recycling: what’s the cost compared to the benefit?

By 2009, the United […]

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Cleaning up at Interface

We recently paid a visit to Interface Incorporated to demonstrate one of our most popular sweepers — our multi-surface magnetic sweeper with wheels.

Interface, based in Scottsdale, Arizona is a worldwide leader in force measurement equipment. More specifically, Interface manufactures load cells — sensors that measure the force applied during a specific action, such as when […]

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What Happens When You Drop a Magnet Inside a Copper Tube

What happens when you drop a magnet through a fat copper pipe? Magic! Check out this gravity-defying trick using a neodymium magnet in heavy copper piping:

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Another New and Unusual Application for a Magnetic Sweeper

Shields Company recently received a magnetic sweeper inquiry, which resulted in an order, from a company seeking to retrieve “BBs”. While this may not seem odd at first, it’s the nature of the BB use that is unusual.

When our customer service rep inquired as to the nature of the use, the customer explained that they […]

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Magnetic Sweeper Usage vs. Equipment/Engine Incidents

US Air Force FOD Improvements

As seen on the chart , using data compiled by the United States Air Force, incidents from “FOD” or “Foreign Object Debris” inversely decline nearly 1000% when using magnetic sweepers along flightlines and aircraft traffic areas. This chart shows the ratio of FOD incidents per 100k flight hours when using magnetic sweepers.
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Magnetic Sweeper Lifting Power

We are constantly asked “What is the lifting power” of a magnetic sweeper.  Our response to this is two-fold.  ”Lifting power” of a magnetic sweeper is a very misleading term.  When measuring the strength of a magnetic sweeper in a controlled environment such as in a stand on a warehouse table, the magnetic sweeper will hold […]

Tri-Polar Circuitry Exclusive to Shields Belt Magnets

Tri-Polar© Magnetic Circuitry is a state of the art method of magnetizing a permanent magnet which all but eliminates peripheral magnetic leakage, directing the magnetic field straight down and creating a stronger magnet.  Shields belt magnets are 30% stronger than competing units of the same size, and equivalent or superior to many sizes of Electro Magnets, […]

FOD Magnets and Aircraft Carriers

Aircraft carriers and flightlines go hand-in-hand.  The safety of both on-deck personnel and the pilots is of paramount importance and one of the key methods of debris clean-up on a flightline is with FOD Magnets and  Magnetic Brooms.

When a jet engine is idling, it is sucking in over 23,000 lbs of inbound “thrust”.  One small stray […]