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The Great Irony: Big Box Stores Use American Magnetic Sweepers but Sell Imported Version

Magnetic Sweepers are used in many, many industries for a multitude of purposes. One of the more interesting uses is in the distribution facilities of the nations’ big box stores.   Aside from visiting their local big box store for discounted, cheap goods, most people don’t think about the process of getting the items to the […]

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.
Flat […]

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 […]

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 […]

FOD Magnets and Maintenance Costs

The damaging effect of F.O.D. (Foreign Object Debris) on maintenance costs is substantial. For example, the cost to repair a FOD-damaged engine will easily exceed one million dollars. FOD also causes extensive indirect costs including but not limited to:

Flight Delays and Cancellations, which Translates into Lost Revenue and Customers
Excess/Additional Work for Airline Management and Line […]