Finding Our Future Engineers
In November 2017, the UK government announced that 2018 will be the Year of Engineering, a national campaign to increase awareness and understanding of what engineers do among young people aged 7-16, their parents and their teachers. This is part of a year-long campaign to tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.
To support the Year of Engineering, we plan to use photographs and videos to highlighting the importance of engineering in our everyday world. Each month we will focus on a project where engineering ingenuity has resulted in the development or enhancement of a product and solved a problem for one of our customers.
The Art of Metal Separation
The vast majority of our design work revolves around Magnetism. By utilising magnetic forces and principles we design and manufacture systems that can separate and detect metal in a non-metallic material. In some applications, we can even separate individual metals. These are called Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors.
Our first photographs and video focus on solving the problem of Metal Contamination in a plastics production process using the FF Drawer Magnet. This Magnetic Separator has been designed to remove small and fine ferrous metal contamination from dry free-flowing materials such as plastic beads and even foodstuffs.
The FF Drawer Magnet has two key constituent parts:
- The outer fabricated metal housing;
- The internal high strength Tube Magnet assembly;
The outer body is designed and drawn by engineers in our drawing office based upon information provided by external Sales Engineers. The internal engineering team will consider how the Drawer Magnet is going to fit into the customer’s production line looking at the overall size, type of connections, and accessibility. This is then built by one of our skilled fabricators using the drawings.
Drawings are also provided to our assembly team to construct the high strength Tube Magnet assembly. The high power of the Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets mean that care is needed and the assembly is only undertaken by skilled engineers.
Our fabricator then combines the housing and the Tube Magnet assembly and it is ready for despatch to the customer. Once arriving on site, the customer’s own engineering team will install the Magnetic Separator.
The Importance of Engineering
Engineers are involved in every stage of solving the metal contamination problem. Capturing the problematic metal has significantly reduced the amount of waste and has protected delicate processing equipment. For the customer, the Magnetic Separator is now a vital part of the process.
This is just one of many projects our engineers work on every day.
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