Magnetically Fanning Sheet Metal but How?

Helping Manufacturing Productivity and Safety with Magnets

Handling and prying apart ferrous metal sheets can be difficult especially if they are oily or polished.  The Metal Sheet Fanner uses magnetic forces to induce a magnetic field into the ferrous metal sheets, creating magnetic poles that then repel each other.  This then causes the end of the metal sheets to ‘fan’, enabling fabricators and operators to then easily select one sheet at a time.


There are different models, sizes and designs to suit a wide range of Metal Sheet sizes and operation environments.  These include:

  • Standard Sheet Fanners for manual handling operations;
  • Sheet Fanners for use on robotic lines that can be turned on and off;
  • Machine mounted Sheet Fanners;
  • Pivoting Sheet Fanners which are ideal for irregular shaped parts;

Bunting recently displayed and demonstrated the Magnetic Sheet Fanners at the Southern Manufacturing show in Farnborough, UK and shot a video showing a simple demonstration showing how a Magnetic Sheet Fanner works.

For further information or a new brochure on the Magnetic Sheet Fanner or further advice on Magnets and Magnetic Equipment, please contact the Bunting Europe customer service team on:

Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
Fax: +44 (0) 1442 875009

Explaining Magnetic Separation through Video

Demonstrating Metal Separation

Explaining the concept of Magnetic Separation through words alone can often be challenging.  The basic physics are simple.  A magnetic field attracts magnetically susceptible particles.  This then enables them to be separated from materials unaffected by a magnetic forces.

This magnetic separation technology in applied in industries as diverse as recycling to the production of baby food.  There is a wide range of different designs, types and strengths of Magnetic Separator.

To help explain and demonstrate Magnetic Separation, we are continually adding to our video collection on YouTube.

Our videos demonstrate a wide range of Magnetic Separation equipment and Factory Magnet Solutions including:

Magnetic Separators

  • Magnetic Drum Separator
  • Eddy Current Separator, including a Metal Separation Module installed in a UK plastic recycling operation
  • What can your magnet pick up?
  • Stainless Steel Separation with the HISC
  • Magnetic Separation demonstrations at exhibitions
  • Plate Magnets
  • Tube Magnets

Factory Magnet Solutions

  • Magnetic Sweepers
  • Sheet Fanners

Company Videos

  • An Introduction to Bunting Magnetics
  • Bunting’s Customer Service

Manufacturing in Action

  • Welding in 6 seconds
  • Laser cutter in 6 seconds

Additional product and application details on all the Magnetic Separators and Factory Magnet Solutions can be found on our website.


For more information please contact our team on:

Phone:  01442 875081


Via the website