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Ergonomic Lift-Assist Magnet

Industrial Magnetics Inc. (IMI) was recently commissioned to design a custom magnetic lifting solution to assist in the repetitive handling of a large, heavy part in a customer's manufacturing process.

The customer was looking to increase operator safety by implementing an ergonomic solution that minimized the need to physically reach, lift and place a part in the assembly.

Based on the application parameters, IMI's engineering department designed a system with a permanent, on/off lift magnet that is controlled by a pneumatic actuator and positively holds the load in the event of a power loss. The lift-assist device is able to pick up the part, rotate it 90° and release it by pneumatic control, no electricity required.

Because operator safety was a top priority, the custom lift solution was designed with a 2-button, grip-proof-release operation for preventing unintended release of the part.

The customer's employees are now able to safely lift heavy, bulky parts in a manner that meets the company's ergonomic standards.

Visit for a demonstration video of the lift-assist magnet.

For more information contact:

Industrial Magnetics Inc.

1385 M75 South

Boyne City, MI 49712


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