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MPI|Magnetic Products Celebrates 40 Years

The year 2021 marks 40 years of business operations for MPI|Magnetic Products, Inc., a manufacturer of metal control solutions. MPI manufactures industrial magnetic and metal control equipment that removes contaminants, separates or conveys metal in the production process.

"I have always been fascinated with the rules of physics and how they drive the principles of magnets and related technologies such as metal detectors. I wanted to take that passion and share the basics of physics and how they relate to these products to fill the void where magnets can improve work efficiency," said MPI founder and CEO Keith Rhodes. "When it comes down to it, MPI helps educate manufacturers on how to control their metal. Whether using a conveyor to move metal, or a magnetic separator to capture and remove unwanted metals from a process line, MPI can provide a solution that exceeds our customers' expectations."

MPI's first products were designed for food production. Through attrition of food production process equipment, metal contaminants could potentially be introduced in the product flow and needed to be removed. By listening to customers' needs to improve product quality, reliability, efficiency and plant safety standards, MPI introduced a complete line of manual quick-cleaning and automatic self-cleaning permanent magnetic separators.

"Magnets need to be cleaned to operate at peak performance," Rhodes added. "At the time, not all plant operations had the staff for maintaining regular cleaning cycles or the ability to reach some of the magnet installation locations. MPI revolutionized the overall performance and reliability of magnetic separation equipment by designing the Easy Manual Quick-Clean and Automated Self-Cleaning permanent magnets."

Headquartered near Detroit, The Motor City, Rhodes knew the importance of the region's reliance on automotive manufacturing. By hearing the struggles of local companies, Rhodes sought to assist industrial manufacturers with the necessary solutions to move parts or scrap metal throughout their facilities without equipment failure. MPI established a full line of conveyor products that improve production throughput by providing reliable parts handling and scrap removal equipment. According to the company, MPI set an industry record by building the world's longest single beltless magnetic conveyor at 101' long. Products continue to evolve with the recent fabrication of a complete scrap metal conveying system measuring over 450' long.

Deemed a critical infrastructure supplier during the Covid-19 pandemic, MPI remained operational and supplied products vital to the industrial, transportation, food and healthcare industries. MPI continues to invent, engineer, manufacturer and service magnets, material handling and electronic inspection systems for thousands of domestic and international companies.

For more information contact:

MPI|Magnetic Products, Inc.

683 Town Center Dr.

Highland, MI 48356


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