Master Magnetics
Master Magnetics, based in Castle Rock, US offers extra strong Neodymium lifting magnets capable of lifting without the need to use electricity.

Neodymium lifting magnets are designed provide high capacity lifting power in a compact size, says Master Magnetics.

Neodymium magnets can lift both flat and round ferrous metal items. Applications in machine shops, industrial processing plants and warehouses include lifting steel plate, forgings, die castings and other metal items.

By eliminating the need for slings or clamping devices lifting magnets allow one person to do the work of two or more. Four models are provided with lifting capacities 20lbs, 660lbs, 1,300lbs and 2,200lbs when used on a flat piece of metal.

Master Magnetics’ lifting solutions can be used for holding, separating, sweeping and retrieving metal items. The company also offers permanent magnetic materials for all types of OEM applications. With over 35 years of industry experience, Master Magnetics’ has 15 million magnets in stock. It can also develop customized magnet or magnetic assembly solutions for specific and unique applications.

Founded in 1976 in Castle Rock, Colorado, Master Magnetics manufactures and distributes all types of magnets and magnetic devices for commercial, consumer and industrial use.

A line of shackle pins introduced by QRP can be used in applications up to 3.13t. (2,000-7,000 lbs), thanks to its increased tensile strength maximum load.

The QRP shackle pin is made of stainless steel, and has a corrosion resistant aluminum button enabling its use in harsh environments.

To correspond with application dynamics, the shackles can pivot when unobstructed to bend to 90º on both sides. The pin indicates when it is "fully locked" and safe for use when its contrasting color groove shows.

The latest design features a red button allowing for easy identification and serving as a caution in activation. QRP says the shackle pins are body hardened to 180/210 KSI or ASTM 2759/3, and offered with shank diameters ranging from 0.24in to 0.63in. QRP has been a manufacturer of quick release pins, lanyards, latches, and adjustable-diameter fastener products for over 30 years. It is owned by PennEngineering and Manufacturing Corporation in Danboro, Pennsyvania.

Columbus McKinnon
Materials handling equipment manufacturer Columbus McKinnon has introduced the CM Bundling Clip to address pipe and tubing handling problems.

The bundling clip, which is provided in a reusable U-design and is relatively easy to assemble, prevents parts from being dropped and lost. It can be used with 3/4", 7/8", 1" and 1-1/8" wire rope chokers.

It is designed for heavy-duty bundling applications, including lifting, storing or moving steel tubing, pipes, or precast concrete.

Industries with locations with harsh environmental conditions, such as offshore, transfer stations, pipe yards, pipe line installations, transportation, rail yards, logging, steel mills, construction sites, and oil fields can benefit from the bundling clip.

Eliminating shear points and damage to wire rope, and preventing chokers from going slack and the load spreading once it is unhooked, the unit combines several advantages.

The bundling clip contains a galvanized and painted U-Bolt with rolled threads, which may be replaced by Columbus McKinnon’s Wire Rope Clip U-Bolts.

The clips are forged to meet standard B30.26 and are traceable using a code forged in.

Columbus McKinnon is a global material handling equipment manufacturer, supplying products and systems that efficiently and ergonomically move, lift, position or secure materials.

Columbus McKinnon’s other products include hoists, cranes, actuators, chain and forged attachments.

Sensor Technology
A smart load sensor recently developed by UK manufacturer Sensor Technology allows weighing while handling, providing data in real time that’s transferrable to a database where it can be analysed and added up.

Sensor Technology says LoadSense is useful for finding out how much material has been transported. It also says the sensor has capabilites for individually accounting two or more materials being handled simultaneously.

The sensor can also help handlers keep the record straight when working for multiple customers at the same time, to allow billing each client appropriately.

LoadSense can be integrated with a crane hook, fork lift or other handling device.

The device uses a single-chip computer, integrated in the body, for recording, analysing and archiving readings. It can wirelessly transfer data in real time to a computer.Internal batteries allow it to operate independently and used without disruption to operations.

Designed for easy installation and use, the unit requires no special training for set up or operation.

LoadSense contains an intelligent load sensor, a hand-held display and a receiver. The load sensor is based on strain gauge technology. The standard version operates on multi-channels, calibrates in the range 1-10t, with other ranges available on request. In the standard configuration it operates on multi-channels.

The transmitter for the load sensor operates on a harmonized global 2.4 GHz waveband to send load data to a handheld display.
The load cell has data logging capabilities for subsequent downloading to a PC.

As an alternative, the load cell can be set up to communicate via the receiver interface direct to a PC. Sensor Technology also offers LoadView, a LabView based virtual instrumentation display software.

For the purpose of making operating reports and email-able customer bills, LoadSense could be wirelessly integrated into a SCADA or Manufacturing Enterprise Systems.

Sensor Technology’s Tony Ingham explains this load sensor is aimed at materials handling and warehouses.

"Our main markets are materials handling and warehouse operations, where the intelligence will convert raw data into instant stock counts. We have already had inquiries about raising nuclear fuels rods, monitoring window cleaners’ cradles on high rise buildings and winching and weighing building materials."

Sensory Technology describes applications outside of crane usage, including applications where the operator needs to be removed from the site of sensor usage for safety reasons: "Theater stage hands could lift and lower scenery from the wings rather than from a remote control room. Using LoadSense with a tractor-mounted winch, you could assess roadside trees’ susceptibility to wind speed. For applications involving liquid discharge, a system could be configured to monitor and control flow."