Magnetic Road Sweepers are the Right Tool for Emergency Access

TYMCO® utilizes Magnet Source® Sweepers for Road Clean-up after Fertilizer Plant Explosion in Texas.

There are so many factors involved with providing an effective response to an emergency situation. Having the right tools and equipment is always part of a successful solution.

TYMCO, Inc. is a manufacturer of Regenerative Air Street Sweepers located in Waco, Texas, about 19 miles south of West, Texas. When the fertilizer plant located in West exploded on April 17, 2013, TYMCO volunteered to bring their expertise, equipment and the needed sense of urgency to get the job done right and quickly.
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“The situation was that emergency vehicles were having difficulty gaining access to the necessary areas because of all the debris scattered across the roads,” said Gary Young, Vice President, Engineering for TYMCO. “The first priority in our cleanup role was to clear the roads of all hazardous debris. We have a large selection of road cleanup equipment to handle any size task. We chose to go with the Magnet Source® 84” and 96” Hanging Magnetic Sweepers because of the need for speed and simplicity. We did not have time to install our larger electrically actuated magnetic sweepers, so we chose to hang these off our big International Trucks and go,” Young explained. (The Magnet Source® brand is a trademark of Master Magnetics, Inc.).

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“Our initial process was to have three to four people walking along with our street sweeper trucks, tossing large-size debris into the street sweeper, and periodically clearing off magnetic sweeper. The magnetic sweeper protected our trucks’ tires so we could proceed with cleaning up the rest of the debris,” Young added.

Hanging Magnetic Sweepers are available in widths from 18” to 96” from Master Magnetics. The Magnet Source® sweeper product line also includes push-type and trailer-type magnetic sweepers. These sweepers are super-powered, permanent magnets for the removal of sharp iron objects from roads, parking areas, loading docks, runways and other important traffic areas. Hang-type magnetic sweepers greatly reduce the possibility of costly flat tires and injuries caused by nails, scrap iron particles, staples, etc. Two eyebolts are installed on each magnet for suspending from vehicles.

Simply hang a magnetic sweeper from your forklift or vehicle bumper and “sweep” all contaminated areas. The sweeper hangs approximately 2” to 4” off the ground, and maximum operating speed is 5 mph. To clear collected debris, wipe the face of the magnet with a glove or heavy shop towel. There are also magnetic sweeper models available with quick-release handles for the easiest removal of collected debris.

Magnets Clear Dirt Roads of Hazardous Metal Debris

Master Magnetics offers various magnetic sweepers to clear metal debris from different kinds of surfaces – factory aisles and walkways to patios and roadways. Depending on the application, our magnetic sweepers offer the perfect solution, and range in size from small hand-held to trailer-type.

We recently ran across an interesting story about large magnets being used to clear roads of metal debris in Lancaster County, Nebraska.

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Printing Direct to Magnet Creates Profitable Opportunities

Keeping your wide format printers busy is a primary key to your success.

PrintMagnetVinyl flexible magnetic sheeting

PrintMagnetVinyl flexible magnetic sheeting

The ability to print direct to flexible magnetic sheeting opens up entire new channels of business that you may have been missing.

From vehicle signs for contractors, realtors and restaurant delivery vehicles, to P.O.P. retail signs, calendars and local sports team schedules, there are an endless amount of items that make printing on magnetic sheeting a very profitable segment of your business.

Some printers are reluctant to take advantage of these opportunities because they feel that the traditional  two-step process of printing on a substrate and laminating to the magnet, or printing on unmagnetized material and then magnetizing it, is too time consuming and not an efficient process. Printing direct to magnet avoids these extra steps, saving time and money.  With good quality magnetic sheeting, excellent high resolution printing results can be achieved with solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex ink systems. For aqueous inks, you can get magnetic sheeting already laminated with a paper topcoat for one-step direct to magnet printing

A common reason cited by printers for resistance to printing on magnet is the concern for running magnetic material through their printer. One problem may be if the platen is metal, the smooth and even flow of the magnet being fed into the printer would be restricted. This is easily overcome by covering the platen with styrene, chip board, vinyl or duct tape, or anything to create an air gap between the metal platen and magnet.

Other issues, such as print head height adjustment, ink saturation, or other metal parts of the printer that the magnet will come in contact with, can be answered by your printer manufacturer and referring to the printer’s profiles. “Everything you run through a printer requires a unique set-up for optimal performance and quality, and magnet is no different,” said Ralph Terramagra, Mutoh Eastern Regional Sales Manager. “The platen and post heater on most Mutoh printers are made of aluminum so they will not cause a problem with the magnet. There is a steel piece across the back where the media feeds in that will need to be covered as explained earlier. Basically, if you keep the magnet from sticking to metal it is really not much different than printing on vinyl. That being said, remember it is much thicker so keep your head height in a higher position, and it is also heavier so your print feed will need to be adjusted,” explained Terramagra.

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Mutoh ValueJet Printer printing direct on PrintMagnetVinyl

The extra revenue generated by printing on magnet can help pay for your existing printer and will contribute to your ongoing success and growth.

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Unique P.O.P. Display Features Best Selling Magnets at National Hardware Show

Master Magnetics’ Mini Sweeper™ and Pick-Up Pal™ displayed in functional and space-saving design

Master Magnetics, Inc. will feature their two best selling items, the Magnetic Mini Sweeper™ and the Magnetic Pick-Up Pal,™ in a new functional, space-saving end cap display at the upcoming National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, booth 7219.

Sidekick Combo Display

The new metal fixture is an innovative, permanent display for the Mini Sweeper™ and Pick-Up Pal™ that attaches to the end of store gondolas. The durable and long-lasting display comes with attention-getting, four-color, trilingual side panels. The Sidekick Combo Display makes the most efficient use of space on gondola fixtures without full end cap shelving. It’s ideal for stores with limited floor space. The metal fixture holds four Mini Sweepers™ and six Pick-Up Pals™ and mounts centered or to either side on the slotted gondola standard.

 

 

 

The 15” Magnetic Mini-Sweeper™ (MSRP $29.35) and Pick-Up Pal™ (MSRP $23.05) are the ideal lightweight tools for removing hazardous metal debris such as nails, screws, bolts and metal scrap from areas in the garage, home, workshop or outdoors. The Magnetic Pick-Up Pal™, with a pull strength of 65 lbs., is also great for retrieving tools or metal objects from hard-to-reach areas.

Retail-Packaged Magnets

The Magnet Source™ brand is a proven profit center for retail markets with over 250 SKUs, trilingual packaging and customized planograms. The complete line includes retail-packaged magnets for Hardware, Home Improvement, Automotive, Craft, Hobby, Office/School Supplies and Housewares categories. The Magnet Source™ magnets are available at local and national retailers throughout North America.

Master Magnetics puts the “Mag” in Magnificent Craft & Hobby Projects

Craft Magnets Assortment

Master Magnetics will be featuring their entire line of craft and hobby magnets at the CHA Expo in Anaheim, booth #1826.

Ceramic Magnets, also known as ferrite magnets, are the most popular type of magnet for craft and hobby projects. Available in discs, blocks and rings, Master Magnetics’ craft magnets are made from the highest grade of ceramic magnet material available. Just add glue to the back and they are ideal for an endless array of projects.

For heavy projects, Neodymium Discs with Adhesive offer super strength combined with the speed and convenience of a peel and stick adhesive. These rare earth magnets are the strongest permanent magnetic material in the world providing extreme strength for small spaces. The convenient peel and stick foam adhesive backing eliminates the need for applying glue, making every magnetic project faster and easier.

Neodymium Discs ensure secure holding power without slipping on metal surfaces. The industrial-strength acrylic foam adhesive conforms to the irregularities of rigid substrates and adheres the magnet to a multitude of materials including wood, plastic, ceramic, rock, paper and much more. Use a North and South magnet for added strength and “snap-to” positioning, ideal for closures on cabinets, displays, purses, cases and more.

Flexible Magnetic Tape is perfect for making lightweight craft projects magnetic. It has a strong adhesive with a peel off liner on one side and magnetism on the other. For more information call 1-888-293-9190 or visit magnetsource.com.

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PrintMagnetVinyl™ Now Compatible With Latex Ink Printing

Testing assures compatibility with major printer manufacturers for solvent, eco-solvent, UV and now latex inks.
Master Magnetics, Inc. (The Magnet Source™) provides the industry’s widest options for wide-format printing directly on to flexible magnetic material. Available in 42” and 24” widths, PrintMagnetVinyl™ allows for high-resolution printing directly on flexible magnetic material with solvent, eco-solvent, UV and now latex ink systems.

Over the past year, Master Magnetics has partnered with major printer manufacturers to test their flexible magnetic sheeting. Most recently, PrintMagnetVinyl™ printed successfully using latex ink on an HP Scitex LX850. Latex inks provide all the performance characteristics of solvent and UV inks without the environmental and indoor air quality hazards.

Testing for compatibility and quality has been completed with many international printer manufacturers including Mutoh, HP, EFI / Vutek, Gerber Scientific Products, Mimaki, Integra/Grapo, SII – Seiko Instruments USA, Canon, Oce, FujiFilm, Jetrix and is in process with other well-known brands.

New business opportunities that flexible magnetic sheeting provides include a variety of indoor and outdoor applications such as POP displays, signage, message boards, and promotional items such as magnetic business cards, menus, calendars, sports schedules and vehicle graphics.

PrintMagnetVinyl™ saves time and money printing direct to magnet instead of printing on a substrate (vinyl or paper, etc.) and then laminating it to the flexible magnetic sheeting. Another traditional method has been to print on non-magnetized magnetic material, and then magnetize it, also a more time-consuming, two-step process. Printing direct to the magnet is a more efficient and profitable process. Visit magnetsource.com/printdirect for more information.

Master Magnetic’s PrintMagnetVinyl™ sheeting is available in thicknesses of .015”, .020” and .030”, widths of 12”, 24”, 30”, 40” and 42”, standard roll lengths of 10 and 25 ft. and can be cut, slit or die cut for customized widths and lengths. For aqueous ink printers, Master Magnetics also offers PrintMagnet™ flexible magnetic sheeting with a paper topcoat instead of vinyl that allows for printing directly to the magnet.

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Magnetic Latch Magnets provide design and quality for cabinet and woodworking projects

Master Magnetics, Inc. (The Magnet Source™) will be featuring Neodymium Latch Magnets at the AWFS Fair (Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers – July 20-23, 2011) in Las Vegas.

These powerful and compact magnetic assemblies are designed to be used as latches for cabinets, chests, displays and more.

The recessed, flush-mount design of the Neodymium Latch Magnets offers a cleaner, more finished look to a project than traditional protruding bar latch magnets. Utilizing neodymium, the strongest magnetic material in the world, allows for strong holding power in a small size. Neodymium Latch Magnets are available in five sizes with pull strengths ranging from 2 to 30 pounds to ensure that the strength of the magnet is appropriate for the application.

Simply attach the magnet in a steel cup to one surface and the strike plate to the other to make a secure closure. Counterbore a hole in the wood for flush mounting. Available as individual pieces or complete kits. Kits include Steel Cup, Strike Plate, Neodymium Magnet Disc, Noise Buffer Pad and Screws.

Master Magnetics offers Industry’s Widest “Print Direct to Magnet” One-Step Solution

Testing assures compatibility with major printer manufacturers

Master Magnetics, Inc. features the industry’s widest options for wide-format printing directly on to flexible magnetic material. Available in 42” and 24” widths, PrintMagnetVinyl™ allows for high-resolution printing directly on flexible magnetic material with solvent, eco-solvent and UV printers.

PrintMagnetVinyl™ saves time and money printing direct to magnet instead of printing on a substrate (vinyl or paper, etc.) and then laminating it to the flexible magnetic sheeting. Another traditional method has been to print on non-magnetized magnetic material, and then magnetize it, also a more time-consuming, two-step process.

Over the past year, Master Magnetics has partnered with major printer manufacturers to test their flexible magnetic sheeting. “Working with manufacturers to test our material has proven to be extremely valuable,” said Melissa Thompson, sales manager with Master Magnetics. “Now, individual sign and print shop owners don’t have to determine magnetic material compatibility on their own. The knowledge that high quality results can be achieved with their printer eliminates the trial and error guess work, provides assurance and confidence in the process, and opens up the opportunity for an entire new profit center for their business,” Thompson said. New business opportunities that flexible magnetic sheeting provides include a variety of indoor and outdoor applications such as POP displays, signage, message boards, and promotional items such as magnetic business cards, menus, calendars, sports schedules and vehicle graphics.

Testing for compatibility and quality has been completed with many international printer manufacturers including Mutoh, EFI/Vutek, Gerber Scientific Products, HP, SII – Seiko Instruments USA, Mimaki, Integra/Grapo, Canon, and is in process with other well-known brands.

Master Magnetic’s PrintMagnetVinyl™ sheeting is available in thicknesses of .015”, .020” and .030”, widths of 24” and 42”, standard roll lengths of 10 and 25 ft. and can be cut, slit or die cut for customized widths and lengths.

“In addition to having the industry’s only 42”-wide magnetic sheeting, our custom converting capabilities can meet the requirements of unique applications and is a valuable service we offer our customers,” says Thompson.

Master Magnetics also offers ZipGrip™ flexible magnetic sheeting that can be laminated with a variety of high quality topcoats, such as vinyl or paper, depending on the required function of the magnet. For more information, visit magnetsource.com.

Pole Shift forces Airport Makeover


From www.msnbc.com…

WFLA’s Brooks Garner reports on the pole shift.

Alan Boyle writes: Don’t think of this as another sign of the apocalypse, but Earth’s magnetic north pole has been shifting enough that Tampa’s airport has to repaint the numbers on its runways.

Tampa International Airport in Florida has closed its primary runway until Jan. 13 to change the numeric designations at each end, as well as the signage on taxiways leading to the runway. The Tampa Tribune said the runway had been designated 18R/36L, indicating its alignment along the 180-degree approach from the north and the 360-degree approach from the south. Now the numbers are being revised to read 19R/1L (190 degrees and 10 degrees). Two other runways will be closed later this month for a similar signage change, the Tribune reported.

The changes are required by the Federal Aviation Administration, which wants the numeric designations to reflect magnetic-north headings to the nearest 10-degree increment.
For decades, the magnetic north pole has been migrating from Canadian Arctic territory toward Russia. That shift has accelerated in recent years, and current estimates suggest that the pole is moving at almost 40 miles a year. Maps from Natural Resources Canada chart the movement since 1831 and project the trend through 2050. Movements in the magnetic poles are caused by the motion of molten iron at Earth’s core, which serves as the planet’s magnetic dynamo. Here’s how NASA explains the process.

Airports generally change their runway designations every few decades, depending on how the pole shifts shake out numerically. For example, Stansted Airport in the London area renamed its 23/05 runway as 22/04 in July 2009 to reflect the magnetic shift. “It’ll roughly be another 56 years before we have to consider changing it again,” Trevor Waldock, head of airside operations at Stansted, told the BBC at the time.

A catastrophic pole shift is one of the oft-used plot devices in doomsday tales — and some of the doomsayers have tried to link the phenomenon to the 2012 Maya apocalypse. Earth’s magnetic poles have been known to reverse themselves every 400,000 years or so, in a process that’s outlined in the video above.

This NASA Web page explains that the shift in the magnetic poles, or even a pole reversal, need not be feared. “As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn’t cause any harm to life on Earth,” NASA says. But a lot of runway numbers might need to be repainted.

Master Magnetics Introduces Neodymium Magnets with Adhesive

Master Magnetics, Inc. (The Magnet Source™) announced the addition of Neodymium Discs with Adhesive to their line of over 250 retail-packaged magnets for Hardware, Home Improvement, Automotive, Craft, Hobby, Office/School Supplies and Housewares categories.

These rare earth magnets combine the powerful strength of neodymium, the strongest permanent magnetic material in the world, with a convenient peel and stick adhesive backing. Eliminating the need for applying glue makes every magnetic project faster and easier. Neodymium Discs ensure secure holding power without slipping on metal surfaces. The industrial-strength acrylic foam adhesive conforms to the irregularities of rigid substrates and adheres the magnet to a multitude of materials including wood, plastic, ceramic, rock, paper and much more.

Previously only available in bulk, Neodymium Discs with Adhesive are now available in colorful, tri-lingual retail packaging. Four sizes are available – 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2” and 3/4” diameter discs. The two smaller size packages come with a combination of attracting north and south pole magnets for use as closures. With super magnetic strength, these neodymium discs are ideal for cabinets, lockers, doors, cases, chests, displays, closures, purses, picture frames and more, adding speed, strength and quality to any magnetic project.