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Ports feel the pull of magnets

Coal from nearby mine sites is delivered by train to sites where a high powered wide field magnet is used to remove tramp iron as the volume of coal to be exported is limited by the ability to load the bulk carriers.

Six super-sized powerful Boomerang magnets work in Australia today. In the 1990s, three Boomerang magnets were installed at the Port Waratah Coal Service site on Kooragang Island. Two more were installed in 2009 for the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group and the latest – a 43-tonne version – was installed just recently. These magnets are the largest of their kind in Australia and are installed within a radius of a kilometre from each other in Newcastle.

{{image2-a:r-w:250}}Steinert Australia specialises in separation technologies for upgrading coal as well as minerals and iron ore, and the removal of contaminants.

The company provides customised design, application and commissioning of tramp removal systems to increase product yield, improve concentrate quality, reduce operating costs and boost process efficiencies. By investing in product development locally, the company can offer its customers traditional as well as leading edge solutions.

The Steinert range includes everything from a small magnet recovering steel in a recycling facility to a 43-tonne electromagnet at a port facility. Steinert?s range includes tramp material detection and removal systems to protect conveyors and crushers, wet and dry low, medium and high intensity magnetic separators, electro and permanent suspension magnets, metal detection systems and magnetic drums/pulleys.

Source: Steinert Australia

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