Advanced Magnet Source Explores Cranes in Steelmaking and their Power Source

Cranes play a vital role in the steelmaking process, facilitating the efficient loading, unloading, and movement of materials within steel facilities. They are responsible for handling various tasks, including scrap and raw material handling, liquid metal operations, and transporting melting buckets. As highlighted in TPC Wire & Cable’s blog, “Cranes in Steelmaking and the Industrial Power Cables They Require,” different types of cranes are employed in the steel industry, each relying on specific power sources.

One such crane is the magnet crane, also known as an electromagnetic crane. These cranes are primarily found in recycling plants and scrap yards, where they handle and maneuver steel and iron. The magnet crane operates by creating a magnetic field through an electric current passing through windings around the magnet. The magnet can be activated or deactivated as needed by controlling the electric current. Its purpose is straightforward: picking up metals, transporting them to their designated location, and releasing them by switching off the magnet.

To ensure the reliable and safe operation of magnet cranes, robust power and automation cables are essential. These cables must withstand the constant current flow, frequent activation and deactivation cycles, and harsh operating conditions.

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