Magnaflux: what is it, how does it work and why is it important?
First, it has become an industry-leading method in determining the structural integrity of heavy construction materials such as the thick metal featured in cranes. This method of testing is able to take a tour inside the molecular structure of metal, as well as its surface, and give inspectors a clear idea of how sound equipment really is.
Magnaflux, toll free 855-9CRANEU (855-927-2638)
or 205-478-2050 for a free estimate
There is no better way to ensure safety than with hardcore science
There are several materials and components of machinery that very much benefit from a Magnaflux test. A crane hook is a primary feature to a heavy lifting crane; it is an iron-based hand undergoing perhaps the most stress of any feature in a construction piece of machinery. This hoisting fixture designed to engage a link of a lifting chain, over time, may experience a brittle fracture, strain aging and metallurgical failure after years of lifting thousands upon thousands of tons. With that in mind, you want to know what is going on to a finite extent in and on your lifting hook.
The process works for ferrous metals, which is opposed to ferric metals. Ferrous metals includes iron, nickel, cobalt and some of their alloys and feature a +2 oxidation state, whereas ferric metals feature a +3 oxidation state. More simply, ferrous is an adjective indicating the presence of iron. Understanding this, magnetism then plays a key role. A large, powerful magnet creates a magnetic field to the component being tested, causing a high concentration of magnetic flux at surface fissures, which is elucidated visually with dusted iron powder, or a similarly magnetic material, sprinkled on a tested component.
This is one dry testing method when we use Magnaflux to proof the safety of items such as your crane hook. Another method we may employ is a “wet” one using dyed, iron oxide particles, a created magnetic field and a black or ultraviolet light to inspect the quality within a large hunk of metal. All of this is based on a relatively simple concept of magnetic particle inspection, which is a nondestructive testing method. To further grasp the science of this “simple” procedure is also to understand how effective and reliable Magnaflux works for your safety and security, and that of your workers and various other bystanders.
This is a tried, tested and true method that has proven to prevent accidents in crane operations, as well as with utmost precision determine how accidents happened to begin with. The Magnaflux test process is objective science that just does not lie. The process itself is pure, and our expert, experienced technicians maintain this objective, results-oriented point of view that yields only the most accurate results. The name of our game is safety, which is our only incentive when we enact our more than 80-point inspection process on your valuable, heavy-lifting materials such as a crane hook.
We have no burning incentive to look for things that are not really wrong with your crane. That is because once we diagnosis the safety or liability of your equipment, we have no further involvement in materials. If we find that your crane needs to be repaired, we do not seek to make them because that is not included in our services. Our first, foremost and only concern is employing rock-solid methods so your equipment is functioning efficiently, properly and safely.