Could magnets be the answer?

We are always willing to talk to customers about magnet technology to help solve problems. If you need technical information such as the calculation of flux densities, permeance coefficients, unit of measure conversions, please do contact us.

Or perhaps you have an engineering or technical problem that may be solved through magnet technology? Chat to us about collaborating and designing a custom solution for you.

Case study – innovation in mine safety

A safety issue identified at Centennial Coal lead to the design and development of the Mesh Locator and Retainer Magnet after a miner was hurt when an old mesh locator did not retain the mesh. While the miner was not seriously hurt, the consequences could have been far worse.

Mr Byron Mcilveen, Development Mechanical Engineer, of Centennial Coal contacted International Magnetic Solutions asking if we could design a magnetic system strong enough to keep the mesh grate in place on the ABM 25 Miner.

The Mesh Locator and Retainer Magnet received extensive trials at Centennial and as a result, was fitted to a further four miners.

Hunter Valley Mining & Mandalong was commended for its invention at the NSW Minerals Council OHS Innovations Awards in May 2008.


“As a result of the ABM Magnetic Mesh Locater there has not been an incident involving roof mesh falling and not being retained in position. Mesh is now overlapping more accurately, providing a more stable environment. This allows easier bolting between the meshes and has assisted in increasing productivity and metres.”

Mr Byron Mcilveen Development Mechanical Engineer

Case study – success leads to further developments

Success of the IMS mesh locator magnets was picked up on by Engineers at Coal Mine Services Pty Ltd. Steve Brownell asked us to develop a system for the Joy Miner Temporary Roof Supports. This led to the development of the hollow round Magnetic Temporary Roof Support mesh locator magnet, and this system is still working well.

Soon after this was developed, we were approached by engineers from Beltana Mine. They were aware of the success of our developments and had a similar requirement but wanted Magnetic Temporary Roof Supports handled in a slightly different way. More like the current standard Temporary Roof Supports on the Joy. For this application we developed the Solid Round Temporary Roof Supports Mesh Locator.

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If you have an idea that may benefit from using magnetic technology, please get in touch.