Iron Filing Processing Systems

Iron filings are minuscule pieces of iron that resemble a light powder. They are usually gathered and used in science and education environments to show the direction of a magnetic field. Iron is considered a ferromagnetic material, meaning it is attracted to a magnet or magnetic field. When in the presence of a magnetic field, each individual iron filing becomes a tiny bar magnet. The south pole of the iron filing piece is attracted to the north pole of its neighbors. This results in a repeated iron filings connecting to each other over a wide area and creates a chain of iron filings parallel the direction of the magnetic field they are attracted to.

These iron filings are usually a byproduct of the grinding, filing, or milling of iron products. The use of iron filings is directly related to the development and processing of iron. Usually they are considered a waste product from processing iron.

Iron filings used to be used as a component in gunpowder, because of its ability to burn when in a fine powdered form. As previously stated iron filings are currently used for the study and teaching of magnetism and electromagnetic fields. It is often sprinkled on top of a white card with a magnet underneath to study and follow the movements of the iron filings. They are also commonly found in toys that utilize magnetic pen drawings.

Iron filings can benefit from rotary drying and material handling. The ONIX Corporation’s processing systems can handle numerous materials and co-products that you may not know what to do with or want a better more effective way to process. We have the ability to work with materials such as, but not limited to, apple pomace, citrus pomace, sludge, alfalfa, bagasse, coffee grounds, sawdust, iron filings and much more. Our equipment is engineered to fit your specific needs. If you feel that The ONIX Corporation may be of assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to research more about our alternative fuel systems, including rotary drum dryers and material handling solutions. Whether you’re looking for a new solution to process iron filings, or something else, it never hurts to give us a call to learn more.



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