Magnets are used in the industry for a long time, but knowing the capacity of a magnet was not possible until McNetiq B.V. introduced the innovative Controlock magnet and the testing system, the Controlock® magnet anchor.
In this article, you will read about
- What is Controlock® magnet anchor?
- Cutting-edge approach
- Permanent magnets
What is the Controlock® magnet anchor?
In 2014 Bas Gravendeel and Edwin van der Heide established McNetiq B.V. to promote the Controlock® magnet anchor technology.
Controlock® is a magnetic scaffold anchor that replaces temporary steel connections in the industrial and marine fields.
The system measures the adhesive force of the used magnet with 100% accuracy, which makes it possible for the first time to measure the magnetic force. Controlock® anchor is, therefore, certified by DIBT, Dekra, and Lloyds, among others.
Compared to traditional steel connections such as drilling and welding, scaffolds built with Controlock® are constructed against steel walls such as storage tanks and ships. Consequently, this type of temporary steel connection eliminates the need to use welding or a large abutment base to stabilize the scaffold.
When you use the magnets to support your scaffold, you will reduce the materials used to construct the structure, and you will minimize the logistics footprint. Also, you will scale down the building time and decrease the needed workforce. Therefore, the system is
- More sustainable
- And cost-efficient
The mentioned advantages encourage scaffolding companies to switch to using magnets.
“With McNetiq Controlock® anchor, a scaffold can indeed be securely anchored: lean and mean, only where required. The result: savings of 40% on lead time and 70% on materials.”
Shell Rotterdam, November 2015
The main component of the Controlock magnet anchor is neodymium, which means permanent magnets, with the ability to be turned on and off manually.
The benefit of using permanent magnets as temporary steel connections is that they don’t need an external source of power, which makes permanent magnets safer compared to electromagnets. As the name suggests, electromagnets are always dependent on a constant external power source to function. If the power source of this magnet is lost or the connection fails, this can have catastrophic consequences.
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