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Advantages of MSA magnetic sweepers for airports and roads

  • Two model series – working widths of 3 000 and 9 000 mm
  • Reliable elimination of ferromagnetic particles at a speed of 45 km/h
  • Cleaning of a 30 m wide and 2 km long runway in 10 minutes
  • Set with the strongest neodymium magnets
  • Possible customization - a large number of additional equipment
  • Manual and automatic cleaning
  • Maximum cleaning capacity up to 411000 m2/hour
  • Robust design
  • Easy installation behind cars

Tow behind magnetic sweepers for the airport and roads MSA

Magnetic brooms MSA for airports and large areas have been designed for a very effective collection of any ferrous metal debris (e. g., nails, tacks, nuts, bolts, screws, wires from airport runway sweepers, metal shavings, swarf, acrap metal etc.) from large flat surface areas. They are often used to collect ferrous particles (FOD - FOREIGN OBJECT DEBRIS) at airports.

We manufacture the MSA Gladiator magnetic sweeper in a basic width of 3 meters, but the configuration of three sweepers side by side (the total working width of such a device results in more than 9 meters!) is more common.

When designing the broom, we focused on maximum modularity, so that each customer can choose from a wide range of additional equipment, suitable for his particular needs. Thanks to this, the device can be configured to exactly meet the customer's requirements. The magnetic broom is ready for the installation of additional and individual modules.

The strongest tow behind magnet

The MSA Gladiator magnetic sweeper is the most powerful magnetic sweeper in the world, thanks to the fact that it is equipped with the strongest neodymium magnets. . That is why the broom can be used even at higher speeds (thus reducing the time needed to clean, e. g., a runway). The broom can pick up even very small ferrous objects - besides screws or nails, it can collect steel bristles of the industrial sweepers.

Cleaning power

MSA 9000 GLADIATOR magnetic sweeper with a broom working width of 9150 mmThe tow behind magnet is designed to allow efficient collection of FOD (= ferrous debris) at a speed of 45 km/h. The MSA 9000 GLADIATOR magnetic sweeper with a broom working width of 9150 mm will reliably clean a 30 m wide and 2 km long runway of FOD in just 10 minutes!

Dangerous tramp iron in aviation - FOD (Foreign Object Debris)

FOD at airports can cause major problems, such as flat tires, costly engine damage, ground equipment repairs and possible injury to personnel. Therefore, special attention must be paid to the collection of ferrous particles at the airports. And the tow behind magnetic sweeper is a suitable device for completing other cleaning machines and helping to ensure maximum protection against FOD at the airport.

Tow behind magnetic sweeper for various surfaces

The magnetic broom is height adjustable from 30 to 130 mm. It allows operation on uneven surfaces, such as concrete pavements (and it can attract ferrous metals even from the gaps between the concrete panels), grass or gravel surfaces. The height adjustment will also be appreciated at the airports, where the magnetic broom has to be driven between runways on service roads and that is why the magnetic broom has to have sufficient ground clearance.

How to clean the magnetic sweeper for airports

Our magnetic broom is equipped with an easy cleaning system, so cleaning the broom is a matter of seconds!

We supply the magnetic sweeper MSA GLADIATOR in two versions:

  • With manualcleaning
    The magnets are housed in a stainless steel case. Pull the quick-release handles to move the magnets to a vertical position. This will increase the distance between the magnet and the stainless steel cover, and the ferrous debris collected on the surface of the stainless steel cover will fall off spontaneously. By the way, it is recommended that you choose the FOD box from the additional equipment. The box, which is placed in the upper part of the device during the operation, can be easily placed under the magnetic sweeper in the course of cleaning and all collected ferrous debris fall into this box and can be easily poured into e. g. a container. So, there is no need to collect/sweep metals from the floor after demagnetization.
  • With automatic cleaning
    The entire cleaning process is carried out by hydraulic cylinders and electric winches. You only need to press a few buttons to accomplish the cleaning – the whole process of cleaning the broom is thus very fast and comfortable. You can also choose a remote control from the optional equipment. The entire automatic cleaning process can be done even without the operator leaving the car cabin!

Additional equipment

Even the basic broom version without additional equipment has maximum magnetic power and is fully capable of fulfilling its function.

As customer requirements for additional equipment are different, we decided to allow the customer to configure his own equipment and thus adapt the magnetic broom to his requirements.

Overview of the optional equipment:

  • Debris box – a container into which the collected iron tramp can be dumped
  • FOD box – 2 boxes on the broom frame for convenient collection of the trapped ferrous particles
  • Automatic cleaning system
  • Remote control
  • Lighting - a set of powerful LED lights with flashes
  • GPS module for device localization. It provides offline records of the sweeper position, which is useful for safety management. Data on operating time, location, total distance, maximum and average speed, total cleaning time, cleaned area and others are also available.
  • Laser direction indicator – for following exact cleaning routes
  • Special surface treatment according to customer needs (e. g., surface protection against de-icing solution)
  • LED flash safety beacon on a telescopic pole
  • Powerful front LED light

The strongest magnets

Magnetic brooms are equipped with very strong neodymium magnets as standard. . Thanks to the applied permanent magnets, no electric power is required for the magnetic separation.

The differences in the magnetic force can be seen in the following table:

Distance between the sweeper and the magnetic particlesMagnetic induction (generated by the neodymium NdFeB magnets)
0 cm 7 500 G
4 cm 1 150 G
5 cm 880 G
10 cm 300 G
15 cm 130 G

Connecting and powering the magnetic broom for airports

The magnetic broom is equipped with a removable and adjustable trailer hitch. Thus the broom can be connected to the towing device of any standard car, the installation is very easy and the use is universal.

Powering of the electrical components and lighting is led from the towing vehicle – the usual voltage is 12V, 7-pin socket, however we can make the broom so that it is adapted to the power supply of any towing vehicle.

Transport mode

Transport modeWith its width of more than 9 meters, the MSA 9000 GLADIATOR magnetic sweeper is unique on the market. It consists of three side-by-side suspended carts. For the transfer between individual runways on narrow service roads all three modules can be hitched up together, reducing the entire device width to just over 3 meters. Thanks to this, handling is significantly easier and the use is more universal.

If any other equipment is needed, please contact us, and we will prepare a tailor-made solution for you.

NOTE: We recommend that you purchase our MSA 9000 triple sweeper with a sweep width of more than 9 m if the runway is too wide for 3 m sweeping lanes or the time available to close the runway is too short. The higher performance of the MSA 9000 guarantees more efficient sweeping and thus saves your time.


Tow behind magnetic sweeper MSA 3000 GLADIATOR

  • Working broom width of up to 3050 mm
  • Adjustable height from 30 to 130 mm
  • Max. operating speed of 45 km/h
  • Max. transport speed of 50 km/h
  • Maximum cleaning power - 137250 m2/hour (3.05 m x 45000 m)
  • Weight: 1 080 kg (with automatic cleaning), 760 kg (with manual cleaning)
  • Effective magnetic area: 4575 cm2
  • Strongest neodymium magnets
  • Magnetic induction - 7,500 G
  • Lighting power supply - from the towing vehicle - usually 12 V, but it can be adapted to the customer's requirements.

The basic model MSA 3000 GLADIATOR of the sweeper for airport operators was developed specifically for the collection of magnetic debris on airport runways and other large areas. The sweeper is above all suitable for small and medium-sized (regional) airports, including military bases, and disposes of an extraordinary magnetic sweeping width of 3,050 mm.

SOLLAU MSA magnetic brooms have very simple maintenance, require practically no additional costs after purchase, and can be operated even in the most demanding conditions.


Tow behind magnetic sweeper MSA 9000 GLADIATOR

  • Working broom width: 9 150 mm
  • Adjustable height from 30 to 130 mm
  • Max. operational speed of 45 km/h
  • Max. transport speed of 50 km/h
  • Maximum cleaning power – 411 750 m2/hour (9.15 m x 45 000 m)
  • Weight: 2 600 kg
  • Effective magnetic area: 13 725 cm2
  • Strongest neodymium magnets
  • Magnetic induction - 7,500 G
  • Lighting power supply - from the towing vehicle - usually 12 V, but it can be adapted to the customer's requirements.

The triple array sweeper MSA 9000 GLADIATOR is a high-end product and unambiguously the most powerful magnetic sweeper in the world. This magnetic sweeper is suitable for the maintenance of medium and large airports and has an extraordinary active sweeping width of 9,150 mm.

This giant magnetic sweeper consists of three separate magnetic trailers of very strong and durable design. These are connected during magnetic sweeping in a triple hinge to form a single sweeping unit of extraordinary performance.

Each magnetic sweeper can be used for independent operation, e. g. for local sweeping of areas (like taxiways or standings), or individual sweepers can be pulled one behind the other to multiply the effect of the magnetic cleaning (and these can be also towed to the application place in the same way in transport mode, i. e. with the raised magnetic core).

Which industrial branches can the tow behind magnetic sweeper be used in?