How to Keep Your Magnetic Workholding System in Optimal Condition

Workholding magnets provide a strong and stable holding force, making them an ideal solution for securing workpieces during the manufacturing process. They are used across multiple industries such as machining, welding, and assembly.

However, to ensure workholding magnets are providing the most secure hold possible they do require proper maintenance. Below we’ll provide our expert opinion on the best ways to maintain and troubleshoot a workholding magnet.

Magnetic Workholding Chucks

Clean The Surface

To ensure optimal performance the surface must be kept clean and free from any contamination any debris. Any foreign materials such as dust, oil, or metal chips can reduce the holding force of the magnet.

Therefore, it is important to regularly clean the surface of the magnetic workholding chuck with a cloth or soft brush.

Check The Magnetic Force

The magnetic force of a magnetic chuck can weaken over time, especially if it is regularly exposed to high temperatures or shocks. To ensure the magnetic force is still sufficient enough, you can test it using a gauss meter.

If the magnetic force is lower than your requirements it is time to replace the magnetic workholding chuck.

Inspect The Electrical Components

Electromagnets require electrical power to operate, therefore it’s important to inspect all the electrical components, such as the cables, connectors, and switches for signs of damage.

Any damaged components should be replaced immediately to avoid any safety hazards or system failures.


If your workholding magnet is underperforming, there are a few troubleshooting steps to take.

Firstly, if your workholding magnet requires electrical power be sure to check if the power is connected properly and if the magnet is energised correctly, if the magnet is not energised check the electrical components and power source for faults. If the magnet is energised but the holding force is weak, be sure to clean the surface and check the magnetic force with a gauss meter.

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