MPI, based in southeastern Michigan, is a worldwide provider of both magnetic and non-magnetic material handling solutions. MPI leads the industry by continuously engineering inventive magnetic equipment and advancing customer education, though significant investments in research and development and proactive product training.
Founded in 1981, MPI was formed to advance development of permanent magnet technology used in industry. Along with the company’s initial mission to engender research and development, the founders also focused on customer education, which would allow users to better select and maintain purchased equipment. These cornerstone principles still guide the company and its management team.
MPI’s first goal was to improve the performance of permanent magnetic separators. Within five years, MPI was to implement dramatic changes in equipment design that remain in place today. As a result of MPI’s engineering and development, easy-to-clean manually operated permanent magnets and self-cleaning automatic permanent magnetic separators are common worldwide. MPI is proud to have set the industry standard for permanent magnet separator equipment design and performance.
As MPI has grown over three decades, the same focus on product development and improvement has remained, and has been expanded to include magnetic conveying, automation and material handling equipment systems as well as metal detection.
From its beginnings, MPI recognized the need to educate customers to understand, evaluate and specify their applications, as well as to select and maintain magnetic equipment. Promoting and sponsoring industry education ensures that users are able to determine and understand both the expectations and limitations of equipment before investments are made. A basic understanding of the workings of magnetic equipment allows users to determine whether existing equipment can meet process expectations or whether new equipment should be considered. MPI staff is frequently invited to speak at multinational corporations, engineering firms, industry associations and educational institutions on topics related to magnets and their application in industry.
Going forward, MPI will continue its tradition of advancing product performance and expanding its line of metal control systems and material handling equipment solutions. By interacting closely with its customers and focusing on a market-driven product line, MPI has positioned itself to readily meet the challenges of today’s dynamic global economy.
MPI History Timeline
MPI patents Intell-I-Mag® the revolutionary next step in magnetic separation
Releases Magnet Audit 2.0 program
MPI celebrates 40 years of business operations
MPI expands Automation and Workholding products
MPI builds a 224′ Beltless Magnetic Conveyor Central Scrap System
MPI patents the Sanitary Toolless Drawer Magnet
MPI standardizes all equipment on American-made drive packages
All MPI Regional Sales Managers become Certified Food Safety HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) managers
MPI begins offering subscribed service plans for continued product validation
MPI receives USDA certification in the dairy category and meat and poultry category for its plates, grates, drawers, and liquid trap magnets
MPI patents a magnetic separator system for the recycling industry
MPI patents its electric shakers
MPI adds checkweigh and X-Ray inspection to its electronic inspection product line
MPI becomes a certified UL/ETL 61010-1 USA & CSA/Canada and 508A electrical panel shop
MPI launches its new noble purpose statement: Protecting and Moving the World through Innovation
MPI celebrates its 30th anniversary
MPI becomes the distributor for Cassel metal detection and checkweighing equipment
MPI patents its first-generation electric shaker conveyors
MPI becomes the distributor for Eclipse Magnetics products in North America
MPI patents the seal-less pneumatic shaker conveyor and introduces the next generation electric shaker
MPI patents the seal-less pneumatic beltless magnetic conveyor
MPI patents its automatic Self-Cleaning Drawer Magnet
MPI’s founder is profiled for his business success and continued growth.
MPI introduces its pneumatic shaker
MPI is featured in the Detroit Free Press for its growth into Europe and Mexico.
MPI expands its manufacturing facility, doubling capacity
MPI’s building wins an award and is featured in Metal Construction News Magazine.
July 1, 1993 – MPI relocates to Highland, Michigan, into its newly constructed state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing facility, more than doubling its current operations
January 21, 1993 – Groundbreaking of the future site of MPI’s current manufacturing facility.
MPI patents the reciprocating Drawer Magnet
MPI begins its metal fabrication services business unit
MPI patents the magnetic can-laner conveyor
MPI relocates and doubles its manufacturing operations
MPI introduces Magnet Audit Services
MPI introduces its first version of the educational training presentation “A Magnet is Not Just A Magnet”
MPI introduces the first generation family of self-cleaning permanent magnetic separators with its Self-Cleaning Chute Magnets
MPI begins operations in Walled Lake, Michigan
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