The Magnetic Gripper EGM from SCHUNK maintains high holding forces even in confined work spaces. It is light-weight, yet can handle difficult applications even in situations which may require an emergency stop. It also promotes energy efficiency because electricity is only needed for magnetization and demagnetization of the unit. It lifts different types of ferrous items (plates, sheets, round bars, pipes, etc.) by using a permanent electro magnetic field. The magnetic action of the product may be activated and deactivated by using a switch or digital input, which automatically alters the product's internal magnetic state.