October 2017

  1. The Differences in N-Ratings for Neodymium Magnets

    The Differences in N-Ratings for Neodymium Magnets
    Every type of rare earth magnet, whether neodymium, AlNiCo, or something else, has its own alphanumerical system for classifying strength. Each one is unique, and there’s no simple formula for translating a system from one magnet type into the system for another.  Continue reading →
  2. What a Gaussmeter Can Do for You: Understanding Parts and Features

    What a Gaussmeter Can Do for You: Understanding Parts and Features
    Because a magnetic field is invisible, obtaining a complete, quantitative representation of it requires measurement of both its strength and its direction. The ability to do that might sound like science fiction, but thanks to a discovery made nearly 140 years ago, we have the gaussmeter—the tool we now use to determine the strength of magnets.  Continue reading →
  3. Meet the Magnetar

    Meet the Magnetar
    October is obviously a spooky time (because of Halloween and all that) so, we’re hoping this blog will give you a little fright. After that, it’s back to your regularly scheduled magnetic news and such. In this blog, we’re discussing one of the scariest celestial bodies in the known universe - the magnetar. Continue reading →
  4. Exploring The Mars Magnetotail

    Exploring The Mars Magnetotail
    Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences has drawn our attention to Mars’ unique magnetic tail and the way magnetic fields, both on the planet and from solar winds, are affecting the tail’s movements. The Mars magnetotail might even provide insights into future colonization efforts on the red planet.  Continue reading →
  5. Modifying Magnets: What’s Possible With Cutting, Drilling, Welding, and Soldering

    Modifying Magnets: What’s Possible With Cutting, Drilling, Welding, and Soldering
    Because magnets are so versatile, they’re used in many applications. Occasionally, however, customers come to us wondering if they can expand a magnet’s capabilities though cutting, drilling, soldering, or welding. While this is possible under the very best circumstances, it’s extremely difficult to perform correctly. If one isn’t careful, a powerful magnet will quickly crumble or lose its magnetic field. That’s why it’s generally best to go with a custom-ordered magnet instead of modifying a production magnet yourself.  Continue reading →
  6. DIY Faux Insect Magnets

    DIY Faux Insect Magnets
    ‘Tis the season for all things creepy and scary! Halloween is right around the corner, and what better way to decorate your kitchen fridge or other magnetic surfaces than a DIY faux insect magnet? This may be the one time that insects such as beetles, cockroaches, and spiders are welcome in a home. If you’re hosting a Halloween party, your guests will be sure to either love the magnetic bugs or squirm at the sight of them, but they certainly won’t go unnoticed! Continue reading →
  7. Magnetic Lifters: What You Need to Know

    Magnetic Lifters: What You Need to Know
    When you’re moving heavy, ferrous loads, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more convenient tool than a magnetic lifter. That’s because magnetic lifters require no tie-offs or additional manpower. With only the flip of a switch, a small box can carry tons of weight.  Continue reading →
  8. Electromagnetic Spider Webs

    Electromagnetic Spider Webs
    While this Apex blogger is certainly not a fan of spiders, we have to agree that they are fascinating creatures. The eight-legged arthropods spin their silk webs and perch, waiting for their prey to fall at their doorstep. You probably assume that a spider’s prey lands in a web by happenstance, but it has been recently discovered that spiders have a few hidden electromagnetic tricks for trapping their prey. Continue reading →
  9. The Future of Magnets

    The Future of Magnets
    The future of magnets is something we care a lot about. In the 1980s, neodymium became the go-to element for magnets. Mined primarily from China, neodymium revolutionized mechanical equipment such as engine motors. However, researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have recently discovered something to turn the magnet community (That’s us!) on its head. But first let’s do a little refresher on the basics. Continue reading →
  10. How Coatings Affect Magnetic Strength

    How Coatings Affect Magnetic Strength
    You carefully purchase magnets for your facility to ensure you’re selecting enough strength and the right size without going over budget. You’re doing your best to be diligent, but are you also considering how much the coating will interfere with your magnetic force?  Continue reading →

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