Magnet Facts

  1. Building a New Superconducting Magnet

    Building a New Superconducting Magnet
    After the discovery of electromagnets in the 1800s, the world’s understanding and use of magnets started to evolve. However, the next big game changer didn’t occur until 1911 when Kamerlingh Onnes discovered superconductivity. This refers to the zero electrical resistance and expulsion of magnetic fields in some materials (superconductors) at very low absolute temperatures. Superconductors conduct electricity with “perfect” efficiency...
  2. Magnets in Proximity Sensing Applications

    Magnets in Proximity Sensing Applications
    Without proximity sensors, the details of our day-to-day lives would change. For example, cell phones wouldn’t be as user-friendly, manufacturing would be less streamlined, and the food and beverage industry wouldn’t operate under the same sterilization standards. Smart technology and profitable manufacturing rely on accurate measurement, tracking, and monitoring; proximity sensors provide that.  The Many Types of Proximity Sensors Proximity...
  3. What is the Hall Effect and How Does it Relate to Magnets?

    What is the Hall Effect and How Does it Relate to Magnets?
    American physicist Edwin H. Hall discovered the Hall Effect in 1879 – almost 20 years before we discovered the electron. He was clearly a man before his time because it took several decades for people to catch up to his discovery and fully grasp or understand its importance. Now the concept is used to operate computers, cell phones, cars, and...
  4. The Recycling and Disposal of Rare Earth Magnets

    The Recycling and Disposal of Rare Earth Magnets
    While the recycling of rare earth magnets – including neodymium and samarium cobalt – is technically possible, it is not scalable or efficient for most businesses. In fact, less than 1 percent of rare earths were recycled as of 2011, due to a combination of technical, financial, and political reasons. Still, several organizations and scientific studies are attempting to create...
  5. A Basic Guide to Magnetic Strength

    A Basic Guide to Magnetic Strength
    If you’re responsible for procuring magnets for your business, you should have a basic understanding of the variables that impact a magnet’s strength. Why? Because strength relates back to safety, reliability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. To help you meet your responsibilities and choose the best possible product for your application, we put together this quick and easy guide to magnet strength...
  6. The Ins and Outs of Magnet Procurement for Purchasing Managers

    The Ins and Outs of Magnet Procurement for Purchasing Managers
    As purchasing manager, it is your primary responsibility to select the highest quality products for your business – goods that are safe, reliable, and efficient. Secondarily, your aim is to be as cost effective as possible. In order to meet these goals, you need a keen understanding of your business’s unique goals. If you are looking to acquire magnets for your business, you can trust Apex to be detail-oriented, fully available when you need our expertise, and open to creative problem-solving. We work with managers to identify the most appropriate product for your situation, but before you move forward with your purchase, there are some details you should consider. Continue reading →
  7. Quick and Clever Ways to Use Magnets in the Office

    Quick and Clever Ways to Use Magnets in the Office
    When you think of magnets, where does your mind go first? Maybe an industrial backdrop – magnetic sweepers and lifters? Perhaps you think of a first-grade classroom – star magnets beneath the names of well-behaved children. There’s a good chance you don’t relate to either of these examples, but have you considered the practical uses magnets can have around your...
  8. Using Magnets in Magnetic Sign Production

    Using Magnets in Magnetic Sign Production
    From Papa John’s Pizza to political campaigns, we’ve grown accustomed to the colorful magnetic signage we see around the city or on the side of someone’s vehicle as it drives by. Maybe the sign is an ad for a local handyman, hair stylist, or Grubhub delivery service. No matter the end product, there is a production process to all magnetic signage that remains, for the most part, unseen. If you’re involved in the manufacturing of magnetic signage, or the procurement of material to make said operation run more efficiently, Apex Magnets has several high-quality products you can use “behind the scenes.” That’s right – using magnets to better make a magnetic product! Continue reading →
  9. Ordering Custom Magnets For Your Business? Start Here!

    Ordering Custom Magnets For Your Business? Start Here!
    Are you responsible for placing a large-scale order for magnets, but can’t find exactly what you need? Purchasing custom magnets is an effective way to find the right product for your unique situation. At Apex, we’re able to modify an order to meet special expectations and fit your company’s needs, and we can do so with a production lead time of approximately 6-8 weeks (up to 12 weeks for larger magnets). Successful customization is all in the details. The more descriptive you can be upfront, the better. Before reaching out to our team about customization, review the requirements of your desired magnetic application. If you’re unsure of what you need for the specific application, we suggest walking through the following steps. Continue reading →
  10. A Basic Guide to Packing and Storing Magnets

    A Basic Guide to Packing and Storing Magnets
    Magnets differ in size, strength, and purpose, but those aren’t the only variables to consider. They also have different sensitivities and shelf-lives, some requiring more careful, deliberate storage than others. It’s not entirely clear whether the length of time a magnet goes unused – like when it's sitting in a warehouse – will affect its strength or durability. However, when it comes to packing and storing, you should take a few things into consideration. Following the basic rules outlined in this guide will help you make sure your magnets retain their original power. Continue reading →

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