Magnet Facts

  1. Magnets Used in Gyms to Operate Exercise Equipment

    Magnets Used in Gyms to Operate Exercise Equipment
    Do you own a gym? Are you thinking about buying one? Maybe you just want to upgrade your own home gym. In any case, you are probably looking for specific exercise equipment to fill your space. What you might not realize is that one of the many choices you’ll have to make is whether or not to use magnetic resistance...
  2. Magnetic Water Treatment in the Agriculture Industry

    Magnetic Water Treatment in the Agriculture Industry
    In agriculture, a high concentration of salt accumulation in the soil can decrease the value of farmlands and productivity — meaning less healthy or less abundant crops for farmers. Because of this, there is a need to reduce salinity in soil and “improve the leaching of salts below the root zones of salt-sensitive crops,” such as potatoes, tomatoes, and citrus...
  3. DIY Miniature Pie Magnets for Thanksgiving

    DIY Miniature Pie Magnets for Thanksgiving
    Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year and want to find a way to get the kids involved? Keep them busy while you’re cooking by having them make these miniature pie magnets to give away as gifts to their aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and other loved ones! These also make a great quick decoration to make your kitchen feel a...
  4. How Magnets Are Used in the Creative World of Product Packaging

    How Magnets Are Used in the Creative World of Product Packaging
    Creative designers and retailers in manufacturing companies are looking to create the most innovative and easy-to-use packaging for their products. Some companies want to take it a step further and create even more unique packaging that actually engages customers in its use. To do so requires them to experiment with new materials. In recent years, magnets have become a popular choice. Continue reading →
  5. Mooring and Maritime Magnets

    Mooring and Maritime Magnets
    Silversea Cruises — a luxury cruise liner with headquarters in Monaco — has begun implementing powerful permanent magnets as a part of their effort to moor passenger excursion boats against the larger vessel. The goal is to deploy Zodiac boats safely, quickly, and efficiently, and return them to the cruise ship in the same manner.  Continue reading →
  6. Magnets and Quality Control in the Food & Beverage Industry

    Magnets and Quality Control in the Food & Beverage Industry
    Do you know about the important role magnets play in the food and beverage industry? This is especially crucial during processing when metal contaminants can interrupt production, damage equipment, or lead to product recalls and consumer injury. Magnets are used to attract unwanted metal fragments (some as small as dust), whereas other methods of quality control (QC) — metal detectors and X-ray machines — are limited by how much they can accurately detect. Continue reading →
  7. The Use of Permanent Magnets in Electric Motors

    The Use of Permanent Magnets in Electric Motors
    Motors are all around us! They are practically indispensable in almost every major industry and can be found wherever there is mechanical movement. In the average household, you will likely find electric motors in your washing machine, microwave, refrigerator, ceiling fans, hairdryers, electric razors, and the list goes on. On an even smaller scale, micro-motors can be found in your most-used electronics — computers, laptops, and cellphones.   Continue reading →
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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