If you’re wondering whether you need a customized magnet from Apex, or if perhaps there is an existing in-stock product that suits your needs, this is the blog for you. What we can tell you is that your original question — Should I go custom? — begets more questions. No matter which direction you choose — to customize or not to customize — we can help you determine and make your next move. 

What Kind of Environment Will You Be Working In?

Before anything else, start by evaluating the proposed environment you intend to use your magnet in. For instance, where will you be using your product? Sounds simple, but the many subtle answers to this question may impact the usability or strength of your magnet. It could even make the difference between safe implementation and a more dangerous situation. Ask yourself the following about the proposed environment for the magnet:

  • Will it be indoors or outdoors?
  • Will it be used and stored in hot temperatures or cold?
  • Will it come into contact with moisture, humidity, or be submerged in water?
  • Will it be stationary?
  • Will it be shipped from place to place?
  • Will it require a protective coating?

What is the Function of Your Magnet?

Next, think about the desired function of your magnet. What does it need to do? All sorts of industries use magnets for a wide array of reasons (sifting, sorting, lifting, separating, etc.). Seriously, magnets are being used all around you! So, you should ask yourself what specifically do you need your magnet to do. Be specific! Consider whether you’ll use the magnet in any of the following ways:

  • to secure something?
  • as a fastener? 
  • in a sensor?
  • to lift or move heavy objects?
  • on an assembly line?

With this information in mind, you can search through our popular size grid based on the size, shape, and pull-force of the magnet you have in mind. If you find a contender, you can read through the product descriptions to see if it’s a good fit or not. 

Call Apex Magnets

These are just some of the questions to ask yourself before visiting our custom request form. Sometimes, your request might be so intricate or detailed that even these questions seem inadequate. That’s OK! In that case, you’ll want to provide a sketch, and we’ll be more than happy to take a look.

If you’ve browsed our in-stock products, asked the previous questions, filled out a customization form, and shared your sketches, give us a call and we can talk through your order together. Let’s get this right!