Imagine waking up in the morning and shuffling over to the coffee maker. You pour yourself a hot cup, then reach for the sugar. As you scoop your sugar out of the bag, you notice something shiny. It’s a small shard of metal. If you had been any more tired this morning, there’s a chance you would’ve mixed it into your coffee and swallowed it. Continue reading →
The field of prosthodontics has utilized magnets for many years, namely in the design of corrective implant-supported overdentures and maxillofacial prosthesis. While prosthodontic engineers, orthodontists, and dentists originally experimented with aluminum-nickel-cobalt magnets (Alnico), their success was limited due to corrosion-causing saliva. More recently, they’ve found success with rare earth magnets like samarium-cobalt and neodymium, which are stronger and more resistant to corrosive elements when coated. Continue reading →
If you build or sell your own furniture, you’ve likely encountered one or two unhappy clients irked by the way a door or drawer won't stay latched and closed. Usually, it has something to do with the angle the furniture is placed at or the levelness of the surface. Or maybe your client has kids who constantly leave the drawer open… but just a little bit.
Regardless of the reason, open doors and drawers can become an annoyance and even a hazard. As the creator or merchandiser of a furniture line, you have a responsibility to anticipate these kinds of problems and solve them whenever possible. In this case, permanent magnets can be your solution. Continue reading →
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 equipment in your bikes and treadmills. Continue reading →
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 fruits. Continue reading →
By combining permanent magnets and field winding into a wound rotor system, researchers at Purdue University have come up with a way to reduce the size of some moderate-to-low electric generators while also increasing the efficiency. Continue reading →
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...
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 →
After being theorized for decades, a material known as USb2 — a uranium and antimony compound—was found to be magnetic despite its singlet-based properties. Its magnetism has also been experimentally proven to exist in reasonable temperatures compared to the extremely cold temperatures it was once tested in. What’s significant about this? This new magnetic material may change the game in information storage for computers based on its ability to transition from magnetized to not in seconds. Weird. Continue reading →
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 →