uses of magnets

  1. Halbach Array for Electric Motors

    Halbach Array for Electric Motors
    Let’s talk about the Halbach Array. A phenomenon that was initially discovered in 1973, this arrangement of permanent magnets functions to make the magnetic field one side stronger while negating the opposite field to nearly zero. For comparison, with a single magnet, you will have equal strength on either end. It wasn’t until the 1980s that a physicist applied the Halbach array as a means to focus particle beams, electrons, and lasers.  Continue reading →
  2. Permanent Magnets for Different Kinds of Sensors

    Permanent Magnets for Different Kinds of Sensors
    Permanent magnets are used in a variety of sensor applications; but what exactly is a sensor? A sensor measures input from its environment and converts it into data. That data might be collected and interpreted visually by a person (e.g., glass thermometer), or electronically by a machine. Sensors measure all sorts of things, including distance, weight, temperature, proximity, position, velocity, direction, etc.  Continue reading →
  3. Three Ways To Use Industrial Magnets On Cruise Ships

    Three Ways To Use Industrial Magnets On Cruise Ships
    In a recent blog post, we shared three magnetic hacks to upgrade your cabin, such as using hook magnets to hang items or clip magnets to organize your stateroom. Similar to these hacks, there are many cruise ship hacks on an industrial level.  Because magnets can have a strong pull force, are weather-resistant and durable, and maintain their properties both indoors and outdoors, they are ideal to use on cruise ships. This is largely because many walls and surfaces are magnetic.  Continue reading →
  4. Robo-arms, Harpoons, and Revolving Magnets: The Race to Clean up Space Junk

    Robo-arms, Harpoons, and Revolving Magnets: The Race to Clean up Space Junk
    It’s sad but true—these days, we even have litter in space. That’s right, there’s been a rise in space junk that directly coincides with the number of private companies that are now capable of putting satellites in orbit. The US space agency says there are more than 100 million pieces of space junk and debris currently in orbit. Aside from being a somewhat shameful introduction to the final frontier, space junk also presents a series of perils to astronauts and even us back on Earth.  Continue reading →
  5. Magnetic Locks: How they Work and Their Uses

    Magnetic Locks: How they Work and Their Uses
    More and more, we are seeing properties gravitate to the use of electromagnetic locks in their buildings. With their ease of installation, security, and fast building access, it’s no question why these types of locks are becoming a popular option. Continue reading →
  6. How to Make Magnetic Dish Towels

    How to Make Magnetic Dish Towels
    When you’re in the kitchen making dinner or cleaning up, do you ever find yourself struggling to remember where you put the dish towel? You turn right, you turn left, you make a full circle, and only then do you finally find it all the way down the counter. By sewing a magnet into your dish towels, you give yourself the option to stick it in the most convenient places — the fridge or the dishwasher.  Continue reading →
  7. Magnets and Chicken Nuggets — The Crossover You Never Knew You Needed

    Magnets and Chicken Nuggets — The Crossover You Never Knew You Needed
    Magnets and chicken nuggets — What could be more well-loved? But do you know the connection? Magnets have long been critical in the food industry, helping with sorting and separating any metal scrap away from product, but they’re also involved in research and testing related to food quality and consistency. We’re not just talking about any food, but chicken nuggets specifically. Continue reading →
  8. Make Your Own DIY Magnetic Ball

    Make Your Own DIY Magnetic Ball
    In America today, over 38% of households own at least one dog. If your home isn’t complete without man’s best friend, you understand that not only will dog parents do anything for their dog, but they’ll spend almost any amount of money to do so. Whether you’re training an 8-week-old bundle of fluff with endless energy or teaching your old dog a new trick, magnetic dog balls are the perfect, cost-effective toy to train without the hassle. Continue reading →
  9. Solving Earth’s Space Debris Crisis With Magnets

    Solving Earth’s Space Debris Crisis With Magnets
    Similar to waste management concerns here on earth is the space debris crisis currently happening above our atmosphere. Traveling at speeds in excess of 17,500 mph, NASA reports over 27,000 pieces of space debris currently orbiting earth with a radius greater than 8”. These and other smaller pieces of space debris are direct threats to satellite and spacecraft operations, given the intense speed they are traveling.  Continue reading →
  10. Make Your Own Magnetic Fishing Game

    Make Your Own Magnetic Fishing Game
    With summer only halfway over and the boredom starting to set in, you’re likely desperate to find activities that don’t involve the latest video game or tv series. If that’s you right now, we have a fun and easy DIY magnetic fishing game your kids are going to love made with supplies you can find around your house. And depending on the size of your family, this activity is easily customizable for large or small crowds!  Continue reading →

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