For most people, when they think of a magnet they think of a simple item that sticks to a refrigerator door, or a clasp that holds a piece of jewelry together.
But there is a whole other world of magnets classified for industrial use. In fact, if you look around your home or office you’ll find a wide range of products that were produced or incorporated with an industrial magnet. These include everything from the speakers in your home audio/video system to the sensors in your automobile.
Manufacturers have specific requirements on magnet types, sizes, compositions and strength, depending on use. Among the most frequently used industrial magnets are those made from neodymium and samarium cobalt, also known as rare earth magnets, ceramic (ferrite) magnets, electromagnets and alnico magnets.
It’s a moment that comes at almost every trade show. You’ve been on the floor for five or six hours, viewing demonstrations, collecting business cards, and feeling so tired you don’t know if you can take another step.
At times like this, you could use a hug.
When you feel that need coming on in Las Vegas at SGIA, be sure to stop by the Adams booth (#4206). We’ll be giving out hugs for free. Continue reading
We knew wide format magnetic signs were an effective way of capturing customers’ attention; now, it seems they have captured the media’s attention as well.
The July 2014 issue of Digital Output magazine features a story by Cassandra Balentine on magnetic and magnetic-receptive media. Adams is proud to be prominently featured in this article, which explores the applications and benefits of these displays, and how they are rapidly gaining notice from a wide range of businesses.
It’s the combination of high-quality media, convenience and re-usability that has helped fuel the popularity of magnetic media and magnetic receptive offerings.
How’s this for the plot of a new disaster movie – the earth’s magnetic field begins to weaken, and then flips completely. The result? Flash floods, earthquakes, meteor showers and other natural and cosmic calamities, none of which prevent Tom Cruise from getting his family to safety. Title: Field of Screams.
The idea is less far-fetched than most epic blockbusters – in fact, it may be actually happening right now.
However, unlike our special effects-laden Hollywood version, there is no cause for alarm. The earth’s magnetic field has flipped before and it will flip again. Continue reading
Magnetic viewing film (also called magnetic viewing paper) is made of millions of tiny magnetic flakes suspended in clear oil. This oil is then sandwiched between two sheets of plastic. The magnetic viewing film can then be used to “see” the pattern of magnetization.
When a magnet is placed under the viewing film, the tiny metal flakes respond to the magnetic field, forming shapes similar to the pattern of magnetization. The white line(s) show the separation between the north and south poles of the magnet. Add a ruler to the equation and you can measure poles per inch. Continue reading
Many companies that work with magnets in manufacturing use the term ‘gauss’ every day.
Some may not know that the term has its origins in the work of a German mathematician named Carl Friedrich Gauss, who used mathematical principles to measure magnetism. Of course, you could probably get by without that particular trivia nugget. It’s more important to know what ‘gauss’ actually refers to, and what it does not mean. Surprisingly it is still an often misunderstood term, even among companies that rely on magnetic components. Continue reading
Global Purchasing presents its Top 50 Electronics Distributors report each May, providing a look at the largest players in the electronics distribution market.
This is the first year Adams has been recognized in the Global Purchasing distributor ranking, coming in at rank 32 of 50. Adams also supports elements of the magnetics supply chains for several of the companies on the list. Adams delivers, soft magnetic components, permanent magnets in customized supply chain solutions to the manufacturing market for electronic components and equipment.
The full list and supporting article can be accessed at globalpurchasing.com/top-50-electronics-distributors-home.
Ferroxcube has just released material 3C98 : new best in class medium frequency power conversion material, making a break-through on the key parameters of power ferrites:
- extremely low losses under high flux conditions (250 mw/cm3 at 100 kHz, 200 mT)
- high saturation flux: 530 mT
- loss at 100ºC, curve has been flattened, resulting in good performance at room temperature.
These characteristics are more remarkable in the frequency band below 200 kHz, though the operating frequency spans up to 400 kHz. Learn more, or contact us for samples.
With more than 600 pages, the 2013 EPCOS Data Book provides complete product information and data sheets on every EPCOS ferrite material, core or supporting accessory they offer .
The most recent edition has been revised and updated, with products like their new large K10 ring cores, which were designed for interference suppression in large manufacturing installations. Their extensive range of toroid mounts / ring core accessories are also listed, from base plates to housings. Continue reading
We’re Expanding Wide Format Magnet Production
Now, it’s easier than ever to create magnetic messages that demand attention.
Adams has added two new wide format magnet production lines that can fabricate wide format magnet sheet and magnet receptive materials up to 50” wide. That’s more than twice the size of the previous industry standard of 24 inches. Continue reading