New Hi-Flux Powder Core Material from Micrometals-Arnold

Micrometals-Arnopowder-coresld Powder Cores is now offering a new core material option, Optilloy™ – optimized alloy powder.  This material was developed to bridge the gap in performance between the Super-MSS™ Sendust material and the Hi-Flux material.  Optilloy™ has similar DC saturation performance to Hi-Flux, yet has core losses that are similar to Super-MSS™ Sendust.  Optilloy™ will be offered in six permeabilities: 14, 26, 60, 75, 90 and 125.

Micrometals-Arnold is also publishing a new catalog next month.  To request a copy, or for more information on Optilloy™ or other Micrometals-Arnold products, please contact Keith Hook at 800-747-7543.

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The Reality of Supply & Demand

Price increases and order delays.  No company wants to be responsible for them, and no buyer wants to be inconvenienced by them.
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However, sometimes such occurrences are inevitable, and the magnet production industry is currently struggling with these issues.  As a global leader, Adams has been able to limit their impact more than other companies during these industry-wide challenges. But over the past few months even we have not been immune to the realities of the global economic situation.

If you’ve placed an order recently, you may have noticed that we are experiencing price increases and lead time extensions on some of our magnetic assemblies. As a valued customer you deserve to know why these things are happening. Continue reading

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Consulting With Clients on Vehicle Sign Projects

Important questions to ask before magnet production

carsignsFor any successful signage project, communication with clients is critical, and magnets are no different. Though magnets are a low-maintenance signage option, there are still certain considerations to ensure your clients are receiving the best products available. From manufacturing to application, there are elements that can directly affect how the magnet performs in various environments, and they must be identified before you even begin production. Continue reading

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Question: What’s the best method or type of tool used to cut .030″ thick magnet sheets?

utility knife careful cuttingQuestion: Justin writes: I was wondering the method or type of tool used to cut .030″ thick magnet sheets? I have an art project and was wondering the best, most clean way to cut the sheet so that it leaves the smoothest edges possible. What do you use for cutting them? Thanks

Answer: Hello Justin. Thank you for the question.  There are a number of ways you can accomplish your goal.  We use special equipment which is designed specifically for use with magnetic sheet.  It is highly automated and developed to handle large volume production runs and may not be a feasible solution for you.  Instead, I think you would be better served by using one of two fairly simple methods. Continue reading

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Question: What is the best magnetic product to use for Car Magnets?

carwithmagnet_350Question: David Sharpe writes:  We have a flatbed printer and solvent printer and we are looking for the best magnetic product to use for Car Magnets. One of our clients just had some of the ones that we are using blow off of her car.

Answer: Unfortunately, this issue is not as uncommon as you would think, mostly because there are a number of possible contributing factors.  However, let’s start by addressing your question specifically.

When making magnetic car signs we first have to be concerned with the thickness of the magnetic sheet.  Its thickness is directly related to its strength (pounds of pull).  It has been universally accepted throughout our industry that the minimum acceptable thickness for automobile signs is .030”, also commonly referred to as 30mil.  Anything less than .030” may not provide the pounds of pull required to withstand the external forces an automobile sign is subjected to.
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Question: What is a good way to incorporate greeting cards and refrigerator magnets?

refrigerator-magnetsQuestion: Deborah Foster writes: We have a greeting card company and want to expand to refrigerator magnets. What is the least expensive way to get into this and the least labor intensive?

Answer: There are several ways you could expand into refrigerator magnets.  A few ideas include:

1. Tipping or gluing printed magnets into your existing card designs.  The magnets could match the artwork of your current card designs.
2. Adding a magnet strip to the inside front cover of existing card designs.  This would work well if you offer cards that have photo frames incorporated into the cover.  Adams can provide magnetic strips with adhesive pre-cut or scored to the desired size.
3. You could expand into postcard greetings that have magnets glued or laminated to them.

If you want an easy and inexpensive way to make prototypes of your refrigerator magnet ideas, you can use our PrintMAG magnet sheet in your ink jet printer to make mock-ups.

There are companies like Magnetic Attractions or Rainbow Magnetics who print magnets and can package them in bulk or individually for retail, or they can tip/glue and laminate them to card stock.  They can even print the card stock if you like.

Please let us know if you’d like to see samples of what we describe above, or if you have any additional questions.  If you’d like to discuss any of this in person, please give us a call at 800-222-6686.  Thanks Deborah!

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Guidelines for shipping magnets via air transportation

We are often asked about shipping magnets by air, and thought we’d take a minute to write about it.  Adams Magnetic Products’ general policy is to ship all magnetized products using ground transportation.  When necessary, we can prepare magnets for air shipment with sufficient shielding to make sure they travel safely.

In order for magnets to be shipped by air: Flux measurements of all packages containing magnets must measure less than 0.00525 gauss 15 feet from the package.  When not packaged properly for air shipment purposes, magnets are considered “dangerous goods” and the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) must be followed.

Packaging magnetic materials for air shipment must be accomplished considering the above. Powerful magnetic components and assemblies need to be shielded so that magnetic fields will meet air shipment criteria.  We recommend that you consult your carrier for more information and guidelines.

An example of how magnetic fields can be contained is illustrated in the images below.

Unshielded Magnet

Unshielded Magnet

Shielded Magnet

Shielded Magnet

Important: This post does not fully state the regulations. The information provided herein is intended to inform that FAA and IATA regulations exist and that they should be understood before shipping magnets by air.

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Introducing new TabMAG neodymium discs with tabbed adhesive liner

TabMAG Neo Disc

TabMAG Neo Disc

We’ve expanded our neodymium (Neo) magnetic to include these powerful, compact magnetic discs with adhesive backing and a new, easy pull-tab. The liner covering the adhesive on these strong TabMAG Neo magnets has a protruding tab for easy removal. Once removed, the adhesive is exposed and the magnet can be quickly applied to packaging, displays, fixtures and other closure or presentation applications.
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