Magnet Applications - News Feed en-us http://www.magnetapplications.com/ Recent news posted on the Magnet Applications Website. <![CDATA[Nov. 11, 2017 - Employment Opportunity: New Business Development Manager]]> http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/nov-11-2017-employment-opportunity-new-business-development-manager http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/nov-11-2017-employment-opportunity-new-business-development-manager New Business Development Manager – Magnet Applications, Inc.

Date Posted: 11/20/17
Position Location: DuBois, PA

Job Description

Magnet Applications® Inc. is seeking a New Business Development Manager with a demonstrated track-record of developing sales growth in the OEM market using complex, solution-based selling approaches. The ideal candidate will be an outgoing and vibrant speaker with a “hunter” style personality.

This position reports directly to the Sales Manager and can be located most anywhere in the United States.

Magnet Applications®, Inc. is a leading provider of compression bonded magnets, injection molded magnets and magnetic technical assemblies to the automotive, medical, defense and aerospace industries with design, engineering and manufacturing services located in Pennsylvania. To find out more about the products and services we offer, visit our website at www.MagnetApplications.com.

Responsibilities and Qualifications:

• Responsible for developing new OEM sales of the company’s products in the United States.
• Excellent communication and presentation skills to educate potential new and existing clients with the company’s products and services; for the purpose of acquiring new business opportunities.
• Establish long-term client relationships, interfacing with customers on a regular basis.
• Bachelor’s Degree in business, engineering or related field; required.
• At least 3 to 5 years in OEM sales and successful outside sales management; preferably an allied OEM type industry.
• Knowledge and experience selling permanent magnet material products; preferred.
• Demonstrated technical aptitude and understanding of engineering concepts.
• Familiarity working in an ERP system and CRM.
• Extensive travel throughout the U.S., required.

This full time position offers a competitive compensation package plus benefits. Interested and qualified candidates should send a detailed resume to jobs@magnetus.com.

EOE

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<![CDATA[October 10, 2017 - NdFeB Magnet Patents: Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave]]> http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/october-10-2017-ndfeb-magnet-patents-oh-what-a-tangled-web-we-weave http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/october-10-2017-ndfeb-magnet-patents-oh-what-a-tangled-web-we-weave By a strange coincidence permanent magnets based on the Nd2Fe14B tetragonal compound were discovered, and the key inventive claims were filed, during 1982 by both General Motors Corporation (GMC) and Sumitomo Special Metals Corporation (SSMC). SSMC was later to form a JV with Hitachi and eventually merged as Hitachi Metals in 2007. So fast forward to 2017, 35 years later, and we are still litigating patent rights related to NdFeB materials and technologies; how is this possible! Well from its birth NdFeB was a subject of controversy about who was first to discover, competing technologies and complex IP claims. In addition to GMC and SSMC, researchers at the Naval Research Labs. and several academic groups publically claimed the discovery of similar hard magnet compositions at the 1983 Magnetism and Magnetic Materials conference in Pittsburgh. Inevitably the large corporations won these initial legal skirmishes. However, competing patents were filed by SSMC and GMC in different jurisdictions, which ultimately led to the two companies entering into a cross-license agreement. Magnequench (MQ) which was formed by GMC in 1985 to develop this business was granted the rights to make and market rapidly solidified REFeB powders and magnets produced from such powder, included in which was a license under the SSMC patents.

During the second half of the 1980’s and early 1990’s several magnet companies reached licensing agreements with SSMC to manufacture and sell sintered NdFeB magnets in specific markets and regions which for a time did create some order and stability in the industry. However, this was to change with the growth of the Chinese magnet industry and the desire of the patent holders (and licensees) to protect the US market from disruption by unlicensed product.

What followed was a series of complaints being filed requesting Section 337 investigations to be conducted by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). Section 337 investigations most often involve claims regarding intellectual property rights, including allegations of patent infringement and trademark infringement by imported goods. The first of which began with Crucible Materials Corporation filing a complaint in February, 1995 resulting in the USITC investigation 337-TA-372 The respondents included San Huan, Ningbo Konit, Tridus and five other companies. The main Crucible patent cited was U.S. Patent No. 4,588,439 (which expired in May 2005). The ‘439 patent claimed a range of oxygen content in NdFeB magnets which was a composition common in sintered magnets at that time. The San Huan entities entered into a consent order with subsequent enforcement proceeding in 1996 by Crucible against the San Huan entities when San Huan was found in violation of the consent order.

Next in July, 1998 SSMC and MQ filed a complaint against several US, Chinese and Taiwanese companies. The cited patent was U.S. Patent No. 5,645,651 which itself was controversial within the industry as it was considered to be a repackaging of the original 1982 (priority date) composition patents of SSMC. The USITC initiated investigation 337-TA-413 which resulted in a general exclusion order being issued. However the Chinese respondents Jing Ma and Xin Huan defaulted.

Then litigation took a back seat until 2012 when Hitachi Metals Limited (HML) the successor of SSMC began flexing its legal muscles. It’s instructive to see how patent application activity and patent enforcement is a key strategic element of Hitachi’s corporate business planning as detailed in this 2014 Hitachi corporate presentation www.hitachi.com/IR-e/library/presentation/140410/140410a.pdf.

At the beginning of this decade the magnet industry was eagerly anticipating the expiration of the ‘651 patent; the last remaining basic NdFe(Co)B compositional patent. Both magnet users and suppliers were expecting significantly increased competition in the US market with the expiration of this patent. Then in August 2012 out of the blue HML filed a complaint with the USITC (a few months after announcing their plans to build an NdFeB plant in the US) against 29 manufacturers and importers of RE magnets and products containing RE magnets. Respondents were not only Chinese magnet manufacturers and magnet distributors but device manufacturers including major headphones, motors, speakers, electric tools and golf equipment OEM’s. 4 US patents were cited in the complaint; 6,461,565, 6,491,765, 6,527,874 and 6,537,385. In September 2012 the USITC instituted a section 337 investigation (337-TA-855); multiple law firms and dozens of attorneys were involved. The key claims of the 4 cited patents are as follows:

‘565- Temperature and humidity control in the press room

‘874 – Effect of Nb.

‘765 and ‘565 – Particle removal during jet milling

During the ensuing months the 5 original licensed Chinese manufacturers (plus 3 others) agreed to new terms under the cited patents. A matter of days before the scheduled July 2013 trial HML announced that settlement agreements had been reached with all parties and withdraw the petition to the USITC Therefore there was no day in court to determine validity of the cited patents. Many in the industry felt that both the prior art was very compiling and the novelty of the invention was overstated and were disappointed that the validity of the patents would not be argued at trial.

Then in August 2013 it was announced that “a dozen Chinese rare earth magnet companies have formed an industrial alliance to sue Japan’s Hitachi Metals for holding invalid patents and infringing patent rights of Chinese companies”. This led to the filing of a petition for Inter Partes Review (IPR) of certain claims of ‘765 and ‘385 with the USPTO on August 11, 2014. IPR is a relatively new and streamlined process to challenge the claims of issued patents and is intended to be fast track process (at least on a geological timescale). The IPR’s were granted by Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on February 2015 and once again the battle began between the attorneys. Finally in February 2016 the PTAB ruled that the challenged claim were unpatentable (or invalid). So case closed; well not so fast. Like much of our legal system the patent holder has the right to appeal and sure enough just before the deadline HML filed an appeal to the Federal Circuit Court. So in April 2017 the appeals court announced their decision. The court affirmed most of the conclusions that lower courts had previously ruled in the “Hitachi Metals, Ltd. v. Alliance of Rare-Earth Industry” case. In a 22-page opinion, the three-judge panel said that the PTAB was correct in finding that three claims of one of Hitachi Metals Ltd.’s patents would have been obvious over prior art. On every issue, the federal court upheld the PTAB’s decision of invalidity of the challenged claims except claims 3 and 4 of the ’765 patent. The Federal Circuit says the PTAB has to reconsider whether those claims requiring some amount of oxygen in the high speed gas in the jet mill are obvious. The reasons are complicated, but basically they’re saying they interpreted that claim too broadly to include the particle separation stage, and it should be limited to the actual milling stage. So now back down to the PTAB for them to rethink Claims 3 and 4. All in all, a good result for the Alliance.

On April 24, 2017, three Chinese companies (DMEGC, Zhejiang Innuovo and Zhejiang Dongyang East Magnetic Rare Earth) filed IPR petitions challenging HML’s US patents ‘565 and ’874. A ruling by the PTAB to allow a review is expected before the end of the year.

I do want to mention a patent challenge that has not received much publicity but illustrates the difficulty and frustration of challenging an issued patent. In December 2009 the PTAB ruled that several claims of the ’651 patent (remember the last basic compositional and structural patent) were invalid because of double patenting i.e. prior art of the patent holder. So HML sensibly took all the legal appeal steps to run the clock out up to appealing at the Federal circuit court. So first the good news; the appeals court ruled “For the reasons stated above, we affirm the judgment of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board rejecting claims 1, 2, 6, 7, and 15-24 of Hitachi’s U.S. Patent No. 5,645,651 in ex parte reexamination Control No. 90/010,759 for obviousness-type double patenting over claims 1, 3, 13, 16, 29 and 34 of U.S. Patent No. 4,792,368.” The bad news is that the ruling was dated March 2015 and the patent had elapsed on July 2014!

So what to expect next? Well the recent rulings by PTAB and the Federal appeals court have definitely weakened the legitimacy of HML’s challenged patents and arguably cast doubt on their entire portfolio. However, it’s an open secret that unlicensed NdFeB product is entering the US market as magnets, devices or finished product and it’s hard to believe that the current HML licensees ae not pressuring HML to take some action…….we will see what happens. What’s the next big challenge? We are seeing a increase in RE prices that in my opinion will benefit the Dy-diffusion processes developed by the major suppliers to reduce the Dy content in high temperature magnet grades. So it’s likely these companies will be active in protecting their IP and competitive advantage against anyone perceived as infringing

So what to conclude? Well the legal profession (and expert witnesses like yours truly) have profited from both the challenges and defense of NdFeB IP coupled with the complexity of our patent system. It is obvious that patents are being issued that in my opinion do not meet the hurdle of the novelty requirement that is the foundation of the patent system. This is not a criticism of the quality and dedication of the patent examiners at the USPTO; the issues are there are not enough examiners to handle the flood of applications and perhaps clearer guidelines and higher hurdles need to be written for what constitutes novelty and invention. In my opinion our current system places the responsibility for critical and timely review and the challenge of claimed inventions at the application stage by the magnet industry and other stakeholders. This will take a dedicated and knowledgeable resource to implement.

Dr. John Ormerod is Technical Adviser to Magnet Applications.

Questions? Send us an email at Sales@MagnetUS.com.

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<![CDATA[September 21, 2017 - Don't Miss Us In Chicago At CWIEME 2017]]> http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/september-21-2017-dont-miss-us-in-chicago-at-cwieme-2017 http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/september-21-2017-dont-miss-us-in-chicago-at-cwieme-2017 Your product – whether a car, industrial equipment or home appliance – starts with the motor. And building the best motor starts with Magnet Applications. We are the only North American manufacturer of compression bonded, injection molded and hybrid magnets. In addition to manufacturing magnets – including the new 11 MGOe high strength compression magnet – we design and build simple to the most complex magnetic assemblies. Our team of experts work with you from project inception to completion. We regularly perform 2D and 3D magnetic modeling to determine your need, provide rapid prototypes, manufacture magnets or magnetic assemblies in any quantity, perform extensive quality checks (even winning quality awards from major customers), and work diligently to meet your delivery date.

Stop by our booth to see why Magnet Applications is your go-to source to get your product going.

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<![CDATA[September 6, 2017 - MAGNET APPLICATIONS, INC. NAMES JIM RUNDO SALES MANAGER]]> http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/september-6-2017-magnet-applications-inc-names-jim-rundo-sales-manager http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/september-6-2017-magnet-applications-inc-names-jim-rundo-sales-manager DUBOIS, PA – Magnet Applications®, Inc., a leading provider of compression bonded magnets, injection molded magnets and magnetic technical assemblies to the automotive, medical, defense and aerospace industries, today announced that Jim Rundo has been hired as the company’s new sales manager. As Sales Manager, Rundo will lead the company’s sales team and oversee sales strategies throughout North America and targeted export markets.

Rundo assumes the role, which has been held by magnetics industry veteran, Mike Miller, for 25 years. Miller has announced his retirement effective February 2018. “Over his long career with Magnet Applications, Mike has built an unrivaled reputation for his passion and devotion to finding magnetic solutions for our customers,” commented Don Lindstrom, General Manager, Magnet Applications, Inc. “His leadership has played a critical role in our growth over the last several years. We are thrilled, however, that Mike will be working with Jim over the next several months to ensure a seamless transition to our customers and operations.”

Regarding Jim Rundo, Lindstrom commented, “Jim will be an outstanding addition to our management team, as he brings a deep blend of industrial business development, market growth strategies and customer service experience, including in the power magnetic solution industry. I know he will work tirelessly with our sales team to broaden our reach while serving the needs of our current customers.”

Rundo was formerly New Business Development Manager for AirBorn, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of specialized connectors and electronic components. Prior to AirBorn, Inc., he was Sales Manager for the Schaffner Group, a developer of custom power magnetic solutions for single and multi-phase power applications.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University and an MBA from Regis University.

“With the explosion of industry advancements in automotive, medical and defense, Magnet Applications has a great opportunity to advance its market position. I’m excited to be working at a company that’s truly on the move and eager to work with sales and marketing, roll up our sleeves and push the company forward,” said Rundo.

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<![CDATA[July 17, 2017 - MAGNET APPLICATIONS, INC. AWARDED ITAR CERTIFICATION]]> http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/july-17-2017-magnet-applications-inc-awarded-itar-certification http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/july-17-2017-magnet-applications-inc-awarded-itar-certification DUBOIS, PA – Magnet Applications®, Inc., a leading provider of compression bonded magnets, injection molded magnets and magnetic assemblies to the automotive, medical, defense and aerospace industries, today announced it has once again received the official International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) certification from the U.S. Department of State. ITAR is required to do projects with military or defense customers.

“Magnet Applications has decades of experience in magnet and magnetic assembly design and manufacturing for military, aerospace and defense projects,” explained Don Lindstrom, General Manager, Magnet Applications, Inc. “Having us once again ITAR registered, together with our ISO and ROHS certifications, proves our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction while opening up new opportunities to work on military projects,” Lindstrom continued.

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<![CDATA[July 10, 2017 - MAGNET APPLICATIONS, INC. EXPANDS ITS ONLINE TECH CENTER AND LAUNCHES CALCULATOR APPS]]> http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/july-10-2017-magnet-applications-inc-expands-its-online-tech-center-and-launches-calculator-apps http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/july-10-2017-magnet-applications-inc-expands-its-online-tech-center-and-launches-calculator-apps DUBOIS, PA – Magnet Applications®, Inc., a leading provider of compression bonded magnets, injection molded magnets and magnetic assemblies to the automotive, medical, defense and aerospace industries, today announced an expanded online Tech Center and new downloadable calculator apps for Apple iPhone and Android devices.

In the Tech Center, available at magnetapplications.com, customers have access to Magnet Applications Articles & Presentations on topics such as What’s New In Materials, How To Select The Optimal Permanent Magnet and Status of Bonded Magnets Exclusive Tech Briefs including The Application of Permanent Magnets in Magnetic Sensors an in-depth magnetic glossary and all-new Magnetic Calculators to calculate field strength, unit conversions and holding force for disc, ring and block magnets.

“Our website was designed to provide the ultimate customer experience with detailed capabilities, content, technical information, product information and images, and easy functionality throughout,” describes Don Lindstrom, General Manager, Magnet Applications, Inc. “For the engineer researching magnet or magnetic assembly design and manufacturing, we also want to be their one-stop source for information to assist them in their product development. Our new calculators and growing technical content helps develop this partnership,” Lindstrom added.

In addition, the company launched new downloadable calculator apps for Apple and Android devices. The apps can be used without internet connection and provide expert calculations from any smartphone or device.

“The product development process is increasingly demanding,” said Lindstrom. “Today, we turn to mobile devices and technology to help us design, do business and more. This app will be a helpful tool for designers, engineers and our sales team alike that need information on the go.”

The free app, currently available for iPhone and Android devices, can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

Get it for Android:

Get it for iPhone:

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<![CDATA[May 16, 2017 - MAGNET APPLICATIONS, INC. ANNOUNCES MAJOR PRODUCT UPGRADE WITH ITS NEW B12 NEODYMIUM COMPRESSION BONDED MAGNETS]]> http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/may-16-2017-magnet-applications-inc-announces-major-product-upgrade-with-its-new-b12-neodymium-compression-bonded-magnets http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/may-16-2017-magnet-applications-inc-announces-major-product-upgrade-with-its-new-b12-neodymium-compression-bonded-magnets DUBOIS, PA – Magnet Applications®, Inc., a leading provider of compression bonded magnets, injection molded magnets and magnetic assemblies to the automotive, medical, defense and aerospace industries, today announced the release of a major upgrade to its industry-leading neodymium compression bonded magnet product offerings – the all-new high energy B12. The new B12 has a typical maximum energy product, (BH)max, of approximately 12 MGOe compared to the previous generation of 10 MGOe.

The (BH)max of a bonded magnet is determined by the density and the volume fraction of the magnetic material phase present in the magnet body. By optimizing the particle size, particle distribution, chemistry, process and pressing conditions, Magnet Applications engineers have achieved a breakthrough in performance.

“This significantly improved design has a 10% improvement in flux density than our previous generation of 10MGOe,” described Bob Fredette, Applications Engineer, who developed the new B12 neodymium compression bonded magnet, “This higher performance will support the increasingly demanding designs for PM motors, encoders and magnetic sensors in several industrial applications.”

Magnet Applications, Inc. expects to see the new magnet in motors for automobiles, transportation, aerospace, defense and other high-heat environments due to its strength and operating temperature. B12 has a maximum operating temperature of 150°C is available in nearly any geometry and size.

B12 Specifications

Property Unit Value Remanence, Br Gauss 7,200 – 7,800 Tesla 0.72 – 0.78 Normal Coercivity, Hc Oersted 5,900 – 6,500 kA/m 477 – 517 Intrinsic Coercivity, HcJ Oersted >9,000 kA/m >716 Maximum Energy Product MGOe 10.8 – 12.2 (BH)max kj/m3 86 – 97 Density g/cm3 >6.0 Maximum Operating Temperature Celsius 150 ]]>
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<![CDATA[January 27, 2017 - IS THERE AN OPTIMUM PRICE-PERFORMANCE METRIC FOR PERMANENT MAGNET MATERIALS?]]> http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/january-27-2017-is-there-an-optimum-price-performance-metric-for-permanent-magnet-materials http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/january-27-2017-is-there-an-optimum-price-performance-metric-for-permanent-magnet-materials Attend any magnetics conference or seminar and I can guarantee a slide will appear in someone’s presentation showing something along the lines of the year of introduction of a permanent magnet material versus the corresponding (BH)max. I know when I am presenting I always use a variant of the figure shown below:

The one thing I always point out is that it’s now been 35 years since the last significant new material was announced by Sumitomo Special Metals and General Motors; namely materials based on the Nd2Fe14B tetragonal compound. This despite untold hours and $’s spent on a search for the next big thing in permanent magnets.

So why the fascination/obsession with (BH)max? Well it is an useful and practical index of permanent magnet performance since to a first approximation the higher the (BH)max value the smaller the volume of magnet required to generate a given flux density in a air gap. Of course it’s a bit more complicated than that but this is intended to be a short blog not a textbook plus I haven’t figured out how type out equations in LinkedIn!

There are a lot of other criteria to consider when either selecting the right magnet for an application or understanding the degree of commercial success of a particular material in the market. Some of the considerations are shown below:

However, it occurs to me that there is some price-performance sweet spot that determines the degree of market success that is not expressed in the above list of criteria. This magic index is the subject of this article.

Today, there are 4 major classes of basic magnet material in commercial production; alnico, NdFeB, SmCo and ferrite. In addition there is a subset of products known as bonded magnets that combine these basic magnetic material powders in a non-magnetic binder. Most commonly used magnetic powders are ferrite and isotropic NdFeB. It’s become standard to think of all these material options as providing a continuum of (BH)max performance from 1 MGOe (isotropic ferrite) to 55 MGOe or higher (sintered NdFeB) except for a small gap between 12 MGOe (bonded NdFeB) and 18 MGOe (SmCo5). However, typically the relative market shares of these materials are not included in these discussion and hence no weighting is given to the relative commercial significance of the material options. The table below gives my estimate/guess of the global markets for these materials:

As can be seen two materials (sintered NdFeB and ferrite) account for over 90% of the market. The rest are all less than 5%; by my arbitrary definition they are niche materials. The two mass market (again by my arbitrary definition) magnets are ferrite and sintered NdFeB and yet they have dramatically different properties and performance characteristics. So if you are developing a magnet for the mass market I argue the performance gap is actually between 5.5 MGOe and 35 MGOe; a much larger gap than is typically discussed.

So I started wondering is there a metric that might indicate whether a material is destined to be a niche player or mass market behemoth. In the table below I simply divided the average price per kg by the typical (BH)max of the material to give a number with the ugly units of $.MGOe/kg. Interestingly the two mass market materials have similar values; the niche materials have values that are higher by at least 60%. My theory is that if the price-performance ratio is optimum then the market will figure out a way to fix or design around the disadvantages of the material e.g. low temperature demagnetization of ferrite, poor corrosion resistance of NdFeB. If the price-performance ratio is not optimum than the material remains a niche product since the market is less inclined to find a solution to the limitations.

So I will be the first to admit that this could be some arithmetical coincidence and as we all know correlation does not mean causation but still it’s worth pondering. Plus my market estimates could be far from reality which since it forms the basis for this analysis this makes it problematic. However, with all the continuing effort and resources being devoted to find the next big thing in permanent magnets it might be worth for the various academic, governmental and commercial researchers to do a back of a chewing gum packet (cigarettes are bad for you) estimate of the production cost and see where your $.MGOe/kg value falls. Is your work likely to produce a niche product (not that there’s anything wrong with that) or does it have the magic to be a mass market product.

Let me finish by saying I am only a mere metallurgist and not an economist so this is a very simplistic analysis (that’s probably an understatement) which I doubt will ever be considered by the HBR! However, I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments. I can be reached at sales@MagnetUS.com.

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<![CDATA[December 2, 2016 - MAGNET APPLICATIONS, INC. TECHNICAL ADVISOR TO SPEAK AT MAGNETICS 2017]]> http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/december-2-2016-magnet-applications-inc-technical-advisor-to-speak-at-magnetics-2017 http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/december-2-2016-magnet-applications-inc-technical-advisor-to-speak-at-magnetics-2017 DUBOIS, PA – Magnet Applications®, Inc., the only North American manufacturer of compression bonded magnets and a leading manufacturer of injection molded magnets, hybrid magnets and magnetic assemblies, today announced that Dr. John Ormerod, the company’s senior technology advisor, will speak at Magnetics 2017, held in Orlando, FL, January 18-19.

Magnetics 2017 is a global event that brings together worldwide magnetics experts to understand the latest advancements in in magnetic applications, technology and materials. The event is attended by hundreds of OEMs design engineers, application engineers and scientists from around the globe.

Dr. Ormerod, who has nearly forty years of experience in magnetics and a PhD in Metallurgy from the University of Manchester, plans to discuss the latest developments in Dy-diffused high temperature NdFeB grade magnets, NdFeB radially oriented rings, Fe16N2, higher energy bonded magnets and additive manufacturing (3D printed) magnets. An update on the permanent magnet market and latest status of the Hitachi Metals patent litigation will also be presented.

For more information on Magnetics 2017, visit: www.magneticsmagazine.com/conferences/

Magnet Applications, Inc. is a Bunting® Magnetics Co. In addition to serving as Senior Technology Advisory for Magnet Applications, Dr. Ormerod is an advisory board member for Bunting Magnetics Co.

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<![CDATA[November 29, 2016 - MAGNET APPLICATIONS, INC. ADVANCES 3D PRINTED NdFeB MAGNETS ]]> http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/november-29-2016-magnet-applications-inc-advances-3d-printed-ndfeb-magnets http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/november-29-2016-magnet-applications-inc-advances-3d-printed-ndfeb-magnets DUBOIS, PA – Magnet Applications®, Inc., the only North American manufacturer of compression bonded magnets and a leading manufacturer of injection molded magnets, hybrid magnets and magnetic assemblies, today announced a breakthrough in 3D printed neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) magnets. Engineers from Magnet Applications, working together with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have proven that permanent magnets produced by additive manufacturing (commonly referred to a “3D Printing”) outperform bonded magnets using traditional methods with less waste.

Magnet Applications, Inc., a Bunting® Magnetics Company, manufactured the starting composite pellets with 65 volume percent isotropic NdFeB powder and 35 percent polyamide nylon-12 binder in a precise ratio, blended to a consistent texture. The 3D printing was performed at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM system). Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a Tennessee-based science and technology laboratory managed by the United States Department of Energy. The complete study is published in Scientific Reports.

“Additive manufacturing in magnets provides multiple benefits,” commented Dr. John Ormerod, Senior Technical Advisor, Magnet Application, Inc. “They have more design flexibility, which is especially beneficial in sensor technology and it creates less waste than in the traditional sintering process.”

NdFeB magnets are the most powerful on earth, and used in everything from robotics, wind turbines, electric vehicles, cell phones, electric motors and other consumer and industrial equipment.

“With rapidly advancing technologies, the ability to manufacture the strongest magnet available in any shape without tooling, in any quantity, unleashes so many design opportunities. The work has demonstrated the potential of additive manufacturing to be applied to wide range of magnetic materials and assemblies,” Ormerod continued.

“Magnet Applications and many of our customers are excited to explore the commercial impact of this technology in the future,” he added.

With control over the size and shape of the magnet – as well as the magnetic field – further research will include printing magnets in various strengths with preferred direction of magnetization.

Contributing to the project were Ling Li, Angelica Tirado, Orlando Rios, Brian Post, Vlastimil Kunc, R. R. Lowden, Edgar Lara-Curzio at ORNL, as well as researchers I. C. Nlebedim and Thomas Lograsso working with CMI at Ames Laboratory. Robert Fredette and John Ormerod from Magnet Applications Inc. (MAI) contributed to the project through an MDF technology collaboration. The DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office provides support for ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, a public-private partnership to engage industry with national labs.

CLICK HERE to view on the Nature website.

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<![CDATA[September 21, 2016 - HOW TO ASSURE EVERY RARE EARTH (OR ANY) MAGNET MEETS YOUR REQUIREMENTS 100 PERCENT OF THE TIME]]> http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/september-21-2016-how-to-assure-every-rare-earth-or-any-magnet-meets-your-requirements-100-percent-of-the-time http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/september-21-2016-how-to-assure-every-rare-earth-or-any-magnet-meets-your-requirements-100-percent-of-the-time So you have designed and thoroughly tested your revolutionary new magnetic device and are ready to place an order with your chosen magnet supplier. How do you assure the magnets you receive will meet your (and your customers) requirements 100 percent of the time?

Like any engineered product, the first and most important task is to develop a set of documents that provide a detailed and clear definition of your requirements; these should include GD and T drawings, descriptions of all magnetic, mechanical, environmental and thermal specifications and an explanation of test methods including gauges, fixtures and equipment. It’s also useful to include any relevant quality and testing standards. A very important point to make here is that the development of the total magnet specification should be done jointly with the magnet supplier at the earliest possible time in the application development process. This allows a mutually accepted specification to be developed that meets your requirements while at the same time, by recognizing inherent magnet process limitations, provides the most cost effective solution.

JOC LLC has developed a tool and methodology (REassure) that utilizes a series of templates describing the four critical quality process elements in the magnet manufacturing process. The elements are; process control, product control, calibration and records. Detailed templates are developed for every process step in the supplier’s manufacturing process including sub-suppliers e.g. magnet plating and coating. REassure is based on ISO/TS 16949 QMS process audit practices combined with more than 30 years experience in the magnet industry and automotive supply chain.

What follows is an example of the REassure methodology as applied to a typical rare earth magnet product. The generic process steps for rare earth magnet (NdFeB) manufacturing are shown below.

Generic Process for Rare Earth (NdFeB) Sintered Magnet

The details of the process step are specific and engineered by each magnet manufacturer. For example, today most NdFeB magnet manufactures use strip casting to produce the alloy flakes; it has been found that this technique can consistently develop the optimum cast microstructure while requiring the minimum excess RE content over stoichiometry. Another example of a tailored process is the coarse pulverization stage. Nowadays this is typically performed using the common and well-known technique of hydrogen decrepitation. This is a chemical process that breakdown the alloy flakes to a coarse powder. The schematic below illustrates hydrogen decrepitation or coarse pulverization process.

Coarse Pulverization by Hydrogen Decrepitation

The process consist of introducing hydrogen gas into a chamber containing NdFeB alloy. The Nd-rich phases present at the grain boundaries absorbs the hydrogen initially resulting in a significant expansion of the crystal structure and embrittlement of the phase followed by the absorption of hydrogen by the primary main Nd2Fe14B phase. The resultant hydrided powder can have coarse particles typically < 1 millimeter (mm) and is extremely brittle and friable leading to high milling efficiencies for jet milling.

In this example of Reassure I will take one process step i.e. milling or fine pulverization by jet milling. The major objective of milling rare earth permanent magnet alloys is to produce a narrow size distribution of single crystal particles, i.e., individual particles containing no grain boundaries and therefore only one preferred axis of magnetization. This step must also be completed with the minimum contamination of the fine powder. There are many types of jet mills used in rare earth magnet manufacturing but the most common is the fluidized bed type shown schematically below.

Schematic of Fluidized Bed Jet Milling System

Using a combination of my experience of rare earth magnet manufacturing (beginning in 1979) and best quality systems practices we populate the four sections of the REassure template as shown below.

Example of REassure Template

These are the areas of control and documentation that the supplier audit targets for evidence and verification. Any specific process settings and product control values are determined using DFMEA and PFEMA tools and are normally detailed on control charts by the supplier.

The degree to which REassure is applied depends entirely on your tolerance of acceptable risk combined with the severity that an out of requirement magnet component causes in your application and at your customer.

JOC LLC can apply the REassure tool ranging from a basic desk audit to a multi-day on-site supplier audit. In all cases a full report and recommended areas for improvement will be provided. Our goal is to verify that the necessary manufacturing process control systems and methods are embedded and practiced at your supplier to assure the supplied magnetic products meet your requirements 100 percent of the time.

Dr. John Ormerod

Dr. John Ormerod is Principal and founder of JOC LLC (www.jocllc.com). He serves on the Advisory Board of Bunting Magnetics Company and is Senior Technology Advisor to Magnet Applications Inc. and Niron Magnetics. Email John at john@jocllc.com or visit www.jocllc.com for more information.

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<![CDATA[August 9, 2016 - MAGNET APPLICATIONS, INC. NAMES MELISSA BUSH QUALITY SUPERVISOR]]> http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/august-9-2016-magnet-applications-inc-names-melissa-bush-quality-supervisor http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/august-9-2016-magnet-applications-inc-names-melissa-bush-quality-supervisor DUBOIS, PA – Magnet Applications®, the only North American manufacturer of compression bonded magnets and a leading manufacturer of injection molded magnets, hybrid magnets and magnetic assemblies, today named Melissa Bush as the company’s new Quality Supervisor. Melissa will be responsible for overseeing the company’s quality systems as well as magnet and magnetic assembly inspections.

Melissa comes to Magnet Applications with more than twenty years of experience in quality control in powdered metals and manufacturing. Her expertise includes customer audits; tool, mold and part inspections; analysis of inspection results; quality training and developing quality procedures.

Magnet Applications is ISO 9001:2008 and ITAR Registered.

“Complete customer satisfaction is our goal at Magnet Applications. We want to exceed our customer’s expectations in every phase of the process – from design and engineering to manufacturing and shipping,” commented Don Lindstrom, General Manager, who made the announcement. “Melissa fits our quality culture well. Her knowledge in quality control will allow Magnet Applications to continue to promise our customers the products will be consistent, reliable and exactly what they asked for.”

In addition to her experience and Penn State education, Melissa has received certification in Basic Concepts of Blueprint Reading and Inspection; Geometric Tolerance and Fundamentals; Functional Gaging and Inspection; and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance.

About Magnet Applications®, A Bunting® Magnetics Company

Magnet Applications, Inc., is part of Bunting® Magnetics Co. family of companies, a global provider magnets and magnetic separation, metal detection and material handling equipment as well as a complete line of magnetic printing cylinders. Magnet Applications is the only North American manufacturer of compression bonded magnets, injection molded magnets, hybrid magnets and magnetic assemblies for the worldwide Automotive & Transportation, Industrial & Commercial, Medical Equipment, Military & Aerospace, Security and other industries. Its products are primarily used in PM motors and magnetic sensors. Magnet Applications, Inc. facilities are located in Dubois, Pennsylvania with sales support worldwide. The company is ITAR/DFARS and ISO 9001:2008 registered. For additional information, call 1-800-437-8890 or 1-814-375-9145 or visit magnetapplications.com. Follow Magnet Applications on Twitter @MagApplications and LinkedIn.

About Bunting® Magnetics Co.

Since the company’s 1959 founding, Bunting® Magnetics has led the industry in both durability and performance in its line metal detection, magnetic separation and material handling equipment as well as printing cylinders for several global markets: Recycling, food packaging and processing, feed and grain, plastics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, offset printing, metal stamping, automobile manufacturing and more. Bunting magnets are also available at buymagnets.com. Bunting Magnetics facilities are located in Newton, Kansas; suburban Chicago, Illinois; DuBois, Pennsylvania; and Berkhamsted, England. For additional information, call 1-800-835-2526 or +44 (0) 1442 875081 or visit buntingmagnetics.com or buntingeurope.com. Follow Bunting on Twitter (@BuntingMagCo) and LinkedIn (Bunting Magnetics Co).

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<![CDATA[August 4, 2016 - MAGNET APPLICATIONS, INC. RECEIVES AWARD FOR QUALITY BY LEADING AUTOMOTIVE PARTS SUPPLIER]]> http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/august-4-2016-magnet-applications-inc-receives-award-for-quality-by-leading-automotive-parts-supplier http://www.magnetapplications.com/news/view/august-4-2016-magnet-applications-inc-receives-award-for-quality-by-leading-automotive-parts-supplier DUBOIS, PA – Magnet Applications®, the only North American manufacturer of compression bonded magnets and a leading manufacturer of injection molded magnets, hybrid magnets and magnetic assemblies, today announced that it was recognized for outstanding quality by Tokai Rika Group, a leading global automotive parts supplier, at its Supplier Conference, held July 12.

Magnet Applications, which supplies assemblies used in Toyota, Subaru and Ford vehicles, was one of just three companies honored for supplying products that meet or exceed the quality and delivery standards set by Tokai Rika Group, a Tier Two supplier to Toyota.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Tokai Rika Group, a strategic business partner for more than seven years, with such a prestigious award,” commented Don Lindstrom, General Manager, Magnet Applications. “This award reflects the fantastic business relationship with Tokai, our ability to deliver consistent, high-quality assemblies – over three million since our partnership began – and the dedication to quality by our entire team of designers and assemblers.”

About Magnet Applications®, A Bunting® Magnetics Company

Magnet Applications, Inc., is part of Bunting® Magnetics Co. family of companies, a global provider magnets and magnetic separation, metal detection and material handling equipment as well as a complete line of magnetic printing cylinders. Magnet Applications is the only North American manufacturer of compression bonded magnets, injection molded magnets, hybrid magnets and magnetic assemblies for the worldwide Automotive & Transportation, Industrial & Commercial, Medical Equipment, Military & Aerospace, Security and other industries. Its products are primarily used in PM motors and magnetic sensors. Magnet Applications, Inc. facilities are located in Dubois, Pennsylvania with sales support worldwide. For additional information, call 1-800-437-8890 or 1-814-375-9145 or visit magnetapplications.com. Follow Magnet Applications on Twitter @MagApplications and LinkedIn.

About Bunting® Magnetics Co.

Since the company’s 1959 founding, Bunting® Magnetics has led the industry in both durability and performance in its line metal detection, magnetic separation and material handling equipment as well as printing cylinders for several global markets: Recycling, food packaging and processing, feed and grain, plastics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, offset printing, metal stamping, automobile manufacturing and more. Bunting magnets are also available at buymagnets.com. Bunting Magnetics facilities are located in Newton, Kansas; suburban Chicago, Illinois; DuBois, Pennsylvania; and Berkhamsted, England. For additional information, call 1-800-835-2526 or +44 (0) 1442 875081 or visit buntingmagnetics.com or buntingeurope.com. Follow Bunting on Twitter (@BuntingMagCo) and LinkedIn (Bunting Magnetics Co).

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