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Magnets in the News: Revival of rare-earth mining in the United States

Could U.S.-produced NdFeB be next? Rare earth elements, such as cobalt and neodymium, are highly valued in modern, technology-driven societies for their ability to create magnets with unique characteristics. These elements are utilized in a wide variety of consumer and industrial applications from smartphones and televisions to electric cars. Dura magnetics utilizes neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets […]

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How to QC (Quality Control) Magnet Strength

How do you QC a permanent magnet, magnetic assembly, or a piece of equipment utilizing magnets? There are several methods which will pass a Gage R & R, but they are generally unknown to people outside of the magnet industry…

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How to Safely Handle Magnets

Magnets are produced in a wide array of sizes, shapes, and strengths, but there are similarities between all magnetic materials.  They are all relatively brittle which when coupled with their magnetic strength present a number of issues.  They also invoke curiosity, and who hasn’t heard the adage of what curiosity did to the cat?  Handling […]

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Magnetic Permeability: Why Are Some Materials Attracted By A Magnet And Others Are Not?

Two magnets attract to each other because their fields interact.  Usually materials that are not magnets do not have a net external field, and obviously, they do not attract to things; however, some metal alloys can have a net field created by applying an external field.  This induced field is only present when the external […]

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Essential Advice For Choosing A Magnet Vendor

So the right type of magnet has been designed or selected for your application and now you’ve begun the task of finding a company that can supply the part, right? Well, it’s not always that easy as magnets are unlike other commodities and, in fact, they should not be treated as commodities at all. At […]

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Alnico Magnets for High Heat Applications

Since its incorporation in 1961, Dura Magnetics has been a leading manufacturer of fabricated alnico magnets.  Alnico is an acronym used to reference the three primary elements used in the manufacturing process; aluminum, nickel, and cobalt.  Prior to the 1970’s and the advent of rare earth magnets, alnico was the strongest type of permanent magnet.  […]

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