Winter 2018

Competitors in Global Race to Develop Large-Scale MagLev Transportation Systems
Three companies based in the Los Angeles area — Virgin Hyperloop One, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Elon Musks The Boring Company — are locked in a a globetrotting whirlwind competition to develop magnetic-levitation transportation systems.

Programs Advance for Development of New Magnetic Levitation Trains in China
Two major efforts for advancing the development of magnetic-levitation trains in China have been announced recently. One is a prototype system for a 200 km/hr train, the other is a sophisticated test platform aimed at developing an ultra high-speed vacuum-maglev train capable of reaching 1,000 km/hr.

Leveling the Magnetic Field: Defense Magnets No Longer Allowed to be Made in China
The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, signed by the President into law in August, will have significant effects on the supply chain for rare earth magnets (and tungsten) supplied to the U.S. military. Section 871 of the law puts significant new restrictions on the use of foreign magnets in the military supply chain.

Why Does Density Matter to Soft Magnetic Iron Components?
In powder metal parts manufacturing, soft magnetic iron performance is affected by post-pressing processing and your parts density. Its that second part engineers and developers seem to forget when specifying a magnetic component.

Magnetic Levitation is Key to Breakthrough Process for High-Volume Manufacture of LED Arrays
Innovative use of diamagnetic levitation is at the heart of a sophisticated new process being developed by high-tech startup SelfArray, Inc. to make a breakthrough advancement in high-volume production of LED arrays. While focused presently on the LED display market, the system might also be applicable to semiconductor, lighting, and solar array manufacturing.

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