September 2012




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Permanent Magnet Motors in Application
Permanent magnetic synchronous motors have been in use on machine tools and other production machinery for many years, owing to their reliable performance, durability, relatively low cost and electrical stability. These motors have been the standard in the machine tool industry for many decades, used on the spindle, worktable rotation, ways and part articulation, in both rotary and linear applications of controlled motion. With the advent of the machine tool robot for materials handling, workpiece and tooling changes, high-precision load/unload functions and more, the use of these motors has grown exponentially over the years. Behind the cutting theater, they’re also found on the chip conveyor, hydraulic manifold, oil reservoir and coolant pumps. < read more >


Research & Development


A Long-term View of Critical Materials: From Coal to Ytterbium   
Berkeley Lab scientists take a multidisciplinary approach to becoming more resilient to current and future materials shortages.

When Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist Frances Houle considers the national alarm that has sounded over the shortage of rare earth materials-critical ingredients in a wide range of clean-energy and medical technologies-she tends not to panic.

"A recent Congressional Research Service report shows that things are evolving fast. The current situation is temporary," she said. "It will sort itself out over time."That's not to say there isn't a problem. Indeed, more than 90 percent of the world's rare earth elements are now mined in China, and worldwide demand is anticipated to grow from 136,100 metric tons in 2010 to 185,000 metric tons in 2015, according to the June report by the Congressional Research Service. Rare earths are used in numerous high-tech products, from laptops and wind turbines to hybrid cars and a range of defense applications. < read more >


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Magnetics 2013, taking place February 7-8 in Orlando, Fla., is an international, industry-leading conference focused on the latest economic developments and technical advancements in magnetics markets and technologies bringing together worldwide magnetics experts.


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  New Products

MEDER electronic Announces 3-D Magnetic Mapping Of Reed Sensors

Optimize components and eliminate issues that may result in faulty operations
mederMeder electronic Inc., a manufacturer of precise, reliable, and long-lasting miniature switches, sensors and relays, announces its 3-dimensional magnetic mapping capabilities for reed sensors. This process allows designers to more accurately place sensors and magnetic components within a system, thus eliminating any issues that may result in faulty operation.

MEDER electronic conducts 3-D magnetic mapping by incrementally measuring the reed sensor’s closure and opening points as it enters and exits the influence of a magnetic field. This information is then analyzed, allowing the user to visualize the magnetic field in three dimensions. Understanding the interacting magnetic fields allows designers to better position the magnet and sensor in the system for optimal operation. 3-D mapping also helps designers adjust the magnetic sensitivity of the reed sensor and/or the magnet’s size and strength.

The ability to know where the key operating points are is critical to sensor applications, because it allows designers to properly position the magnet and sensor well within appropriate guard bands and avoid tolerance issues. It is particularly useful in applications using more than one reed sensor or more than one magnet. For applications in which ferromagnetic material like iron, steel, nickel or cobalt are present in the area where sensing takes place, 3-D modeling becomes quite extensive and unpredictable, so magnetic mapping is the only way to know for sure where the boundaries are.

In addition to ensuring operations are well within the magnetic envelopes to avoid tolerance issues, 3D magnetic mapping helps designers optimize the sensor and magnet components, which can significantly reduce costs.

MotorSolve v4 with New Switched-Reluctance Analysis & Enhancements to Thermal Module
infolyticaInfolytica Corp. has announced MotorSolve v4 is available. This release has numerous improvements, which include a new SRM analysis module and major enhancements to the recently added Thermal analysis module.

MotorSolve now includes a fully automated finite element analysis (FEA) module for switched-reluctance machines. Users can select between an extremely rapid static FEA solve (well suited for early in the design process) or a full time-stepping non-linear FEA simulation (well suited for final design verification), depending on the level of accuracy they require.

MotorSolve SRM outputs the standard performance charts and field plots that motor designers require. Design parameters, performance data and summary comparisons can be recorded in an experimental log or report. Results are also easily accessible either with the use of the clipboard or export functionality.
"We refer to MotorSolve as an automated FEA design tool since the user doesn't have to worry about the mesh or any typical post-processing tasks associated with FEA software," said Chad Ghalamzan, Marketing manager at Infolytica Corp. "They select from an extensive list of performance indicators,  quantities, charts, field plots, etc, what data they require. MotorSolve runs the automated FEA solver by handling all these 'typical' pre and post processing steps for the user, and produces the desired results as required."

Building on the recently added MotorSolve Thermal module, new cooling types and other enhancements have been added to the package. Another key feature is the ability to display temperature fields as a shaded plot. This can be shown on radial or axial slices – extremely useful when trying to determine hot spots and heat flow between components.

The MotorSolve software suite supports brushless dc (BLDC), induction machine (IM) and switched reluctance machine (SRM) devices. Infolytica plans to release a new DC motor module by the end of 2012 as well.

CST Launches New Product CST Boardcheck
Computer Simulation Technology (CST) has launched a new product that analyzes PCBs with respect to EMC and SI related design rules.  

Design engineers dealing with electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and signal integrity (SI) of PCBs, can now employ CST Boardcheck to get a quick overview of potential problems in their layout. CST Boardcheck supports a multitude of popular layout formats such as Cadence Allegro, Zuken CR 5000, Mentor Graphics Expedition and ODB++, which are read-in using the sophisticated CST Studio Suite import filters.


Once imported, the engineer can easily check nets critical to the design against a number of individually selectable, industrially well established design rules, in order to ensure the EMC and SI of the design. EMC rules include net reference (net crossing split), wiring, crosstalk (critical net near I/O net), decoupling (capacitor density), and placement (I/O filter distance). SI rules include net integrity (net length) and via integrity (unconnected via pads). CST Boardcheck rapidly generates a report listing all violations and enables the user to highlight the corresponding  problematic portions of the design. 

If required, the user can carry out further analyses with a CST PCB Studio solver or perform a push-button export for 3D full wave simulation in CST Microwave Studio.  

“We are happy to see that with the release of CST Boardcheck, the knowledge and expertise of EMSAT is now available inside CST Studio Suite.  EMSAT is a well established design rule checker for EMC and SI rules used by major companies world-wide that is built based on hundreds of man-years expertise gathered at IBM”, commented Dr. Bruce Archambeault, Distinguished Engineer, IBM. “This brings the analysis speed of design rule checking to a 3D environment and enables users to quickly and easily study the detected violations in full detail.” 

“Our customers require tools that enable them to find problems in their designs quickly,“ said Dr. Bernhard Wagner, Managing Director Sales & Marketing, CST. “An excellent design rule checker such as EMSAT can help them to survey their device. With the release of CST Boardcheck we have made the state-of-the-art EMSAT rules for EMC and SI available to them, stand alone or inside CST Studio Suite.”

AVX’s Multilayer Organic High Current Inductors Now in 0402 Size 
AVXAVX Corp. has developed a multilayer organic RF inductor in a 0402 case size that offers high current in a small footprint. Providing high current and high self-resonance, the RoHS-compliant device features an inductance range of 1 nH to 32 nH.

“Based on its patented multilayer low loss organic (MLO) technology, these new inductors represent a paradigm shift from traditional ceramic and thin film passive SMD components,” said Larry Eisenberger, product manager at AVX. “Since Copper Organic Inductors (COIs) are polymer based and use high conductivity copper interconnects in a multilayer fashion, the ability to fabricate these components on large area substrates and in laser-direct imaging allow for improved cost versus LTCC and Thin Film Technologies.”

The low profile 0402 RF inductor also offers high SRF (self-resonant frequency), and can support frequencies well above 1GHz. These advanced devices are expansion matched to printed circuit boards, allowing for improved reliability.

The 0402 inductor is well suited for RF power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, filter networks and MRI systems. It can operate between -55°C to 125°C, and offers a 100 percent tin finish. Lead time is stock to eight weeks.

Schindler 400AE Machine Room-Less Elevator System Now Offers PORT Technology
The Schindler 400AE machine room-less traction elevator is now available with the company’s PORT Technology destination-dispatch system as an option. With this technology, the system can further improve traffic handling by up to 40 percent, meaning more efficient elevator usage and fewer power requirements. When coupled with available Power Factor 1 drives that actually return power to the building, and permanent magnet gearless motor technology, the Schindler 400AE can reduce energy usage even further. The Schindler 400AE system has also been expanded for use in taller buildings up to 260 feet in rise and offers durable materials and construction, contributing to a product lifespan that is up to 33 percent longer than the industry standard.

"We’re listening to our customers and understand the importance of offering significant value to their bottom line,” commented Bill Fiacco, president, Sales and Marketing. “By expanding the Schindler 400AE system to higher-rise buildings, offering a wide variety of architectural features, providing a more durable system, and adding the benefits of Schindler’s revolutionary PORT destination-dispatch technology, customers can turn an ordinary system into an extraordinary, custom elevator solution for their buildings. In the process, they receive improved traffic handling, reduced energy usage and a more sustainable building.”

The Schindler 400AE’s compact permanent magnet gearless machine can be installed within a simple hoistway and mounted directly to the elevator rails, requiring less building construction interface, easier site preparation and less lead time. A small, easy-access controller cabinet does it all, without intruding on rentable building space.

The Schindler 400AE is available in up to 5,000 pound capacities and for speeds up to 500 feet per minute. If preferred, machine-room options are available. A broad portfolio of finishes and options for cab interiors and fixtures is available to suit all decors. In addition, from Schindler’s website, architects, specifiers, general contractors and others in the building design and construction industry in the US and Canada can access links to create three-dimensional, real-time, dynamic BIM models for the Schindler 400AE, resulting in fewer errors or omissions which help reduce change orders and improve quality.

Omron to Release High Capacity DC Power Relay
omronOmron Corp. has announced the release of the G9EN DC power relay. The relay is 50 percent smaller and lighter than Omron's previous comparable relays because of the use of newly developed proprietary sealing technologies and new magnetic control methods.

With the global expansion of the market for environmentally-friendly clean energy vehicles such as hybrid and fuel-cell cars, there is quickly growing demand for mileage extension and new high-capacity battery DC load control technologies. Omron has been working over the last decade to meet the needs of clean energy car manufacturers for greater circuit design flexibility and components that enable down-sizing and weight reduction of onboard electrical equipment. With the G9EN (60A), Omron is taking down-sizing and weight reduction to the next level, and the company is also preparing for the release of other advanced new products including a 150A main relay, and an air-break switch pre-charge relay.

Features of the G9EN DC power relay include a 50 percent reduction in volume (28 by 40 by 50 mm) and weight (140g) compared with previous Omron models in the same product class, and non-polarized contact circuit (contact terminal) (the first model in this class to feature this). This contributes not only to device downsizing and weight-reduction, but also makes wiring and mounting much simpler.

Main applications include Main relays and pre-charge relays for vehicles with high voltage batteries such as hybrid and electric vehicles (in BDUs – Battery Disconnect Units); chargers, feeders, and accessories for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cars; feeder circuits and condensers for fuel cell cogeneration systems and solar power systems; and Industrial equipment (elevators, industrial robots, testing devices, etc).

DC power relays enclose pressurized gas which enables them to hinder arc formation by cooling. Typically, a ceramic housing is used to keep the pressurized gas sealed in, but Omron has achieved down-sizing and weight reduction of the relay body by changing the ceramic sealing construction from a conventional box-shaped ceramic case to a combination of ceramic plating and metal casing.

This makes it possible to maintain or increase the interior volume of the air-tight space of the main contact circuit (main terminal) structure compared with existing comparable products.

Omron has designed the layout, spacing, and shape of the switching circuit and the permanent magnet circuit specifically to extinguish the arcing which occurs during DC load interruption across narrow contact gaps.

This enables high-speed arc interruption regardless of current direction, and has resulted in a non-polarized main contact circuit (main terminal) which up till now has been difficult to achieve with direct-current type relays using arc interruption via magnetic blow-out.

This non-polarization means the device is suitable for use in applications requiring two-way current flow. It also means it is not necessary to consider the mounting direction or the orientation of the device, making wiring and mounting much easier, and reducing the risk of incorrect wiring.

New Magnetic Charging System from BuQu Tech, Brings Next Generation in Packaging and Power to Apple and Android Smartphones
Promising “magnetic attraction and seamless connection,” Battery-Biz, Inc. has launched its BuQu Tech subsidiary and the introduction of the Magnetyze family of smartphone accessories. The high performance magnetic charging system is available to users of the Apple iPhone 4 and 4S.

Magnetyze by BuQu Tech applies patent-pending magnetics technology to keep smartphones charged, synchronized and ready to “grab and go.” Magnetyze also eliminates multiple cords, clumsy cradles and the need for new charging accessories with every smartphone upgrade.

Initially, the company will offer a Magnetyze iPhone 4 and 4S bundle containing the Magnetyze protective case, desk stand and magnetic charging and data sync cable for $69.99 via its web site. The company will accept pre-orders for the iPhone 5 shortly after it is released and will introduce the first Magnetyze smartphone cases for Android later this fall with a Magnetyze case for the Samsung Galaxy S3.

“Magnetyze by BuQu Tech puts the principles of magnetics to work for smartphone users who appreciate functionality, style and the ability to grab their phone and go without the hassles associated with legacy charging devices,” said Ophir Marish, BuQu Tech CEO and longtime head of Battery-Biz. “Magnetyze is a protective case, a desk stand, a car charger, a wall charger, a multi-bay docking station and much more. It’s the perfect solution for families who use more than one smartphone platform because every phone equipped with a Magnetyze protective case is instantly compatible with every Magnetyze accessory. Now, iPhone and Android users can peacefully co-exist on the same charging platform.

“Magnetyze is the new way for mobile users to connect and protect,” Marish said. “It’s a richer yet simpler alternative to any case or charging system on the market. And given the platform’s use of a conductive, metal-to-metal connection, Magnetyze also delivers the fastest, most efficient charging, data transfer and data synchronization you can get.”

Users simply slide their smartphone into the lightweight Magnetyze protective case and attach the polycarbonate bumper over their smartphone. The smartphone is now ready to attach to the sleek, sculpted Magnetyze desk stand. Magnets integrated into both the case and desk stand enable seamless attachment and simultaneous charging and data synchronization. Through the magic of magnetics, users can swivel their Magnetyze-enabled phone 360 degrees for both vertical and horizontal use – without detaching the phone from the stand or disrupting charging or synchronization. For a video demonstration, please visit

When it’s time for Magnetyze users to upgrade to a new smartphone, only the protective case needs replacement. The desk stand, magnetic charging cable and other Magnetyze-branded accessories will work with any and every Magnetyze smartphone case.

Pulse Electronics Introduces a Ferrite Sheet Antenna for Near Field Communications
pulsePulse Electronics Corp. has introduced a near field communications (NFC) antenna that enables mobile phones to read data from a distance of up to 40 mm. The antenna sends and receives clear signals even when installed in a handset in close proximity to the battery or metal housing. Pulse Electronics’ ferrite sheet antenna can be customized to the varying sizes of handset mechanics, is easy to implement, and enables safe, non-contact, wireless communication for NFC connectivity to mobile devices.

Pulse Electronics’ planar ferrite sheet-based antenna has dimensions of 35 mm by 50 mm with a minimum thickness of 0.30 mm, including the ferrite/adhesive/antenna flex layers. The magnetic field strength can be optimized by the type and thickness of the ferrite material and the design of the radiator pattern. The antenna meets EMVco specifications ensuring global interoperability and compatibility of chip-based payment cards and acceptance devices.

“In order to achieve the EMVco target reading distance of 40mm it requires optimization between the mechanics and antenna. Pulse customizes its NFC antennas, matching the circuit values for the device, so tuning is all that is needed to integrate it,” said Maritta Timosaari, sales and marketing director, Pulse Electronics Mobile Division.

NFC antennas are needed so mobile devices can communicate with other wireless devices for payments, access and control, credential storage and exchange and content consumption. Pulse can optimize multi-antenna configurations with an NFC antenna for all-in-one solutions. In-house testing and measurement is done at Pulse Electronics global facilities to ensure that the antenna will perform optimally throughout its life cycle.

The NFC ferrite sheet antenna is RoHS compliant, comes packaged in trays and is ready for volume production. It is available in a variety of sizes and can be custom configured to a customer’s specifications.


  Industry News

Emerging Opportunities Direct Drive Wind Turbine Market Globally
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Emerging Opportunities Direct Drive Wind Turbine Market Globally: Breakdown by Technology, Geography, Product and Market Share Analysis" report to their offering.

The direct drive wind turbine is a gearless turbine, and it operates without a gearbox directly connects through hub. Comparing with gear box turbines, the gearless turbines had lot of advantages in terms of reduce in failures and stoppage of the turbines, increase the life time of the turbine and decrease the O&M cost due to its less maintenance required. The share of direct drive wind turbine technology increasing Y-o-Y growth over the review period, increased from 9.8 percent in 2007 to 21.1 percent in 2011 in new wind turbine installations due to major companies increasing their direct drive wind turbine product portfolio and also wind firms and other investors are also diverting to this technology to reduce their loss. It expected to capture more than 30.0 percent share in new turbine installation in 2016.

This report covers two types of Generator Technology using in Direct Drive Wind turbines like Permanent magnet Generator Technology and Electrically Excited Synchronous Generator Technology in depth. Forecasts and pricing trend of both these Generator technologies have been studied in detail.

In terms of Direct Drive Wind Turbine market by geography, an in depth analysis is carried out for each of the market and their sub-segments covering the major regional markets; such as North America, Europe, APAC, and ROW.

Agilent Technologies Signs Exclusive Supply Agreement to Provide Components for LipoScience’s Vantera Clinical Analyzer
Agilent Technologies, Inc.  has entered into an exclusive supply agreement with LipoScience, Inc. to provide nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) components for LipoScience’s Vantera Clinical Analyzer. The analyzer is the first fully-automated NMR diagnostic platform designed specifically for the clinical laboratory and cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The Vantera Clinical Analyzer combines proprietary signal-processing algorithms and NMR spectroscopic detection to identify and quantify concentrations of lipoproteins and, potentially, small-molecule metabolites.
“We are extraordinarily pleased to join forces with LipoScience to provide key components for this leading-edge diagnostic platform,” said Nick Roelofs, president of Agilent’s Life Sciences Group.

“LipoScience is pioneering a new field of personalized diagnostics based on NMR technology. Broadening access to our proprietary diagnostic tests is central to our vision of becoming a clinical standard of care. We value Agilent’s NMR expertise and look forward to partnering with them in our efforts to decentralize our NMR clinical analyzer to leading clinical laboratories and academic centers of excellence,” added Richard O. Brajer, chief executive officer of LipoScience.

Global Electronic Coils, Transformers, and Other Inductors Industry has announced a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Electronic Coils, Transformers, and Other Inductors Industry.

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Electronic Coils, Transformers, and Other Inductors in US$ Million. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2009 through 2017. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. The report profiles 157 companies including many key and niche players such as API Delevan, Inc., Avel Lindberg, Inc., BI Technologies Corporation, Caddell-Burns Manufacturing Co., Inc., Custom Magnetics, Inc., Datatronic Distribution, Inc., Houston Transformer Company, Ltd., Murata Manufacturing Company, Ltd., Pulse Electronics Corporation, Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd., TDK-EPC Corporation, and Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based upon search engine sources in the public domain.



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