December 2013


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Hitachi Metals, Ltd. - The Magnet Industry Newsmaker
By Walter T. Benecki
In 1983, NdFeB rare earth permanent magnets were invented independently by two teams, one headed by Dr. Masato Sagawa of Sumitomo Special Metals and the other by Dr. John Croat of General Motors (now Magnequench). In the late 1980s, the first legal issue regarding NdFeB magnets surfaced between Sumitomo and GM. <read more>

Guest Blog


Energy Self-Sufficiency & In-Country Manufacturing of Magnetic Devices
By Samir Kagalwala - Power Magnetics Consultancy
News abound that not only the US could become energy self-sufficient soon but also a leading exporting country. The increasingly found natural gas fields in several states and the breakthrough technology, hydraulic fracturing known as "fracking" to release the natural gas trapped in shale formations underground, are behind the bold news. <read more>



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This must-attend event offers a line-up of magnetics experts who will be addressing the latest developments in materials, design and testing, along with current rare earths market conditions and what's ahead for the the magnetics industry in the years to come.


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  New Products

Compact SX41 Series SMT Planar Transformers Handle Up To 2kW of Power
Standex-Meder Electronics, a manufacturer of precise, reliable, and long-lasting miniature switches, sensors and relays, has announced the SX41 series of planar transformers for 500 W to 2 KW applications. <read more>


Motor Encoder Adds Programmable UVW Commutation on a Single Chip
A highly flexible and programmable single-chip magnetic encoder IC from iC-Haus provides a fast step response for motor control applications. <read more>


Three-Phase Transformers for Instrumentation, Industrial Controls Power Applications
With their advanced performance, rugged construction and improved reliability, the modular IPI Three-Phase Transformer series from Innovative Power, Inc., delivers improved power management in a wide range of instruments and controls designed for heavy-duty industrial use. <read more>


New Miniature Coupled Power Inductor for Flyback and SEPIC Applications
Coilcraft's new compact PFD3215 series coupled chip power inductors provide high efficiency and improved current handling in a rugged, low-cost part. <read more>


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  Industry News

NIST Calibration Tools to Encourage Use of Novel Medical Imaging Technique
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed prototype calibration tools for an experimental medical imaging technique that offers new advantages in diagnosing and monitoring of certain cancers and possibly other medical conditions. <read more>


ASTM Committee Developing Proposed Rare Earth Elements Standard
Rare earth elements and rare earth materials are common in a wide variety of products, from cell phones to electric cars and beyond. Thus, REEs and REMs have become a critical component in the economies of many developing countries. <read more>


Astrium's Swarm Satellite Trio Successfully Launches
The Swarm satellite mission - developed and built by Astrium has been successfully launched from a Rocket launch vehicle, which carried the three magnetic-field research satellites into space from Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome (approx. 800 km north of Moscow). <read more>



Event Listings


StanMagnetics Bootcamps

Instructor: Dr. Stan Trout - Spontaneous Materials

January 28, 2014 (8 AM to 5 PM)

The Bootcamp Workshops focus on the basics of Magnetics. If you need to understand magnets better for your job, want to get more from the conference presentations or are new to the field, then Magnetics Bootcamps are the right place to start. Click here for more information.


TonyPermanent Magnet & Motor Design Workshop
Instructor: Tony Morcos, President - ACM Magnetics, Inc.

January 28, 2014 (8 AM to 5 PM)

This is a course for practicing engineers who want to be taught the theory and practice of designing motors and other magnetic devices using permanent magnet materials. Click here for more information.


SamirInductors & Transformers: Coil Types by Function and Applications
Instructor: Samir Kagalwala - Power Magnetics Consultancy (PMC)
Jan 28, 2014 (8 AM to 12 PM)

If you want to successfully communicate with "your customer" to have coils that attain desired performances in given application, than this workshop is for you. Click here for more information.


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