Materials/Manufacturing

Proterial Builds Ferrite-Magnet Motor Prototype, Adds AI to Its Toolkit for Developing New Materials 

For design engineers, simulations can be important tools in the product development process but actual performance by a prototype is a welcomed step better. That’s the status at materials company Proterial where a prototype motor built with its innovative new ferrite magnets confirmed the promising results from an earlier simulation model – challenging the performance of neodymium magnets in EV motors. Separately, the company announced that it is embracing artificial intelligence techniques in its efforts to develop more new advanced materials serving a variety of markets. […]

Electromagnetics

Apple and Partners Build MagSafe Accessories into Global Phenomenon 

You can get a high-fashion MagSafe ring holder in your choice of exotic leathers from accessory maker Labodet in Paris, or a MagSafe-compatible case or car mount from Sandmarc action gear in San Diego, or a warrior-looking MagSafe protective case from OtterBox in Colorado, or trendy cases from Torras in China. You can select from an extensive line of MagSafe devices from global electronics manufacturer Belkin. And, of course, Apple stores are loaded with the company’s own lineup of MagSafe products for iPhones, watches and AirPods as the phenomenon grows to become a global ecosystem of innovative new products in the consumer electronics market.  […]

Materials/Manufacturing

Zhaobao Building New Factory to Boost Neodymium Magnet Production 

Targeting to boost its production capacity of sintered neodymium magnets to 8,000 tons per year, Zhaobao Magnet of Ningbo, China is building a large new factory with plans to go onstream next year. Formally known as Ningbo Zhaobao Magnet Co., Ltd., the company is one of China’s highest-volume magnet manufacturers.  […]

Materials/Manufacturing

Gasbarre Products Builds the First Magnet Powder Presses to Produce Neodymium Permanent Magnets in the United States

With high magnet costs imposed by China, the United States is being forced to start its production of rare-earth magnets demanding the use of different equipment to manufacture them for different applications and technologies. Within the magnet manufacturing process, there is an important process that requires compacting or pressing the magnet powder to get the final magnets. […]