How Magnets Help Father Christmas

By chameleon | 15 December 2016

Delivering Presents Made Simpler With Magnets

This year, Father Christmas has never faced a more difficult challenge to deliver presents to children around the world in one night.  Thankfully, his task is made so much easier by using Magnet technology.  Here are some of the examples:

Magnets Help Reindeer Fly

Eddy Current technology is what actually makes Reindeer fly.  Each Reindeer wears aluminium horse shoes.  The continued high-speed circular motion of these shoes interacts with the Earth’s Magnetic Field, generating a magnetic field in the aluminium that itself creates a magnetic field.  The magnetic field from the Reindeer’s aluminium shoes is always in opposition to the Earth’s magnetic field, repelling the Reindeer and keeping them flying high in the sky.  The same concept as an Eddy Current Separator, which is used to recycle aluminium cans.


Magnet Navigation System

Father Christmas’ home in the North Pole is heavily disguised and can be difficult to find after a long night out delivering presents.  Thankfully, Father Christmas has a special Halbach array compass that has been precisely made to perfectly triangulate the way home.

The Sleigh’s Backup Magnet Drive System

Underneath Father Christmas’ sleigh is a turbofan.  This is in place if the Reindeers suddenly tire.  The Turbofan uses permanent magnets to charge the battery pack while the sleigh is in decent, giving that extra boost of energy when needed.  This same principal is used to keep all the batteries in toys fully charged for opening on Christmas Day.

Magnet Debris Catcher

Very much like the spaceship presently in orbit collecting space debris, Father Christmas sleigh has a Magnetic Debris Catcher in front of the Reindeers.  However, due to the sleigh’s high speed, the catcher and the captured metal gets very hot and goes red.  Hence why the lead Reindeer, Rudolph, is thought to have a red nose.

Magnet present delivery mechanism

Getting up and down chimneys has become increasingly difficult for Father Christmas and so he asked his elves to find a way to make it easier.  The elves contacted Bunting Magnet engineers who designed a switchable permanent holding lifting magnet system.  Presents with invisible magnetic plates are now attached to the holding magnet and then fed down the chimney and under the tree.  Chimney challenges for Father Christmas are now a thing of the past.

With our Magnet Technology, we at Bunting and eMagnets UK are thrilled to have helped keep Father Christmas safe and ensure that all those children retain the magic of Christmas.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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