Electric Car

Mining the Urban Environment The anticipated global increase in production and consumption of electronic goods and electric vehicles puts a huge strain on raw material reserves. Subsequently, the focus has turned from mining raw materials to reclaiming, reusing and recycling secondary materials. This is known as ‘Mining the Urban Environment’. Magnets and Magnetisers at Cenex…

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Magnets to NASA

Bunting is thrilled to have been selected as the supplier of high specification grain boundary diffused Neodymium Iron Boron (NdFeB) Magnets for a NASA project. Grain Boundary Diffusion (GBD) technology enables the heavy rare earth element Dysprosium to diffuse from the surface of a grain around all of the grains boundaries.  Dysprosium is added to Neodymium…

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Grain Boundary Diffusion

Pushing NdFeB Magnets Hotter, Harder and Faster Neodymium (NdeFeB) Rare Earth Magnets are used throughout industry and, as demand increases from the Energy, Automotive, Aerospace and Down Hole markets, the drive is towards producing magnets that have the highest magnetic energy under the harshest of conditions such as: Hot environments; High Reverse Field Environments; High-Speed…

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Rare Earth Oxides

Technology Driving Up Rare Earth Magnet Prices The global market for rare earth metals will be worth an estimated US$ 7362 million by 2026, according to Future Market Insights.  This projection equates to a compound annual growth of 8.5%.  The growth in demand is expected to put pressure on prices. The vast majority of Rare…

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Bunting at Interplas 2017

Magnets and Magnetic Assembly News in 2017 2017 has been our first full year of posting news and technical articles.  As we approach the end of 2017, we thought that it would be interesting to look back on a busy and exciting year! January Our first blog of the year looked at the simple Magnetic…

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Rare Earth Minerals

Prices of Neodymium Magnets Increase The price of rare earth minerals, used in the production of Rare Earth Magnets such as Neodymium, is trading at nearly double the 2016 average (as of August 2017).  This alarming increase is believed to be driven by an expansion in electric vehicles and renewable energy. At the end of…

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Denis Elkins

The Transition to ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015  Bunting Magnetics Europe Quality Assurance Manager, Denis Elkins, discusses the importance of successfully transitioning to the latest incarnations of the international standards for Quality (ISO9001:2015) and the Environment (ISO14001:2015). “Bunting has held the ISO9001 Quality Standard since May 2005 and the ISO14001 Environmental standard since February 2002.  Adapting our…

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Magnetic Field

Protecting Against the Dangers of Strong Magnets The high magnetic strength of present-day Permanent Magnets, such as Rare Earth Neodymium, is vitally important in Computer Hard Drives, Audio Equipment, Motors, Door Catches, and even Jewellery. However, there are also Health and Safety precautions that need to be taken when handling high strength Neodymium Magnets.  These precautions…

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Bunting Neodymium Magnets

The first ‘Rare Earth’ Magnet was developed in the 1960s based on work done by Karl Strnat and Alden Rey at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the University of Dayton.  The development of the Samarium–Cobalt Magnet (made of an alloy of samarium and cobalt SmCo) was a major advancement in magnet technology.   For the first…

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eddy current brake

Emergency Brake Uses Rare Earth Magnetic Assembly The Bunting Magnet design team were contacted and asked to manufacture a Magnetic Assembly that would act as an emergency brake on an offshore winch. The original design called up bespoke Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets with a strength of 50MGOe (megaGauss oersted)  Such an assembly had an ten-week…

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