Archive | October, 2009

USMMA Forms New Advisory Board

28. October 2009

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Earlier today, the United States Magnet Materials Association [USMMA] announced the formation of a new Advisory Board, comprising three highly-respected members of the magnetics & rare earths community. Joining the USMMA in this capacity are: Jack Lifton, of Jack Lifton LLC and The Jack Lifton Report, who is a well known commentator and consultant with […]

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The Critical & Strategic Metals Shindig

28. October 2009

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The Critical & Strategic Metals Shindig

I know I’ve been rather lax in following up on my last post here, sent just before the Critical & Strategic Metals Conference in Washington DC last week.  It was a most interesting event.  It gave many folks a chance to interact with other parts of the supply chain that they might not have directly […]

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Critical & Strategic Metals: The Big Pow Wow in Washington D.C.

19. October 2009

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I’m currently in Washington D.C., ahead of a three-day meeting called “Managing Supply Chain Risks for Critical & Strategic Metals”.  This meeting, co-chaired by Jack Lifton of Jack Lifton, LLC, and Lisa Reisman of Aptium Global, will no doubt be an interesting mix of discussions and participants.  It looks to cover rare earth metals, minor metals, platinum […]

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One In The Eye For Magnet Therapy?

17. October 2009

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A study on the therapeutic effects of magnetic and copper bracelets was published late this summer in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, and the news of its findings has slowly but surely filtered its way into the mainstream media. Unfortunately for the myriad purveyors of magnetic bracelets, necklaces, rings, insoles and other magnet therapy-related paraphernalia, the […]

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Wind Turbines – Up Close And Personal

12. October 2009

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Wind Turbines – Up Close And Personal

Last week I was in Denmark, and while there I had an opportunity to pay a visit to some wind turbines operated by Aalborg University in Northern Denmark.  Getting to finally see and hear a fully functional 2.3 MW wind turbine “in the flesh” was pretty cool, I have to say. There was a reasonable […]

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Correlated Magnetics Research Launches “Programmable” Permanent Magnet Materials

4. October 2009

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Correlated Magnetics Research Launches “Programmable” Permanent Magnet Materials

I saw an intriguing news item over at the Magnetism & Electromagnetics Interest Group yesterday, and I see that it’s starting to make its way into the press.  The Huntsville Times is reporting that “Larry Fullerton, formerly of Time Domain, has developed a process to ‘program’ magnetic and electromagnetic materials so they will only attract […]

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Permanent Magnet Topics At SMMA Fall Technical Meeting

3. October 2009

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The SMMA (Motor and Motion Association) Fall Technical Conference takes place Nov 3-5, 2009 in Arlington Heights, Illinois this year.  Dr. Stan Trout of Spontaneous Materials will be giving a half-day pre-conference seminar titled “Permanent Magnets Fundamentals“ in the afternoon of Nov 3.  As I’ve said before, Stan is one of the best instructors I know […]

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Reminder: China Magnetics 2009 Is Around The Corner

3. October 2009

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Reminder: China Magnetics 2009 Is Around The Corner

Just a reminder folks, that the China Magnetics 2009 conference, organized by IntertechPira and the 8th in the series, takes place October 27-28, 2009 in Shanghai, China. This event brings the permanent magnets supply chain to Shanghai for “an in-depth discussion of recent trends and developments within China’s magnet and magnetic materials industry”. With the media […]

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The Beginning Of The End For Rare Earth Permanent Magnet Motors?

2. October 2009

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Okay, okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating just a little… but if the news from Japan today is anything to go by, perhaps we’re not far off. According to a report at TradingMarket.com, Japan’s Daikin Industries has teamed up with Professor Shigeo Morimoto from Osaka Prefecture University, to create an electric motor that produced high torque […]

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