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DocMagnet believes that the more their clients know about this technology, the more they’ll be convinced that first, magnets have a significant place in the management of steel and second, that DocMagnet is an industry leader. Simon Barton has an extensive background in the design and application of Magnetic Workholding (Magnetic Chucks for milling and turning) and Magnetic Handling (Magnetic Lifters for the conveying of steel).  He and other DocMagnet engineers will write informational and opinion articles here as well as post technical papers and application feasibilities. Visit this section often to obtain the latest in technical expertise in the magnetic material handling and magnetic workholding industries.

Recent Posts

  • Safe Transportation Tips For Steel Products

    Working with steel plates and bars requires a great deal of attention and care. The safe manipulation of steel building materials triggers the use of unique ways of handling, storing, and transporting these items. Pipes, flat plates, and bars are just a few examples of the type of steel products construction companies need to manipulate […]

  • Commercial Warehouse Safety: Stock Storage and Moving

    Warehouses can be as dangerous as they are useful places for any business that needs a designated storage space for merchandise, parts, and materials. Employee accidents and injuries are common occurrences when working with heavy forklifts that are constantly on the move, or palettes carrying bulky loads. Hence, the need for each warehouse to develop […]

  • Magnetic Chucks – How To Support The Magnetic Materials Sector

    Financially speaking, the employment of certain specific tools in the industrial processing helps reducing times of procedure and to reduce even costs. Actually, magnetic chucks (or workholders) are very smart devices that hold ferro-metallic materials during processing phases. Normally, magnetic chucks include a magnet whose thickness and size may vary a lot, considering the employment […]

Technical Papers

  • Magnetic Fixture Design and Cost Considerations

    A magnetic chuck is nothing more than an assembly of steel and magnetic materials used for creating a force. This brief paper will help to illuminate some design aspects of magnetic chucks and how they relate to the cost. There are three primary classes of magnetic chucks: permanent magnetic chucks (manually actuated), electromagnetic chucks, and […]

  • Understanding Magnetic Flux Behavior

    Magnetic flux is a measurable quantity of a magnetic field over a given area.  Flux lines are often used to depict the direction of flux as it flows from the north to the south pole of a magnet.  The greater number of these flux lines the greater the density of the flux and ultimately, the […]

  • Switchable Magnets Explained

    Electro Magnets A simple electro magnet shown (fig.1) incorporates a coil of N turns wrapped around a ferromagnetic steel horseshoe. Direct current is applied to the coil which creates a magnetic force perpendicular to the coil. Magnetic flux passes through the poles of the horseshoe which will then influence any ferromagnetic material that comes within […]

Case Studies

  • Using a Magnetic Chuck to Mill a Round Bar Square

    Workpiece Material: Hot rolled 8620 Steel Raw Workpiece Size: 5”diameter x 20” long Magnetic Chuck:  DM-MC-70SP-0406 (16 x 24”) Top Tooling: DM-MC-BP70-5 BACK Parallel Milling a round bar square on a magnet may seem daunting to the uninitiated, but as the following data shows, if managed with the right top tooling, is quicker and more […]

  • Heavy Turning on a Magnetic Chuck

    Magnetic Chucks both electro and permanent types were originally developed for light machining and more specifically for grinding operations.  This form of workholding is the best way of presenting the whole of the workpiece to the grinding wheel and at the same time clamping uniformly and very accurately. Why, therefore, has the same philosophy not spread […]