AEC Industrial Magnetics Manufacturing

 
4699 Interstate Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45246

Rare Earth Disks 300The soundtrack from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, a video game that's set in a Cold War in 2025, includes a great cut called "Rare Earth Elements." Coincidentally, rare earth elements (REEs) are actually a pawn in real life gamesmanship between the U.S. and China.  China is king of the REE mountain. It mines and makes about 90 percent of the world's REEs, and it has, at least tacitly, threatened to withold it from the U.S. to gain advantage in the tariff standoff between the two countries.

periodic table rare earthsWhat are REEs?  Rare earth elements, the 15 lanthanides, plus scandium and yttrium--see the periodic table to the left, for your convenience--are naturally-occuring elements that have unique properties, such as magnetism and phosphoresence. These are mined, processed and sold to manufacturers and governments worldwide. Some are made into the tiny permanent magnets enable our smartphones to have color screens, speakers and the ability to vibrate.  Electric vehicles and hybrid cars use permanent magnets in their batteries. Guided missiles and satellite systems use permanent magnets. China owns the market, no rare earths are mined in North America. 

Mountain PassRare earth minerals are plentiful. You can probably go out in your neighborhood and find all 17, but you'd have to dig an awful lot of dirt to get enough to make a permanent magnet.  The process is extensive, expensive and harsh on the environment, so you might not want to try this at home. In fact, no one does, or almost no one, except China. The only working U.S. site went bankrupt two yeas ago; located in Mountain Pass, California, mining has ramped up again but the product is shipped to China for production. is possible to recover rare earth elements from coal mining waste.  

Finding high REE concentrations in five U.S. coal basins so far is hopeful news for the U.S., given its REE dependence on China. You may read about it here. President Trump recently ordered the Pentagon to look for alternate sources of REEs since permanent magnets are so crucial to U.S. defense. There are other ideas to wean the U.S. from REE dependence in the works, some exciting discoveries, others changes, improvements and alternatives iin manufacturing. It is believed, however, that any disruption will be an inconvenience until other methods evolve.

Bill on phone office 300AEC Magnetics maintains very close relationships with the best, most trustworthy and dependable permanent magnetic materials suppliers in the world.  We work night and day to ensure the quality of materials, price and supply are the best the industry offers for its customers.  See our selection rare earth magnets and if you don't see exactly what you want or need, please call us. We are here to help you select the correct magnet. Our application specialists will save you time trying to figure out which magnet is best for the job.  We don't want you to spend your valuable time guessing, we want you to have the correct magnet for your application out of the box.

If it's magnetic, it's AEC!

Liquid Magnet aecmagneticsResearchers accidentally discovered what is believed to be the world's first liquid magnet! Working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs in California, scientists Thomas Russell, from UMass, and Xubo Liu, of Beijing University of Chemical Technology, and their team, have been exploring printing liquid structures on a special 3D printer.  They concocted a liquid made of water injected into a tube of silicone oil mixed with a nanoparticle surfactant for their printing project.  This special liquid makes a skin-like structure that holds the water in place.  They wondered if they could magnetize this 3D-printed object, like ferrofluid.  The scientists used a magnetic coil to do so and observed.  Ferrofluids' particles move in a kind of blob when magnetized, but they were stunned when they saw what their new liquids' particles did.  The nanoparticles started spinning toward each other in unison when magnetism was applied.  You can see what this looks like in the video, at the top of this page, and the photo, above. What's more, their new liquid retained its magnetic properties after the magnetic source was switched off.  Ferrofluids' magnetism shuts off when the magnetic source is switched off.  This liquid magnet may potentially be used in so many applications, such as soft robotics and targeted drug delivery.  "We almost couldn't believe it," said Russell.  "Before our study, people always assumed that permanent magnets could only be made from solids.  Read more about this exciting discovery here, in Science, where they published their work.  The fascinating thing about this liquid magnet, aside from the obvious, that it is a potentially game-changing invention, is the scientists still do not know why or exactly how this happened, only that it did.  Here at AEC Magnetics, we are used to permanent magnetic mysteries. We have witnessed them for 58 years.  While there are many unanswered questions as to why permanent magnetic materials act as they do, a person who has seen them behave in most all automation and industrial situations is Bill Klaus, AEC president.  Save yourself time, guesswork and endless websearching.  Your best bet for permanent magnetics questions is right here at AEC.  If it's magnetic...it's AEC!

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bill sunglassesWhile his celebration didn't include wearing a lampshade, our president, Bill Klaus, donned some other shades for his big anniversary celebration.  August 2 marked Bill's 39th anniversary at AEC Magnetics.  Bill doesn't like to waste time, usurp energy or divert attention away from work to recognize such matters (we at AEC would would describe Bill as "focused") so we didn't make a big deal out of the big day, but we do appreciate Bill and wish to recognize him for almost four decades of guiding AEC.

ohio stateThe Ohio State University graduated Bill in 1982 and conferred upon him degrees in mechanical engineering and business.  That summer, he agreed to temporarily help his dad, Richard Klaus, who founded AEC in 1961. Bill claims his job is still temporary, but we are so thankful the temporary job is going strong almost 40 years hence.  Bill is likely to keep the shades and stay incognito for a moment while we add that our customers are glad he decided to stay.  Compliments make him uncomfortable. But, year after year, decade after decade, we hear so many of our customers worldwide tell us how much they love, and appreciate, Bill's attention to detail, his willingness to spend as much time as necessary listening to them and answering their questions, and going the extra mile to find really solid and value-driven solutions for their applications.  

blowhornBill truly and thoroughly enjoys talking with his customers, almost as much as he loves designing automation solutions.  I know this to be true because I've been married to Bill for 27 of those years, and worked with him for most of that time.

Happy Anniversary, Bill Klaus!

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greg welding light with blue arcIf you have read anything about AEC electromagnets, you know they are 100 percent hand-crafted here in our aec magtech maliikCincinnati, Ohio, USA, manufacturing plant.  We are willing to bet you have not met a magnetic technician, at least not in the United States.  There simply aren't very many. Many electromagnets are imported from countries that mass-produce them.

At AEC, our magnetic technicians are trained right here, by two of the best in the business--Greg, whom you see welding in the photo on the right, has been here for more than a quarter-century. Bill Klaus, whom you see on the bottom left inspecting an electromagnet, is president of AEC.  Bill has been designing, building and manufacturing magnets and magnetic solutions continuoously, for almost 40 years. This was Bill's first and only job since graduating from The Ohio State University with dual degrees in Engineering and Logistics. 

AEC Magtech SergioAEC Magtech ThomasBill learned from his Dad, Richard Klaus, who began designing and selling magnetic solutions in 1961.  Bill has insisted on quality craftsmanship in every AEC electromagnet we ship. He and Greg oversee every step of the process.

Our techs hand-wind the copper coils out of top-grade copper magnet wire, build the rugged steel cases, weld, if necessary, top-plates and forged eye-bolts, hand-wire the electrical components, carefully select and pour high-quality thermo-epoxy to seal, and finish to critical dimensions +/-0.005.  Before carefully packing and shipping, each and every electromagnet is hand-tested to ensure it workes exactly as promised, guaranteed. 

0 bill inspecting controls in electric dept in shopAEC magtech garymmThat is our promise:  a hand-crafted, rugged electromagnet at a fair price, tested to ensure it performs its job.  Off the shelf or custom, we build, test and guarantee every magnet.  Our technicians are standing by to serve you. Give us a call and put an AEC electromagnet to work for you.

Our techs are also proficient at many other aspects of magnetics.  They repair, test and certify magnets, and diagnose problems of all  electromagnets, including those of our competitors. Please  browse our website and see our entire line of super-strength permanent magnets, magnetic tools, and flexible magnetic materials.  We have the magnetic materials you need.  If it's magnetic...it's AEC!

 

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epoxy aec electroWhen you take delivery of an AEC electromagnet, you are receiving an extraordinary piece of equipment. AEC magnetic technicians build, test and guarantee every electromagnet here at our Cincinnati, Ohio, manufacturing facility.  AEC techs wind each copper core by hand, using the highest grade magnet wire for outstanding structural stability and thermal conductivity.  Each coil is placed in a rugged steel case, sealed with carefully selected, high-quality thermo-epoxy compound and finished to its exact specifications, accurate to critical dimensions of +/-0.005.  Our electros serve in COPPER CORESHand-wound Copper Coresmanufacturing facilities around the world, from large-scalel industrial automation to small-scale end-of-arm-tooling (EOAT) robotics applications. AEC electros safely reliably and affordably position, transfer and clamp parts, operate safety doors, load, stack, bundle and lift and much, much more. With a half century of design, test and build under our belt, we leave no guesswork for you selecting the perfect magnet for your job.  We're here to find you a solution, not sell you a magnet.  We design custom solutions, certify and test magnets, have a terrific line of permanent magnets and magnetic tools, and customers love our super-strength neodymiums. Call us for help in selecting the finest magnet at the fairest price.

If it's magnetic....it's AEC!  

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