AEC Industrial Magnetics Manufacturing

 
4699 Interstate Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45246

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AEC Electromagnets300The United States today announced its intention to slap tariffs on $50 billion in China imports, the latest in retaliation and counter-retaliation moves by both countries in their ongoing trade war.  President Trump, angered over what he sees as China's theft of U.S. intellectual property, imposed metal tariffs on China.  As a countermeasure, China said yesterday it was tagging $3 billion in U.S. imported pork, fruit and wine with tariffs.  The U.S. upped the ante today, publishing a list of $50 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports to be hit with tariffs, 1,300 items in all. The list includes electronics, aircraft parts, satellites, medicine and machinery.  There are some magnets and magnetic equipment on the list, including electromagnets. Since AEC Magnetics handcrafts ALL of its electromagnets, this is not an issue.  AEC Magnetics will continue to bring you updates on the situation.  The U.S. says U.S. businesses will get a chance to weigh in on the affect this will have on their businesses and customers May 15. 

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qinming festival aecChina Readies For Tomb Sweeping Day. Warm wishes for a smooth and relaxing day tomorrow for AEC Magnetics' China friends. when Qingming Festival begins.  Qingming, or "Tomb Sweeping Day."  Historically, the temperature begins to rise and the rain begins to fall around this date, so it is an important time for sowing and plowing to begin in earnest.

green buns qintuanHonoring Ancestors. Most important, Chinese honor the dead on Tomb Sweeping Day. Most observe the day by tidying up tombs and graves, adorning them with willow branches and flowers and praying.  Our Chinese suppliers tell us is a time of both happiness and sadness.  Most everyone will go on an outing, fly kites and search for the very best qingtuan in shops--these are green dumplings made of gelatnous rice filled with red or black bean paste.  The wait at some qingtuan shops can be two hours or more! Though our China suppiers have the next few days off, they made sure AEC is stocked with plenty of super-strength magnets.

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AEC Magnetics Has The Best Suppliers. China makes and processes 95% of the world's permanent magnetic material, so we appreciate our long-time partners, like Fanny Wang,whom you see here.  she keeps us--and you--supplied with the very best magnetic materials, a solid, dependable supply chain and fair, affordable pricing.  To be at the top of her ocmpany's list means you will always get a quality product quickly, reliably and affordably.  AEC Magnetics has been sourcing the very best magnetic materials from China for longer than just about any company, and we've been in business 57 years in all.  We are so grateful for our long and respected relationship with Fanny and our top China suppliers.  AEC Magnetics offers its heartfelt best wishes for a relaxing and peaceful Qingming Festival. 

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richard klausRichard M. Klaus

AEC Magnetics is celebrating its 57th birthday!  Richard M. Klaus founded our company April Fools Day, 1961, in a small storefront on Central Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio.  While he and his staff made terrific electromagnets, Mr. Klaus was known for his keen interest in factory automation and the endless possibilities of finding solutions that would make customers' manufacturing operations safer, more streamlined and cost efficient.  This is AEC's hallmark today, 57 years after AEC's incorporation:  

Anyone can sell magnets, but few offer magnetic solutions.  Take a trip around the web, you'll see.  You can pick and choose from a variety of electromagnets, permanent magnets, magnetic tools and gewgaws.  How you integrate it into your application is up to you.  AEC Magnetics, however, offers 57 years of magnetics experience and helps you understand how a certain magnet or magnetics solution will behave in your particular application.  Like his father, William Klaus, AEC's president, enjoys talking about magnets and finding just the right magnetic solution.  

blowing out candles on cakeAEC president Bill KlausThe tradition continues.  Bill also continues and improves upon the AEC traditions of hand-crafting and testing every electromagnet that leaves the manufacturing facility.  This, along with our guarantee, gives you a product you can count on. Call us to find out how a magnet can work for you.  You will speak to a magnetics specialist who is interested in your application and will take as much time as necessary to listen to you, answer your questions and recommend a solution.  There is no finer customer service in this industry. AEC has been doing this for 57 years now, and we will save blowhornyou time, trouble and expense in finding a magnetic solution for your application. We have picked up a lot of knowledge in our 57 years in business.  

Just remember, if it's magnetic, it's AEC!. 

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Don't blame Trump for starting the tempest in a China teacup brewing over trade tariffs. As AEC Magnetics has been reporting for years, China is king of the world's permanent magnetics market.  "China mines and produces more than 95-percent of the the world's REE, or rare earth elements, the minerals that make permanent magnets," said Bill Klaus, president of Cincinnati, Ohio, based AEC Magnetics. "The United States mines and produces none at this time."  Molycorp mined and produced REEs at its Mountain Pass, Califorinia, AEC Magnetics Molycorp industrialmagnetMountain Pass, California facility, until 2002, but closed in response to both environmental restrictions and lower prices for REEs. The mine has been mostly inactive since then. Molycorp declared bankruptcy last year and  the mine was sold at auction."   

ABCs of  REEs  Rare earth elements, the 15 lanthanides, plus scandium and yttrium if you are following along on your periodic table, are naturally-occurring elements that have unique properties, such as magnetism and phosphorescence. 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.Bill on phone office 300Bill Klaus 

Strangling or finagling? You will hear of China's stranglehold on the market and alarming consequences if an all-out trade war erupts. "Sure, it's alarming when you hear China is sitting on a Fort Knox of minerals vital to industry and national security. The U.S. has had its capacity to mine, refine, smelt and process these elements diminish because of a strong anti-mining agenda so we are relying on China, Russia, and third-world dictatorships for some pretty important stuff. But it's important to remember the world has been relatively satisfied letting China doing the heavy lifting in REEs, especially since mining and processing them is dirty, harsh business. China has been relatively fair on pricing and availability. Together, this indicates some level of world satisfaction with the current REE market," said Mr. Klaus.

Alternatives on the horizon: When China did restrict REE exports begining in 2012, the World Trade Organization supported the U.S., E.U. and Japan, and ordered China to lift its restrictions. Interestingly, some saw opportunity in REE trade war. Some alternate production facilities ramped up to fill the void, and research found a potential alternative to ground mining when the U. S. Department of Energy's National Technology Lab announced U.S. scientists found high REE concentrations in five U.S. coal basins, a possible source for REEs and permanent magnetic materials. 

fanny aecFanny, AEC sourcing, China AEC Magnetics customers are set. "There is no arguing that REEs are essential and demand is critical," said Mr. Klaus. "Our customers should rest assured there are opportunities with, and outside of, China. AEC formed relationships with the best, most trustworthy and dependable permanent magnetic materials suppliers in the world and our work to that end will continue uninterrupted. If open, reliable new sources of permanent magnetic materials are available, count on AEC to be bring them to market. We have been in industrial magnetics since 1961 and will continue to provide the best magnetic solutions in the industry, trade war or not."

 

 

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horseshoe400AEC Magnetics receives many phone calls asking for technical advice for industrial manufacturng application. When it comes to chemical or high heat conditions, our magnetic specialists knock the answer out of the ballpark by suggesting these AlNiCo magnets.  A dependable solution to high-heat or harsh-chemical applications, the AlNiCo pot magnet you see on the right, or AlNiCo horseshoe on the left are each  encased in sturdy steel to take the alnico pot magnet 300punishment other permanent magnets can not.   Sturdy steel cases allow AEC AlNiCo horseshoe magnets to withstand a demanding 850 degrees Farenheit, attract and hold tight, and last a lifetime. AlNiCo pot magnets are also AEC customer favorites for clamping and holding in high heat.  AEC is happy to provide any technical advice you need to choose the exact magnet for your job, simply pick up the phone or send us an email message. If it's magnetic...it's AEC for electromagnets, permanent magnets, magnetic tools and repair, certification and design. 

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