Friday, November 29, 2013

Crossroads or New Opportunities

Thanksgiving has now come and gone and MagnaTech has had much to be thankful for this year.We are now a little over a month away from successfully completing our Phase II NAVAIR contract to develop carburizing, nitriding and carbonitriding processes for wear and corrosion applications. MagnaTech is now in preparation mode to continue this work through participation in a Phase III contract with the Navy. We are doing this through the guidance of a company engaged by the Navy to make the transition most probable. More recently, in preparing for the transition, MagnaTech has initiated a very informative study regarding the requirements of furnaces that MagnaTech believes must be carefully considered if the processes are to be commercialized. Each furnace studied is different and each has its own attributes to provide the best surface quality and the best return on investment. MagnaTech believes the continuation of this study is part of the future yet to come. MagnaTech is quite excited about the potential of this work. Also MagnaTech is always looking for new customers to assist, and to establish new relationships to MagnaTech and the customer's mutual advantage. In this respect, MagnaTech has never abandoned their strength and expertise in the powder metallurgy and magnetic arenas. MagnaTech currently is doing precision testing of Permaloy cores required for the most demanding magnetic applications. In the past MagnaTech personnel wrote the magnetic specifications for the magnetic properties of powder metallurgy iron alloys, ferritic stainless steels and 50 nickel/50 iron alloys. MagnaTech now has an opportunity to work with a metal injection molding company to develop and improve the magnetic properties required of their products. MagnaTech is anxious to begin this new phase in our customer's development effort. MagnaTech's mission is always to use the latest technology to develop and improve new materials and processes to improve the quality of the customers' products, and hence the life of our future generations. With the new year fast approaching, perhaps you too could benefit through the expertise of MagnaTech personnel in either improving or launching your new material or process.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Carburizing and Nitriding Furnaces

MagnaTech is now well into attempting to qualify for a Phase III SBIR contract. Phase III means that the technology that has been developed is ready to transfer from the research stage and the pilot stage into production. MagnaTech has entered into a program with Dawnbreaker to obtain this status. In the process of satisfying the Phase I and the Phase II requirements of the SBIR contract, MagnaTech has been awarded two patents and has several more pending. For a Phase III contract, MagnaTech has several options. One is to buy a furnace and enter into production. MagnaTech is exploring this possibility. In addition, MagnaTech has the option of licensing the technology that has been developed. MagnaTech has started to price furnaces that will satisfy customers' carburizing and nitriding requirements. MagnaTech believes that four serious furnace producers specialize in construction of partial pressure furnaces capable of satisfying these requirements. MagnaTech is in the early stages of obtaining quotations from all four producers, and has maintained conversations with all during the early decision process. MagnaTech has done most of the experimental development using two furnaces located at one facility. More recently MagnaTech visited a competing furnace manufacturer to simulate a production run of 160 parts, and also to determine whether the quench rate could be improved using a 20 bar quench. Experimental work is in progress to determine whether there is an advantage to using the higher quench process. MagnaTech also recently visited another furnace producer to determine their capability. Within the next month MagnaTech anticipates doing test trials in each of the two additional furnace manufacturers' facilities to determine which furnace will best satisfy MagnaTech's exacting requirements.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Moyer Attends Heat Treating Conference

In my last blog I commented on the fact that students emerging into the industrial world were weak in basic training in math and science because they relied on their computer and their calculator to think for them. Last week I attended the ASM International Heat Treating Conference, and once again my suspicion was justified. A good portion of the conference was devoted to the modeling of heat treating processes. This is all well and good if the engineer has a full understanding of the process that is being modeled. However, once again a hugh volume of data is attained, but which of the solutions is of importance. It is at this point that knowing the fundamentals or the basic formlas and theory are required. Even so, experimentation is now required to prove that the method selected is the right solution. The point continues to be "garbage-in-garbage-out". Someone requires a basic knowledge of the material or device, or else a bundle of money has been spent and no product becomes apparent. The point being made is that, like the calculator and the computer, modeling is a tool. Sure, it can do things faster than a human performing the experimentation. In the long run, however, it boils down to yes, you can replace a lot of people with computer solutions; but in the end, you had better have in place a human who understands the fundamentals and can do the experimentation, or elso the computer can spit out data forever with no improvement in productivity--just a bunch of numbers that might be totally misleading. Therefore, think long and hard before you terminate your experienced people. The replacement just may be a pile of paper lying on the floor, of no or little use.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day Reflection

Well, we are about to start a new cycle in our lives at MagnaTech. We are approaching the end of a Phase II Navy contract and we now must consider going commercial. Going commercial means financing and, being small, large scale finances are something that are not exactly sitting on the table waiting for us to spend the money. Therefore MagnaTech is looking idealy for an investor that will want to become part of the MagnaTech family. Yes, I do mean family because MagnaTech is founded on the basis of equal sharing of profits. What MagnaTech has developed includes surface heat treatment that can provide improved surfaces of steels by hardening to greater depth in shorter time while improving corrosion and fatigue resistance in a clean environmentally safe environment. MagnaTech has already received two patents protecting the properties and have two additional patents pending. To commercialize this technology, MagnaTech has decided to establish a new heat treating company with capability that is not readily available in America. This will include state of the art equipment that also is just beginning to be introduced to America. The investment required could very well fall within the capability of what is referred to in the commercial world as an Angel. We are looking for the right individual who wishes to be part of an inovative team with a dedicated objective of pioneering America into an improved technical world, putting our customer's needs first, and providing the best quality available expeditiously. Are you the person that we need to complete this picture?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Does Modeling Resolve All Your Motor Design Problems?

Today's world is one where everyone wants every thing yesterday, in ABC technology if possible. Therefore, modeling systems have come into vogue. At first glance modeling looks as if it presents an exact solution--presto at the upbeat of a magic wand. In many instances, this turns out to be a sting.
Why? Because modeling is a cookbook approach, which takes several things for granted. First, it accepts the property data of the producer of the material as it is received. However, once the user does any operation on the material, the producer's data are invalid. Once you have changed the material, either by working it, such as machining, or by heat treatment, these properties may be entirely different than those the producer guaranteed. If, for some reason, you have not heat treated, or have improperly heat treated the material after the mechanical operations that you provided to produce the shape required for the device,  magnetic properties may be so degraded that the device will not operate as designed, or not operate at all. It is therefore imperative that the magnetic properties, or magnetization or hysteresis curve provided to produce the model be those of the product that you are supplying to the user of your magnetic component. Since the material, mechanical operations and heat treatment provided are all proprietorial to the supplier of the magnetic device, it is imperative that the producer supply his property-dependent magnetization curve derived from his process to provide the ideal model.
MagnaTech can provide the service to measure magnetic properties and construct the magnetization or hysteresis curve required to model the most efficient design of your magnetic device. MagnaTech also can provide heat treating services to upgrade your material, after your internal processing, to ensure that the properties promised by the materials producer are restored. Finally, MagnaTech can provide explanations and seminars to your personnel, educating them as to the requirements and considerations to produce the most efficient magnetic component for your customer's use consistently. Please call us to include MagnaTech as part of your team to improve and maximize the performance of your magnetic components. Call Ken Moyer at 856-786-9061 or email to for either magnetic testing or for consultation.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New Seminar

As we announced in December, MagnaTech has been awarded a patent describing new technology in low vacuum, high temperature nanocarburizing of steel. This patent was particularily oriented toward the carburization of martensitic stainless steels. The novelty of the patent is that MagnaTech uses temperatures greater than normally recommended to carburize steel surfaces to a hardness greater than 60HRC to a depth of 1 mm (0.040 inch) in times of two hours for sections 2.5 inches diameter. MagnaTech has now prepared a seminar describing the developed technology. This seminar is available to interested parties and  potential users of the technology. To learn more about the technology and to arrange a seminar please email or call Ken Moyer or Katie Small at MagnaTech P/M Labs.
The technology was developed through a Navy contract where MagnaTech was selected in an SBIR competition to develop an improved wear and corrosion resistant surface for hook points that are received by pendants located on the decks of Navy aircraft carriers to slow and arrest the landing aircraft. MagnaTech is participating in the second year of the contract. Upon completion of the work, the objectives are to  commercialize the technology or  license the technology to interested parties. MagnaTech recently has supplied the Navy with information to permit the Navy to distribute the technology to potential users under contract to the Navy and to prepare for the commercialization of the technology after successful completion of the work. MagnaTech is currently in the final stages of scaling up the process to satisfy production requirements.
MagnaTech also is in the initial stages of planning research to reclaim unwanted product from waste water and to upgrade the extract to provide novel powders and parts for commercial application. MagnaTech is particularily interested in identifying potential partners with expertise in membranes, and that have access to fluid beds that can upgrade the products for commercial usage. Again, if there are interested parties that wish to be partners in this venture, contact Ken Moyer or Katie Small at MagnaTech P/M Labs.
To all our friends and customers, we extend a Happy Easter or a Happy Passover to our Jewish friends and customers. Fair Winds!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Update on Magnetic Testing and Development

Magna-Tech continues to expand our ability to serve the materials industry dealing with magnetic applications and testing.  Earlier this month we attended a joint conference presenting the newest information on permanent magnet activity and development, as well as the use of magnets in automotive design.  More recently, Magna-Tech has expanded its customer base in the testing or iron-nickel alloys to include testing or iron-cobalt alloys.  the problem inherent to testing these alloy systems begins with the necessity of using thin laminations.  To make the magnetic measurements, first a measurement of the dimensions is required to determine the cross sectional area and mean path.  These measurements must be made very carefully to avoid problems in variation in thickness and burrs created during stamping of the laminations to their desired shape.  Incorrect measurements can result in a cross sectional area that is larger than intended, resulting in lower magnet induction measurement in the iron-cobalt alloys.  In addition, in the iron-nickel alloys, measurements required to define the permeability and coercive field require low amperage as well as careful winding to permit precise measurements of the induced magnetic flux.  Careful measurement is required to satisfy properties required for long term, fast response requirements to a given signal.
In addition to DC magnetic measurements, there is currently a demand for core loss measurements as well for pulsed DC or AC applications.  This requirement is necessary either because large applied fields are required to provide maximum magnetic induction, or because of frequency required for operation of the specific device.  Magna-Tech is currently in the process of adapting our equipment to make these measurements.  Magna-Tech also participates actively in ASTM A 06 activities.  ASTM Committee A 06 is responsible for writing and maintenance of specifications on magnetic material properties and test methods to derive these data.  Magna-Tech is currently reviewing Specification A596 to determine whether any alterations are required to ensure the precision and quality of this specification.  In more recent activity, Magna-Tech participated in the review and affirmation of powder metallurgy iron and iron-nickel specifications, and the updated wrought iron-nickel specification.  Magna-Tech will be attending the next ASTM A 06 Committee meeting to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 20 and 21 May 2013.  Magna-Tech is currently interested in finding a partner to develop magnetic powders for high frequency applications.  Magna-Tech owns a patent to microalloy powders for property modification.  Magna-Tech believes that this new technology, coupled with past research, could produce a powder with improved properties compared with present sintered ferrite products.
For inquiries and further information on magnetic alloy development and testing capability, please contact Ken Moyer at Magna-Tech P/M Labs.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

MagnaTech Begins Second Year of NAVAIR Contract

Well, it is a new year and new years bring changes. Last year was a good one for MagnaTech, and we are looking forward to further expansion this year. In addition, this is a year of transition for our present Navy contract. To date, we have been using cylinders to define the surface and core properties of the carburized alloys. We have also spent the past year understanding why and how carburization results from our process. We now have a good understanding, and we are preparing to commercialize our technology. We are preparing a slide show that describes what we are doing and how the technology can benefit you, our customers. We should be prepared to accomplish this objective by spring, not too far away. In addition, as I said, this year will be a year of transition. Now that we have the surface and core properties defined and understand the mechanisms that result through our technology, we now have to demonstrate the wear and the corrosion resistance under simulated practical conditions. We are now underway on this transition, and we intend to have initial test results by next month. In addition to these activities, there is more and more interest in magnetic testing of iron nickel and iron cobalt alloys. MagnaTech is one of the few laboratories other than producers and large companies that are prepared to do these tests. Therefore, in addition to doing tests to determine direct current properties, MagnaTech is considering adapting their test facility to report core losses to a frequency of at least 400 Hz. These objectives kick off a very ambitious expansion for the first part of this year. We are excited about these opportunities and challenges and look forward to serving you, our customers, with the information that you require to improve your products.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

MagnaTech Salutes You Our Customers for a Great Year

The year 2012 was a great year for MagnaTech because, you, our customers helped us to grow and to serve you better.On the 10th of January, our first good news was received. At that time MagnaTech was notified by the Navy that a two-year Phase  II contract was awarded to develop a protective surface for the hook points of aircraft landing on present day aircraft carriers.  MagnaTech has now been working on this contract for a year, and we have developed four alloys that are of interest for continuing work. The requirements of the program are to provide a hardness of greater than 60 HRC to a minimum depth of 1 mm on a ferrous hook point . To date, we are on schedule, the Navy is pleased with the progress, and we are prepared to forge into the future. Currently we are building the load capacity to carburize 80 hookpoints. In addition, we are in the process of designing a test apparatus to simulate wear and corrosion resulting from landing conditions on aircraft carriers. At the end of this year we need to be prepared to commercialize the process.
In conjunction with commercialization. MagnaTech filed for patent protection for the technology developed  over two years ago. Just prior to Christmas, MagnaTech was informed that the patent has been granted. MagnaTech has other patents pending that protects similar technology in respect to nitriding.
MagnaTech has also been preparing a marketing and  business plan to establish a company to commercialize the new technology. The financial section of the business plan is completed, and we are working on the executive summary of the document now. MagnaTech is also in the beginning stages of developing a marketing plan to commercialize the new technology.
In conjunction with all this activity, MagnaTech has also hired a new employee to assist in growing the new company. This person has done a remarkable job and has done much to provide the kind of friendly service that you expect.
 MagnaTech also continues to increase its consulting and testing service, in particular to those that are making ribbon and metal injection molded magnetic parts for demanding magnetic properties. Magnatech is already servicing four producers that require testing and consulting service in respect to their technology, and we also expect to gain three additional customers this coming year.
Overall ,MagnaTech is happy with our growth. We have yet to receive any complaints regarding service delivery and downright tender loving care for you, our most valued customers and friends As usual, a hearty thank you for considering us for testing and consulting on your critical processing. May this new year continue to build on these relationships. Fair Winds!