Magnet-Schultz of America Blog

Defining Frozen Process for Electromagnetic Design and Manufacturing

Posted by: David Stockwell, Magnet-Schultz of America, CEO

Thu, Apr 03, 2014 @ 02:00 PM


Magnet-Schultz of America (MSA) Gives Clarity to Frozen Process Terms and Conditions

Lately, there has been a great deal of discussion concerning Frozen Design and Frozen Process requirements. Terms and conditions on customer purchase orders are beginning to state that one, or both Frozen scenarios must be part of the purchase agreement. The trouble is, these two terms can mean different things to different people, which can create a gap in understanding and may set the stage for disagreement.

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Topics: Partnership, Vendor Management, Collaborative Innovation, Business Standards and Practices, Customer Service

Electrohydraulic Solenoid Coils for Hazardous Locations (HAZ-LOC®)

Posted by: David Stockwell, Magnet-Schultz of America, CEO

Fri, Mar 07, 2014 @ 02:00 PM


Magnet Schultz of America (MSA) offers the patented HAZ-LOC® product family

The potential for loss of life and enormous damage to the environment that can occur as a result of fire and/or explosion on oil rigs, in petroleum processing plants, in explosive dust environments, and in volatile chemical manufacturing process has greatly increased global interest in reducing the risk of such disasters that might be caused by the equipment that is operated throughout these hazardous locations.

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Topics: Electrohydraulic Solenoid Coils, Specialty Solenoids, Hazardous Location Solenoid Coils

A Conversation About Our Collaborative Innovation Business Process

Posted by: David Stockwell, Magnet-Schultz of America, CEO

Wed, Mar 05, 2014 @ 02:00 PM


Magnet-Schultz of America (MSA)—Specialists in Electromagnetic Devices

At MSA you’ll be invited to interact, to get involved, to join a conversation. We’re process-oriented. We break down communication barriers to create a more open framework for new levels of product innovation and manufacturing agility. Collaborative Innovation is how we turn MSA knowledge into customer value. But what does this phrase mean?

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Topics: Custom Solenoid, Collaborative Innovation

Magnetic Latching Mechanisms

Posted by: Magnet-Schultz of America

Thu, Jun 20, 2013 @ 05:00 PM

Magnetic Latching mechanisms fall into one of three distinct categories relative to how they are operated, the electrical energy needed to operate them, and the release force, which their return spring mechanism can generate.

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Topics: Magnetic-Latching Technology, Locking Mechanisms

Permanent-Magnet/Electro-Magnetic Linear Actuators

Posted by: Magnet-Schultz of America

Thu, Jun 20, 2013 @ 04:50 PM

Magnetic-latching functionality is employed in products we come across everyday, even though the mechanism by which this technology functions isn’t something most people think about. Being an engineer, I always feel the need to research and understand how things work. Because I’m also a bit of a professor at heart, I would like to share the theory of operation and the differences between conventional solenoids and magnetic-latching solenoids. As a convenient frame of reference, this discussion will involve solenoids, which are used in locking mechanisms.

Conventional Electro-Magnetic Linear Actuators (Solenoids)

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Topics: Magnetic-Latching Technology, Electro-magnetic Linear Actuators

DURO-TECH® Solenoids—designed for extreme application performance

Posted by: Magnet-Schultz of America

Wed, May 08, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

Water, dirt, dust, mud, high shock and vibration are all the nemesis of “standard” solenoids when they are asked to perform over a broad range of environmental conditions. Extreme applications can include: 

•  Off-road vehicles

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Topics: Duro-Tech Solenoids, Extreme Environmental Condition Solenoid

Extreme Environment Solenoids: The DURO-TECH® Story

Posted by: Magnet-Schultz of America

Mon, Apr 08, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

Often, prospective solenoid users innocently expect standard solenoids to perform a function for which they were never intended. For example, Magnet Schultz of America (MSA) received a request for a solenoid to lock the steering mechanism on a military vehicle. The customer had tested one of our standard solenoids, which they secured from a distributor, and found that it was functionally sufficient, meaning, the solenoid locked the steering mechanism as desired. The customer then contacted us for additional solenoid samples for further testing.

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Topics: Duro-Tech Solenoids, Extreme Environmental Condition Solenoid, Innovative Collaboration with MSA

Installation and Mounting of Solenoids

Posted by: Magnet-Schultz of America

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

When designing a mechanical assembly, which incorporates a solenoid, one can avoid mounting pitfalls by exploring the unique advantages and disadvantages of the various installation approaches.

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Topics: Electro-magnetic Linear Actuators, Installing Solenoids, Mounting Solenoids

6 Basic Steps in Defining What Solenoid Best Suits Your Application

Posted by: Magnet-Schultz of America

Mon, Nov 12, 2012 @ 02:00 PM

Solenoids are used in a wide range of applications from locking doors to shifting the transmission on a motorcycle. Unfortunately there is no “one size fits all” approach to choosing a solenoid, or other eletro-magnetic product. However, there are several basic steps to follow when selecting the right solenoid for the application.

Some may consider a solenoid as just a linear actuator, but solenoids are capable of much more. They can push and pull, hold and block, rotate and vibrate. Within this range of capabilities, the first and most important question is, “how must the solenoid function in your application?”

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Topics: Extreme Environmental Condition Solenoid, Custom Solenoid, Choosing a Solenoid

Customer Partnership: A Perspective

Posted by: Magnet-Schultz of America

Mon, Oct 08, 2012 @ 02:00 PM

Customer partnership is defined as the building of a relationship in all departments between the Supplier and the Customer—a relationship that is based upon “known details” benefiting both parties, now and for years to come.

From a Sales/Ordering perspective, the “known details” can range from payment terms to delivery lead time, to order quantity, to target price. The Supplier’s Sales organization partners with the Customer to determine the degree of flexibility when considering various design elements that will eventually translate into cost reductions and/or product improvements. In the true spirit of partnering, the Supplier’s Sales team guides the Customer so as to establish realistic expectations for product performance, price and delivery, thereby becoming the essential Voice of the Customer. Conversely, the Customer must provide direct, meaningful input so as to enable the Supplier to best meet Customer expectations.

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Topics: Partnership, Vendor Management, Custom Solenoid