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We are surrounded by magnets.  Magnets are all around us, and most people do not even realize it.  Sure, you may have some on your fridge that come to mind, but most average households in the US have hundreds of magnets in them.  These magnets are tucked away in some of our most used items in our home, and we never even knew it.  And to think that magnets are a several thousand year old “technology” that really has not replacement.  It will never go obsolete.  Sure there are alternatives, but generally there is no substitute for the performance of a magnet.

How Magnets Are Used IN Everyday Life?

Modern kitchen cabinets that use magnets to help close the cabinets.

Let’s start in the kitchen.  More than likely, there are a mixture of both flexible printed magnets and some hard magnets on your refrigerator holding up your kids’ drawings or To Do lists.  But, how about inside your refrigerator?  The seal around your fridge door is a magnetic seal to help keep the door closed and your food cold.  Let’s move on to your cabinets, they may very well have some magnetic latches to make sure that they stay closed.  Today many people hang up large decorative channel magnets that can hold their knives, so they don’t accidentally get cut while reaching for them in a drawer.  There are also spice containers with magnetic circles on their bottoms, so they can stick to the sides of the fridge for easy access.  If you have a garbage disposal, microwave, blender, mixer or can opener, then you also have magnets.  Magnets help drive the electric motors inside these small appliances. 

Shower curtain that uses ceramic magnets to keep it against the bathtub.

Moving on to your bathroom, you may likely have a shower curtain liner that has ceramic magnets in it that help it stick to your tub to make sure the water stays in.  If you use a blow dryer, the motor in that may very well have a magnet in it.  Some scales have magnets in them to help the needle on the scale move down quickly when you step off.

Let’s look at your office/home gym.  If you have a computer in your office, then you have magnets in there as well.  Most computer hard drives contain several permanent magnets, unless they are a solid-state drive.  Laptops have magnets in them that trigger reed switches so that they can sense when the cover has been opened.  If you use speakers to listen to music, earphones or even your smartphone, there are magnets in them that help to emit the sound, as well as the speakers in your television sets.  Do you have any exercise equipment in your office?  Odds are if you do, then you can add on more magnets.  Magnets in exercise equipment pass sensors in the machines to count revolutions and let you know just how many miles you got in (or didn’t) during your workout.  Your vacuum cleaner motor also contains super strong neodymium magnets that help to create the powerful suction you look for in a vacuum while keeping it lightweight.

Glancing around your bedroom, you may very well find magnets in some of your clothing or accessories.  Magnets are being used more often as closures for pockets or elsewhere in clothing and as handbag closures.  You may have a magnetic bookmark holding your place in the latest novel on your nightstand.  Many makers of jewelry are now making bracelets and necklaces with magnetic clasps, so you no longer must struggle getting them on by yourself. 

Magnets play a large part in our modern world, without most of us even knowing.  These very small, powerful magnets have a very large impact on our daily life. 



Tradeshow season is upon us and exhibiting at tradeshows is a great way to get your company’s name out there to thousands of new possible customers.  A large backdrop or tradeshow booth can be a great way to attract customers to your booth space.  Most tradeshow booths are collapsible for easy storage and shipping, but did you know that assembling your tradeshow booth can be simple and painless with the use of magnets?!

Most smaller trade show booths or backdrops have a lightweight frame that is collapsible and then when stretched open, locks into place using strong neodymium magnets.  The frame is then covered by printed panels.  The easiest way to have a seamless looking, easy to assemble tradeshow booth is by using Matched Pole Magnets.  Matched Pole is a two-part, flexible magnet system with an A and a B side that line up perfectly with each other 100% of the time.  This is typically found in a 60-mil thick material and sold in ½” to 1” widths with an adhesive on the non-magnetic side. Therefore, you would adhere strips of Matched Pole A on your panels and strips of the Matched Pole B on the frame and they attach easily and are perfectly aligned every single time!  Matched Pole magnet makes setup and takedown almost effortless. 

 Matched Pole magnet is not only a fantastic solution for your tradeshow booth but is a great option if you choose to display signage in any setting. Unlike regular flexible magnetic strip, which may have trouble with the magnetic poles lining up correctly, Matched Pole magnet is the perfect match every time, saving you time and trouble.

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Odds are you have been driving behind someone’s car that is covered with magnets shaped like paw prints, stars or some other crazy shape other than a basic rectangle or square magnet that is most common.  Have you ever wondered… “Hmmm, how do they make these cool magnets in all different shapes?”  The short answer is they are converted out of boring old strips and sheets of flexible magnet by a process called die cutting.  Die cut magnets are used for a variety of different applications.  There are die cut magnets that help to operate reed switches, make gaskets, are used for masking during painting equipment, have the name of your realtor on your fridge on a little house, make your spice container be able to magnetically attract to your refrigerator, you name it!  The process of die cutting entails using a steel rule or an ejector die that has been carefully made in the exact shape and dimensions of what you would like your image to look like.  There are then a variety of machines that the magnets can be die cut on depending on the size of the magnet, thickness of the magnet and quantity of the magnets that need to be made.  Take a look at some common die cutting applications performed on different machines in the three videos below and prepare to be amazed at how quickly a magnet can be transformed from square to “this I gotta share.”

How to Die Cut Magnets

Die Cutting Magnets For Masking

Die Cutting Reed Switches

Die Cutting Circles ON a Press

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Has this ever happened to you?  Your customer has a job they need to be completed, but they do not know exactly what they need for the outcome to work as they had envisioned.  You know that they are looking for the magnet in their project, but there are numerous different kinds of the magnet.  Therefore, you are not sure what type of magnet would work best for their application.  We encounter this issue frequently with our customers, and we love to try to educate them on what types of magnet would work best for their job.  Below is a quick cheat sheet to try and help you determine which magnet would work best in certain common applications. 

Flexible Strip and Sheet Magnet

We recommend using flexible strip or flexible sheet (depending on the size of magnet you need), when you have an application that doesn’t require excessive strength and the magnet will be going directly onto a receptive surface with no air gap.  This means that there will not be any other material between the magnet and what it is attracting to.  The receptive surface could be a magnetic receptive metal or a magnetic receptive material such as RubberSteel.  The flexible magnet can be printed directly onto, or have print laminated to it, which makes it an invaluable tool in the sign and graphics industry.  If you are looking to go magnet to magnet, we do not generally recommend flexible magnets, as there are often issues that arise from poles not lining up correctly, causing the magnet to not align as you would wish.  However, there are certain instances where this is commonly used, such as trade show booths.  The flexible magnet used in these circumstances is a special magnet called Matched Pole.  Matched pole comes in limited widths and thickness, it has an A and B side, and they align perfectly every time, making it quick and easy to use. Common applications that utilize flexible strips and sheets are warehouse labels, POS signage, magnetic notepads and trade show booths.

Neodymium Magnets

Neodymium magnets live up to the saying, “good things come in small packages”.  This saying can be taken literally, as these magnets are most commonly used in packaging, and are perfect for creating magnetic closures.  Unlike flexible magnets, neodymium magnets pack so much holding power into small sizes, that they are perfect for being buried within the packaging and still have the strength to create a strong closure.  These magnets are perfect for being able to line up directly with one another, or with a magnetic receptive material buried opposite the neo.  Neodymium magnets are a good choice when you need a lot of holding power in a very small space.  Common applications for neodymium magnets are packaging or any job where a magnet must be buried between materials and jobs that require significant holding power.

Ceramic Magnets

Ceramic magnets are not as commonly used, nor nearly as strong as a neodymium magnet.  However, ceramic magnets are a good choice if you have an application that must withstand high temperatures.  Ceramic magnets are a hard type magnet without coating and can maintain their holding power in temperatures up to 400ﹾF.  These magnets are also relatively inexpensive as compared to other hard magnets.  They are often found in many magnetic assemblies such as Round Base magnets, Channel Magnets, and Sandwich Assemblies. When used in these types of assemblies, they are usually surrounded by or sandwiched between steel, which greatly increases their strength.  This makes them a popular choice for applications that require lifting, holding, separating or exposure to high temperatures.

With so many different magnetic options, it may be confusing to know which is right for each different project that presents itself.  Hopefully, this summary provides a bit of guidance for choosing which direction to go in.  You can always contact your magnet professional and pick their brain, and don’t forget to ask for samples to try before you buy!

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We all know that February is the month of love, and really aren’t we all looking for our perfect mate?  Like people, magnets are very particular about what other magnets they like to pair up with.  While there is no Tinder for magnets, the article below can help you become the perfect matchmaker when it comes to magnetic pairings so that your projects live happily ever after.

Soul Mates

If an absolutely perfect match every time is what you are looking for, and you can use flexible magnet, then Match Pole magnet may be just what you need.  Match Pole is a two-part, flexible magnet system with an A and a B side that line up perfectly with each other 100% of the time.  This is typically found in a 60 mil thick material and in ½” to 1” widths.  Common applications that use this type of magnet are trade show booths, and anywhere where you wish to match up flexible magnet to flexible magnet.

Opposites Attract

If you are looking to use Neodymium magnets as a set for a magnetic closure, then you will need to make sure that you are aligning the North Pole of one magnet to the South Pole of the other magnet.  Often when creating a closure with neodymium magnets people buy them with adhesive to make assembling their project easier.  If this is the case, be sure to ask for half with adhesive on the North Pole and half with adhesive on the South Pole to make your project simple and effective.  Common applications for this pairing are in packaging where the magnets are buried to create an invisible closure.

Instant Bond 

If you are using absolutely any type of magnet and going directly to a metal surface, your match is a sure thing.  Just be sure that the metal you are trying to attract to is receptive to magnet.  This would include any surface that is steel, iron, nickel, cobalt or has a good amount of iron in the mix.  Going direct to a metal receptive surface gives you a perfect match whether you are using flexible strip, flexible sheet, rare earth magnets, or magnetic assemblies and creates a good solid bond as there is nothing in between the magnet and the surface.

Kindred Spirits

If your application calls for flexible magnet strip or sheeting to be used, but you do not have a metal receptive surface to adhere to, you may want to use a flexible magnetic receptive material.  The advantages to using a flexible magnetic receptive material with strip and sheet is that they will make an   instant lasting connection virtually anywhere you need, and you do not have to worry about aligning poles. Flexible magnet will stick anywhere on flexible magnetic receptive, making this a carefree easy romance between the two materials.  Common applications for this pairing are POP signage, retail displays and menu boards.

As with any great romance, it is important to have things in common, and too many differences usually end up not working out well.  The same is true of magnetic pairings.  When successfully mating magnets together it is important to make sure they are of the same magnet family and strength.  Therefore, you would not want to mix a flexible magnet with a neodymium magnet, or two different strengths of even the same type of magnet with one another.  If one overpowers the other, it will end up draining the other of its magnetic strength, rendering it weak and useless over time.  Hopefully this article ends up helping you to decide which magnetic relationship is right for your project, but your sales rep can always assist in matchmaking for you.

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Businesses that carry an inventory of stock know that having their inventory counts correct is imperative.   Inventory counts have a greater shot at being accurate if your stock is organized, easily identifiable, and easy to count.  Also, it is very important for your workers to be able to easily pick product off the warehouse shelves, as well as be able to restock the shelves accurately and efficiently.    One way to achieve this streamlining of your business is through the use of magnetic warehouse labels. 


Magnetic warehouse labels allow for easy removal and relocation if you need to move pallets around in the warehouse, as opposed to traditional sticker labels, that would require painstaking removal from the shelving often leaving a sticky residue behind.  With magnetic labels, you simply lift the magnet up and move it to wherever you need.  Magnetic warehouse labels come in all different types, so there is sure to be one that meets your company’s needs and budget.  See the different types below, to help you choose what is right for your warehouse.

Write On/ Wipe Off Labels

These magnets have a special coating which allows you to easily write on them with any dry erase marker and wipe off the writing with a dry rag.  These allow for the easiest of changes, with just one swipe you can erase whatever was on the label and rewrite on the same surface.  These can also be used for job scheduling boards, or whatever use you may have for a quick and easy change on the fly.  The usual thickness for these labels is an .030” thick, which is generally all you need for a warehouse label, unless the shelving is knocked into regularly, or you are looking for something a bit heavier duty.

Plain Magnetic Labels

Plain flexible magnet strips are your most simple, budget friendly option.  These can be bought in different thicknesses, which will determine the strength of the magnet. They can be slit into custom widths and lengths to accommodate any size label you are looking for.  Using a plain strip, you can print your own adhesive labels, and apply them right to the magnetic strips.

Adhesive Magnetic Labels

Just as the plain labels above, these come in a variety of thicknesses, and can be customized to exact widths and lengths.  The difference is that these magnets come with a pressure sensitive adhesive with a liner on it that is easily removed.  This means that you can print on any non-adhesive surface and simply apply it to the adhesive side of the magnet strip to easily create your own custom labels.  These magnets can also be scored on a roll to make separating the magnet from the adhesive liner easier and speed up your labeling process.

Colored Magnetic Labels

If you are looking for labels that are different colors to stand out, or simply looking to be able to directly write on your magnetic label, these are a great choice.  These magnets come in a variety of different colors and have a vinyl topcoat, which allows you to write on them with a wet marker and erase them with a damp rag.  The typical thickness is an .030” thick, but some white labels are available in a .060” thick as well.  These can be customized to widths and lengths of your choosing also. 

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It is the holiday season, and that means lots of new toys and gadgets for kids to play with.  Among these toys, there could be a danger lurking that many people are unaware of.  Many popular toys these days contain magnets, whether openly visible in magnetic building sets, or concealed within a toy.  Magnets can be fascinating, and very fun to play with, but they can also pose serious dangers to children and pets alike. 

Most magnetic toys use neodymium, rare earth magnets, that are very strong, even when very small.  These magnets are the most powerful magnets on Earth, and if not used carefully and under close supervision, can cause injury and in extreme cases, can even be fatal.  Neodymium magnets have an incredibly strong pull force and can attract to each other from great distances.  If not handled properly, these magnets can snap together extremely fast and cause painful pinched fingers, or blood blisters from getting your skin caught between the magnets.  While these injuries can be painful, the most serious problem with magnetic toys is when magnets are ingested or inhaled by children or pets that are left unsupervised. 

Often, there are little to no symptoms of magnet ingestion for a day or two.  When symptoms do present themselves, they often resemble flu like symptoms at first.  There may be nausea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain.  Time is a crucial component when diagnosing a child or pet who has swallowed magnets, if left untreated it can result in severe shock or even death. The real danger occurs when two or more rare earth magnets are ingested into the body.  This poses such a serious threat because the magnets are so powerful that they will attract to each other through walls of tissue or organs. This attraction can cause a perforation or tearing of the bowel or pin the walls of the intestines together causing a blockage.  Most cases, if caught in time, are not fatal but they generally require surgery to remove the magnets and repair or remove damaged tissue.  If you suspect that a child or pet has ingested a magnet, take them immediately to a health care facility or veterinarian. Do not induce vomiting or give them any food or drink.  The diagram below illustrates what can happen when 2 or more magnets are ingested.

Magnets and their amazing properties are fascinating to children and adults alike, and can be very educational, fun and useful.  This is the reason they are a popular choice among toy manufacturers and have been incorporated into many children’s toys as well as many other common household items.  It is imperative that adults educate their children about the dangers of magnets and are diligent in monitoring smaller children if they are using any product that has magnetic components, as well as, watching pets to make sure magnetic products are out of reach at all times.  Parents should check their child’s magnetic toys for any loose pieces and always be vigilant where magnets are involved.

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It’s that time of year again.  The turkey and pumpkin pie are barely digested before most of us turn our focus to hitting the stores to get those Black Friday specials and holiday deals occurring within the month of December.  While many of us are out cruising the stores and restaurants trying to buy this year’s hottest item or filling up on the new holiday beverage at your favorite coffee place, retailers are changing out signage in their shops to keep up with ever-changing promotions, faster than Santa disappears up the chimney.  How do they do it?


One easy and affordable way to keep up with the demand for signage changes is by utilizing flexible magnets in their signage.  Many retailers find that printing directly on or laminating prints to flexible magnets is an effective way to create their in-store signage.  They then couple the magnet with either a metal or a magnetic receptive surface, which allows them to quickly and easily change out their sale signs and graphics with little to no hassle.  Changeout is as easy as pulling down one magnet and replacing it with another, no hardware or tricky assembly is required.  Flexible magnets can come in a variety of sizes and shapes and can be printed or laminated with full-color graphics for eye-popping displays and signage.  Magnets can be used for anything ranging from full wall displays to racking signage, to small POP displays at the register (to try and get you to buy that impulse item), and even on menu boards to easily change out their daily or seasonal specials. 

Don’t want to print or laminate to a flexible magnet?  No problem, there is a large variety of hard magnets and magnetic assemblies that make hanging signage simple for retailers.  Hard magnets and magnetic assemblies come in different strengths, sizes and configurations to make holding just about any type of signage out there, a breeze.  Another option to display signage without printing on it is to use a flexible magnetic strip with a pressure-sensitive adhesive. By simply hand applying magnetic strips, which can be custom converted to whatever width, length and strength you need, you can turn virtually anything into a magnetic display.

Retailers do not have to let the flurry of ever-changing holiday signage turn them into a Grinch.  Magnetic displays are attractive, cost-effective, durable and easy to put up and takedown. Magnets have greater holding power than tape, staples or push pins and can withstand wear and tear better than other signage options. Magnet is the gift that keeps on giving!

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Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland.  All these towns names evoke feelings in us of sadness and helplessness thinking of the young lives lost in senseless school shootings over recent years.  In 2018, school shootings have hit an all-time high.  While the government argues over whether gun control is the answer, concerned citizens wonder what smaller, attainable measures can be taken to try and ensure the safety of America’s students and teachers.  You may ask, why is a magnet company writing about school shootings and safety measures?  The answer is lockdown magnets.

Lockdown Magnets are strips of flexible magnet that can be placed over the strike plate and attract to the school’s metal door jamb.  The magnet allows teachers to keep the classroom door locked at all times, but by blocking the latch from going into the door jamb, the door can still open and close freely throughout the typical school day.  If a lockdown situation should occur, instead of the teacher having to go into the hallway, putting them at danger, and fumbling around with a key to lock the door from the outside, they simply must pull off the lockdown magnet and close the door.  Within seconds the door will be securely locked from inside of the classroom, helping to keep anyone looking to cause harm from easily entering the room.  Lockdown magnets are not only highly effective, but a very economically feasible safety measure for school districts to implement.

Another way that schools can use magnets to help secure their safety during a lockdown is by using flexible magnetic sheets to cover the windows in the classroom door.  Flexible sheeting is wider than strip magnet and can be custom cut to fit whatever window size schools have.  So long as school doors are made of metal or at least the frame of the window is magnetic receptive, a sheet of magnet can be easily placed over the window obscuring the view of students in the classroom from an assailant roaming the halls.  This magnet can either just remain on a metal door, a magnetic whiteboard or be rolled up when not in use and kept easily accessible in a lockdown situation. 

Nobody wants to think about the unimaginable horror of a school shooting occurring in their school or hometown, but sadly, schools today must be prepared for the worst.  Lockdown Magnets  and magnetic sheeting to cover windows are highly effective, highly affordable safety measures that may help to save lives. 

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Neodymium magnets are the strongest permanent magnets in the world. While used in packaging and display industries frequently, these rare earth magnets also make cell phones vibrate, help turn turbines, and power MRI scanners.

As a graphic designer, you will undoubtedly always find yourself looking to offer new types of services to your clients in order to stay competitive and solutions in magnetic sheeting can provide you with something very innovative to add to your roster of services. Because of the nature of magnetic sheeting, you will suddenly have many new options for visually based advertising that you can offer to your larger corporate clients.

No matter what kind of business one may be interested in running, it always helps to find the most efficient ways of going about it. Sometimes in order to increase efficiency and decrease one’s expenditures requires a little bit of creative thinking.

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Did you know that setting up and taking down your Tradeshow Booth could be so easy?  People are finding that using Matched Pole Magnet to attach your banner or backdrop is as quick as a snap! These pieces fit together the same way, every time. Simply place the Adhesive Backed Matched Pole to your Vinyl Show piece and the other to the Backdrop Holder and you’re done!

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Companies are using magnets in POP Displays to showcase their products in many new ways. From cosmetic walls and counter displays, to category management and floor stands they have found a way to create an intriguing appeal.

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What could kettle corn and magnets possibly have in common? They are both in abundance at the summer’s numerous festivals that take place in cities all across the country. While kettle corn is much tastier than magnets, it is much less functional! You may be surprised at how many artisans and vendors are finding unique and creative uses for magnets in today’s marketplace.

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Some might feel that choosing the proper adhesive for their project can quickly turn into a sticky situation.  Many different factors come into play when deciding which tape is going to be the most effective and economical for your job.

When it comes to marketing display, packaging or manufacturing industries, aren’t we all looking for a little closure? Designers are constantly struggling with creating innovative and attractive display designs that are also functional and reliable. So how do they create sleek-looking, unique designs that will stand up over the test of time? Small, powerful, rare earth magnets, also known as neodymium magnets, are a designer’s dream for a variety of reasons:

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Printed magnets are seemingly everywhere these days, from promotional items like calendars and business cards to high end retail display applications. Printed magnetic media has found a home on the sides of refrigerators and file cabinets, as vehicle advertising, and as interchangeable messaging and promotion for in-store displays.

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Flexible magnets are a versatile component of any business’ retail and marketing strategy. These range from simple shapes to specialized rings for switch activation in pneumatic applications. But when choosing the right die cut magnet specs, there are many factors to consider. Does your die cut part require adhesive? What level of tolerance will it require?

Brand-building and promotional signage is everywhere. It dominates the retail environment. What you might not know is that these days, when you see a retail sign, there’s likely a flexible magnet as part of that sign structure.

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