Monthly Archives: February 2012
The design team at Phillips are currently involved in several innovative product developments due to be launched in 2012. Of course they are all strictly top secret “I’ll have to kill you if I tell you” type projects, however I can lift the lid slightly on one project involving Neodymium magnets.
Neodymium, a “rare earth” element is used as a component in the alloys used to make high-strength neodymium magnets – the most powerful permanent magnets known – that are used across a vast range of applications from jewellery to wind turbines. One sector were they have gained popularity is the presentation product & packaging market. “What’s new about that?” I hear you say. Well, to date the most common method of application is to trap the magnets between two layers of cover material, mainly paper over board liners or PVC / PU covers, creating a ‘sandwich’ like system to hold the powerful magnets in place.
One material that you do not see used with magnetic closures is polypropylene as there is no easy way to trap the magnets into a single thickness of material. Well not any more! We have developed a way to incorporate a magnetic closure into polypropylene products by bringing together vacuum forming and ultra-sonic welding technologies. We can even obscure the magnets from view through transparent or frosted plastics by introducing print to the equation.
Watch the sneak preview here…
Talk to our friendly sales team about this new process on 0845 4567 007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org