Magnet Facts

What is magnetism?

People have known, explored and used magnets for thousands of years. Still we have problems explaining what it really is, there seems to be something magical about the phenomenon.

Sure you can get amazed about how moving pictures can be transmitted to TV receivers over the hole world, but it's still a technique that is created by man. Even for science magnetism is something that is taken for granted, rather than created, and hard to explain. In general its hard to reduce magnetism, i.e explain it in more basic terms, and this is reflected in scientific terminology.

Visual light is composed by electro magnetic waves, the same type of waves if used on other frequencies can heat food in our microwave ovens, give us a summer tan or transmit sound and pictures to our TV- receivers. Together with gravitation, electro magnetism is also generally counted as one of the four basic forces in nature. In some scientific and philosophic views, at least figuratively, it is even considered to be the cause of life it self. You can believe what you want about that but it's still gives an indication about how hard it is to explain and how "magical" magnetism is. Luckily we don't have to go so deep into describing magnetism in order to use it.

An magnetic field is created around every electrical flow. In that way even a cord to a lamp becomes an electromagnet. The magnetism around an ordinary lamp cord is insignificant, but if you twine the cord around coiled spools, the field is increased. This technique can give very powerful electromagnets, with a power that can be turned on and off. Just like the permanent magnets, the electromagnet has a traction force on some materials. Object of such a materials, those that we in common language call "magnetic", also have the potential to work as magnets them self.

An ordinary screw driver can, after being in contact with a magnet, be used to pick up lighter screws. But these magnetic characteristics are at this point week and this effect also decrease relatively quickly. The materials in permanent magnets have to be able to be charged to a higher magnetic electric level and be resistant against demagnetization, with other words they have to be able to obtain their magnetic characteristics in different environments. With the new materials and production methods we have nowadays we can manufacture magnets that by far exceed the classic magnets.


See our FAQ - frequently asked questions page.

Material-grade list - table with all properties for each individual magnet grade.

Coatings / surface treatments - which coating should you choose for your neodymium magnet.



What different types of magnetic materials is available today?

Table for selection of material:

  Force Lowest price Moisture resistance Max temp
1 Neodymium Ferrite Ferrite Alnico
2 Samarium Cobalt
Neodymium Alnico Samarium Cobalt
3 Alnico Alnico Samarium Cobalt
4 Ferrite Samarium Cobalt
Neodymium Neodymium

1. Permanent magnets

a) Neodymium

Sintered neodymium-iron- boron (NdFeB) is today the most powerful material, with magnetic characteristics that are superior to the traditional materials. High heat resistant qualities has been developed over the years, and this has lead to new possibilities to use the materials in generators and engines. By default, the neodymium magnets can withstand 80°C, but we stock several variants that can withstand 120°C (H), 150°C (SH), 180°C (UH), 200°C (EH), 230°C (AH) . You can find all of our neodymium magnets with their respective specifications here: Neodymium

Contents in NdFeB Contents in %
Neodymium [Nd] 35%
Iron [Fe] 61%
Boron [B] 1.2%
Dysprosium [Dy] 0.8%
Copper [Cu] 0.2%
Aluminium [Al] 0.9%
Gallium [Ga] 0.9%

See our material grade list for all values for each individual neodymium grade along with maximum working temperature.

NdFeB-magnets oxidate easily, therefore the magnets are always delivered with a galvanic coating. Our standard range is coated with nickel or zinc. What distinguises Zn (Zinc) and NiCuNi (Nickel-Copper-Nickel) from eachother is that Zn can have a slighty better adhesion when it comes to gluing and taping. If the magnet is to be in a humid environment, we recommend a nickel-epoxy treatment.

See our coating page to decide which surface treatment is best for your application!

Nickel (Ni-Cu-Ni) Zinc (Zn) Epoxy
Gold (Au) Rilsan Rubber coated

b) Alnico

Alnico, aluminum - nickel-cobalt, was developed in the 30's. Alnico is a very temperature resistant material that is heat resistant up to 500°C. The material has also a high remanence, Br. This have made Alnico a popular solution in, among other things, sensitive measuring instruments.

Contents in AlNiCo Contents in %
Aluminium [Al] 8%
Nickel [Ni] 14%
Cobalt [Co] 24%
Iron [Fe] 54%

c) Ferrite

Sintered strontium ferrite is a popular magnetmaterial, much due to the low price. It is also the material with lowest strength. Ferrite magnets are used mostly in speakers and motor segments.

Contents in Ferrite Contents in %
Iron3oxide [Fe2O3] 90.1%
Strontium [SrO] 9.9%

d) Samarium - Cobalt

Samarium Cobalt is a high energy material, much like Neodymium, that can resist temperatures as high as 350°C and has for many decades been used in motor segments and other high temperature applications that call for high energy magnets.

The development of SmCo5 to Sm2Co17 has led to further improvements in the magnetic properties. HYAB is providing a number of qualities.

Contents in SmCo Contents in %
Samarium [Sm] 25%
Cobalt [Co] 52%
Copper [Cu] 4%
Iron [Fe] 14.6%
Zirconium [Zr] 4.4%

2. Plastic Bound

Plastic Bound ferrite is a soft and flexible material that can be punched or cut to a desired shape. The material adapts well to curved surfaces and is therefore ideal for signs, decals for cars etc.

The distinction between anisotropic and semi-anisotropic materials, is that the latter have only one magnetic side. Tapes are usually semi-anisotropic, while rugs and strips are available in two versions.

3. Magnet systems

Choosing the right magnet system is often critical to the finished product. If for example the function of the magnet is to fix or lift, a neodymium encapsulated holding magnets are 7 times more effective than a simple magnet.

Here you can see more examples on how iron affects the strength on magnetic systems, compared to the magnet alone.


In order to separate particles from a liquid it's preferable to choose one of our tested separator systems with many short, powerful flows. Hyab manufactures and stocks a wide range of magnetic systems, ranging from very small systems in medical equipment to the separators of iron ore for the mining industry.

You can find our filter bars here

See our steel sheet separators and overband magnets / conveyorseparators here



Contact us and we'll help you find the right magnet system.

4. Electromagnets

In Hyabs standard range of electromagnets you find extreme electromagnets, electrical holding magnets and pull and push magnets.


Extreme electromagnets starts on a diameter of 200mm and a lifting force of 560kg and up to a diameter of 600mm with a lifting capacity of more than 5 tons!

Solenoids, or pull/push magnets can replace pneumatics in many constructions The magnets are either single-acting, that is magnets pulling / pressing in one direction while the return happens in another way (eg, spring), or double-acting with two coils and reversible nature. HYABs default is 24 VDC, 100% ED

Electrical holdingmagnets are used for lifting or to fix a detail. Our standard range is designed for 24VDC, 100% ED.



How magnets affect pacemaker's.

The implantable pacemaker is a Swedish invention and makes the heart beat at the right pace. The pacemaker's job is to send electrical impulses to the heart so that it beats regularly.

NOTE: before you read

We are not a doctors, so we can only recommend the safety of your pacemaker. For better guidance, consult a certified physician or pacemaker manufacturer. We take no responsibility for how our customers use their magnets against medical equipment.
With that said, we can still get numbers on what distance and how many gauss a standard, modern pacemaker can be appointed for.

How many Gauss / Tesla can a pacemaker be exposed to

Many sources [1], [2], [3] mention the numbers 5 - 10 Gauss (0.5 - 1.0 milliTesla = mT) as the maximum magnetic field where a pacemaker should work properly. These are typical values that pacemakers are expected to hold.

[1] - "Since 2003, all European manufacturers have been required by European standard EN 45502-2-1 to design pacemakers in such a way that static magnetic fields up to 10 Gauss (1.0 mT) do not affect safety and functionality."

[2] - "The EU Working Directive defines the pacemaker limit in static magnetic fields at 5 Gauss (0.5 mT).
A 2015 study of the EU Labor Directive by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs concludes that the safety and functionality of pacemakers in static magnetic fields is also guaranteed with a magnetic field strength of up to 7 Gauss (0.7 mT)."
[3] - "A report on pacemakers and music players from Boston Scientific, one of the largest manufacturers of pacemakers, states - described in the Pacemaker and Defibrillator Operating Instructions, exposure to strong magnetic fields,> 10 Gauss (1 mT), can alter implanted device function."
As this applies to medical equipment, we suggest sticking to the lowest, most conservative value of 5 Gauss (0.5 mTesla).

How far from the magnet do I need to get to achieve 5 Gauss?

This depends on the size and magnetic material of the magnet. But to estimate a value, you can use our magnetic calculator. Enter your desired dimensions on the magnet and adjust the Distance to change the Bz (Gauss) value - or simply put; the magnetic flux density at the distance from the magnet.

DISCLAIMER; The values you get from our magnetic calculator are only theoretical. These can vary from the numbers you get in reality. We take no responsibility for how our customers use their magnets against medical equipment.

Here is a table with some examples of what distance you need from the magnet to get below 5 Gauss, in different sizes Neodymium cylinder magnets. Taken from our magnetic calculator.

Neodymium N35
distance in [mm]

Diameter in [mm]
Thickness in [mm]   Ø 1 Ø 2 Ø 3 Ø 4 Ø 5 Ø 6 Ø 7 Ø 8 Ø 9 Ø 10 Ø 20
T 1 6.3 10.2 13.4 16.4 19 21.5 23.9 26.1 28.3 30.3 48
T 2 7.6 12.5 16.6 20.3 23.7 26.8 29.8 32.7 35.4 38 60.7
T 3 8.4 14 18.7 22.9 26.8 30.5 34 37.2 40.3 43.4 69.4
T 4 9 15.2 20.4 25 29.3 33.3 37 40.7 44 47.4 76
T 5 9.4 16 21.7 26.7 31.2 35.6 39.6 43.5 47.4 50.8 81.8
T 6 9.7 16.8 22.7 28 33 37.4 41.8 46 50 53.8 86.5
T 7 10 17.4 23.8 29.2 34.4 39.2 43.6 48 52.2 56.4 91
T 8 10.2 17.9 24.4 30.2 35.6 40.6 45.4 50 54.3 58.5 95
T 9 10.4 18.3 25 31.2 36.8 42 47 51.6 56 60.5 98.2
T 10 10.6 18.7 25.7 32 37.8 43.2 48.2 53.2 57.8 62.3 101.5
T 20 X X X 37.5 44.6 51.4 57.8 64 70 75.6 125

If a magnet happens to get too close to your pacemaker, it is no harder than removing the magnet. The pacemaker will immediately return to its normal programming and takes no damage / does not need to be reprogrammed.



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