Breakthrough Discovery in the Physics of Magnetism
Renowned scientist and inventor
Larry Fullerton applies signal correlation methods and coding theory to
magnetism to precisely control magnetic fields. Coded magnetic structures
correlate to produce stronger bonding force, programmable precision alignment,
and deterministic magnetic field interaction that promise to accelerate product
performance and innovation.
Huntsville, AL October 8, 2009
Correlated Magnetics Research LLC (CMR) announced today the development of a new
technology that will allow the design and manufacture of programmable magnets
for use across industry and worldwide.
Coded magnetic structures can be designed to deliver precise holding strength
characteristics, customized release behavior, prescribed alignment tolerances
and even unique identities that can discriminate among other programmed magnets
and determine which devices will interact. Rare-earth materials, ferrites and
electromagnets alike can be programmed using one-, two- or three-dimensional
arrays of magnetic elements that alternate polarities in a prescribed spatial
"We applied signal correlation methods that are well-understood and widely used
in radio communications today", said company founder and Chief Scientist Larry
Fullerton. "By alternating the polarity of individual magnetic elements on the
magnet surface, we can alter the shape and density of the magnetic field.
"I initially programmed a pair of correlated magnets to produce a peak
attractive force at one alignment and one alignment only. What this means in
practical terms is that two very strong magnets will lock together in one
particular alignment, but then can be easily released by twisting the patterns
away from the correlated position," Fullerton said.
Coded magnetic devices offer dramatic improvement in safety for applications
involving strong industrial magnets as well, because the engagement distance or
"reach" can be precisely controlled.
For example, a coded magnet strong enough to lift a large metal cargo container
won't attract metal until it's within inches of its intended target. Door locks
and other hardware can be programmed so pacemakers and credit cards are not
By using programmed magnets, designers can increase magnet performance, or
decrease the size and weight required to achieve a particular design objective.
This realization comes at a time when the cost of magnetic materials is
increasing rapidly, and the availability of rare-earth materials is becoming
Permanent magnets are utilized in millions of household and industrial machines
around the world. CMR will license the programmable magnets technology to
manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, environmental, construction, biomedical
and consumer products industries, thereby maintaining its focus on continued
research and development.
CMR has 60 patents filed with the U.S. Patent Office as well as international
patent organizations. For more information about programmable magnets, contact
CMR representatives or visit the CMR website at http://www.correlatedmagnetics.com.
About Correlated Magnetics Research, LLC: CMR was founded in 2008 by Larry
Fullerton and Mark Roberts to pursue research and development activities in the
field of correlated magnetic structures. MagnitsTM, Coded MagnetsTM and
Correlated Magnetics are registered trademarks of Correlated Magnetics Research,
Ron Jewell, Correlated Magnetics Research, LLC
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