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Huntsville, Alabama -- do you remember as a child, marvel at the magnet and the polarity is how to pull up or take them apart, an invisible force?

A Huntsville company, Correlated Magnetics Research, is taking that child's play to new levels, achieving breakthroughs that allow magnets to be "taught" new behavior so they can exhibit all kinds of force-field combinations.

The company currently holds 121 patents, and has plans for uses ranging from magnetic paint for hole-free wall decorating, to magnetic shock absorbers for cars and conveyor belts run by magnetism.

Correlated Magnetics Research co-founder and chief inventor Larry Fullerton's breakthroughs open the door to thousands of practical everyday magnet uses, from hanging artwork and décor without drilling holes in the walls, to complex applications in engineering, manufacturing, electronics, automotive, and more.

In mid-December, CMR launched for the first time a highly specialized wall-attachment magnet for hanging artwork and décor on walls painted with a special magnetic paint. The new magnet and magnetic paint could be used in homes, offices, dorm rooms, hotels, and perhaps down the road, art museums and studios.

According to Mark Roberts, chief intellectual property officer and co-founder of CMR, "For years, magnetic paint has struggled to catch on, not because of a flaw in the paint, but because conventional magnets don't work on it. We have better magnets."

Roberts says the ferrite magnetic material currently used on picture frames and décor don't interact with the paint. "Our magnets have a smaller force field and our magnet curve array can hold five, 10, 100 pounds if sized correctly. They are 10 times stronger than those currently recommended for magnetic paint, so imagine the popularity with college dorms, rental property owners and new homeowners. Our magnets eliminate holes in the wall and make it easier to move things around."

Magnets have always fascinated mankind. The phenomenon of magnetism ― that is, the nature of magnets, has until now, been only mildly studied as a science. Both Roberts and Fullerton are electrical engineers. Fullerton is the company's primary inventor. Roberts has spent 18 years creating software for the company's magnetic technology and writing their many patents.

Correlated Magnetics Patents

"If I were to describe my patent tree, I would showcase four major breakthroughs," Roberts said. "The first is 'Correlated Magnetics'. It is the name of our company and defines the nature of magnetism in a way that allows for all kinds of elaborate encoding in both one and two dimensions never discovered before."

Correlated Magnetics is the technology behind magnets for the wall attachment market and for a line of self-assembling toys, which is still in progress.

According to CMR marketing director, Stephen Straus, Fullerton spent most of his career as an expert at communication security and bandwidth, as founder of the former Huntsville company, Time Domain. "One day, while watching his grandchildren play, he began brainstorming a creative way to get his grandkids interested in math, science, and physics. His first idea was to create self-assembling toys, beginning with a magnetic doll."

"Larry knew that by putting a bunch of magnetic doll parts in a box, they would clump together," said Roberts. "However, as a worldwide expert at encoding wireless communications and radar using Signal Processing (SP), he believed he could encode behaviors into each magnet, causing them to discriminate."

In other words, he could change each doll part's behavior from simple repel and attract, to repel what it was told to repel and attract what it was told to attract. "He wanted the right arm of this doll to attach itself to the right shoulder of that doll," says Roberts.

After testing his encoding theory, sure enough, Fullerton became the first person ever to apply encoding to a magnetic array, intentionally causing a concept known as "cancellation" in order to form stable magnetic "sidelobes".

Magnito Magnetic Behavior Patents

"Magnito Magnetic Behavior really takes advantage of polar misalignment and allows us to create very precise and dynamic patterns using a large array of misaligned electromagnets," says Roberts.

Magnito Magnetic Behavior has implications in all kinds of manufacturing applications such as moving components on a conveyor belt. Anywhere there is pushing and pulling involved on an assembly line, CMR's technology lets you control movement without wires and lubricants.

"You can take advantage of 3-D space to run the conveyor up a wall or wherever there is a magnetic field with an electromagnetic array," Roberts said. "The application is down the road, but we have demonstrated it, it works, and we have a patent for it."

Multilevel Magnetism Patents

"Multilevel Magnetism is by far the most versatile of our patents," says Roberts. "We can create combinational force curves based on magnet strength and how close it is to something else."

In other words, CMR can create magnetic structures that hover to isolate vibrations. It can replace shock absorbers in motor vehicles, suspended floors in factories, and support stereo speakers and equipment in the electronics market.

Furthermore, Roberts said they can add spacers in between the multi-layers where they attract and repel to control the strength of the attraction between them.

"Now I have a device that with a little permutation becomes a new kind of switch, or magnetic hurricane window shutters that can be popped up at the last minute using magnets in repel mode that don't require a screwdriver, nuts, or bolts."

MagPrinter patents

CMR holds several patents on their Mini-Mag desktop printer and larger MagPrinter. Theses magnet printers spot magnetize a multitude of magnetic behaviors onto magnetic material using miniscule north/south (positive and negative) magnets called maxels. They are able to print images using these maxels, onto traditional magnets and magnetic material. They recently created an image of President Obama and sent it to him. In addition, because the field force (strength) is very small, they are safer than magnets currently used in computers and mobile devices and hope to become an alternative source of magnets for major electronics manufacturers.

Using software Roberts developed, CMR's current challenge is perfecting a way to mass print/produce their encoded magnets.Source:al.com

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