The LEVX® On-Demand Webinar is now online and available for viewing. During the 30 minute Webinar presentation you will learn about our business plans for LEVX® technology transfers in selected countries. We also provide insight into the LEVX® technologies and some of the unmatched benefits that they provide.
On-line registration is required to view the Webinar. Interested viewers simply fill out the convenient registration form and submit it for processing. Within 48 hours our staff will forward an email message containing instructions, website links and the needed password to view the presentation. Viewers are then able to log into the Webinar site at their convenience to watch the presentation.
The LEVX® Webinar is currently available in the English language only. The LEVX® team is constantly working to improve our website and marketing materials. Please let us know if you have suggestions or requests for additional information.
We have added our own words to many of our website's videos. So, we invite you to watch them again, or for the first time, and try out this new experience. If you have visited the videos in the past you may need to refresh your screen to view the newest versions. Then let us know if you still have questions. Visit our Contact page to use our convenient message form and to find our telephone numbers and addresses.
We are also creating an on-demand webinar service for your convenience that will be up and running in the coming days. You will be asked to register for the webinar by filling out a simple request form and then you will receive a personalized email with an active link to our webinar site and a temporary password.
The LEVX team is constantly working to improve our website and marketing materials. Please let us know if you have suggestions or requests for additional information.
The LEVX® team was asked to present an update regarding advancements with our LEVX® full scale freight demonstration at a Technology Symposium on Transitioning to Zero Emission Freight Transport Technologies held in Diamond Bar, California in early April. At issue, criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from freight transport sources that are significant contributors to California's air quality and climate change. The LEVX® presentation, "Zero Emission Movement of Freight Containers" included video and an update of activities at the Port Angeles LEVX® demonstration site.
Symposium flyers stated that "Meeting federal ambient air quality standards and California's climate change goals will require technology transformation on all levels. As such, innovative freight technologies development, demonstration and deployment must be accelerated over the next several years." The symposium further focused on the opportunities, challenges, and implementation timelines for promising zero and near-zero emission freight transport technologies and to provide input for policy options and decisions.
The symposium was jointly sponsored by California's Clean Air Technology Initiative partners; South Coast Air Quality Management District, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, California Environmental Protection Agency - Air Resources Board and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Magna Force is honored to join heads of governmental, business and civil society organizations to declare our support for the Green Industry Platform; a voluntary multi-stakeholder partnership established by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme and partner United Nations organizations. The Platform is designed to provide a framework to take specific and measurable action to advance the greening of industry and the promotion of industrial innovation, entrepreneurship, competitiveness and the creation of green jobs worldwide, thereby contributing concretely towards sustainable development.
The path to sustained development requires the decoupling of economic growth from resource use and pollution; including progressively more efficient use of raw materials, energy, water and land through innovative practices and applications of new green technologies that move beyond "business as usual".
Magna Force is a 20 year old company dedicated to creating innovative, ecologically sustainable and resource efficient technologies. We have long embraced the fundamental concepts promoted by the Green Industry Platform including the importance of direct technology transfer of ecologically sustainable LEVX® systems as a basis for economic growth and the creation of new green jobs.
We at Magna Force look forward to working closely with UNIDO, UNEP, partner United Nations organizations and other Green Industry Platform Partners over the next 3 years as we engage to help advance the Platform's objectives.
Recently, Magna Force, Inc. completed Phase 1 of a first of its kind Intermodal Container Freight Demonstration in Port Angeles, Washington. Early testing of the fully loaded freight carriage has substantiated expectations of unmatched transport energy efficiency.
LEVX® carriages achieve levitation without an energy source and acceleration requires a minimal 1 pound of force for each 1,000 pounds. The company's studies reveal that LEVX® transport energy averages less than .25 kWh per container mile. LEVX® transports containerized freight with less energy, lower costs and the smallest environmental footprint of any existing transport system.
The LEVX® patent portfolio expanded to 36 countries last week as patent examiners in Canada and Hungary issued notices of allowance for patents covering the LEVX® technologies in those countries. In addition to the 36 countries where patents have now granted, 6 more countries continue to process additional patent applications. LEVX® trademarks have also been registered in over 30 countries to date.
The news came as Magna Force, Inc. makes plans for extending and expanding its LEVX® intellectual property portfolio with a series of new patent applications. The new filings will cover improvements to LEVX® designs and configurations as well as several newly developed system components. The new filings will include all of the current portfolio countries and expansion to a number of new areas of interest.
The last year has seen significant advancements with LEVX® technologies from the completion of the intermodal freight demonstration track and first freight carriage to successfully levitating 84,000 pounds with ease. Here's a quick overview of what we have accomplished and where LEVX® technology can go in the future.
May 2012 brought some very compelling new content to the web site. We've linked the pages here for your convenience.
LEVX® technology is extremely versatile. Created from simple components and modular guideways, LEVX® systems are both scalable and easily customized for different markets. (Read More...)
Currently, we are working with a heavy duty, "freight scale" design capable of magnetically suspending vehicles weighing 2,000 pounds per linear foot. That equates to a 40' long carriage that would support an 80,000 pound gross vehicle weight. (Read More...)
May 10, 2012. Initial testing has begun on a partially assembled intermodal freight carriage at the LEVX® demonstration site. With the freight deck in place, LEVX® team members gathered data as the deck was loaded with an increasing payload.
Empty, the magnetic suspension provided a 2.5" air gap between the wheel-less carriage and track. Loaded to 38,000 pounds the air gap measured 1.65" and at a design weight capable of transporting fully loaded freight containers the 1" air gap perfectly matched engineering specifications.
Another test measured the force required to move the fully loaded carriage along the track. That data supports our initial calculations of 1 pound of force to put 1000 pounds of mass in motion. Actual measurements came in at below 1 pound, a fact further supported when the smallest guy on our crew showed that he could easily move the carriage under maximum weight with a push!
The Magna Force team is busy completing the assembly of its first intermodal freight carriage designed to transport fully loaded freight containers weighing in at up to 68,000 pounds. The LEVX® intermodal freight carriage is the first of its kind featuring a passive magnetic suspension that holds the carriage in continuous, stable levitation over the guideway. No energy whatsoever is required to maintain its suspended position day in and day out.
Carriage components were first preassembled in the Magna Force work shop and then moved onto the finished LEVX® guideway for final assembly. Next steps will include installation of the proprietary LEVX® propulsion system. Once the carriage is complete, testing and scheduled demonstrations will begin immediately. Contact us to schedule your visit.
Construction of the first phase of the LEVX® container freight transport demonstration has provided a real world opportunity to examine the costs associated with guideway construction from the ground up. The total cost of the demonstration guideway design is estimated at $5 million per lane mile, or $10.4 million for a bi-directional system.
Civil structures including foundations, vertical columns and the steel substructure totaled 36% of the estimated per lane mile cost or approximately $1.8 million. The remaining $3.2 million was allocated to the LEVX® proprietary guideway components including the magnetic suspension and propulsion elements and associated structures.
Phase 1 guideway construction wraps up at the Port Angeles construction site with the installation of the passive (non-electrified) magnetic suspension and torque reaction rail components. The completed guideway is part of the demonstration of a next-generation "maglev" technology trademarked LEVX®. LEVX® slashes the construction costs and energy requirements of its predecessors with a simplified, pre-engineered design.
The LEVX® demonstration will feature the transport of fully loaded freight containers weighing nearly 70,000 pounds that are continuously and passively suspended at least 1" above the guideway. The freight carriage is now being assembled with system testing planned to begin in February.
Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Korean affiliate of the global PwC organization, and Magna Force, Inc. have entered into a non-exclusive engagement agreement in support of the LEVX® Patent Equity Plan.
Magna Force and Samil have been working closely over the past several months to complete an extensive due diligence review of the LEVX® technology and associated business opportunities. With those preliminary tasks completed the companies are now ready to move forward with an array of planned activities that will reach well beyond Korean interests alone.
Magna Force's management is enthusiastic about working with the carefully selected team of Samil professionals who provide expertise in many areas including in-depth corporate analysis and strategic experience in diverse M&A services.
About Samil: Since its establishment in 1971, Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers has been the Korean affiliate of the global PricewaterhouseCoopers organization. Samil's 210 partners and over 3,600 staff make it the largest professional services organization in Korea, more the double the size of the next largest accounting firm. Although Samil dominates the market in terms of size and experience, it organizes itself into smaller teams in order to provide a personal level of service to individual clients. Specific groups include specialization in the following industries: banking, consumer and industrial products, technology, communications, entertainment, services, government and middle-market. Samil maintains specialty teams in the areas of risk management solutions; tax structuring, consulting and compliance; and management consulting and information technology. The team structure allows Samil to share resources and knowledge firmwide when appropriate, while protecting proprietary client information.
We developed the valuation for the LEVX® patent portfolio utilizing a combination of U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, United Nation and World Bank reports.
Purchasing LEVX® patents provides immediate exclusive ownership and control of LEVX® project developments and related business ventures within a selected country. This business model creates no on-going reporting requirements, royalty payments or profit sharing from the new owner.
The company is considering payment schedules and other flexible finance terms on a case by case basis.
LEVX® heavy duty carriages are designed to levitate total vehicle weights of over 41 tons, enough to easily transport fully loaded freight transport containers between port terminals and intermodal yards. Recent testing of carriage components at our Port Angeles facility revealed an actual capability for levitating, moving and cornering vehicles weighing as much as 60 tons. Robust propulsion and brake system tests have also documented significant excess capacity for safe and efficient operation.
We are continuing our sponsorship of the North American Eagle team and their quest to bring the land speed record back to the United States. With the fuselage of an F-104 Starfighter, the NAE is built for speed. Why get involved with this you ask? The answer is pretty simple, really... These guys like to go fast, but somehow they've got to stop.
Slowing a vehicle down from supersonic speeds requires a phased approach using multiple technologies. Assuming the Eagle is traveling at its target speed of 800 mph, here's how braking works:
• The driver pulls back on the throttle. In doing so, he deploys speed-brake doors located on each side of the fuselage, just forward of the tail section. Hydraulically actuated, these speed brakes were part of the original aircraft design and function in the same way by creating drag to slow the vehicle down. With the speed brakes deployed, the car begins a gradual deceleration.
• At about 650 mph, a drogue parachute is deployed to assist the speed brakes. A drogue chute is more elongated and much thinner than a conventional parachute, which means it creates less drag and is less likely to get torn apart. A much larger main chute follows the drogue at about 500 mph, creating even more drag. This slows the car to approximately 125 mph.
• At 500 mph, the driver can activate the magnetic brakes on the rear wheels to scrub off kinetic energy built up in the massive 300 pound wheels, which tend to spin down slower than the car will decelerate. These are state-of-the-art components made of rare earth (neodymium iron boron, or NdFeB) magnets mounted in stainless steel brackets on the rear axle near each wheel. The brackets move close to, but do not touch, an aluminum rotor mounted on the inside of wheel's hub (See animation of how the Magnetic Brakes operate). The resulting magnetic resistance slows the car to 100 mph.
• Finally, with the car traveling less than 100 mph, a "Flintstone" break pad (currently in development) just off the cockpit, will hydraulically activate to drag along the ground at speeds below 100 mph. (Source: How Stuff Works)
We wish Ed Shadle and his crew all the best luck with their next land speed record attempt!
With the initial ground-breaking on June 30th, 2011, construction of Phase I of the LEVX® Certification Project is now underway! The LEVX® Team had various modular components built to its specifications. These recently delivered materials include pre-fabricated steel beams and footing components to be used for the new elevated guideway. LEVX® stresses the philosophy of using low cost, light weight, pre-fabricated components for construction of LEVX® systems. This modular design approach will allow flexibility in the manufacturing of simple guideways which meet the engineering demands of specific clients under a variety of site conditions.
The LEVX® Team is currently in progress of translating the LEVX® introductory video into 9 languages. As with the brochures, the additional languages for videos will include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish. These new videos will help increase global exposure to our exciting technology.
Our team just got the news we've been waiting for: Building permits issued! On June 28th, Magna Force, Inc. was granted building permits by both the City of Port Angeles and the Port of Port Angeles building & safety departments for all phases of construction of the LEVX® Certification Project. This means construction of the various components including the new elevated guideway will be soon be underway at the site!
In support of the recent global interest in LEVX® technology, we now have color brochures in PDF format available on the website at the LEVX® Media page. The languages available are: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and English of course! Please feel free to download and/or print these for use an introduction to the LEVX® Company and our technologies.
Surveying and engineering for the elevated guideway portion of the LEVX® Certification Project has been completed and construction layout has begun. The LEVX® Team is in the process of staking points for footing placements, upon which a 260-foot section of the new LEVX® elevated guideway will be built. This initial section of the guideway will be straight and level. Phase I Materials are currently being fabricated and should be available soon.
A LEVX® carriage achieves levitation without an energy source. Propulsion, on the other hand, does require an energy source. The first propulsion module for the LEVX® certification system is being fabricated with two types of regenerative components for added efficiency. The module can operate in either all electric or hybrid modes.
Today's electric and hybrid vehicles take advantage of efficiency-improving technologies, such as regenerative braking. In regenerative braking, the vehicle's kinetic energy is converted into battery-replenishing electric energy, rather than wasting it as heat energy as conventional brakes do.
At 1 kWh per container mile, LEVX® transports containerized freight at a fraction of the energy of diesel trucks, greatly reducing fuel costs and CO2 emissions.
* California Environmental Protection Agency, Air Resources Board Detailed California-Modified GREET Pathway Studies February 28, 2009
This year we celebrate a significant ten year anniversary. Since April 21st, 2001, a LEVX® prototype has successfully demonstrated passive (requires zero energy), permanent magnet levitation. It is the world's longest, continuously suspended carriage â€“ relying solely on the strength of the passive magnets. Over 85,000 hours later, this LEVX® prototype remains stable, with no degradation of the air gap between the guideway and the carriage.
Created with magnets reused twice from previous tracks, a second mobile LEVX® prototype has been similarly suspended over 68,000 hours. Using recycled magnets demonstrates the durability and flexibility of the LEVX® technology.
The LEVX® team looks forward to more exciting milestones and achievements in 2011. We wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
Activities to support our intermodal freight transport customers and government certification of a LEVX® system continues. Magnet selection and optimization for our hybrid electric (ultra low emission) and all electric (zero emission) container mover systems are complete.
Our efforts are now focused on 40 ton acceleration rate testing. The LEVX® team creates custom test cells in-house utilizing know-how and expertise in industrial fabrication and permanent magnet technologies.
The LEVX® design team is beginning structural plans for the LEVX® elevated guideway. SolidWorks 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software provides our team a dynamic tool for intelligent and quick development of manufacturing-ready drawings and data.
Throughout the design phase, SolidWorks Simulation will subject our models to the same conditions that they'll experience in the real world. Virtual prototyping ensures quality and performance - before construction begins.
After a rigorous review from our design team, LEVX® drawings and data will be independently analyzed by our strategic partners and engineering consultants.
Magna Force, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of their new corporate headquarters nestled in the heart of downtown Port Angeles, Washington. Visitors will meet with LEVX® technology sales and marketing teams and tour the nearby demonstration site.
Leading the new office is Jo Klinski, COO and CIPO at Magna Force. She manages global customer relations and specializes in intermodal freight transport facilities and seaports. To schedule a meeting, contact Jo at 360.457.9428.ï»¿
The construction planning phase of the LEVX® demonstration project is well underway. Surveyors are setting up a robotic total station instrument to establish survey control points on site.
These control points will not only determine the path for the elevated guideway and switch, but are requisite for continuous monitoring in pursuit of government certification.
Magna Force is moving forward with the final engineering and safety certification of a LEVX® freight transport system.
Activities have already begun in preparation for construction of the LEVX® system that will transport fully loaded 40' freight containers along an elevated guideway, through a switch, and around corners. The demonstration will, as closely as possible, mimic service for a sea port or intermodal freight transport facility.
We are very pleased that our recent successes are bringing new jobs to Port Angeles as well as contributing to our community's strength as we "buy locally" to support the region's economy whenever possible.
Port Strategy Online Edition
By Stevie Knight
Stop treating green initiatives as 'add-ons' and start embracing holistic solutions, Stevie Knight suggests.
Naval Sea Systems Command
"Fleet-wide implementation (of magnetic couplings) for approximately 15,000 surface ship pump applications will provide annual savings of more than 1,700 Sailor-years."
Naval Sea Systems Command
By Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs
The magnetic coupling installed on Anzio's number 1 seawater service (SWS) pump, the ship's workhorse pump, also performed superbly. Magnetic couplings use two precision-machined aluminum rotors and high-energy magnets to transmit torque through air. Since the pump and motor never come in contact with each other, even with the pump running 24/7 for 18 months, the pumps and bearing have shown little, if any, decline in performance.
Naval Sea Systems Command
By Petter Kristiansen
Magnetic couplings eliminate precision alignments, eliminate coupling maintenance, increase bearing and seal life and lower starting currents for electric motors.
Industry Week Magazine
By Frank R. Chloupek
Industry Week Magazine honored Magna Force's industrial innovations by naming its Adjustable Speed Drive System a Technology of the Year for 2001.
Imagine an easy-to-install industrial technology that reduces energy consumption, eliminates mechanical vibrations and electronic harmonics, relaxes alignment tolerances and cuts maintenance needs.
Sound too good to be true?
"This is something that no one even knew was possible," says Ken Black, senior applications engineer for MagnaDrive Corp., Seattle. "This is a new animal in the zoo."