New Way® Flat Rectangular Air Bearings offer a non-contact bearing solution for use in linear applications. By employing our foundational Porous Media Technology™, a thin and stiff layer of air is distributed across a carbon face, removing friction. The natural permeability of carbon provides an even distribution of air offering superior performance unavailable to conventional and orifice-based bearings.
With friction removed, New Way Flat Rectangular Air Bearings are capable of maintaining high speeds and accelerations with impressive fly-height accuracies to deliver nano-level precision. The design itself is inherently crash-resistant as the air is slowly diffused by the porous media in the event of air supply loss, minimizing the chance of surface damage. All of this, coupled with the removal of burdensome oil-based lubrication requirements, greatly improves operational efficiencies.
New Way Flat Rectangular Air Bearings are designed to carry high loads, while also maximizing the bearing surface area for the guide. The design includes a gimballed mount making them easy to integrate or change. The gimbaled mount enables a simple method for alignment and configuration changes, as well as the flexibility to fine-tune as needed.
The unique use of porous media in air bearings makes them ideal for clean room use. Not only is less air used in air bearings when compared to orifice-based air bearings, but the air is evenly distributed by the porous media. Both of these features minimize the potential of currents or eddies in the clean room and its damaging impacts on production.
Another benefit of the use of porous media is its ability to perform as a sub-micron filter for the air emitted. Testing indicates the bearing satisfies the requirements of Class 1 (ISO class 3) cleanliness, with airborne particulate concentrate limits of less than 1,000 x 0.1μm particles / m3.
Available in several standard off-the-shelf sizes as well as custom sizes, New Way enables you to create a linear stage for your unique application. Contact us today to get started!
New Way Flat Rectangular Air Bearings are ideal across a diverse set of applications. Regardless of their use, what they share in common is the need for high-precision and efficient operations.
With the success of the flat, round porous media air bearing product line, we added the rectangular configuration offer an integration alternative. For some linear motion applications, the rectangular profile provides a more efficient bearing surface alignment.
Contact us today for your complimentary consultation for using New Way Flat Rectangular Air Bearings in your linear motion application!