New Way Feature Articles
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01/20/2010 - Making A Case for Flywheel Energy Storage
Although energy storage may not be practical for load following, there appears to be an application for frequency regulation. In this article, New Way Chairman and CTO Drew Devitt makes the case for massive, frictionless, air-bearing-enabled flywheels.
To capture an image of a heart at its most quiet moment requires incredibly fast motion on the part of CT scanners. Air bearings help the scanner deliver the needed speed. This article by Robert Popilock, Senior Product Manager, CT, Philips Healthcare, and Drew Devitt, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, New Way Air Bearings, covers the rationale behind making the leap to non-contact, porous media air bearing technology, and the advantages it provides.
11/20/2009 - The 'Green' Machine
Porous media air bearings and conventional contact bearings are compared, with an eye to their 'environmental' performance. Without contact, porous media air bearings are more efficient and longer lasting. Specific examples of the superior 'green' attributes of porous media air bearings are cited for both rotary and linear applications.
09/10/2009 - Glass Flotation for PV and FPDs
This article by New Way founder and chief technology officer Drew Devitt examines the prevalence of inspection and processing zone glass flotation in the manufacture of large-generation flat-panel displays and PV modules. It demonstratea a new approach -- the use of air conveyors -- for Gen 10 panels that save 75% of the machine weight compared with moving gantries, while exploring several options for controlling the panels in ambient to vacuum environments.
09/07/2009 - Axis of Rotation Metrology for Improved Gearing
Edited by Russ Willcutt, this article by New Way founder and chief technology officer Drew Devitt examines the use of axis of rotation metrology for characterizing spindles, thereby allowing improved gearing. Drawing heavily on the experience of industry giants Jim Bryan, Eric Marsh, and others, content compares synchronous and asynchronous error motions, and their impact on gear manufacturing.
08/21/2009 - Axis of Rotation Metrology
This article by New Way founder and chief technology officer Drew Devitt examines how Axis-of-Rotation Metrology has developed into a standard for characterizing spindles and understanding machine capabilities. Written from a deterministic viewpoint, it covers the differences between synchronous and asynchronous error motions, and offers strategies for eliminating both. The article is supported with test data and references Jim Bryan, Wolfgang Holzhauer, and other industry notables.
07/23/2009 - Bigger Role for Radial Air Bearings
Edited by Leland Teschler, this article by New Way founder and chief technology officer Drew Devitt examines the advantages of radial air bearings for precision rotary motion applications. The text compares radial air bearings with conventional contact bearings, provides application examples, and offers mounting details. A sidebar covers energy initiative applications.
05/10/2009 - The Physics of Glass Flotation
In this article, New Way founder and chief technology officer Drew Devitt delves into the details of non-contact glass handling for the flat panel display and solar industries. He explains the function of different kinds of glass flotation systems and their capabilities. This piece is a primer for any organization considering the application of air bearings in the processing or inspection areas of their fab.
10/10/2008 - New Way Air Bearings Company Profile
This company profile features a close look at New Way's Conveyor Air Bearing product line, designed for use in the manufacture or inspection of Flat Panel Display (FPD) or Solar glass. The emphasis is on the physics of glass flotation, and how the company's new C-Series hybrid conveyors combine the best features of its predecessors for a high-performance, lower-cost solution.