The animations below are designed to clearly illustrate the advantages of Porous Media Air Bearings, and are available in multiple file formats for use by the broadcast press. Please contact our Media Relations department should you require a different file format, or raw animation for use in one of your programs. These animations are organized roughly into three catagories:
What Is an Air Bearing?
What Is an Air Bearing?
This set of three simple animations is designed for those who may be new to air bearings -- and to New Way Porous Media Technology® in particular. Each one concisely describes for the viewer how that particular air bearing works all in less than 70 seconds.
This short animation shows how air is forced through millions of sub-micron sized holes to create a 5-micron film of air that enables non-contact linear motion. The animated example is a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM).
In this short animation, the 5-micron air film created by New Way's Porous Media Technology enables both non-contact rotary motion as well as axial constraint. The animated example is a Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner.
Now called New Way 'Air Bars,' this brief animation shows how the combination of air and vacuum enable both the non-contact conveyance and sub-micron level control of substrates during a manufacturing process. The animated example is a Flat Panel Display (FPD) manufacturing process.
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Here you'll find a number of longer-format animations designed to introduce you to the concept behind New Way Air Bearings products, their functions, and the benefits that they can provide for engineers in various industries or markets.
This more-detailed animation examines the structure, installation and benefits of the New Way AirWay Linear Motion Guide System. In fact, it is the compilation of many of the shorter animations in the Technology Comparison section below, plus a useful Reference section.
This brief animation shows how New Way Conveyor Air Bearings ('Transition Zone Air Bars') and Precision Chucks ('Precision Zone Air Bars') can be used to create a simplified, in-line system for cleaning, drying and coating substrates during the FPD or PV manufacturing process.
Now called New Way 'Air Bars,' this more-detailed animation shows how the combination of air and vacuum enable both the non-contact conveyance and sub-micron level control of substrates during a manufacturing process. The animated example is a Flat Panel Display (FPD) manufacturing process.
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Because of their non-contact nature, porous media air bearings provide advantages that traditional rolling element bearings, or even conventional orifice air bearings, inherently cannot. Here you'll find the performance of porous media air bearings compared to that of conventional rolling element bearings across eight critical characteristics.
This one-minute technology comparison shows that, unlike conventional rolling element bearings, porous media air bearings offer a non-contact solution, almost entirely eliminating stiction, thereby providing almost infinite resolution and repeatability.
Rolling element bearings, over time, show wear from mechanical contact, resulting in inconsistent machine characteristics. This short animation shows that with porous media air bearings there is no contact, so there is no wear, just consistent performance.
This concise animation shows that , without the contact or competing forces present within the raceway of a conventional rolling element bearing, porous media air bearings provide smooth, silent motion.
This animation shows that porous media air bearings, which feature no contact and no internal moving parts, provide speed capabilities an order of magnitude greater than that of conventional rolling element bearings.
This quick animation shows how the rotating inertia of the balls in a conventional rolling element bearing limits the acceleration capabilities of that solution, in contrast to the non-contact, high-acceleration solution that porous media air bearings provide.
Porous media air bearings ride on a cushion of air so, as this animation shows, unlike conventional rolling element bearings there is no need for lubricant, and no resulting lubricant migration or out-gassing, significantly reducing maintenance.
The balls in a rolling element bearing create unwanted motion in all directions. This animation shows that with porous media air bearings there is no contact or internal moving parts, so there is no unwanted motion.
This nifty little animation shows how the momentum of the balls in a conventional rolling element bearing often amplify deviations in the guideway, while porous media air bearings actually average them, keeping linear motion true.