The video selections below were taped to provide quick, technical vignettes illustrating the function and the benefits of New Way Porous Media™ Air Bearings. They are available in an array of different file formats for use by the broadcast press. If you require a different file format, or raw videotape for use in one of your programs, please feel free to contact our Media Relations department. These vignettes are organized roughly into three catagories:
Air Bearing Basics
New Way Products
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This set of videos, featuring New Way founder and CTO Drew Devitt, is designed to provide a solid baseline of information for engineers who may not have worked with porous media air bearings previously. But we think even the most-seasoned air bearing expert may find something new. (See the Hacksaw in the very first production!)
Air bearings are part of the Fluid Film group of bearings. As aerostatic bearings, a further subdivision, New Way air bearings require an external pressure source, which means that fly height is not dependent on motion. The video also introduces porous media compensation, and compares this type with orifice-based air bearings. The robust nature of porous media air bearings is demonstrated...with a hacksaw.
This is the on-demand version of the Air Bearings 101 Webcast produced by New Way Air Bearings on September 27, 2011. Featuring New Way founder and CTO Drew Devitt, it covers the basics of frictionless motion. Although it was created for an academic audience (students), it makes this introductory information accessible for all.
This program covers the concepts of Restriction and Compensation, characteristics which distinguish air bearings from all other pneumatic systems. You'll learn what Restriction is, and why it is important in the application of air bearings. Furthermore, this simple video will show you why porous media air bearings offer engineers a superior solution to air bearings featuring discrete orifices.
This video features a 3-1/4" diameter stainless steel shaft positioned inside two split bearing blocks which house radial air bearings. The air is turned off, and the rotating shaft screeches to a halt, showing that the air bearings are already preloaded. When the air pressure is turned back on, these porous media air bearings are strong enough to bend the structure, making themselves clearance, showing that the air bearings are stiffer than the structure.
New Way Products
Here you'll find a number of longer-format videos designed to introduce you to New Way Air Bearings products, their functions, and the benefits that they can provide for engineers in various industries or markets.
This video provides a more-detailed look at New Way's Metric and English Air Bushing product lines. It covers sizes, and the technical specifications, lift-load curves, stiffness equations, engineering drawings, and mounting hardware that you'll find on the New Way web site. It also explains why air bushings are an ideal solution for many simple linear or rotary applications, and demonstrates how easy it is to install one.
In this video the viewer is “introduced” to Tilting Pad Bearings, using a Kingsbury Demo Kit from the 1920s. Though these bearings were invented before the turn of the LAST century, the concept still flies today, with future applications for air bearings based on the same principles.