Flat panel display and photovoltaic solar panel manufacturing must eliminate any contact during glass-handling processes to enhance yield. New Way offers non-contact air bars for integration into a single glass conveying, processing and/or inspection array. Air bars from New Way are air bearings that use a thin film of pressurized air to provide an exceedingly low friction load-bearing interface between surfaces. Eliminating the friction variable, this air bearing technology offers greater precision in operation, especially on glass.
Incorporating proprietary Porous Media TechnologyTM, New Way air bars distribute “air” evenly across an entire conveying surface from millions of sub-micron holes in the bearing surface, making it virtually impossible for the glass to touch down. Even in the rare occasion of air loss, the carbon surface of the air bar minimizes damage as the glass sheet gently rests on the surface until air pressure is reapplied. The carbon surface avoids scratching the glass.
Offering 10 – 120 micron substrate fly height range, + 5 micron fly height control and ±1 nanometer glass stability, New Way Air Bars are ideal for non-contacting glass handling for:
As with all of New Way Air Bearing Products, Air Bars incorporate proprietary Porous Media Technology that makes them contactless and able to float on glass with frictionless operation. Possessing superior stiffness, they don’t scratch like competitive products. To learn more about the New Way Air Bars, download our Air Bar Product Catalog or request product information here.