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New Way® Air Bearings products are engineered to improve the performance of your precision machine tool applications. Whether your application requires linear motion or rotary motion air bearings, New Way products offer unique properties using Porous Media Technology that creates a reliable, frictionless stiff air gap between components that allows improved precision of moving parts.

By definition, precision is something made with exact measurements. The term “precision tool” means a device that is used to make concise measurements. You can read more in our recent blog, Uncover How Flat Round Air Bearings Shaped Precision As We Know It, how air bearings have set a standard in Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) used for inspection of critical parts such as jet engines. New Way’s linear and rotary air bearings offer the technology needed for the critical industrial applications that require precision machine tooling.

Benefits of Air Bearings

Air bearings are ideal for precision machine tool applications as they have these inherent properties and benefits:

  • Low error motions
  • High-speed rotation
  • Precision rotary motion
  • Crash-resistant
  • No Lubrication
  • Frictionless Motion
  • No Contact
  • No Noise

Applications for Precision Machine Tool

Linear Motion
New Way’s products are engineered for precision motion that provides excellent results for precision machine tool applications requiring linear motion. Our product line includes flat round air bearings, flat rectangular air bearings, air bushings, air bearing slide assemblies, and vacuum preloaded air bearings. Read how these types of air bearings are used to create frictionless Linear Motion.

Rotary Motion
For precision rotary applications, the need for high contrast is critical. New Way’s radial air bearings with Porous Media Technology™ provides high stiffness, repeatability, and fast vibration damping. Without the heat build-up and vibration associated with roller bearings, far greater precision can be achieved with air bearings, and without the need for lubrication. New Way offers air bushings, air spindles, flat round air bearings, and radial air bearings for precision rotary motion.

Air bearings are used in many machine tool rotary applications including precision grinders and precision lathes for lens machining. Read in Comparison of Techniques – Larson Equipment Design for Contact Lenses how the advent of the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) air bearing spindle lathe has provided an improvement in the precision of polishing and finishing of contact lenses. Read in Rotary Motion how our air bearings can be applied for precision rotary machine tool applications.

Any Questions?
We are available 24/7 by phone or email to discuss how our air bearings with porous media technology can enhance the precision of your process. Tell us more about your application today. We can also provide custom options for applications that do not fit our standard product line.


Air Bushings
Air Bushings

Air Spindles
air spindles
Air Spindles

Flat Round Air Bearings
round bearings
Flat Round Air Bearings

Linear Slides
linear slides
Linear Slides

Radial Air Bearings
radial bearings
Radial Air Bearings

Vacuum Preloaded Air Bearings
vacuum preloaded
Vacuum Preloaded Air Bearings