Air bearings have a disturbance attenuation effect by removing the physical connection between machinery and the world and substituting this by a thin layer of air. Air bearing noise can be measured at the nm level with a capacitive measuring system.
Together with their colleagues Rens van der Nolle (Mechanical Engineer at IBS) and Werner Knapen (Account Manager Bosch Rexroth) built a linear precision module for in-line surface measurements of foil (Dutch).
Magtrol is a leader in the manufacturing of motor testing equipment. They have successfully implemented both radial bearings and air bushings into their test and calibration suite to improve their product quality.
Contactless handling, flattening and stabilization of webs.
In roll-to-roll processes for printed electronics, avoiding web contact is critical to reduce damage and contamination. Air bearings deliver contactless, precision control for printing, drying and inspection processes.