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A Custom Approach to Air Bearing Design


For many machine builders, there comes a time when off-the-shelf air-bearing devices will not suffice. Sometimes, an existing unit needs a custom component for a retrofit, say, to increase accuracy. And other times, like for new development projects, the air bearing design requires some expert input to achieve the

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Air Bearing vs Contact Bearing: What to Know Before Upgrading

Most engineers start exploring the benefits of air bearings once their manufacturing tolerances drop to less than 1 micron. Why is that?

Unlike mechanical, metal, or ball bearings, an air bearing provides zero-friction operation, absolute repeatability, and requires little maintenance. But it’s an air bearing’s

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Why a Solutions Engineering Approach is Critical for Precision Motion Systems

From aerospace to medical devices, to additive manufacturing, some of the most challenging precision manufacturing environments depend on motion solutions such as air bearings to deliver extraordinary, sub-micron-level accuracies and near-perfect repeatability.

But every precision motion challenge is not created equal!

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Air Bearing Applications: Common Examples by Industry

Innovative manufacturers are always looking to create a better products. Many are turning to air bearings to achieve this goal as they offer distinct advantages over ball bearings in a variety of applications.

This article will cover the basics of air bearings, their benefits, and some common air-bearing applications

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The Key to Accuracy: Measurement Systems

When working in manufacturing, measurement systems are often the key to accuracy. While we learn how to measure with a ruler in grade school, in these types of environments, precision and exactness are essential; you cannot get those types of measurements with a ruler. Depending on the application and industry, you

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The Ins & Outs of Spindles

Spindles are one of the three main categories of precision motion components that we offer here at ABTech. But what exactly is a spindle? What is the purpose of a spindle? And how do you know which type of spindle is best for your application? Keep reading to get the answers to those very questions.

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Linear Stages: The What, Why, & Different Kinds

You may or may not have ever heard of linear stages, but they play an important role in many manufacturing environments. In fact, they are one of the three main categories of precision motion components offered here at ABTech, sitting alongside our rotary tables and spindles. What is essential about linear stages,

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High Precision Rotary Tables: A Quick Guide


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