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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...
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Intro to Linear Stages: From the Basics to Design Factors

A linear stage is a motion control device used in many industrial applications. At ABTech, we design, engineer, and build linear stages—they’re one of the main categories of high-performance, precision motion machines we manufacture. In this post, we’ll introduce the basics of linear stages,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Precision Measurement Systems: The Key To Manufacturing Accuracy

When working in manufacturing, measurement systems are oftentimes the key to accuracy. While we learn how to measure with a ruler in grade school, you cannot get those types of measurements with a ruler. Accurate measurement systems in manufacturing environments require extreme precision and...
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Machine Spindles: What Are the Types & Applications in Manufacturing?

Spindles serve a critical purpose in many different manufacturing environments, and their purpose varies depending on the application. Here at ABtech, spindles are one of the three main categories of precision motion products that we manufacture. In this blog, we offer a quick guide to the basics:...
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High Precision Rotary Tables: A Quick Guide

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