Toolbox Categories: Mechatronics, Motion
New Way Porous Media™ Technology produces frictionless motion. It enables increased speed and acceleration. It reduces noise and vibration. The frictionless motion it provides eliminates wear, and requires no lubrication, significantly reducing maintenance and downtime. These benefits are inherent in every New Way Air Bearings product. Whether you need a standard component or assembly, a mounting component to complete your application, or a custom-engineered solution, you’ll find your solutions with New Way.
Product Focus: Air Brushings- Metric
New Way® metric air bushings make air bearing technology readily-available to engineers who have pre-existing designs based on round shaft guides. These bushings run on standard metric precision steel shafting and are directly interchangeable with most rolling element bushings. New Way air bushings run on standard precision steel shafting and are directly interchangeable with most rolling-element bushings. Once the swap-out is complete, these flexible components provide all the advantages of frictionless motion – supporting linear or rotary applications
Product Focus: Air Brushings- English
New Way English air bushings run on standard English precision steel shafting. Though they remain directly interchangeable with most rolling element bushings, these English sizes are now primarily used to replace other air bushings, as most design today incorporates metric sizing. Once the swap-out is complete, these flexible components provide all the advantages of frictionless motion – supporting linear or rotary applications.
Product Focus: Flat Air Bearings
Air Bearings are the ideal components for building frictionless linear motion. The round configuration was the first flat air bearing ever to be offered as a complete product line. Today it remains the most popular of New Way’s standard components, offering all the benefits of frictionless motion in an efficient, effective package.
With the success of the original flat round porous media air bearing product line, the rectangular configurationwas added to offer an integration alternative. For some linear motion applications, the rectangular profile provides a more efficient bearing surface alignment.
Product Focus: Vacuum Preloaded (VPL) Air Bearings
Using a combination of air pressure and vacuum, New Way VPL air bearings hold themselves down while simultaneously lifting themselves from a guide surface. By adjusting the vacuum and the pressure separately, the fly height and stiffness of these vacuum preloaded air bearings can be optimized.
Product Focus: Radial Air Bearings
The ideal components for building frictionless rotary motion, in either concave or convex configurations. New Way Concave Porous Media™ Radial Air Bearings are designed to maximize open-ID aperture rotary motion. These made-to-order components enable you to engineer a supporting structure outside the rotating body using a radius cut along the length (L) or width (W) of the bearing, depending on your structural requirements.
New Way Convex Porous Media™ Radial Air Bearings are designed to minimize the OD circumference. These made-to-order components enabling you to engineer a support structure inside the rotating body using an external radius cut along the length (L) or width (W) of the bearing, depending on your requirements.
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Product Focus: Air Bars
New Way offers a line of modular air bearing components specifically designed to meet the non-contact glass-handling requirements of the Flat Panel Display and Solar Module manufacturing processes. Precision Zone Air Bar can be used for ultra-precise, non-contact control of the glass or other substrate under or near precision processes or automated optical inspection (AOI) solutions, inline or off-line.
New Way® developed the flotation zone air bar for non-contact handling of Flat Panel Display (FPD) or Photovoltaic (PV) glass outside the precision zone where the control provided by vacuum capability is unnecessary.
The Transition Zone Air Bar is engineered to combine the performance characteristics of its predecessors at a significantly lower cost. This scalable, modular component features a new dovetail profile for an even broader array of mounting options. It is the next generation of non-contact glass handling for FPD or Solar Module manufacturing and inspection.
Product Focus: End-Supported Air Slides
The simplest of the New Way® Air Bearings line of linear motion assemblies, end-supported air slides provide a precise, integrated linear motion solution ready-fit for installation. Designed specifically for situations where continuous support is impossible or impractical, the dovetail in engineered to minimize guidebar sag and provide straightness of motion and dynamic response often an order-of-magnitude better than conventional rolling-element bearings.
Product Focus: Dovetail Air Slides
New Way® dovetail air slides combine an accurate guide with an air slide ready-fit for installation. The dovetail guidebar can be end-supported, or continuously-supported. A continuously-supported dovetail will prevent the guidebar sag that can occur with a long span end-supported configuration. The dovetail air slide features New Way’s lowest profile linear track, and a slightly longer stage length than other assemblies the organization offers.
Product Focus: Boxway Air Slides
New Way® boxway air slides are the organization’s original integrated slide-and-guide assembly. The guidebar for the boxway can be end-supported, or continuously-supported (preventing the sag inherent in long span end-supported configurations). Featuring a low profile linear track, and a slightly wider stage than the New Way dovetail, the boxway also provides the largest load-carrying capacity and the longest travel length of all the options in the New Way line of assemblies.
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Product Focus: Linear Motion Guide System
The airway™ linear motion guide system is pre-engineered for simple swap-out with conventional rolling element bearing systems. This ‘plug-and-play’ solution effectively eliminates the need for engineers to acquire an in-depth knowledge of air bearing technology before application. With this new designed-to-order assembly, customers can simply remove the existing rolling element truck and rail, replace them with the New Way® airway LMG system, connect an air supply, and immediately experience the benefits of Frictionless Motion.™