westwind home
Return to Home Page
  Air Bearing Benefits Tour    

  High Speed
  Increased Tool Life
  Improved Surface Finish
  Long Bearing Life
  Low Thermal Growth
  Lack of Maintenance
  Large Load Capacity
  Reduced Vibration

Greater Precision

Air bearings provide extreme radial and axial rotational precision. Since there is no mechanical contact, wear is minimal, ensuring accuracy remains constant over time.

Air bearing spindles, by their manufacturing construction, are inherently accurate in rotation. Special manufacturing techniques enhance this accuracy to give extreme rotational and axial precision. Air bearing spindles have been designed to achieve rotational accuracy of less than 0.1 microns TIR in both axial and radial directions. As there is no mechanical contact between the rotating shaft and the static support, there is nothing to wear out, ensuring the accuracy remains constant over time – an important feature for manufacturers using statistical process control.

Typical synchronous radial runout values: < 10 microns (PCB drilling spindle, high speed).

Typical asynchronous radial runout values: < 0.025 microns (Disk test spindle, low speed).

D1822 Advanced PCB Spindle Dynamic
Runout against Shaft Speed

D1822 Advanced PCB Spindle Dynamic Runout against Shaft Speed

D1640-05 Disk Test Spindle Asynchronous Radial
Runout Against Shaft Speed

D1640-50 DRO against shaft speed

Home  |  Air Bearing Technology  |  PCB Spindles  |  Specialist Applications
Service Centre  |  Spare Parts  |  Technical Support   |  About Westwind  |  Contact Us

Westwind Air Bearings, Holton Road, Holton Heath
Poole, Dorset BH16 6LN, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1202 627200 Fax: +44 (0)1202 627202


© Novanta, Inc.