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Roller Air Bearing Design and installation guide

Thrust Air Bearing Design and installation guide

Air Bushing Design and installation guide

Flat Air bearings Design and installation guide

Custom Design And Manufacturing

We provide designsand manufacturing that are integrated into your product. We can quickly develop a design based on the application or specific requirements and we provide detailed drawings and 3-D CAD models. We can analyze complex issues associated with applications from nanometer accuracy positioning to standard calculation. 3-D solid modeling gives us the ability to ensure that they fit and function before the testing phase. To get accurate drawings for your design we share files in dxf, dwg, sat, iges, etc. We offer support with Technical Documents and provide Technical information and test results to meet your requirement. Our engineering staff is always available and Our expertise in the Aerospace Industry is at your service.


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Our experienced, highly skilled machinists are running custom and OEM orders. Our flexibility allows us to fulfill multiple orders at once without sacrificing quality.

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OAV inspects all of our precisionparts after the initial fabrication process and before packaging. All inspections adhere to the ANSI/ASQ Z1.4-2008, MIL-STD-105E acceptable quality level, This ensures that all customers recieve the highest quality product on all items will be of equal performance.

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Basic Design Guide

Air bearings are a fascinating phenomenon and tend to draw curiosity about what they can be used for. Due to their many benefits, air bearings are the best option to use for many applications. The number of applications is expected to grow exponentially over the next couple decades as the air bearing technology progresses and the world relies more and more on precision.

The following charts compare different air bearing products with one another.

Initial Design Considerations

Air Bearing Type: The first thing you will need to do is figure out which type of air bearing will work best for the application. Table 1 above, is a good source to start with.

Tolerances: Air bearing products provide and rely on precision. The smoother and more precise the surfaces are, the better the performance. If the guide surface cannot be as smooth as desired, consider using a larger bearing and high input pressure. It is important to design according to the tolerance requirements.

Guide Surfaces: Common guide surfaces include granite, hard-coated aluminum, ceramics, glass, stainless steel, and chromed steel.

Temperature: All standard air bearing products are designed to function at room temperature (70˚±30˚F). High temperature applications will require a custom air bearing, possibly with exotic materials, and may be a trial and error process.

Environment: It is important to make sure that oils and contaminants will not make contact with the air bearings. Air bearings work best in clean and dry environments.

Specifications and Size: Determine which size based on capabilities of the bearing and allowable size. It is always best to use one size larger than to use an air bearing that barely meets the performance requirements. A larger bearing will require less input pressure, have higher stiffness and better damping properties. The specifications of all standard air bearings can be found on

Preloading: Preloading the bearings will lower the air film thickness and increase the stiffness. The result is a better functioning air bearing. Although Air Bushings are automatically preloaded, it is important to incorporate preloading in any design using Flat Air Bearings. More information on preloading can be found in the Design With Flat Air Bearing section below.

Custom Air Bearings: Many applications are very specific or cannot fit a standard air bearing into the assembly. Therefore, OAV provides engineering services and custom air bearings to determine the best solution.

Once an air bearing type is determined, you may use the following information to design around the air bearings

Roller Air Bearing Design and installation guide

Thrust Air Bearing Design and installation guide

Air Bushing Design and installation guide

Flat Air bearings Design and installation guide