Air bearings have many advantages and very few disadvantages! If you need what air bearings have to offer, air bearings are without equal.
The advantages of air bearings:
- Very precise movements (lateral as well as moving directions)
- Friction-free (continual movement without break loose torque)
- Suitable for high speeds and acceleration
- Oil-free and cleanroom compatible (with corresponding air supply)
The great advantage of air bearings is – as the name already suggests – the supply of air, which aerostatic air bearings require for operation. The air consumption of EITZENBERGER air bearings is perhaps less than you think. A medium-sized linear axis, e.g. the EZ-2542 with an air consumption of 4 Sl/min, only requires compressor performance of 10 Watts.