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KEYNOTE ON AIR BEARINGS BEYOND TRADITIONAL PRECISION APPLICATIONS

Keynote presentation by IBS' Managing Director Dr Spaan during the Gas Bearing Workshop in Düsseldorf, Germany on March 27th.

When precision motion or positioning is required, porous media air bearings provide an outstanding solution with proven performance advantages. They are a natural choice for applications in coordinate measuring machines, precision machine tools, semiconductor wafer processing machines, and other clean room, high speed, and precision positioning environments.

Based on the expertise gained through more than two decades of developing precision machines and systems with outstanding performance new applications emerge beyond the traditional applications. The keynote presentation will present the latest developments using air bearings from enhancing image resolution in computed tomography to tight fly-height control in flat panel display processing and roll-2-roll applications. The latest developments using air bearings as seals will also be shown.