Rotation tables with air bearings are used when rotary motion with the highest accuracy, smoothness, and geometric performance is required. Due to the lack of friction, these high precision rotation bearings and direct-drive motorized rotary tables can achieve angular resolution in the sub-microradian range. PI’s air bearing design and manufacturing group provides hundreds of man years of design experience along with the manufacturing and test equipment to produce high quality rotary tables with the tightest tolerances.
Rotary air bearings (air bearing spindles) are friction free, and all of PI’s motorized air bearing rotation stages employ closed-loop, non-contact 3-phase direct-drive torque motors, and optical high-resolution rotary encoders for ultra-reliable maintenance-free operation with basically unlimited service life.
Absolute angle-measuring feedback sensors are available to provide closed-loop control with single digit microradian bi-directional repeatability. Direct-drive rotary air bearing tables also provide better eccentricity, flatness, and minimized wobble compared to rotary stages based on mechanical bearings. The friction-free design allows for high angular velocity without vibrations and noise.
Applications of rotary air bearing spindles / motorized direct-drive rotary tables include indexing, metrology, optical lens testing, bio-medical engineering, runout measurements of machined parts, and fiber optics.
PI’s high-performance closed loop servo motor controllers are available to precisely control position, acceleration and velocity, with advanced algorithms. Fully integrated multi-axis motion systems with linear air bearing stages and combinations with gantry systems are also available from PI’s air bearing division.