What is an Air Bearing?

What is an air bearing, how does it work, and where should it be used?

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Collet Maintenance – How Often?

It is important to carry out regular collet maintenance to ensure excellent performance and long life from your Westwind PCB...

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Positive Lock Collet Maintenance Instructions

This paper explains in detail how to clean and regrease your positive lock collet using the correct tools and procedures.

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Dead Stop Collet Maintenance Instructions

This paper explains in detail how to clean and regrease your dead stop collet using the correct tools and procedures

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Bonded Collet Maintenance Procedure

This article explains in detail how to clean and regrease your bonded collet using the correct tools and procedures.

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Westwind Spare Collet Guide

How to identify which type of collet is fitted to your Westwind spindle.

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Collet Torque Test Procedure

How to measure the torque of your Westwind collet using the correct tools.

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Removable Collet Maintenance

It is vital to carry out regular collet maintenance. Learn more about the procedures to ensure you are correctly maintaining...

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Dynamic Runout (DRO) Pins for Testing Westwind Spindles

Westwind Air Bearings insists on the use of suitable Dynamic Runout (DRO) pins to measure DRO accurately.

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The Importance of Using the Thermistor for Spindle Protection

To help reduce the risks of excessive heating causing permanent damage to the spindle, all air bearing spindles supplied to...

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Safety Issue Regarding the Inappropriate Use of the Spindle Earth Wire

It has become apparent that some OEM’s are not using the spindle earth wire or wires correctly.

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Spindle Clamping Instructions

Air bearing spindles are manufactured with very fine bearing clearances, and serious damage can occur to the spindle if it...

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Air Bearing Benefits 

Learn what the significant advantages are for air bearing spindles over conventional bearing systems, to increase productivity and quality output.

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A Guide to Setting up a Sieb & Meyer 21-60 or 21-62 Converter for Using a Spindle Running Rig

Setting the Sieb & Meyer converter, for use with a spindle running rig, with standard Westwind spindles.

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The Use of Modulated Frequency Converters to Power Westwind Spindles

High speed spindles can be subjected to an electrical heating effect causing an increase of the shaft rotor temperature when...

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Diaphragms and Spindle Service

On PCB drilling and routing spindles, it is imperative that the recommended maintenance procedure is followed for correct operation.

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Bonded Collet Spindle Maintenance

Mandatory bonded collet maintenance steps to minimize collet failure.

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Instructions for Collet Maintenance

It is imperative that the recommended maintenance procedure is followed for correct operation for collets.

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Air Supply and Spindle Cooling

What air supply and spindle cooling specifications should be used with an air bearing spindle?

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How to install an Air Bearing Spindles

There are many design considerations that must be taken into account when incorporating air bearing spindles into the design or...

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