Air bearings are designed to lift loads away from the floor surface and float them off to their destination on a thin film of air. Each individual air bearing is housed in a load module which contains an air flow control valve to regulate the operation of that air bearing.When compressed air is introduced into the air bearing, the bearing initially inflates to form a seal between the bearing and the floor surface. As the air bearing is further pressurized it is forced to expel compressed air from the exhaust holes in the air bearing diaphragm. The force of this expelled air against the floor surface causes the air bearing and load module to lift off the floor on a thin film of air. The load should now be in flotation mode and ready for action.
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