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Westwind at Laser Show 2005

13 June 2005, Laser Show: See Westwind Air Bearings booth #B3.431

Westwind Air Bearings, a leading supplier of high-speed rotary laser scanning spindles, offers a complete range of superior polygon scanners.  The POLY625 is just one product in Westwind’s collection of advanced air bearing scanning spindles for increased productivity and cost reductions.  The POLY625 spindle has an aerostatic design and is capable of speeds up to 40,000 rpm.  Westwind offers three standard polygon bearing designs, dependent on speed requirements and mirror size.  Benefits of polygon scanners over conventional scanning systems include higher scan frequency, enhanced scan efficiency, no backlash or repeatability problems and better optical quality. 

Westwind scanning spindles have been successfully applied across a broad industry range from pre-press imagesetting to PCB imaging and inspection equipment.  The nature of Westwind air bearing scanners make them ideal for applications where high speed and high quality of rotation are a fundamental requirement of the system, such as internal drum rotary scanning, CTP (‘computer-to-plate’) imagesetting and direct imaging.  Air bearings have no contacting parts, resulting in low vibration and friction, minimising in-scan and cross scan errors and increasing spindle life – all essential for outstanding spot positioning performance.  Westwind’s ranges of aerodynamic and aerostatic bearing designs are capable of speeds from 1,000 rpm to 90,000 rpm.  Westwind can source monogon or polygon optics to customer requirements and all scanning spindles are fitted with an optical encoder.  Matched drives are also available for optimal performance.

For over forty years Westwind has been universally recognised as a world leader in the design and manufacture of air bearing spindle systems.  Concentrating design and manufacturing resources on the development and production of state-of-the-art air bearing spindle systems, Westwind remains at the forefront across a broad industry spectrum - from paint spraying to PCB drilling.  Westwind Air Bearings is a division of GSI Group, a world leader in the manufacture of precision motion components, lasers, and laser-based advanced manufacturing systems to the global medical, semiconductor, electronics, and industrial markets.

For more information, please contact:

Maria Whitlock
Marketing Officer
Westwind Air Bearings
Holton Road, Holton Heath
Poole, Dorset.  BH16 6LN. UK 
Tel: +44 01202 627259
Fax: +44 01202 627208
Email:mwhitlock@gsig.com