Airfloat air bearings, like all air-film equipment, require a suitable floor to work properly. The ideal surface would be smooth, level, flat, non-porous and have low friction characteristics. This does not mean that your floor must be smooth as glass to achieve floatation. In fact, Airfloat equipment is designed to operate on most power-troweled concrete floors. Heavily textured floors (e.g., broom-finished concrete), however, are incompatible with air bearings.
Cracks and seams are another important consideration. While hairline cracks are acceptable, deeper ones can cause a loss of lift and should be filled. Similarly, expansion joints are often wide and recessed enough to allow much air to escape. They too should be filled or covered.
Don’t worry if your facility has less-than-ideal floors; there are simple, low-cost fixes available for most surfaces.
Floor slope also must be considered. Because of their extremely low friction characteristics, air bearings (or “air casters”) will naturally drift in the direction of declines. Conversely, increased moving force is required to travel up inclines.
Don’t worry if your facility has less-than-ideal floors; there are simple, low-cost fixes available for most surfaces. Before ordering any Airfloat equipment, we strongly recommend reading our complete flooring requirements. Or call Airfloat today at 800-888-0018 to speak with an application engineer.