Cast Aluminum Air Skid handles loads up to 6,000 lb.

Press Release Summary:

Featuring one-piece frame with no welds to fail, Cast Aluminum Air Skid allows precise, omnidirectional movement and positioning of heavy loads of machinery. Air bearings create continuous flowing film of air between flexible diaphragm and floor surface, making it possible to move 1,000 lb load with 1 lb of force. With slideout, tray-mounted design, air bearing can be pulled out from side, without removing load or turning skid over. Tapped mounting holes provide several mounting options.

Original Press Release:

Introducing Airfloat's New and Improved Cast Aluminum Air Skid

Airfloat, the company that pioneered air bearing technology, once again revolutionizes
heavy load movement! The Decatur, Illinois-based company has redesigned its workhorse
cast aluminum air skid, improving it in virtually every way.

Constructed from durable, lightweight cast aluminum, the new air skid is the culmination of years of research and development. The rugged one-piece frame has no welds to fail. And the slideout, tray-mounted air bearing allows the bearing to be pulled out from the side - without removing the load or turning the skid over. Tapped mounting holes on the top and sides of the skid frame provide several mounting options, while four air inlet options make air hose management a breeze.

Weighing just over 35 lbs. (including air bearing and tray), the new air skid is exceptionally lightweight and portable, yet it easily handles loads up to 6,000 lbs. (or 24,000 lbs. for a set of four). And it stands just 2.5 inches tall, enabling easy loading.

Like all Airfloat air bearing products, the new cast aluminum air skid allows precise, omnidirectional movement and positioning of heavy loads or machinery. High performance air bearings create a continuous flowing film of air between a flexible diaphragm and the floor surface, making it possible to move a 1,000 lb. load with about 1 lb. of force. And because they're virtually friction free, air skids reduce wear and tear on floors.

To learn more about Airfloat's cast aluminum air skid - and their entire line of custom
material handling solutions - call a trained sales representative today at 800-888-0018. Or visit them on the Web at

Contact: Gary Mollohan

Marketing Manager

217 423 6001, ext. 113

2230 Brush College Road

Decatur, IL 62526

Company History

As the pioneer of air bearing technology, Airfloat has been creating unique heavy load movement solutions for over 40 years. Airfloat works with multiple industries to create material handling solutions for loads requiring frictionless, omnidirectional movement to product weighing over one million lbs.

In addition to air bearing skids and platforms, Airfloat's product line has expanded to include ergonomic lift tables, turntables and custom material handling solutions. The company's newly launched electrical controls division, AF Control Solutions, provides pre-engineered and custom-built controls, panels and PLC programs primarily to regional OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).

All Airfloat equipment is designed and manufactured at the company's 65,000-sq.-ft. corporate facility in Decatur, Ill.

Airfloat supplies a range of domestic and international industries such as automotive,
aerospace, heavy construction, electrical, pharmaceutical, food and many more. Market-leading companies like Caterpillar, Exxon Mobil, Honda, GE, Pfizer, Seimens and Northrop Grumman comprise but a partial list of Airfloat's customers.

Earlier this year, Boeing Co. named Airfloat a 2009 Performance Excellence Award winner. Airfloat further distinguished itself by receiving one of only 128 gold level awards (from a total of 486 gold and silver winners), reserved for Boeing's finest and most trusted suppliers.

What are Air Bearings?

Airfloat uses a flexible diaphragm beneath the load support surface. Air is pumped into the diaphragm and passes freely through its holes, into the plenum beneath, raising the platform off the ground. The air that is forced out between the diaphragm and the ground forms a thin lubricating film. Airfloat air bearing systems make it possible to move a 1,000 lb. load with about 1 lb. of force.

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