Patent Number: 8,814,633

Title: Linear pressure feed grinding with voice coil

Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus for grinding or polishing at least one edge of a glass substrate. The apparatus includes a grinding unit configured to remove a predetermined amount of material from the edge when in an aligned position. The grinding unit applies a predetermined force normal to the edge. An air bearing slide system is coupled to the grinding unit. The air bearing slide system is configured to slide along a predetermined axis on a thin film of pressurized air that provides a zero friction load bearing interface. A linear actuation motor is coupled to the air bearing slide system. The linear actuation motor is configured to control the movement of the air bearing slide system such that the grinding unit is moved from a non-aligned position to the aligned position.

Inventors: Brown; James William (Painted Post, NY), Raj; Babak Robert (Elmira, NY)

Assignee: Corning Incorporated

International Classification: B24B 1/00 (20060101); B24B 49/00 (20120101); B24B 51/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018