2023 Summer Topical Meeting

Precision Bearings and Spindles
University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina
July 19-20, 2023

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

This meeting focuses on linear and rotary bearings with particular emphasis on developments for precision applications. The intent of the meeting is to discuss state of the art research and development work on all bearing types including rolling element, flexure, oil, air, and magnetic. Presentations of both fundamental and applications-oriented work are encouraged, as are talks with significant tutorial content. The meeting begins with a tutorial session on spindle metrology including live demonstrations.

Recent developments in precision bearing technology present new opportunities and motivate this meeting. For example, vacuum-compatible air bearings and magnetic bearings are increasing being used for precision x-ray applications in synchrotrons, medical, and semiconductor applications. Linear bearings are now seeing use in high vacuum as well. Air bearing spindles used in ultra-precision diamond turning and grinding are reaching new levels of performance to meet the need for cost-effective custom optics and optical molds.

The objective of this meeting is to bring together specialists and practitioners from industry, government, and academia to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas. The presentations will cover a broad range of technologies and highlight potential areas for future development. The meeting will emphasize discussions as much as the presentations and the participants are encouraged to identify areas needing further research.

Contributed papers are invited, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Angle calibration (encoders and autocollimators)
  • Speed metrology (jitter and speed stability, liquid mirrors)
  • High speed considerations (Thermal and balancing)
  • Four- and five-axis machining (metrology and error compensation)
  • Axis of rotation error motion (including tangential error)
  • Applications of precision bearings and spindles
  • Next generation and traditional bearings
  • Novel designs, equipment, and processes
  • Flexures and compliant mechanisms for precision applications

The submitted short abstracts are intended for committee review and not publicly available (released).

Use this TEMPLATE to submit your short abstract. Short abstracts must be submitted in PDF format.

Author Commitments

One of the important commitments of the Meeting is that authors provide an extended abstract of 4-6 pages for inclusion in the conference Proceedings. Extended abstracts are included as part of the conference proceedings published the week of the conference when they are made available to all attendees.

All oral and poster presentations are in-person and all presenters must be in-person at UNC-Charlotte to give their oral or poster presentations.


Byron R. Knapp
Professional Instruments Company
Eric R. Marsh
Don L. Martin
Martin-Mason LLC
Jimmie A. Miller
University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Key Dates

April 30, 2023 – Deadline for short abstract (2 pages) submissions

May 12, 2023 – Notification of the results of the selection committee

June 30, 2023: Deadline for submission of the extended abstract for publication in the conference proceedings.

Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

  • Tutorial – Spindle Precision Metrology
  • Poster Presentations
  • Technical Sessions
  • Lab Tour & Demonstration

Thursday, July 20, 2023

  • Technical Sessions
  • Commercial Session
  • Poster Session & Networking