PBC Linear is a leader in the engineering, manufacturing, and assembly of a wide range of linear motion products, along with custom engineering services. Our core line of linear components includes bearings, shafting, rail assemblies, and cam roller sliders. Building on this strong foundation, we have created a sophisticated family of products that includes lead screws and motor lead screw assemblies, actuators, and cartesian robotics.
The story of PBC Linear begins with an innovative and patented solution in bearing design, the Frelon®-lined plain bearing. That successful bearing design, which remains integral to our signature Simplicity® bearings, is part of an expanding family of linear motion products, with many of them manufactured at our headquarters in Roscoe, Illinois USA. In addition to our extensive product line, PBC Linear employs dedicated engineers that work together with industry professionals to produce prototypes, pilots, and small production runs, helping to bring customer ideas to market.
Our Applied Cobotics team looks at how Illinois-based PBC Linear is meeting changing customer demands with automation tools to help revolutionize the manufacturing process. They are building flexible automation systems such as the Cobot Feeder, and incorporating collaborative robots and augmented reality machine-training programs into their factory of the future. Sitting on the distinguished panel are Beau Wileman, product manager for Applied Cobotics and 3D Platform, along with Tim LeCrone, Director of Manufacturing Engineering at PBC Linear, and one of the newest team members, Derek Neises, Manufacturing Engineer and Robotics Specialist. Together they make up part of a core group of engineers, company leaders and frontline workers dedicated to strengthening American manufacturing.
Every linear bearing application requires a linear shaft as the inner raceway. However, many times that inner race is overlooked in the design process because it is presumed to be part of the bearing solution. Other times it is merely considered insignificant. It is also the case that in the procurement stages, linear shafting is quite often thought to be a commodity; in other words, it’s all the same.
PBC Linear, a Pacific Bearing Company and a global leader in linear motion solutions, continues to strengthen their Applied Cobotics brand with the latest product offering, the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS). This essential automation tool will help small- to medium-sized companies boost their robot production without significant increases in labor, and ultimately see a higher return on their investments.
Illinois-based PBC Linear is meeting changing customer demands with automation tools to revolutionize the manufacturing process. Operating in one of the most important industries in the world – Linear Motion technology – PBC Linear has taken the “Factory of the Future” to new heights with advanced automated storage retrieval systems, collaborative robots, and augmented reality machine training programs. Their new brand, Applied Cobotics, is designed to impact factory and assembly line efficiency, safety, quality, and return on investment.