Using lean manufacturing techniques to
drive cost out of in-house machining processes has lead to several
improvements in lead times and quality. At PBC Linear, we use our
technical expertise to our advantage to better automate manufacturing
processes, simplify assembly techniques and bring all elements together
for an improved product at a lower cost.
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Using their 150,000 ft² manufacturing
floor, PBC Linear is strategically aligned for optimum performance. Two
FMS machining centers (one 40 pallet system and one 16 pallet system)
work as cornerstones of the facility by fully automating several
manufacturing process for 24/7 production. All machining processes are
set-up to handle production orders ranging from 1-1000 pieces and are
designed with a change-over period of fifteen minutes or less!
Eliminating machine-tool set-ups and drastically reducing lead time,
these manufacturing centers allow for reduced production costs and
overall savings for the customer.
PBC is also constantly looking for ways to
refine our machining and manufacturing process; such is the case with
our patent pending SIMO™ process (Simultaneous Integral Milling
Operation). Innovative thinking at PBC is not limited to product design;
the SIMO™ process uses synchronized cutters to precisely machine all
critical edges of an aluminum extrusion in one pass. This creates
tighter tolerances, remarkable straightness, and a stronger design.
Traditional aluminum extrusion machining takes hours of labor and still
contains several inaccuracies. SIMO™ machines out the natural bend,
warp, twist and camber of the extrusion to provide a remarkably straight
surface at little to no added cost!
With over 30 CNC turning
and milling machines, ID, OD and center-less grinding, straightening,
and heat treating done in house, PBC Linear has dramatically reduced
lead times and non-value added activity. All CNC machines are completely
integrated with DNC (Direct Numerical Control) software for assured
state-of-the-art accuracy and cohesiveness throughout the plant.
Rigorous testing and quality control processes are set firmly in place
to ensure only the highest quality products are sent out to customers.
For our more complex products and custom systems, PBC Linear designs and
builds dedicated testing rigs, employs laser interferometers for
guaranteed precision and customer satisfaction.
Looking ahead, PBC Linear will continue to
search for new ways to drive down production cost and maintain their
quality standards on all of their products.