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PBC Linear Launches eBay Store

September 04, 2015 - Rockford, IL  -  Posted by PBC News

PBC Linear has recently launched a new eBay Store with ready-to-ship, high-performance linear motion items, selling at discounted rates. These postings include everything from overstocked to cosmetically damaged items. With over 600 current listings, the online store has become a great go-to for engineers. With new listings posted daily; PBC Linear ensures fast delivery, low cost, and reliable customer service. To see what is available for your linear motion application, visit the store here.


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How to Optimize for Washdown Applications

August 31, 2015 - Rockford, IL  -  Posted by PBC News

The design and build of automation equipment in a washdown environment creates challenges for a Design Engineer. A “washdown environment” is considered to be one that utilizes cleaning with water, chemicals, or a combination of both by means of either automated or hand-washing. Generally, the overall goal of a washdown application is to kill and eliminate bacteria or other microorganisms that can cause and spread disease.


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How to Properly Lubricate a Plain Bearing

August 24, 2015 - Rockford, IL  -  Posted by PBC News

Simplicity® linear plain bearings exhibit real benefits, when compared to over other styles of linear bearings; such as the self-lubricating quality of the bearing’s Frelon® liner, as well as the wiping action on the shaft which enables smooth linear motion. These capabilities allow a linear motion system to not only avoid catastrophic failure, but to also lengthen the life of the system.


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Application Focus: Hevi-Rail® Enables Truck Bed Extender

August 17, 2015 - Rockford, IL  -  Posted by Dave Humblet

Within PBC Linear®’s Cam Roller Technology (CRT) product line, Hevi-Rail, has several performance characteristics that make it ideal for heavy-use cases. Some of these characteristics include low coefficient of friction, high load ratings, and the ability to easily roll in and out of the rail. These properties, as well as the ability to carry up to a 60 ton load, are what make the Hevi-Rail linear guide system a great pick for mobile applications such as truck bed extenders for pickup or flatbed trucks.


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PBC Linear’s Guide for Approved Bearing Inspection Methods

August 10, 2015 - Rockford, IL  -  Posted by Dave Walden

Understanding the method to properly inspect the Frelon liner in PBC Linear’s Simplicity® plain bearings is essential to taking full advantage of the product. The Frelon liner provides many attributes that make it preferable in many unique applications; however, being a teflon-based material requires a different method of inspection...


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Study Shows Substantial Differences in Bearing Life

August 03, 2015 - Rockford, IL  -  Posted by PBC News

Round shaft bearings are able to offer a variety of superior performance features that other bearings are not able to offer, such as the ability to function in tight areas, thrive in harsh environments, and minimize vibration and shock. The whitepaper, PBC Linear’s Simplicity® Bearing vs. igus’s DryLin® Bearing, is an analytical comparison of two competing round shaft bearings, and uncovers the substantial differences in bearing life that should be expected. Some of the properties contributing to these results include the difference in contact surface area between the bearing and shaft as well as the materials used (image).


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A common misconception in reviewing accuracy and repeatability in linear motion systems is that they refer to the same thing, however they are not. Read more to learn what factors affect accuracy and repeatability in a linear motion system.


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Next Generation Automated Checkout Improves Customer Experience

July 22, 2015 - Rockford, IL  -  Posted by PBC News

A Meijer grocery store in Georgetown, MI has started testing an NCR next generation self-check-out, which integrates PBC Linear’s Mechatronics Enabled product line, the SIMO Series. This new system is helping improve customer experience by lowering checkout time and hassle. The overall design moves items through an area where they can be scanned in whatever position they are placed. As the items move down the belt to the bagging area, they are put into one of three different bagging stations. Once all of the items have been conveyed into a specific bagging station, lift gates and diverter paddles are actuated by SIMO linear actuators to isolate the items in the occupied station as another station opens up for the next customer.


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VIDEO: SIMO Series Product Overview

July 14, 2015 - Rockford, IL  -  Posted by PBC News

The SIMO Series linear motion platform is a linear motion solution designed to be versatile, flexible, and affordable. With a SIMO qualified linear rail at the core of the system, the tolerances are able to hold 6x less bow, 2x less twist, and 2x better flatness; allowing these rails to maintain machined precision at aluminum extrusion prices.


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In vertical lead screw actuator applications, lead screw selection is crucial to the safety and success of the system. Prevention of load drift, or screw back drive, during a power loss condition starts with proper selection of a screw’s lead. As a rule of thumb, the lead selected should be at least 3 times smaller than the screw diameter. Less aggressive, finer leads offer increased load drift resistance & safety, however it will result in a negative effect reducing linear carriage travel speed. Alternatively, a more aggressive, coarse lead will offer faster carriage travel speeds, but will not typically provide any resistance to load drift.


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