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Linear Actuator Technology (LAT) is your ideal choice for automated positioning, transfer and guidance. We offer a full assortment of actuators to meet any application needs. Choose from belt, ball-screw, lead screw or un-driven systems complete with a number of mounting and performance accessories. Require a multi-axis solution? PBC Linear will work with your design team to create a sophisticated assembly that simplifies processes, improves performance and saves on cost.

LAT is a natural part of the Mechatronics Enabled (ME) initiative. ME offers a broad range of mechatronics solutions for small, medium, large, and extra-large applications. Choose from belt, ball-screw, lead screw or un-driven systems complete with a number of mounting and performance accessories. Require a multi-axis solution? PBC Linear will work with your design team to create a sophisticated assembly that simplifies processes, improves performance and saves on cost.

Download the Mechatronics Enabled overview brochure here.

NEW! The MUK Series linear actuator is designed for high precision, rigidity and robust performance. The ball screw driven system handles high loads and is designed with two precisely-aligned recirculating ball profile rail guideways. The single carriage version has two bearing blocks, while the dual carriage version has four bearing blocks and can handle up to 11200 N (2500 lbs).

Preventative maintenance is easy with the manifold lubrication system of the MUK Series. This unique feature channels lubrication directly to the bearings and vital parts of the unit, without disassembly of the actuator. The system also includes built-in stainless steel scrapers, which are designed to seal out dust and contamination. Additionally, an air valve feature provides positive air pressure to keep particles out or a vacuum can be created to pull particles out.

The MUK Series linear actuator is ideal for applications requiring high dynamic loads or large moment loads. It is also build to stand up in the most challenging environments. Whether it is for packaging, material handling, inspection equipment, medical devices—the MUK Series is an ideal solution.

  • Class 7 ball screw standard
  • Incorporates two 20 mm profile rail guideways with recirculating ball blocks
  • Single or dual carriage option
  • Loads up to 11200 N (2500 lbs)
  • Standard t-slots for easy installation and sensor mounting
  • Max stroke = 1500 mm

The MUK Series is a natural addition to the Mechatronics Enabled (ME) product line.

Download the MUK Series linear actuator datasheet here.

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Customize your application requirements using the MUK Series Configurator.

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CS - Compact Series Linear Guide System

NEW!  The Compact Series Linear Guide System is designed to provide smooth, accurate, and repeatable linear motion in tight spaces. The Compact Series boasts a low profile—23 mm—standard system height making it an ideal solution for applications such as lab automation, medical,automated delivery systems, dispensing robotics, and electronic board manufacturing.

  • Bearing options include Gliding Surface Technology and Profile Rail Technology

  • 6 mm diameter lead screw available in 1, 2, 5,and 10 mm leads.

  • Standard fixed or Constant Force™anti-backlash nut

  • Drive type flexibility: Integrated NEMA 17 or NEMA 23 stepper motors, motor mount for attaching stepper, servo, or smart motor, etc. Option with a manual hand knob also available.

Download the Compact Series catalog here.

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ML - Miniature Linear Actuators

For precise linear travel in a small foot-print, ML series miniature linear actuators are available in three configurations to best suit your application needs. Compact, lightweight and remarkably powerful despite its small footprint of 28 mm x 32 mm (1.1 in x 1.26 in), the ML series mini-actuators are designed for performance and customer satisfaction in single and multi-axis assemblies.
  • Available in three (3) models
    • MLB – with integrated motor
    • MLC – motor mount only
    • MLD – hand driven knob or shaft
  • Anodized aluminum body of 28 mm x 32 mm (1.1 in x 1.26 in)
  • SIMO® (Simultaneous Integral Milling Operation) precision machined body
  • Lead screw driven – provides high accuracy and repeatability
  • Stroke lengths up to 650 mm (25.6 in)
  • Maximum single carriage loads up to 178 N (40 lbf) and maximum moments up to 10 Nm (88 lb•in)* [*with optional external rails]
  • Speeds up to 1.9 m/s (75 in/s)

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SIMO Series Linear Motion Platform

 The SIMO® Series Linear Motion Platform is a solution designed to be versatile, flexible, and affordable.

  • Versatile options allow a design engineer to meet multiple application requirements within a single platform.
  • Flexible due to consistent geometry creating a platform of interchangeable options.
  • Affordable with SIMO qualified rails providing machined precision at extrusion prices.

This versatility tomix-n-match features within the same design envelope allows an engineer to testmultiple configurations, easily adapt to changing requirements dependent uponload, speed, accuracy, environment, and life considerations, while specifying alinear motion system that is on budget and on time every time.

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MT Linear Actuators

The MT Series of belt driven linear actuators offers a number of profile sizes with multiple design configurations to meet requirements in high load, stroke and speed applications.  Internally, a profile rail with runner blocks provide for guidance with low friction, noise and vibration.  The actuator body consists of an anodized aluminum housing with a stainless steel strip which seals along magnetic strips to shield out contamination from entering the linear actuator.  Precision extrusions for each aluminum actuator body ensure for side and bottom surfaces that are flat and perpendicular giving accurate installations.

  • Available in five (5) models
  • Anodized aluminum bodies of 42 mm x 42 mm (1.65 in x 1.65 in) to 80 mm x 80 mm (3.15 in x 3.15 in)
  • Steel reinforced timing belt drive
  • Stroke lengths up to 6 m (20 ft): (MTB042 2m length, MTE/MTF 1m length)
  • Maximum single carriage loads up to 7800 N (1753 lbf) and maximum moments up to 480 Nm (4248 lb•in)
  • Speeds up to 3 m/s (118 in./s)


PL Linear Actuators

The PL series offers a screw driven actuator with a 55mm x 55mm (2.17 in x 2.17 in) body profile.  Pre-loaded ball bearing cam rollers guided by patent pending Integral-V™ hardened steel raceways are used to create smooth precise guidance.  SIMO® (Simultaneous Integral Milling Operation) machining of each aluminum actuator body provides side and bottom surfaces that are machined flat and perpendicular for accurate installation. A stainless steel seal strip magnetically seals against the actuator body and resists contamination that would otherwise enter the actuator.  Dual and extended carriages are available to increase the load and moment capacities.
  • Anodized aluminum bodies of 55mm x 55mm profile.
  • PLA055 actuators are available with ball screws, coated lead screws, or acme screws.
  • Maximum stroke lengths and maximum carriage speeds:
    • PLA055: up to 2710mm (107 in) and up to 2 m/s (79 in/s)
  • Maximum single carriage loads of 2000 N (450 lbs) and maximum moments of 120 Nm (1062 in•lb)


Uni-Guide Linear Actuator Systems

The Uni-Guide Driven System is based on the D075, D100 and D125 aluminum rail and carriage assemblies.  Uni-Guide driven systems are available in custom lengths with a precision lead screw drive mechanism installed. The Frelon GOLD® plane bearing material is bonded to the carriage eliminating all metal-to-metal contact and shaft damage.  Frelon GOLD® is self-lubricating and does not require external lubrication.  Uni-Guide driven systems are contaminant resistant and can tolerate vibration.

  • D075, D100 and D125  Uni-Guide sizes available
  • Lead screw driven
  • Strokes up to 1740 mm (68.5”) available
  • Normal carriage loads up to 4448 N (1000 lbs)
  • Maximum speed up to 1.5 m/s (300 ft/min)


Plain Bearing Linear Slide Systems

Simplicity® Linear Slide Technology handles heavy loads and excels in harsh, contaminated environments.  Choose from modular components, standard high profile slides, and low profile slides.  The basic configuration consists of Simplicity pillow blocks and a support rail assembly.   Linear Slide Technology systems can be built–up to include: parallel rails, top and bottom plates, and screw drives.  Modular components are ideal where the customer desires a custom rail spacing dimension or a single rail.   The low profile systems can be used in applications where height constraints prohibit the use of the standard high profile systems. 
  • Rail shaft diameters from 12.7mm (0.5 in) to 50.8 mm (2.0 in)
  • Rail lengths to 2440 mm (96 in)
  • Carriage speeds up to 1.524 m/s (60 in/s)
  • Normal carriage loads up to 83,000 N (18,750 lbf)
  • Three basic designs: high profile, low profile and modular
  • Bearing materials available include FrelonGold®, FrelonJ®, and ball bearing
  • Shaft materials available include alloy steel, anodized aluminum, stainless steel, and chrome plated


Mini-Rail MS-LS Linear Actuator Systems

Mini-Rail MS/LS miniature linear guide systems are lead screw driven actuators that offer an economical alternative to conventional miniature profile rail systems.  Mini-Rail MS linear guide systems are motor driven.  Mini-Rail LS linear guide systems are manually driven.  Frelon Gold plain bearings in the carriage contact the hard anodized aluminum rail to form the linear guidance mechanism. No actuator maintenance is required.  The lead screws are 303 stainless steel and have a TFE coating. The polyacetal drive nut is self lubricating and pre-loaded to eliminate backlash.  Frelon Gold bearing material allows the Mini-Rail MS/LS miniature linear guide systems to better withstand shock and vibration than ball bearing systems.
  • Available in two (2) sizes:  
    • 15 mm (0.591 in) rail width
    • 20 mm (0.787 in) rail width.
  • Available with a motor drive (Mini-Rail MS) or a manual drive knob (Mini-Rail LS)
  • Eight (8) screw leads are available for the Mini-Rail MS and Mini-Rail LS actuators
  • Maximum stroke lengths of 578 mm (22.8 in) are available
  • Thrust load capacity  up to 1.12 N (5 lb)
  • Carriage speeds up to 487 mm/s (19 in/s)


Other Actuators

Other actuator configurations are available. Contact an Application Engineer, 800-962-8979.



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