Founded in 1919 as Roller Bearing Company of America in Newark, New Jersey, the company originally manufactured bearing products including tapered roller bearings, spherical bearings, and needle roller bearings. Since its earliest days, RBC has been at the forefront of bearing technology, and provided solutions to industrial customers’ problems. Today, our customers are a virtual “who’s who” of global industry – Caterpillar, Boeing, Honeywell, Arvin Meritor, Volvo, Dana, Federal Mogul, Oshkosh, Chicago Rawhide, Motion Industries, Applied Materials, Deere & Company, Komatsu, and the U.S. Government, among others.
Throughout the 1990s, the company continued to grow through acquisition of complementary bearing manufacturers. Today, the family of highly engineered RBC Bearings and related products includes: ball bearings, rod ends, cam followers, ball screws, thin sections ball bearings, spherical plain bearings, tapered roller and tapered thrust roller bearings, airframe control, self-lubricating, and custom-engineered bearings.
RBC rod end bearings were originally designed by one RBC division – Heim Bearings -during World War II to improve aircraft performance. Today, rod ends can be found throughout industry in transportation equipment, recreational vehicles, lawn and garden, material handling, and fluid power applications. Widely referred to as “Heim Joints” – even by our competition -- RBC rod end bearings remain an industry standard to this day.
One RBC division was actually the inventor of the lined spherical bearing, with the first application developed in 1957 for the Chevrolet Corvette steering joint. The company offers more than 25 different liner systems depending upon the loading, wear, and temperature conditions in the application (including the patented Fibriloid® and Fiberglide® liner technology).
More recently, RBC introduced the RBC Roller® cam follower as a maintenance-free alternative to the standard needle roller cam follower. This innovation offers five times the operating life and twice the speed of its closest competitor, and has performed extremely well in difficult applications in the packaging, bottling/canning, material handling, automation and specialty machinery markets. Other innovations in spherical plain bearings include QuadLube®, ImpactTuff®, and SpreadLock® seals for heavy-duty industrial applications, such as construction, mining, and agriculture. Our Pitchlign® series of heavy duty needle roller bearings is the bearing of choice in marine crankshafts and connecting rods, gear pumps, oil field pumping jacks, and mud pumps.
In addition to being a well-known producer of collets, our European plant supplies metric rod ends and metric spherical bearings to an impressive list of international customers including Airbus, Snecma Moteurs, Rolls Royce, Eurostar, and Bombardier.
Strategic Plan and Vision
RBC Bearings’ strategic plan and vision is to continue down the path of profitability and growth - organic growth including market penetration and the addition of new products and growth via acquisition to which RBC’s aggressive track record of acquisition attests.