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Q&A Waterproof bearings: What are the benefits of plastic?

May 24, 2016

Waterproof bearings: What are the benefits of plastic?

Have you posted your design question to our Ask the Experts portal? It may be featured in our weekly blog, which is where this post comes from! A designer of offshore marine products wanted to review the benefits of waterproof bearings. And the top answer is that plastic waterproof bearings eliminate corrosion, which is one of the primary causes of metal bearing failure in a water environment. 

Here’s how:

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Plasma Corona Discharge: 4 Advantages for Manufacturers

May 17, 2016

Plasma Corona Discharge: 4 Advantages for Manufacturers

The US manufacturing economy continues to waver between marked improvement and ongoing challenge in 2016, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. While progress is being made, there’s still concern around global headwinds. Reading this report, it occurred to me that many manufacturers could realize significant gains by building corona discharge treatments into their production schedules ― and they may not even realize it! Corona alters the surface properties of materials to give them desirable attributes, such as a part that will last longer or boast cleaner finishes.  

Here’s how this surface modification technique works: 

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Measuring Surface Energy and Surface Tension of Plastics (VIDEO)

May 10, 2016

Measuring Surface Energy and Surface Tension of Plastics

Every wonder how to measure plastic materials to determine surface energy and tension properties? The process is easier than you might imagine, and can lead to better manufacturing outcomes through plasma surface treatment. 

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Low Friction Bearings Combat Corrosion By 30%

May 3, 2016

Low Friction Bearings Combat Corrosion By 30%

A unique application came through our fabrication shop this week that I wanted to share. A manufacturer of high-end wind anemometers approached us for a low-friction bearing solution to combat environmental corrosion. Here’s how we resolved their challenge with low-friction Rulon J bearings ― and reduced bearing failure rates by 30%.

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Engineering Plastics Against Steel – Coefficient of Friction

April 28, 2016

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Guest Blogger - Quadrant Plastics

The first step to understanding the Coefficient of Friction (COF) of engineering plastics when compared to that of steel is grasping that the COF is not based on a material’s property alone, but is rather a system’s property. One part/piece/component does not make a system and therefore requires the evaluation of the total solution.

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How to Calculate Your Bearing Engineering Dimensions? Answers here! [NEW TOOLS]

April 26, 2016

Calculating Bearing Engineering Dimensions

The end of manual bearing calculation is here; introducing TriStar Plastics’ new bearing engineering and design companion calculators! Our robust Plain Bearing PV, Scientific, and Conversion Calculators give you the tools you need to change the world ― or at least the bearing component you are creating for it.

How can the new tools enhance your bearing engineering design? 

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