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What is a Plane Bearing? Or is it a Plain Bearing?

Posted by Dave Biering

Mar 26, 2015 9:30:00 AM

What is a Plane Bearing? Or is it a Plain Bearing? First let’s settle this important question, is it a “plane” bearing or a “plain” bearing? And survey says? Both spellings are correct, although this bearing supplier prefers plane bearing. 

Now that we have that settled, the question then becomes, what is a plane bearing exactly? We have the answer to that question, too!

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Topics: Plane Bearings

How to Select Bearings? Look for Industry Certification

Posted by Dave Biering

Mar 24, 2015 9:30:00 AM

How to Select Bearings?  Look for Industry Certification!   How do you select bearings? Do you consider third-party certification? While there are a number of deciding selection factors, third-party industry certification can speak volumes about a company’s commitment to following stringent standards for quality and safety.

At TriStar, our organization is ISO 2001 certified for implementing quality management systems for the custom fabrication and manufacturing of composite self-lubricating bearings. But we’ve also achieved a number of certificates for our individual product lines; applications where sanitation is critical (food processing and medical), or in areas where durability is critical (marine bearings). 

Check out a few of our industry certifications:

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Topics: how to select bearings

Composite Bearings: Design Specs vs. Performance

Posted by Dave Biering

Mar 19, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Composite Bearings: Design Specs vs. Performance Our last blog post about Bearing Guide Specs vs. Actual Performance prompted many follow-up questions. Today we’ll review composite bearings in a marine application as an example of closely evaluating bearing guide specs vs. actual performance. As we mentioned, it is critical to look beyond bearing guide data to predict the field performance of a material.

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Topics: Composite Bearings, Marine

New Bearing Guide Video: Specs vs. Actual Performance

Posted by Dave Biering

Mar 17, 2015 9:30:00 AM

New Bearing Guide Video:  Specs vs. Actual Performance Today we wanted to address a question that comes up quite often – are the design specs in bearing guides accurate? Unfortunately, the truth isn’t always clear, and lies somewhere between fact and fiction.

Bearing guide data (as provided by the manufacturer) is generally accurate, but the numbers are not the only factor that you should consider when sourcing a material. For complete accuracy, you need to look beyond the bearing specification numbers and consider the PROCESS that is used to make the material! 

Without considering the process, a minor miscalculation can lead to a very costly production mistake - and we’ve got a video to review that (it's at the bottom of this post)!

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