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A Comparison of Linear Bearings: Rulon 142 & Turcite B

February 9, 2016

A Comparison of Linear Bearings: Rulon 142 & Turcite B

I had a great conversation with a machinist who wanted to compare Rulon 142 and Turcite B; two common materials used for slide and linear bearings. Although both materials are PTFE- blends, they each possess unique characteristics. Here’s a review of some key attributes and applications:

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Spotlight: USP Medical Plastics and Rulon 1439

February 2, 2016

Rulon 1439 USP bearings in a pharma mixing application

Quality is important in every manufacturing sector. But for the medical and pharma industries, quality manufacturing takes on a new level of urgency. Today we spotlight USP-compliant Rulon 1439 medical plastics in a high-velocity mixing application. This durable material has surpassed every other polymer in this tough environment. 

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How Much Grease Do Bronze Bushings Really Need? See the Picture!

January 26, 2016

bucket of grease removed from production line by switching to self-lubricating composite bushings

It’s a fact that bronze bushings require abundant amounts of lubricating grease to keep industrial equipment running. But have you ever wondered just how much grease they need? We did, so we asked a client to show us the sludge that was left behind after a routine cleaning. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, today we want to share this incredible image. Even our experienced designers were amazed at the amount of greasy sludge that was removed!

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Q&A: Causes of Bearing Failure: Metal Brinelling

January 19, 2016

How does brinelling cause bearing failure in metal?

How does brinelling cause bearing failure in metal?

Some of our best questions come directly into our Ask the Experts portal, and this one is a prime example. Today, we review brinelling, which is a key cause of bearing failure in metals. Along with lubrication, fatigue, and corrosion, brinelling failure causes costly and premature bearing wear.

Here’s how you can avoid it.

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Plastic Bearings: Industry Insights for 2016

January 12, 2016

Plastic Bearings: Industry Insights for 2016

The ball has officially dropped on another year, and as we look forward to new developments in plastic bearing innovations, we also wanted to take stock of 2015. Home values rose and gas prices fell. Auto sales reached a new record of 17.5 million units; a gain of over 5%. Constructions starts are expected to grow by 6% into 2016, say industry analysts. What do these economic factors mean to the plastic bearings market? 

We’ve got some industry insights to share:

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4 Reasons You Need TriSteel, the Corrosion-Resistant Bearing

January 5, 2016

TriSteel, the corrosion-resistant reinforced bearing

What causes bearing corrosion? This question has been asked repeatedly on our Ask the Experts portal. And the answer is that there are almost too many causes to list. Liquid submersion, chemical reaction, weather, temperature, and pressure are all corrosion culprits. One of our key corrosion-resistant bearing materials is TriSteel – a reinforced bearing specifically designed for tough environments.

How can this reinforced material improve the success of your application? Here are four key reasons to consider the power of TriSteel corrosion-resistant bearings.

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