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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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Rulon Plastic Solutions: Your Questions Answered

April 19, 2016

Rulon Plastic Solutions: Your Questions Answered

Our recent post on Plastic Solutions: How to Bond to Metal in 4 Steps generated many follow-up questions. From identifying which metals are good for bonding, to determining the shelf life of Rulon materials, today we answer a few of your most-common questions. Here’s what you need to know about bonded plastic solutions:

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Plastic Solutions: How to Bond to Metal in 4 Steps [VIDEO]

April 12, 2016

How to Bond Plastic to Metal in 4 Steps

How can we build a better plastic solution? In many cases, the ideal material is just a bond away! Today we review the benefits of bonding plastic materials to metal. In this example, we share the bonding of Rulon 142 to a metal substrate in order to achieve a premium plastic solution. The same bonding process applies to all Rulon formulas and other plastics, and success can be achieved in just 4 easy steps.

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MAC & METAL: A recipe for DISASTER!

April 7, 2016

MAC & METAL: A recipe for DISASTER!

Guest Blogger - Quadrant Plastics

In a case study ripped from the headlines metal contamination found in Kraft Macaroni & Cheese recently created a huge media storm, drop in stock price, and loss of customer confidence. According to the FDA and other major news sources, Kraft Foods voluntarily recalled 6 million boxes of Mac & Cheese (with a financial hit estimated between 6-10.8 million dollars). Lets use this real life example to explore the bigger picture and illustrate how global and domestic food manufactures are able to eliminate the source of the metal contaminant from the manufacturing process using FDA and EU compliant engineering grade plastics.

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National Robotics Week and the Medical Plastics Connection

April 5, 2016

Celebrating National Robotics Week with medical plastics, medical bearings.

Did you know that this week marks National Robotics Week? The celebration is designed to honor the US as a leader in robotics technology while building awareness of STEM-related fields. From a bearing design perspective, we’re celebrating how self-lubricating, FDA-compliant medical plastics have advanced the field of surgical robotics. Here’s how:

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