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5 Questions to Ask a Bearing Manufacturer Before Placing an Order

April 25, 2017

5 Questions to Ask a Bearing Manufacturer Before Placing an Order

John D. Rockefeller famously said, “The secret to success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” While many manufacturers may consider bearings to be a ‘common thing’, ultimately, it’s the quality of the support you receive from your bearing manufacturer that can make all the difference. Education, training and communication can help you reach an informed decision, along with asking these 5 key questions:

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4 Reasons to Choose Rulon Bearings in a Vacuum Environment

April 18, 2017

4 Reasons to Choose Rulon Bearings in a Vacuum Environment

Metal or plastic? Which material would you choose for a vacuum chamber environment? Today I want to share how we helped our partner extend bearing service life by switching from metal to self-lubricating Rulon bearings in their vacuum chambers. Here’s a lesson straight from the lab:

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Bearing Manufacturing: Celebrating Robotics Week and STEM Education

April 11, 2017

Bearing Manufacturing: Celebrating Robotics Week and STEM Education

Did you know that today we celebrate National Robotics Week? With robotics sales reaching an all-time high in 2016, the future of this industry is bright – and growing. And TriStar’s bearing manufacturing is supporting the next generation of robotics leaders.

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Q&A - How Do Self-Lubricating Bearings Lubricate?

April 4, 2017

How Self-Lubricating Bearings Lubricate

Self-lubricating bearings can lower your bearing maintenance costs without sacrificing performance. But have you ever wondered how they lubricate? There are two common systems for lubrication; smearing systems and debris systems which contribute to the surface finish. Here’s a review:

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Q&A - Is Surface Finish Important to Bearing Design?

March 28, 2017

Q&A Is Surface Finish Important to Bearing Design?

Surface finish is one of the primary considerations in bearing design, since it has a direct impact on the performance of the final product. And achieving the right finish is a careful balance of plastic form vs. plastic function. Consider this:

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4 Reasons for Waterproof Bearings in Paper Processing

March 21, 2017

We recommend plastic waterproof bearings over traditional rolling elements in paper processing.

From wet forming to high-heat drying, paper processing involves varying operating temperatures and conditions. Traditionally, metal rolling element bearings have been the material-of-choice, but metal has limitations in this application. Here are 4 reasons to choose plastic waterproof bearings instead:

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Industry Spotlight: Agriculture Bearings

March 14, 2017

plastic bearings can overcome bearing corrosion in farming equipment

Attention manufacturers, have you downloaded your Industrial Bearings White Paper? It uncovers how plastic bearings help manufacturers from 10 top industries overcome their top bearing challenges. Today, we spotlight agriculture bearings. Read on to learn how they can eliminate corrosion, the #1 cause of bearing failure in farming equipment.

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Q&A: Can Rulon Be Used in a Liquid Application? [VIDEO]

March 7, 2017

Rulon W2 vs. Rulon 1439 in Liquid Applications

In our last post, we reviewed the connection between PTFE and high temperatures. Today we explore if Rulon (a PTFE derivative), is compatible with a liquid bearing application. And the answer is that yes, Rulon is compatible with liquids, but special attention must be paid to the type of liquid, as well as the type of filler. Here are two Rulon options we often recommend:

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Q&A How does temperature impact the properties of PTFE materials?

February 28, 2017

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We are often asked about what can be expected when you use a Rulon bearing or any PTFE in high temperatures. Many things can occur, and it varies from material to material based on the use of different fillers. Let’s review:

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