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Q&A: Which Types of Bearings Should I Choose for Robotics? [Get the Guide]

September 12, 2017

Robotics and Manufacturing - A Guide to Bearing Selection for Increased Production

Robotic designs are becoming more sophisticated. They’re powering everything from heavy-duty auto assemblies to delicate surgical procedures. But which type of bearing is best for YOUR application? Which bearing qualities should you look for to improve your manufacturing output?

We’ve got the answers in our new guide!

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How Will the Food Safety Modernization Act Impact Your Bearing Selection?

June 27, 2017

How Will the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Impact Your Bearing Selection?

Are you ready for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)? The clock is ticking — and most manufacturers need to be in full compliance with the regulations by the end of 2017. Bearing selection can play a key role in helping you achieve compliance of your food processing and packaging equipment. We’ve got some insights to make the selection process easier.

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Bearing Material Selection - Thermoset or Thermoplastic? [Tech Tip]

February 7, 2017

Bearing Material Selection - Thermoset or Thermoplastic

Similar names, yet completely different bearing materials. Which category should you select? In today’s Tech Tip, we examine the “thermo” categories. Here are some key attributes to know before making your plastic bearing material selection:

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Comparing Bearing Companies:  Look for Material Transparency and Educational Tools

September 13, 2016

Comparing Bearing Companies

The month of September is synonymous with education, so today I’d like to share a lesson on comparing bearing companies. The idea for this post came to me when an OEM contacted TriStar to inquire how our Ultracomp 300AX composites stacked-up against a similar material they were using. Ultimately, the engineer wanted to compare the two materials based on the technical values that were important to him. Believing in full transparency, here are the material details we shared:

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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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ASTM Standards in Bearing Selection: Why are they Important?

December 15, 2015

ASTM Standards in Bearing Selection: Why are they Important?

Have you downloaded your free copy of the Bearing Selection Design White Paper? If so, you’re probably familiar with ASTM Testing Standards for plastic materials. Today we’ll provide a review of why these standards are an important consideration in bearing selection. 

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Choosing a Bearing Supplier Partner: Tips to Success

November 10, 2015

Choosing a Bearing Supplier Partner: Tips to Success

So you’ve made the decision to incorporate plastic bearings into your industrial application. Congratulations! Now it’s time for the critical decision of which bearing supplier to partner with. Which company will offer the ideal mix of product, processing and price to help you deliver quality products to your end users? 

We’ve compiled a few key qualities to look for (and those to avoid) to make your search a success. 

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Bearing Selection and Achieving the Right Press Fit

August 25, 2015

Bearing Selection and Achieving the Right Press Fit

I had a great conversation this week about bearing selection and the intricacies of finding the right press fit. As a quick review, press fit is defined as the value of interference between the shaft and the inside diameter of the bearing, or the housing bore and the outside diameter of the bearing when installed.

Why is press fit important in bearing selection? Check out a recent calculation for our Ultracomp composite material.

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Bearing Nomenclature 101: When to choose bearings vs. bushings?

May 14, 2015

Bearing Nomenclature 101: When to choose bearings vs. bushings?

When should you choose bearings vs. bushings? I’m often asked about bearing nomenclature (see our recent blog entry on plane bearings vs. plain bearings). So today let’s set the record straight on bearings and bushings:

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