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Best of the Plastic Bearings Blog 2016

January 3, 2017

Best of the Plastic Bearings Blog 2016

Happy New Year from TriStar Plastics! Before we move forward, we thought we'd take a quick look back at 2016. Throughout the year we published useful tips for avoiding bearing failure, mastering plastic fabrication, and improving surface treatments. As a final tribute to 2016, let's recap a few of our most-popular blog posts...

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From the Archives: 4 Uncommon Uses of Plastic Bearings

March 29, 2016

4 Uncommon Uses of Plastic Bearings

Versatile. That’s one way to describe self-lubricating plastic bearings. You may already be aware of the many advantages of plastic and composite bearings in tough marine and railroad environments. Today we delve into our archives to share some of the more uncommon uses of plastic bearings. From precision pipe organs to life-changing composite limbs, plastic bearings are making a difference in ways many designers have never imagined.

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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 Common Myths About Plastic Bearings

February 26, 2015

4 Common Myths About Plastic BearingsPlastic bearings vs. metal bearings. This is a debate that we still encounter in our site visits, as some engineers are reluctant to specify plastic bearings in their designs for one reason or another. Why is there still a resistance to engineered plastics in some industries? Today on Tech Talk, we want to debunk 4 of the most-common myths about engineered plastic bearings. 

Read more about bearing myths debunked!

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What do football and plastic bearings have in common?

January 29, 2015

What do football and plastic bearings have in common?We’re glad you asked! As all eyes turn to the “Big Game” in Phoenix this weekend, we couldn’t help but get caught up in the hype. After all, TriStar’s corporate headquarters is based in New England, also home to a certain NFL team!

Granted, you might not think “plastic bearings” when you think football, yet there are actually many similarities between the two. Here are just a few…

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Plastic Bearings Cool Bottled Beverages and Facilitate Frosty Transport

January 20, 2015

CJ Bearings Cool Bottled Beverages and Facilitate Frosty TransportYou may have read our recent Shooting Star about versatile plastic bearings in a range of winter activities. Plastic bearings excel as a replacement for bronze in cold-climate applications, thanks to their ability to resist moisture form snow and sleet, plus resist freezing temperatures. But plastic bearings also excel in cold-beverage transport, too. Here’s how we helped a major manufacturer of refrigerated truck compressors replace failing bronze bearings with reliable plastic. 

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History of Plastic Bearings: A timeline

December 16, 2014

History of Plastic Bearings:  A timelineI’m sure you’ve all received a TBT (or throw-back Thursday) post in your social feed at some point in the recent past. Today on Tech Talk, I thought I’d share a TBT on the history of plastic bearings ― or a TBT of the Bearing Industry. Did you know that bearings date back to 2600 BC, when Ancient Egyptians used a form of roller bearings to move stones to build the Pyramids? 

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Plastic Bearings for Automotive: Even Consumers Benefit

December 11, 2014

Plastic Bearings for Automotive: Even Consumers BenefitHave you filled your gas tank recently? As gas prices reach their lowest level since 2010, the auto industry in seeing an uptick in new car purchases. Whether spurred on by lower gas prices or end-of-year promotions, consumers are once again investing in new vehicles. We’ve long promoted how plastic bearings are helping automotive manufacturers, but did you also know they have direct benefits for consumers? 

Here are just a few reasons how plastic automotive bearings benefit consumers directly:

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Plastic Bearings: The Official Sponsor of Winter Activities

December 10, 2014

Plastic Bearings: The Official Sponsor of Winter ActivitiesSelf-lubricating bearings withstand tough winter applications

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