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Plastic Fabrication: 4 Tips to Avoid Common Challenges

August 30, 2016

4 Tips to Avoid Common Plastic Fabrication Challenges

I had a great conversation this week with a machinist who was an expert with metal materials, but had reservations about attempting plastic fabrication for the first time. After all, these two bearing materials are completely different. Metals remain secure and stable throughout machining, while plastics expand, chip and even melt as they are fabricated. Today we share some tips for avoiding common machining challenges. 

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Want to Lower Bearing Replacement Costs by $30,000 Year? Consider Composites

August 23, 2016

Want to Lower Bearing Replacement Costs by $30K Year? Consider Composites

We’re honored to work with one of the largest suppliers of canning equipment to the food and beverage industry. In an average day, their equipment can process nearly 3 million cans ― provided there is no shutdown on the line. But when their metal linear bearings failed from galling and corrosion, we saved them $30K in bearing replacement costs by switching from metal to composites. We can help you realize a similar savings, here’s how:

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How to Avoid a Bearing Failure? Check the Processing Method (VIDEO)

August 16, 2016

How to Avoid a Bearing Failure? Check the Processing Method  

Today we spotlight bearing failure and share another way you can avoid it. It boils down to looking beyond the printed specs of the MSDS, to checking the method by which the raw plastics were processed. Here’s why the processing method can be the difference between a success and a failure in the field: 

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Bearing Replacement Cost vs. True Value: A Customer Story

August 9, 2016

Bearing Replacement Cost vs. True Value: A Customer Story

You’ve probably heard our theory about looking beyond the initial costs of bearings to consider their true value over the total lifetime of the product. In many cases, what you think you may be initially “saving” in a lower-priced bearing may actually end up costing more when you factor in total maintenance and bearing replacement costs. Today we share an example.

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High Temperature Bearings To Keep Your Equipment Running Cool (VIDEO)

August 2, 2016

4 High Temperature Bearings To Keep Your Equipment Running Cool

Hot summer temperatures and dry conditions can add more stress to bearings; particularly in construction engines and other applications exposed to outdoor temperatures. But with the right bearing selection and special attention to operating temperatures, plastic bearings can outperform their metal counterparts. Today we share 4 of the top high-temperature plastic bearing materials to keep your equipment running cool. 

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Plasma Treatment Helps Protect Sensitive Electronic Devices from Contamination

July 26, 2016

Plasma Treatment Helps Protect Sensitive Electronic Devices from Contamination

Today’s topic comes from a recent site visit to an electronics manufacturer.  The design team wanted to review the value of surface preparation in plasma treatment in order to isolate their sensitive devices from environmental contaminants.  Here’s how a good functional cleaning and surface preparation were critical to this manufacturer’s potting and encapsulation procedure.

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