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Composite Bearings in Frozen Food Packaging: 5 Benefits [Video]

January 17, 2017

Composite Bearings in Frozen Food Packaging

Food manufacturers are following the lead of the auto industry by installing high-efficiency composite bearings to boost production rates. But frozen food packaging presents tough challenges such as low-temperatures and moisture, which causes traditional metals to swell and fail. FCJs and other composites deliver these 5 key benefits:

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Q&A:  Is Bearing Maintenance Important?

January 10, 2017

Is Bearing Maintenance Important?

Calling all manufacturers – just how important is bearing maintenance to the operation of your industrial equipment? Good maintenance leads to better efficiency and throughput, while poor maintenance contributes to higher manufacturing costs and unplanned stoppages. Yet not all bearings require the same level of maintenance; some don’t even need any at all. Let’s compare metals and composites:

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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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Q&A:  Oil & Gas Bearings: Which Material Provides Longest Service?

December 20, 2016


Our client needed a durable replacement for their failing carbon graphite oil and gas bearings for compressors used in oil fracking. Service requirements were arduous, including extreme loads, thermal expansion, and wide temperatures – all in a demanding 24/7 service environment. Which material provided the longest service over carbon graphite? Rulon 945 was the clear winner, based on these attributes:

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How do Surface Treatments Work? Part 2:  Plasma Treatment

December 13, 2016

How plasma surface treatments work

Last week we reviewed how corona treatment works; today’s spotlight is on low-pressure plasma treatment. Plasma is different from atmospheric treatments since components are treated inside a vacuum chamber instead of being passed near an open electrical discharge. The technique offers many advantages to manufacturers.

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How do Surface Treatments Work? Part 1: Corona Treatment

December 6, 2016


It’s a back-to-basics question, but one that we are asked often. Surface treatments are generally separated into two categories: atmospheric and low-pressure (or vacuum). Both use energy to ionize gas and are very effective at altering the surface properties of materials. Both can also help you increase your manufacturing yield. Today we spotlight corona treatment:

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