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Composite Plastic Bearings: 5 Quality Features To Look For And Why They Are Important

September 20, 2016

Composite Bearing Construction

It’s no secret that quality composite plastic bearings can help you achieve better application outcomes. After all, low-quality bearing materials can actually damage your manufacturing equipment. They often don’t sit right, or may cause abrasion to your mating hardware. In the worst cases, low-quality bearings can causes your finished products to fail in the field, resulting in a costly product recall. Have you ever wondered which quality features are important to look for? And just why they are important? Today we share five.

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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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Ask the Expert: Dry Plasma Cleaning vs. Wet Cleaning Processes: Which method is best?

September 6, 2016

Dry Plasma Cleaning vs. Wet Cleaning Processes: Which method is best?

How can I remove trace contaminants from inorganic substrates?

Which cleaning method will achieve the best bonding results?

These questions were recently posted to our Ask The Experts portal. Proper cleaning of a substrate is a critical first step in many manufacturing processes, particularly for the medical, aerospace, and electronics industries. So which method will render substrates atomic-level clean and ready for bonding? We recommend plasma cleaning for a number of reasons:

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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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