TriStar | Shooting Star Newsletter

The Shooting Star is TriStar's monthly technical brief featuring new products, materials and interesting applications.

Volume 18 - Issue 5
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Hyper-Hydrophobic Membranes Elevate Liquid Chromatography

High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) is a type an analytical chemistry used to separate, identify, and quantify each component in a mixture. Our client was looking for a way to significantly improve the performance and accuracy of the HPLC system they designed to separate aqueous fluids from gas. They recently contacted our Enhanced Materials Division (EMD) to see if we could help.

 

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Volume 18 - Issue 4
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Rulon® Brings Top Sound/Vibration Dampening to High End Audio

In the world of high-end audio, the quest for perfect sound is serious business. No effort (or expense) is spared to create the best possible conditions for sound that is unencumbered by the dual threats of unwanted noise and vibration! One of our customers has recently been using Rulon 142 (for which TriStar Plastics is the exclusive North American distributor) to lead the charge in combating these barriers to audio nirvana.

 

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Volume 18 - Issue 3
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Rulon® Materials Are Critical for Accurate Lab Fluid Dispensing

TriStar Plastics has a few customers that are utilizing Rulon materials as piston cups in microfluid piston dispensing pumps. These pumps are driven by a rotary shaft with a cam which drives the piston and have no valving — which means the only moving part is the piston. These types of pumps are primarily used in specialty lab applications where a broad cross section of fluids can be involved and where finite control of flow rates is critical.

 

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Volume 18 - Issue 2
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CJ Bearings Kick Grease Contamination to the Curb

For many years, manufacturers of waste collection equipment have utilized CJ bearings for pivot points on the mechanical devices mounted on their trucks.

CJ bearings are usually found on the articulation points in the rear lift or side lift systems you see every week picking up your trash cans. This environment is dirty and heavily cycled, with high impact/vibration and loading that can vary from lift to lift

 

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Volume 18 - Issue 1
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Increasing Hydroponic Yields with Ultraflon R28

Hydroponics is a precise method for growing bigger and better plants more efficiently. We worked with a client to modify open-cell foam to better control water/oxygen levels at plant roots to create optimum growing conditions. We utlilized our Ultraflon R28 coating, which was developed for a wide variety of non-stick and hydrophobic applications. It proved ideal for creating the perfect growing medium for our client's plants.

 

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Volume 17 - Issue 12
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The Chemistry of High Temperature Plastics

It’s a common misconception that polymers can only be used in low temperature applications. There are, however, polymers with properties significantly superior to traditional plastics. These high temperature polymers can withstand temperatures above 275°F (135°C), and in some cases can go much higher than that! In order to perform successfully at high temperatures, a material must have at least two essential characteristics: it must be strong, and it must have resistance to its environment.

 

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Volume 17 - Issue 11
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Rulon J Gets into the Groove

With the return of vinyl records to our lives there has been a surge in new designs for turntables. Gone are the days of misaligned needles on warped platters. Today’s consumer-grade turntable systems are actually better than studio quality devices of the past. One turntable manufacturer came to TriStar with a unique concept that called for a specialized solution...

 

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Volume 17 - Issue 10
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CJ Composites Resist Compression in Valve Stem Applications

A manufacturer that builds high-end ball and check valves has utilized our CJ composite product for critical valve stem bushing applications. CJ filament-wound bushings have a unique lubricant embedded within the surface of the liner material, which makes them essentially maintenance-free.

 

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Volume 17 - Issue 9
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Going with the Flow - Enabling Precise Microfluidics with Plasma

The medical device and diagnostics industry faces many challenges. Some of the challenges involve innovating processes as well as the materials used for the devices themselves. TriStar Plastics Corp. has many years of experience working with diagnostic manufacturing companies to enhance their devices so that ordinary off-the-shelf materials behave like extraordinary materials...

 

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Volume 17 - Issue 8
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CJ Bearings “Go with the Flow” in Water Treatment Applications

Recently, a customer contacted us regarding the valves they use in water and wastewater treatment facilities; they wanted to replace their current metal-backed/fabric-lined bushings because of premature failure caused by corrosion. Read on to learn why CJ Composite Bearings were uniquely suited for this critical application...

 

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Volume 17 - Issue 7
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Ultracomp UC300A is the Ideal Choice for Marine Ferry Systems

The are many designs for ferry systems in North America, and each one is unique in that it is designed to perform specific functions and optimized for its geographic location.  One thing that isn’t unique is the #1 choice of bearings for nearly every one of these systems — Ultracomp 300A. Read on to learn why Ultracomp is the favorite of ferry operators, docking system fabricators, and component suppliers...

 

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Volume 17 - Issue 6
Rulon W2 Bearings Outpace Chemicals & Corrosion in Pool Cleaners

Rulon W2 Bearings Outpace Chemicals & Corrosion in Pool Cleaners

Automatic pool cleaning components face many adversaries; from corrosive chemicals to UV exposure and debris collection – and not all bearings can resist the hazards of the job. Rulon W2 flange bearings are the exception. Rulon W2 gives superior wear and friction properties, plus corrosion resistance and good thermal dissipation in wet environments...

 

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