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Bearing Materials

TriStar offers a wide range of bearing materials that are ideal for non-lubricated, high-load applications.

Saint Gobain Materials

TriStar is the exclusive partner of Saint Gobain for Rulon materials in North America. 

Materials and Fabrication

Our capabilities include component design, material selection, prototype, production, and manufacturing.

Materials Database

Use our interactive database to search for and compare over 450 materials.


Surface Modification

Learn how our Enhanced Materials Divison (EMD) modifies existing materials to meet specific needs.



Since 1982 we have been combining the skills of TriStar’s engineering team, our extensive product line, and our deep understanding of a broad range of industries to bring you solutions to your most challenging engineering needs.

Problems / Solutions

Explore the common causes of bearing failure and learn how advanced polymer and composite bearings can address them.

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Enhanced Materials Division (EMD)

EMD  positions TriStar Plastics as the leading resource to solve your demanding engineering material challenges.

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View our library of engineering worksheets — the quickest way to communicate your project specs — or reach out to our engineering team.


Here are a few of our most popular online engineering tools - including our PV calc and material database (450+ materials).


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Our collection of case studies, product specs, brochures and other key technical documents.

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Our library of free-to-download white papers focus on industry-based solutions, specific materials, bearing design, and more...

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These pillar pages provide in-depth information on bearings and problem/solutions for specific industires.

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TriStar Plastics Corp. provides engineering, custom fabrication and manufacturing of high-performance plastics and self-lubricating bearing materials. 


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TriStar Products

TriStar Products | Self-Lubricating Bearings

Advancements in plastics technology that better utilize the strength, wear resistance and self-lubricating features of advanced polymers give engineers and end users a simple, reliable and economical alternative to rolling element bearings.

As a leading bearing distributor, TriStar offers a wide range of bearings that are ideal for non-lubricated, high-load applications in a variety of climates and operating environments. 

So that we may assist you in your bearing material selection, visit our Interactive Materials Database. This online resource provides detailed engineering information and specifications for the most frequently used materials. Or let our engineering team assist you in choosing the right bearing material for your application.

Learn more by selecting one of our product lines below:

Meldin® Thermoset Materials

Meldin® Thermoset Materials

  • Polyimide based materials
  • Extremely high dimensional stability at elevated temperatures
  • Excellent processability  and machinability
  • Do not melt when exposed to high load/speed conditions
Meldin® Thermoplastic Materials

Meldin® Thermoplastic Materials

  • PPS, PAI, and PAEK/PEEK based materials
  • Good tribological properties at aggressive PV conditions
  • Low weight, corrosion resistance and chemical resistance
  • Do not require external lubrication
CJ Bearings

CJ Bearings

  • Non-lubricated, High-Load
  • Variety of climates and operating environments
  • Long wear and extended operating life
  • Replacement for steel and bronze


  • Metal backed, self-lubricating
  • Variety of liners available
  • Good for the most rigorous requirements
  • Withstands high loads/speeds
Ultracomp Composite Bearings


  • High-load, low speed applications
  • Exceptional resistance to vibration and impact
  • Compressive strength of up to 54,000 psi
  • Fabricate to your specifications
Rulon Plane Bearings

Rulon® Plane Bearings

  • Strong and wear resistant
  • Self-lubricating
  • High-performance
  • Temperature Resistant
Custom Components

Custom Components

  • Manufactured to your specific requirements
  • State-of-the-art fabrication facility
  • CNC milling, turning and machining
  • Rigid quality control and minimal lead time
Rulon Materials

Rulon® Materials

  • Exclusive North American Distributor
  • High temperature
  • Self-lubricating
  • Wear resistant
Enhanced Materials Division (EMD)

Enhanced Materials

  • Solving demanding engineering material challenges
  • Plasma surface modification
  • Specialized membranes for filtration
  • Material ID and recommendations
Stock Shapes

Stock Shapes

  • Vast inventory and nationwide distribution
  • High-temperature resistance
  • Chemical resistance
  • Agency compliance
HyComp Materials

HyComp® Materials

  • H310, H320, WearComp, FibreComp
  • Composite Bearing Materials
  • High Temperature / Low Wear
  • Self-Lubricating