<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=350476566337084&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">
EMD (Enhanced Materials Division)

Enhanced Materials Division (EMD)

Get in Touch

Contact Us

Go here to request a quote or for general questions (document requests, billing inquiries, etc.).
Reach Out

Ask the Expert

Have a material or application question for our engineering team? Go here.
Ask Away

Let's Go Paperless

In an effort to save time, paper and postage please sign up for our paperless invoicing and payments.
Sign Up
Tech Talk Blog

Tech Talk Blog

Explore. Learn. Engage.

Subscribe for updates

3 min read

Food Processing and Packaging: Industry Overview

In this brief overview of food processing and packaging, we take a look at:

  • Defining the size of the food...
5 min read

Important Processes for Food Processing and Packaging

Food processing is a science-driven industry that demands extensive knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, and...

4 min read

Food and Beverage Industry Trends 2020: Convenience, Plant-Based Proteins, and More

Major food trends have implications for a cluster of related industries. For instance, the rise of plant-based...

3 min read

Thermoset vs Thermoplastic Materials: Bearings and Other Applications

Thermoset and Thermoplastic materials have similar names, but they have very different properties. In this...

4 min read

Consultative Engineering for Optimal Material Selection

In this blog post, we highlight TriStar’s application-focused approach to finding the right bearing materials...

2 min read

TriStar’s Engineering Partnership with Clients of All Sizes

The market for bearings and similar components like bushing and shock absorbers is multi-faceted.

On one hand,...

4 min read

Why Material Selection Matters for Bearings and Beyond

Bearings and similar components often have serious implications for the performance and reliability of the...

2 min read

How Much Grease Do Bronze Bushings Really Need?

For traditional bushing materials like bronze, lubrication is simply a requirement of the material....

2 min read

What is the shelf life of PTFE and Rulon® Materials?

This was an excellent question from a customer wondering how long they could store non-etched Rulon materials.

2 min read

How it Works: Conveyor Roller Bearing

From food packaging and processing to general material handling, the conveyor roller bearing is an underrated...

1 min read

Rulon 641: Performance from Food Processing to Medical Equipment Manufacturing

The food and medical manufacturing industries share many commonalities; most notably, they operate in...

1 min read

(VIDEO) Hyper-Hydrophobic Membranes Repel Liquid like Nobody’s Business

Our Ultraflon M18+ is a hyper-hydrophobic PTFE membrane that can be used to separate gas from liquid. There...

1 min read

Rulon® 142 Delivers Exceptional Vibration Resistance and Superior Mechanical Strength

Rulon 142 is an excellent material for high load, high speed linear guideway liners for machine tools.

...

2 min read

National Robotics Week is Here – Explore the Plastic Bearings Factor

This year National Robotics Week falls on April 6-14 and there are a wide range of activities and events...

1 min read

Defined: Hydrophilic, Hydrophobic, Oleophilic, Oleophobic & Hygroscopic

When discussing enhanced materials we often use terms like “hydrophilic/hydrophobic” and...

2 min read

Wettability Defined and Correlation to Bonding

There is usually a good correlation between bonding and wetting. Wettability can be defined as “the ability of...

2 min read

Q&A – Do You Have Any Tips for Annealing Cast Acrylic?

We recently had a customer ask us for some tips on annealing cast acrylic. There are definitely some potential...

2 min read

What are ‘Fluoropolymers’ and What are their Common Attributes

First, a definition: fluoropolymers are a family of plastic resins which are based on fluorine/carbon bonding....

2 min read

Slide Bearings for Pipelines and Bridges

Slide plate bearings provide support and a low coefficient of friction while allowing an object to move (or...

2 min read

Ultracomp Grades Decoded

Ultracomp is a family of laminate wound bearing materials with migratory lubricants added to the resin system....

2 min read

Thermal Expansion a Key Consideration in Plane Bearing Design

We are all aware that plastics expand and contract at different rates. When designing plastic plane bearings,...

2 min read

UHMW 101: From Molecular Weight to Machining

UHMW remains a hot topic here on Tech Talk, and on our Ask the Experts portal, too. Why is this true? For one,...

2 min read

Q&A Can Composites Replace Bronze Plain Bearings?

If you’re a regular reader of Tech Talk, it will be no surprise that we’re big fans of composite plastics as a...

2 min read

The Dust Stops Here: Which Bearing Types Overcome Dusty Environments?

Dust and debris are a challenge to all bearings. but impact some bearing types more than others. Food...