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4 Advantages of Bimetal Bearings and a Dual Design

November 14, 2017

4 Advantages of Bimetal Bearings and a Dual Design

As the name implies, bimetal bearings are constructed of two layers; usually a steel backing combined with a flexible, inner core. Core materials typically include silicon, copper, and aluminum, even polymers. But what advantages can a dual-layer design bring to industrial applications? Let’s dig in:

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What is Bearing Service Life? And Which Qualities Impact it?

November 7, 2017

What is Bearing Service Life? And Which Qualities Impact it?

We often talk about the importance of bearing service life in this forum, but what exactly is a good standard of measure to this question? The truth is, bearing longevity depends on factors beyond operating conditions. Here’s the rest of the story:

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Waterproof Bearings: Why Replace Stainless with Plastic?

October 31, 2017

Rulon W2 waterproof bearings excel in water meters without leaking or absorption

“You want to replace tough bronze bearings with plastic?” This was the comment one of our OEMs heard when attempting to retrofit their metal waterproof bearings with a plastic material on a water meter assembly. We were up to the challenge of answering this critical question, with this reply:

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Bearing Temperatures and Plastic Composites: Defined!

October 24, 2017

Bearing Temperatures and Plastic Composites: Defined!

Friction. Heat. Drag. No matter how you refer to it, high-temperatures have an impact on bearing performance. And maintaining the right temperature is a critical design consideration in optimizing your application. But how is bearing temperature actually defined? We’ve got answers and the composite connection:

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Let’s Compare: Metal Bearings vs. Plastic Bearings in Robotics

October 17, 2017

Let’s Compare: Metal Bearings vs. Plastic Bearings in Robotics

Have you downloaded your copy of the Robotics and Manufacturing White Paper? It’s a free resource to help you evaluate plastic and metal bearings to help increase your production levels. Let’s review the pros and the cons of each:

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Machining UHMW: Why Is Holding Tolerances So Difficult? (GUIDE)

October 10, 2017

Machining UHMW: Why Is Holding Tolerances So Difficult?

Ever tried to machine UHMW? It’s no easy task given the material’s instability. In fact, UHMW has 12x the expansion rate of steel. Controlling heat with the right coolant and tools is critical. Let’s review some techniques:

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Removing Surface Adhesion from Rulon (or Any Plastic): Our Pro Tips

October 3, 2017

Removing Surface Adhesion from Rulon (or Any Plastic): Our Pro Tips

I’ve had many conversations with manufacturers about this challenge. What’s the best way to remove bonded Rulon (or any plastic) from its substrate? Our first tip is to avoid solvents – read on for more!

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Reinventing the (Mouse) wheel with Rulon Bearings

September 26, 2017

Reinventing the (Mouse) Wheel with Rulon Bearings

Every so often, we’re called upon to work on a one-of-a-kind bearing application. This was the case recently when we partnered to develop wheel bearings for a lab testing device for mice and rats. Here’s how we helped our client “build a better mousetrap” (so to speak) with the help of Rulon J!

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CJ Bearings – USA Manufactured Composite Wound Bearings

September 19, 2017

CJ Bearings – USA Manufactured Composite Wound Bearings

CJ bearings excel in industries where strength, durability, and vibration tolerance matter - including agriculture, marine, railroad and oil and gas applications. Today we’ll talk a bit about this versatile bearing product line and highlight the importance of sourcing bearings from an established USA-based manufacturer like TriStar.

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