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Aerospace Plastic Seals and the Rulon Connection

February 20, 2018

 Aerospace Plastic Seals and the Rulon Connection

Did you catch the live launch of Space X last week? This event marked a major milestone in spaceflight, while also unleashing the endless possibilities of future space exploration. For me, it brought to mind our long partnership of codesigning aerospace plastics such as seals and bearings with NASA engineers. Here’s how we helped the agency master a design to turn CO2 waste into potable drinking water aboard orbiting spacecraft.

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Surface Energy of Fluoropolymers: A Plasma Case Study

February 6, 2018

 Surface Energy of Fluoropolymers: A Plasma Case Study

Today we’re heading to the lab to review the surface energy of fluoropolymers after plasma treatment. As you may know, a fluoropolymer is a polymer containing carbon, and one where nearly all of the hydrogen has been replaced with fluorine.

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

January 30, 2018

Which Bearing Types Overcome Dusty Environments?

Dust and debris are a challenge to all bearings. but impact some bearing types more than others. Food processing lines, paper mills, construction sites and other environments produce airborne contaminants than can clog and impede bearing rotation. And lubrication levels play a key role in bearing success or bearing failure, too. Let’s clear the dust to review bearing attributes for overcoming a dusty environment.

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Why Choose a Career in Plastics Manufacturing?

January 23, 2018

Why Choose a Career in Plastics Manufacturing?

Are you a problem solver? I read this interesting article in Design World, which describes manufacturing as one of the best career choices for problem solvers. Given my plastics manufacturing and engineering background, this topic sparked my interest. Here’s why I chose this career, and some of the steps needed to grow the industry...

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6 Reasons to Choose Filament Wound Composite Bearings

January 16, 2018

CJ - Filament Wound Composite Bearings

Looking for a tough, durable and versatile bearing for an industrial application? A filament wound composite bearing might be just the ticket based on several key qualities. Let’s review the top reasons:

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8 Simple Rules for Bonding Plastics

January 9, 2018

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Today’s post is designed as a quick list of must-follow rules to help you achieve best results from bonding plastics. Whether your industry application is medical or consumer, aerospace, construction or another field, the bonding rules are the same.

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Why Choose Plasma Surface Treatment of Plastics to Enhance Adhesion?

January 2, 2018

Why Choose Plasma Surface Treatment of Plastics to Enhance Adhesion?

Good adhesion of manufactured parts. Whether you want to adhere one part to another, or secure paint to a component, good adhesion can be difficult to achieve in the regular manufacturing process. Plasma surface treatment can help you enhance adhesion at a good value, and with excellent results - but the process remains a mystery to many designers. Let’s take a look behind the curtain to learn why plasma cleaning is often recommended: 

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Rulon Shapes, Forms or Fabrication – Which is Right for You?

December 19, 2017

Rulon is available in shapes and forms like rod, tube, sheet, and tape.

Have you heard about the newest Rulon formula, Rulon 1834?  It’s an exciting addition to the Rulon fluoropolymers product line. You may already know that each Rulon formula can be custom blended with fillers and pigments, but did you know that Rulon is available in shapes and forms like rod, tube, tape, or even custom fabrication to your specs? Let’s review some options: 

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TriStar Plastics: Best of the Bearings Blog 2017

December 12, 2017

TriStar Plastics: Best of the Bearings Blog 2017

It’s that time again, when we reflect on the past year and plan for the future. At TriStar Plastics, we’re grateful to all of you, our Tech Talk readers for sending us your questions and comments. We’ve designed this space as your go-to bearing and design resource, and encourage your participation. We wanted to share with you some of the top posts your engineering colleagues found most helpful in 2017.

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