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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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How Can Plasma Cleaning Enhance Medical Manufacturing?

December 5, 2017

How Can Plasma Cleaning Enhance Medical Manufacturing?

Today we focus on medical manufacturing and the significant impact of plasma cleaning. Did you know that plasma treatment removes all trace contaminants to render your components critically clean for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compatibility? Here’s how:

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Custom Fabrication: Get Quality Parts Through Quality Inspection

November 28, 2017

Custom Fabrication: Get Quality Parts Through Quality Inspection

Custom fabrication is one of our key strengths here at TriStar, yet an engineer recently inquired about how we inspect our work to determine quality. Which checks and balances are in place to ensure that the parts we make are EXACTLY to specs? I can tell you that inspection is not a manual process; it often goes like this: 

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Food Certification: 4 Reasons to be Thankful for Plastic Bearings in Poultry Processing

November 21, 2017

Plastic Bearings in Poultry Processing

Food certification and safety are top-of-mind this week, as Americans prepare to consume roughly 46 million turkeys in the next few days. Yet have you ever wondered how poultry is processed to ensure that it’s safe to eat? In honor of this Thanksgiving holiday, today we share 4 reasons we’re thankful for plastic bearings in poultry processing.

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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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