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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.

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Surface Modification

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

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Industries

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.

Application Case Studies

Enhanced Materials Division (EMD)

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

Enhanced Materials Division (EMD)

Actions

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

Tools

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

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Technical Library

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

Free White Papers

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

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Industry Deep Dives

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

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More Resources

Our popular resources, including our monthly newsletters, blog, and our video library.

Education Overview

About Us

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

Employment

We're dedicated to building a company where opportunities exist for talented people to achieve their maximum potential.

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Tech Talk Blog

Tech Talk Blog

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