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(VIDEO) Hyper-Hydrophobic Membranes Repel Liquid like Nobody’s Business
National Robotics Week is Here – Explore the Plastic Bearings Factor
Defined: Hydrophilic, Hydrophobic, Oleophilic, Oleophobic & Hygroscopic
The First Step is Knowing What Questions to Ask – Get the FREE Bearing Metrics White Paper
Wettability Defined and Correlation to Bonding
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What are ‘Fluoropolymers’ and What are their Common Attributes
Slide Bearings for Pipelines and Bridges
Ultracomp Grades Decoded
The Benefits of Plasma over other Surface Modification Treatments
Thermal Expansion a Key Consideration in Plane Bearing Design
Tech Tip: Which Bearing Material for Gears Is Best?
UHMW 101: From Molecular Weight to Machining
Q&A Can Composites Replace Bronze Plain Bearings?
Aerospace Plastic Seals and the Rulon Connection
Surface Energy of Fluoropolymers: A Plasma Case Study
The Dust Stops Here: Which Bearing Types Overcome Dusty Environments?
Why Choose a Career in Plastics Manufacturing?
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8 Simple Rules for Bonding Plastics
Why Choose Plasma Surface Treatment of Plastics to Enhance Adhesion?
Rulon Shapes, Forms or Fabrication – Which is Right for You?
TriStar Plastics: Best of the Bearings Blog 2017
How Can Plasma Cleaning Enhance Medical Manufacturing?
Custom Fabrication: Get Quality Parts Through Quality Inspection
Food Certification: 4 Reasons to be Thankful for Plastic Bearings in Poultry Processing
4 Advantages of Bimetal Bearings and a Dual Design
What is Bearing Service Life? And Which Qualities Impact it?
Waterproof Bearings: Why Replace Stainless with Plastic?
Bearing Temperatures and Plastic Composites: Defined!
Let’s Compare: Metal Bearings vs. Plastic Bearings in Robotics
Machining UHMW: Why Is Holding Tolerances So Difficult? (GUIDE)
Removing Surface Adhesion from Rulon (or Any Plastic): Our Pro Tips
Reinventing the (Mouse) wheel with Rulon Bearings
CJ Bearings – USA Manufactured Composite Wound Bearings
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Spotlight: Medical Plastics and the Biocompatibility Connection
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CJ Bearings are Made in the USA - Consistent Quality and Fast Delivery
Bearing Engineering and Product Integrity: Our View
Composite Plain Bearings: 5 Benefits of a Lightweight Material
Food Bearings for Peanut Processing: Solving a Lubrication Challenge
Plastic Bearings for the Packaging Industry: 4 Production Benefits
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Plastic Manufacturing: Our Picks of Interesting Summer Reads
How Will the Food Safety Modernization Act Impact Your Bearing Selection?
Aerospace Bearings: Overcoming Top Challenges with Plastic
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Did you Know? 15 Intriguing Facts about Industrial Bearings
Bearing Certification and Why It Matters to Industry
Industry Spotlight: 4 Benefits of Rulon Energy Bearings for Oil & Gas
Plastic Manufacturing and 3D Printing: An Overview
Surface Energy in Plastics: A Brief Primer (Video)
CJ Composite Wound Bearings
Industry Spotlight on Construction Bearings and Lubrication
5 Questions to Ask a Bearing Manufacturer Before Placing an Order
4 Reasons to Choose Rulon Bearings in a Vacuum Environment
Bearing Manufacturing: Celebrating Robotics Week and STEM Education
Q&A - How Do Self-Lubricating Bearings Lubricate?
Q&A - Is Surface Finish Important to Bearing Design?
4 Reasons for Waterproof Bearings in Paper Processing
Industry Spotlight: Agriculture Bearings
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Q&A How does temperature impact the properties of PTFE materials?
Get the Paper: Industrial Bearings for Manufacturers
4 Applications Where Polymer Materials Excel in Aircraft Bearings
Bearing Material Selection - Thermoset or Thermoplastic? [Tech Tip]
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Industrial Bearing Trends: What to Expect in 2017
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Q&A: Is Bearing Maintenance Important?
Best of the Plastic Bearings Blog 2016
Q&A: Oil & Gas Bearings: Which Material Provides Longest Service?
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How do Surface Treatments Work? Part 1: Corona Treatment
Chlorine, Corrosion and the PTFE Bearing Connection: A Case Study
Ask the Expert: Why is Bearing Testing Important? Part 2 - Tools and Methods [Video]
Ask the Expert: Why is Bearing Testing Important? Part 1
4 Benefits of TriSteel P4 Precision Bearings
Ask the Expert: How Do PTFE and Rulon Bearing Materials Perform in Water? [Test Results]
5 Formulas To Take the Guesswork Out of Plain Bearing Selection
Rulon Bearings for Mining Machinery: Low Maintenance and High Efficiency
Bearing Engineering: 3 Calculators You Need to Improve Your Design
A Fabrication Success Story: How Rulon Solved an Injection Molding Defect
Composite Plastic Bearings: 5 Quality Features To Look For And Why They Are Important
Comparing Bearing Companies: Look for Material Transparency and Educational Tools
Ask the Expert: Dry Plasma Cleaning vs. Wet Cleaning Processes: Which method is best?
Plastic Fabrication: 4 Tips to Avoid Common Challenges
Want to Lower Bearing Replacement Costs by $30,000 Year? Consider Composites
How to Avoid a Bearing Failure? Check the Processing Method (VIDEO)
Bearing Replacement Cost vs. True Value: A Customer Story
High Temperature Bearings To Keep Your Equipment Running Cool (VIDEO)
Plasma Treatment Helps Protect Sensitive Electronic Devices from Contamination
Food Safety and Sanitation: 4 Ways Processors Can Improve Compliance
Marine Bearings Bust Rust: A Case Study
Bearing Failure Analysis: 4 Tell-Tale Signs that Indicate Damage
What is Plasma Treatment? Here’s How it Works
Storage of Rulon: How long will the material last? [VIDEO]
Why do Metal Bearings Fail? Get the Guide!
When Should You Consider a Reinforced Bearing Design?
Bearing Strength: How is it measured?
Q&A Waterproof bearings: What are the benefits of plastic?
Plasma Corona Discharge: 4 Advantages for Manufacturers
Measuring Surface Energy and Surface Tension of Plastics (VIDEO)
Corrosion Resistant Bearings Reduce Friction by 30%
Engineering Plastics Against Steel – Coefficient of Friction
How to Calculate Your Bearing Engineering Dimensions? Answers here! [NEW TOOLS]
Plastic Solutions: How to Bond to Metal in 4 Steps [VIDEO]
MAC & METAL: A recipe for DISASTER!
National Robotics Week and the Medical Plastics Connection
From the Archives: 4 Uncommon Uses of Plastic Bearings
Bearing Engineering: Our Top 5 Design Resources
TriSteel and PTFE: Where High Load Meets Low Friction
Counterfeit Industrial Bearings: 4 Tips to Avoid Them
Composite Marine Bearings: No Grease, No Corrosion
Plastic Fabrication: 4 Must-Follow Rules to Success
5 Reasons to Choose Composite Journals in Paper Processing Equipment
A Comparison of Linear Bearings: Rulon 142 & Turcite B
Spotlight: USP Medical Plastics and Rulon 1439
How Much Grease Do Bronze Bushings Really Need? See the Picture!
Q&A: Causes of Bearing Failure: Metal Brinelling
Plastic Bearings: Industry Insights for 2016
4 Reasons You Need TriSteel, the Corrosion-Resistant Bearing
5 Reasons to Say Goodbye to Bronze Bearings
Self-Lubricating Bearings for Steel Manufacturing? Here’s How One Company Saved Millions
ASTM Standards in Bearing Selection: Why are they Important?
What do a Telescope, a Volcano and Rulon J have in Common?
5 Different Types of Plane Bearings (And Common Uses)
Plasma Treatment for Lifetime Applications
4 Reasons to Choose Machining Plastics Over Injection Molding
Choosing a Bearing Supplier Partner: Tips to Success
Waterproof Bearings and the Plastic vs. Metal Debate
Parylene Coating Facts: A Quick Review
Plastic Bearing Design Guide: See the Video!
Surface Modification: Which Industries are Using it?
Plastic Bearing Design Guide: Get your Free Technical Paper!
5 Quick Facts About PTFE- Filled Fluoroloy H (Rulon H)
Causes of Bearing Failure: New videos explain why metal bearings fail!
Rulon J vs. Teflon: An Aerospace Application
Composite Bearings Extend Operation for The Rail Industry
Ultracomp Motion Bearings for Vehicle Barricades: A Case Study
Plastic Bonded to Metal: When is clean really clean?
Bearing Selection and Achieving the Right Press Fit
A Bearing Applications BBQ: Plastic Fabrication Tips, Videos and More!
How do CJ Composite Bearings Beat Bronze in Offshore Drilling?
Want to eliminate dry bearings? Follow this one key tip!
Parylene Coating: What is it and who uses it? (WATCH)
High-Temperature Bearings: A Quick Review
Rulon XL Bearings Improve Military Laser Targeting
3 Issues to Avoid with Corona Treatment of Films
How it Works: Conveyor Roller Bearing
TriSteel Bearings: The Swiss Army Knife of Bearing Materials
4 Factors that Impact Plane Bearings and P, V and PV (WATCH)
Want to Extend Bearing Service by 3x? Install Genuine Rulon J!
Thermoset vs. Thermoplastic Bearings
Q&A: What is the shelf life of PTFE and Rulon Materials?
Waterproof Bearings: Rulon W2 Meets 3D Design
Avoid Fake Bearing Materials: Partner with a Trusted Supplier!
Design Tip: The Anatomy of a Composite Bearing
Low-friction Composite Bearings “Cement” with Paving Machines
5 Ways Plastic Marine Bearings Are Better Than Metal
Rulon AR and Rulon LR: Back to Basics
Bearing Nomenclature 101: When to choose bearings vs. bushings?
Engineered Plastic Components and the Cost vs. Performance Debate
Q&A: How can I correct a bearing failure of agitator steady bearings?
FCJ Rebuilds High-End Seating from the Bottom Up
Comparison of Underwater Bearings: Wood vs. Plastic
How to Improve Bearing Selection? Consider a FEA Report!
TriStar University Videos: Rulon Bearings & Surface Modification 101
Plastic Agriculture Bearings Are Green for Earth Day
Composite Bearings: Discover New Fire Resistant Formulas
4 Signs You’re Ready to Outsource Plastic Fabrication
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Celebrating Robotics Week 2015 with Engineered Plastics
Plastic Fabrication Review: Machining vs. Injection Molding
Q&A - Bearing Selection Does Rulon W2 Require Grease?
What is a Plane Bearing? Or is it a Plain Bearing?
How to Select Bearings? Look for Industry Certification
Composite Bearings: Design Specs vs. Performance
New Bearing Guide Video: Specs vs. Actual Performance
Q&A How does vibration impact bearing wear?
Plastic Bearings and Surface Modification Fill a Dental Design Cavity
Food Bearings: 5 Benefits of Plastic Over Steel Bearings
Q& A: What are the advantages of dry bearings in medical applications?
4 Common Myths About Plastic Bearings
Plasma Treatment Helps Aircraft Bearings Take Flight
Causes of Bearing Failure – See the Video
Meet TriStar Engineering Manager Adrian Carrera
Q&A - Can you review amorphous vs. crystalline polymers?
Plastic Machining Tips Revealed: Get Your Free Bearings Guide
Harvard Study Confirms Genuine Rulon Materials Superior to Counterfeit
Composite Bearings Last 4x Longer than Bronze Bearings
What do football and plastic bearings have in common?
4 Questions to Ask a Bearing Supplier
Q&A: What is corona treatment?
Plastic Bearings Cool Bottled Beverages and Facilitate Frosty Transport
What is your greatest bearing material challenge?
Vintage Planes Soar with New Bearing Materials
Q&A Can you review NSF-compliant food bearings?
Plasma Treatment of Medical Filters
Composite Bearings Increase Riders’ Mobility on Mass Transit
Q&A What are flange bearings?
Marine Bearings Give Lift to Luxury Yachts
History of Plastic Bearings: A timeline
Plastic Bearings for Automotive: Even Consumers Benefit
Plastic Bearings: The Official Sponsor of Winter Activities
3 Key Benefits of Surface Modification
Lifetime Improvements with Filament Wound Composite Bearings
Agriculture Bearings: Ultracomp from Tillage to Table
Tech Tip: Surface Modification Bonds Rubber to Metal
Plastic Bearings for the Food Industry: All the Ingredients
Q&A: Can you suggest a maintenance-free bearing for a quarry application?
Construction Bearings: Not Your Garden-Variety
Rulon Bearings in Vacuum Applications
Agriculture Bearings: Polymers Outperform Metals
Bearing Materials and Tribology Testing
Food Packaging: Plastic Bearings Increase Production of Ice Cream
Best of the Blog with Bearing Videos!
Plasma Treatment of Medical Plastics
5 Reasons Why Plastic Bearings Outperform Metal
Common Causes of Bearing Failure
Marine Bearings Sail the Seas Corrosion Free
Bearings for Food Processing: Rulon 641 is in Hot Oil
Paper Industry Places Wet and Dry Demands on Plastic Bearings
Q&A What are some of the Benefits of Plasma Cleaning?
Rulon J Eliminates Stick/Slip in Military Rifles
Tech Tip: How do I measure the surface tension of plastics?
CJ Bearings Provide Smooth Sailing to Marine Navigation
Tips to Bond Silicone Rubber to Aluminum
Military Bearings: Rulon LR Delivers for Surface-to-Air Missiles
Plastic Bearing Selection: How do I submit project specifications?
Ultracomp Conveyor Bearings Roll Along for the “Toy of the Century”
Custom Seal Design Drives Oil and Gas Fracking Engines
Counterfeit Rulon Bearings and Material Failure – What can go wrong?
Self-Lubricating Ultracomp Increases Production, Eliminates Maintenance
Q&A – Machining plastics – what do I need to know?
Rulon Reels In Custom Fishing Components
Plastic Manufacturing for the Auto industry
Rulon J and Adhesion: With or without Plasma Surface Modification?
From fresh-water meters to chemical tanks, W2 excels in liquids
CJ Bearings Replace Bronze Bearings in Material Handling Equipment
Plastic Bearings for the Auto Industry
Plasma Cleaning Improves Release Properties
Tech Tip: How do I Choose a Bearing Manufacturer?
Rulon Bearings Go Green for Paper and Lumber Industries
The Science of Plastics: Always Strong
Surface Modification in Medical: Two applications, one device?
TriStar: Bearing manufacturer for the military
Waterproof Bearings: CJ resists corrosion and moisture
Food Processing, Custom Plastic Fabrication & Frying – Oh my!
Summertime and the Email Inbox: What have I missed?
Custom Bearings for Peanut Processing
Aircraft Bearings: Polymer pivots, steers and lifts with better performance
Self-lubricating Bearings for the Lumber Industry: durable and environmentally-friendly
Plane Bearings and Operating Limits: A composite comparison
Ultracomp Bearings and High-Pressure Water Applications
Self-lubricating Bearings vs. Greased, Metal Bearings
Electronics LCD Bearings: Rulon J Hits the Big Screen
Plasma Surface Modification Improves Drone Aerodynamics
Food Conveyors Bearings: Rulon Removes the Squeak
Rulon 945 Improves Oil & Gas Compressor Performance
Why Test Polymers Before Manufacturing?
Plasma Modification Increases the Grip of a Surgical Device
5 Ways Self-lubricating Bearings Reduce Food Contamination
Rulon Bearings in Food Processing: Solving a Doughnut Dilemma
Meet TriStar’s Business Development Manager
Q&A - What is a sleeve bearing?
Rulon Bearings: How to Recognize Genuine and Avoid Counterfeit!
Aircraft Bearings: Meldin is a versatile, high-temperature solution
Q&A How do plastic bearings compare to standard metal bearings?
Rulon Bearings Solve Tough Industrial Challenges
Tech Tip: Advantages of Reinforced Plastic Bearings
Common Types of Plastic Bearings
Rulon 1439 Now Certified for Medical Disposals!
What are the manufacturing benefits of bonding plastics?
Rulon Bearings: A Review of Common Formulas
When is it time to replace bearings?
Trilon Modified UHMW – Ideal for Custom Components
Q&A - How can I measure the performance of plane bearings?
Surface Modification of Polymers: Meet TriStar Engineer Kevin Smith
Ask the Expert: Finding the Right Automotive Bearing
Q&A - Rulon Bearings Excel in Oil Industry Applications
FCJ Bearings Boost Frozen Food Production
Tech Tip: How do Self-lubricating Bearings Work to Eliminate Greasing?
Self-lubricating Bearings in Frozen Food Processing
Plastic Materials Testing and Rulon
Surface Engineering Impacts Bearing Friction and Wear
Making Bearing Selections Easier - Packaging Equipment
Meet TriStar's Technical Director:
Dave Biering on Bearings
Tech Tip: 5 Common Signs of Bearing Failure
Bearings for the Oil and Gas Industry: Why Rulon 945?
Rail Industry Safety and Self-lubricating Bearings
Counterfeit Rulon Bearing Materials ― What is the true cost?
Q&A - Will Rulon melt at high temperatures?
Q&A - Can Rulon be used in wet applications?
Rulon Injection Molding and Plastic Bearings - ‘Tis the Season for Increased Production
Railcar Bearings – “Where the Rail Meets the Steel”
Custom Bearing Fabrication – TriStar Machines Plastics
How to Choose Self-lubricating Bearings: Expanded Bearing Database Now Available!
Composite Bearings vs. Bronze Bearings in Extreme Winter Applications
3 Reasons Why Christopher Columbus Would Have Chosen Composite Bearings
Q&A: How can I Bond Rulon? See a Demonstration!
Rulon W2 Filled-PTFE: Performance Improves When Wet
USP-Certification of Plastics: Why is it Important?
America’s Cup and High-Performance Plastics
TriSteel Self-Lubricating Bearings for Automotive Applications
Reinforced Plane Bearings: The Pros and Cons of Different Liners
Choosing a Reinforced Plane Bearing Material: What to consider?
New Self-lubricating Bearings: TriSteel P4 Reinforced for High Speeds, Variable Loads and Extreme Temperatures
Q&A Which plane bearings do you recommend for a wet or submerged application?
Composite Marine Bearings Prevent Corrosion
Ultracomp Composite Bearings: 5 Reasons Why They Excel in Marine Applications
Bow Plane Bearings Reduce Wake Generation
Rulon Fabrication: Expert Design Consultation Can Contain Costs
Q&A - Designing bearings for use in a submerged application
TriStar and Rulon: “The Bearings of Summer"
Rulon Bearing Tape = 500x Industry Standard for Wear Resistance
Rulon 123 and Rulon 641 Receive EU Certification for Food Contact
Q&A - Which Rulon formula is best for a mixing application involving abrasive materials?
Machining Rulon® - 8 Techniques to Finish Stock Material
Rulon Self-Lubricating Bearings: Q&A Surface Properties and Configurations
Rulon Self-Lubricating Bearings for the Food Industry
Rulon Materials: 7 Questions to Ask to Select the Right Formula
Rulon J, Plasma Treatment, Adhesion, and Our New White Paper!
Rulon Plane Bearings and Coefficient of Friction
Now Available: Free Surface Modification White Paper
Promoting Adhesion of Rulon J with Plasma
Recognizing The Three Types of Bond Failure
Preparing Fluoropolymers for Bonding With Plasma Treatment
Plasma Surface Modification vs. Corona Treatment
Enhancing the Adhesion of Coatings
Surface Modification Analytical Services - Take a Tour of the TriStar Lab!
Potting & Encapsulation – A Brief Overview
Preparing inorganic materials for better bonding
Critical plasma cleaning without toxic solvents
Q& A – How can I measure a modified surface?
Plasma Surface Modification – How does the process work?
Four questions to ask when sourcing surface treatment processing
TriStar Plastics Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification
Minimizing bubble formation on medical and/or diagnostic devices
The benefits of outsourcing surface treatments
Composite and Polymer Pillow Block Bearings
Increasing adhesion on hard-to-bond materials like Delrin
What is a fluoropolymer?
Polymer Surfaces and the Hydrophilicity Challenge
Compare over 400 engineered materials in our new database!
5 Common Gases to Render Polymer Surfaces Hydrophilic
Free White Papers for Food Industry Manufacturers - Download your copies now!
PTFE-filled Fluoroloy H
Rulon Tape Q&A
Rulon J Delivered A 30% Lower Friction Rate
Trilon FR – For extended use and flame resistance
Plasma Cleaning of Titanium Parts
Measuring PV For Plane Bearings
Plasma Processing is Environmentally Friendly
Rulon AR is a Good Material for Seals
Cleaning Glass Slides
Turcite Materials – Common Applications
Plasma Modification – The Basics: Fluorine Plasma
Plasma Modification – The Basics: Plasma Reaction
Plasma Modification – The Basics: Oxidizing species
Download our new Railcar Manufacturing White Paper!
Q&A: Can you suggest a good option for pillow block rolling element bearings?
Q&A: High performance and high temperature – which materials make the cut?
Retrofitting with Ultrasert
Plastic Bearings and Coefficient of Friction
Q&A - Techtron PPS
CJ Bearings Were Designed for Construction
Machining UHMW – Points to Consider
Q&A: Cleaning Metal Parts Prior to Overmolding
What are some advantages of using polymer materials for gears?
Q&A: Dual Treatments On The Same Device
Q&A: Which material do you recommend for small construction equipment? Our cast nylon bearings are not lasting as long as we’d like.
Q&A: Painting Plastic Parts
TriSteel PE Metal-Backed Bearings
Q&A: Plasma Treatments Versus Chemical Etch
Q&A: We are a high-end consumer appliance manufacturer in need of a bearing that will work well with constant exposure to hot water and soap. We also have concerns about aging and fatigue. What woul
Q&A: Treating Acrylic with Plasma
Ultracomp bearings for shipping and marine applications
Treating Cultureware (Well Plates, Culture Flaskes, and Petri Dishes) With Vacuum Plasma
Q&A: Is there a seal material that will operate at 600° continuously?
Treating Syringe Hubs for Enhanced Bonding
Q&A: How do I identify which Rulon material I have?
Plasma Treatment of Microtiter Plates and PCR Strips
Q&A: What alternative material to metal bearings would you suggest?
Surface finishes – A critical part of plane bearing design
Rulon 488 as a Replacement for Carbon
Material Selection Process (MSP)
Q&A: Can you offer a suggestion for replacement bearings?
Cleaning Solar Glass via Plasma Cleaning Removes Organic Contamination
Prototype to production - Custom solutions for you application
Q&A - Plasma Processing Methods: Which to choose?
Question: In addition to cleaning and preparing polymer materials and/or devices, what are some other common applications for surface modification via vacuum plasma?
With soaring steel prices have you considered polymer bearings as a replacement option?
Benefits of Plasma Cleaning
Ultracomp gives excellent fire-resistance… and so much more
Advantages of cleaning with plasma
Glass Cleaning with Vacuum Plasma Treatments
TriSteel bearings rule the lawn
Q&A: Does TriStar’s Surface Modification Division Offer Printing Services?
How do I select the right Rulon for my application?
Surface Treatment Prior to Pad Printing
Measuring Operating PV
Question: Can TriStar provide materials or devices that have already been plasma-treated?
Metal bearings for a marine application?
Question: Does TriStar Offer Post-Treatment Services?
Question: Will TriStar Store My Materials Until Ready to Treat?
Prepping Parts for Overmolding
Question: Is there more than one plasma process that can be applied to the same material?
Question: How does Vacuum Plasma Differ from Corona Treating?
Question: Can Treated Parts be Re-Treated if Necessary?
TriStar’s Material Analysis Services Helps Engineers to Make Appropriate Material Recommendations
Q&A: A colleague recently mentioned that TriStar offers extensive analytical services. Please elaborate.
Question: What is the Typical Turnaround for Samples Work?
Q&A: I am looking for a composite bearing that is easily interchangeable with a standard spherical insert. Can you offer a suggestion?
Question: Does TriStar Offer Coatings?
Ultracomp Bearings for High Loads
An argument for plasma cleaning processes
Q&A: Do you offer a bearing with stainless steel substrates?
Plasma Process Versus Other Surface Treatments
Q&A: We are searching for a replacement bearing that works well for a lift and tilt motion, what would you recommend?
Q&A: Why are PTFE Teflon prices going through the roof?
Detack Treatment on Elastomer Substrates
Plasma Cleaning of Ceramic Insulators
Q&A: Can You Review Some Key Benefits of Ertalyte TX?
TriStar's Fabrication Capabilities
Q & A: What do you recommend to prevent corrosion in aluminum
The importance of surface finishes
Bearings for use in abrasive environments
Q & A: What plastics do you recommend for food processing and packaging?
Q & A: Can you review high-performance materials?
Treating medical-grade plastics
Plane bearings for a wet environment
That Darn Ooze
Plasma Processing is the Environmentally-Friendly Alternative to Wet Chemical Processing
Plasma Processing – Outsourcing vs. Owning Equipment
Plasma Processing May be the Most Economical Method for Your Application
With Plasma Processing, Your Material Integrity is Maintained
Plasma is Clean and Dry
Treat Before You Pot
Clean Parts are Usually Not Clean – Part 3
TriStar Plastics Named Exclusive Distributor by Saint-Gobain
Clean Parts are Usually Not Clean – Part 2
Clean Parts are Usually Not Clean – Part 1
How is Plasma Treatment Measured?
Shelf Life of Surface Modified Parts – Part 2
Shelf Life of Surface Modified Parts - Part 1
Q & A: Lately, I’ve been hearing more about Tivar HOT. What are some common applications?
Torlon is for Punishing Environments
Plastic Technology 101
Q & A: How do I select the right plane bearing?
The “Plain” Truth About Plane Bearings
Accelerated Aging: Leveraging Temperatures
Accelerated Aging and Product Bag Selection
A Review of Sterilization Methods
Ultracomp Composite Bearings in Marine Environments
PTFE Slipper Seals
Enhancing the Bond Strength of Cement Through Plasma
A New Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Fungal Treatment
Q & A: Lens Surface Treatments
Q & A: Removing Silicone Oil from Tubing
More on Crystallinity of PTFE
Biodegradable Plastics - Do They Really Work?
Q & A: Do you know where I can get Dixon M-Liners or an equivalent product?
Taking Off with Aerospace Foam
Hydrophobic Treatment for Foams
Q & A: I'm new at machining plastics. Do you have any tips on getting the best results?
Which Plastics are Biocompatible?
Composite Bearings for Extreme Loads
Surface Energy of Plastics
Polymer Refresher: Part 4
Polymer Refresher: Part 3
UHMW Polyethylene - What makes it tick?
Torlon High Performance Materials
Tivar HOT - High Temperature UHMW
Fluoroloy H Dielectric Insulator Material
Effect of Crystallinity on Physical Properties of PCTFE at Liquid Oxygen Temperatures (-320F)
Q & A: Can I use gamma radiation to sterilize a Teflon part?
Polymer Refresher: Part 2
Polymer Refresher: Part 1
Take a Cold Bath
Possible Problems with Flame and Corona Treatments
Plasma Adhesion Promotion on Polycarbonate
Improving Wear Life of PTFE with Chemistry
Definitions of Plastic Resins: Part 4
Definitions of Plastic Resins: Part 3
Definitions of Plastic Resins: Part 2
Definitions of Plastic Resins: Part 1
Adhesive Bonding Design: Part 4
Adhesive Bonding Design: Part 3
Adhesive Bonding Design: Part 2
Adhesive Bonding Design: Part 1
Removing Rulon or Other Bonded PTFE From Substrates
Acrylic Adhesion Enhancement
Surface Energy Design
Coating Mismatch Effect
Gamma Radiation Effects on Polymers: Part 2
Gamma Radiation Effects on Polymers: Part 1
Recognizing Quality in PTFE Materials
Consider Casting Large Plastic Parts
Plain Bearing Wear Factors as Related to PV
Q & A: I have higher than expected friction with my Rulon bearing!
Q & A: Plasma Cleaning Parts
Q & A: Molding versus Machining
Q & A about Rubber Overmolding
Rulon XL High Performance Bearing Material
Metal Backed Bearing Uses Modified PEEK Liner
Surface Finish and Wear Results in Composite Bearings
Accelerated Aging Discussion
Sticking to It!
Composite Self Lubricating Bearings
High Performance Polymers Push Temperature Limits
Coefficient of Friction and Rulon Bearings
Polymer Surface Treatments for Enhanced Adhesion
Photolysis (UV) Surface Treatment
Surface Roughness vs. Contact Angle
Bonding Dissimilar Surfaces
Clean, Lean and Mean
Rulon Plane Bearings
High Performance Materials
Oil & Gas
Bearing Service Life
Plastic Sleeve Bearings
bearing failure analysis
bearing replacement cost
Oil and Gas
composite plain bearings
conveyor roller bearing
corrosion resistant bearings
filament wound composite bearings
how to select bearings
material for gears
material handling bearings
plastic bonded to metal
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