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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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Q&A: Which Types of Bearings Should I Choose for Robotics? [Get the Guide]

September 12, 2017

Robotics and Manufacturing - A Guide to Bearing Selection for Increased Production

Robotic designs are becoming more sophisticated. They’re powering everything from heavy-duty auto assemblies to delicate surgical procedures. But which type of bearing is best for YOUR application? Which bearing qualities should you look for to improve your manufacturing output?

We’ve got the answers in our new guide!

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Choosing a Custom Bearing Manufacturer: 5 Tips for Finding a Good One

September 5, 2017

Choosing a Custom Bearing Manufacturer: 5 Tips for Finding a Good One

“Machining plastic is completely different from machining metal."

This is one of the first comments we hear from clients looking for a plastic custom bearing manufacturer. Between the challenges of melting, creeping, and expansion, machining plastic requires skill and experience for best results. If you choose to outsource your plastic machining, it’s critical to carefully vet potential vendors. We recommend following these 5 tips.

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Spotlight: Medical Plastics and the Biocompatibility Connection

August 29, 2017

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I’m just returning from a week of customer visits, and had an interesting discussion with a medical device manufacturer about medical plastics. It seems there’s still some confusion in the marketplace about biocompatibility and certification. Let’s review:

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A Rulon Review: 4 Top Formulas and Common Uses

August 22, 2017

A Rulon Review: 4 Top Formulas and Common Uses

Did you know there are over 300 unique Rulon blends? Or that the material was named for the president of the originating company? Can you name the most popular formulas? Or common uses? Today on Tech Talk, we feature a Rulon Review:

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CJ Bearings are Made in the USA - Consistent Quality and Fast Delivery

August 15, 2017

CJ Bearings are Made in the USA - Consistent Quality and Fast Delivery

One of the biggest questions consumers of composite wound bearings ask is “What is the country of origin?”  Many suppliers have stopped making these bearings in America and have now offshored their production or simply purchase them from manufacturers overseas – generally in China. This usually results in a much lower quality bearing with long lead times.

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