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TriStar’s Engineering Partnership with Clients of All Sizes

By Dave Biering on June 9, 2020

TriStar’s Engineering Partnership with Clients of All Sizes

The market for bearings and similar components like bushing and shock absorbers is multi-faceted.

On one hand, a variety of non-specialized, high-volume applications demand extremely cheap solutions. These components can be as simple as furniture drawers slides. In this context, bearings are often treated like a commodity: cheap, plentiful, and interchangeable.

For manufacturers that focus on this bulk production bearings market, volume matters. For the largest bearings manufacturers, the ideal client will purchase huge quantities, even millions, of bearings per year. But while this style of production makes sense in support of some applications, we find that it hasn’t always served TriStar’s customers well.

Smaller manufacturers and high-tech firms with specialized, high-performance bearings needs often don’t receive adequate attention from bulk manufacturers chasing accounts at some of the biggest companies on earth. Yet smaller companies, often in the sub-contractor role, are often doing the heavy-lifting when it comes to design and component selection.

Bearings are expected to thrive in a huge variety of specialized conditions that are anything but interchangeable. And they have vital implications for a design’s performance, reliability, service life, and maintenance needs. Businesses of different sizes and industries feature crucial applications where bearings aren’t a commodity, but a vital, precisely engineered component.

TriStar takes pride in bringing our full engineering expertise to bear on each and every client account. 

A Prototype to Production Partnership for Customers of All Sizes

TriStar retains the ability to engage with each client’s application as a real engineering challenge. We’re not just selling bearings, but using bearings to solve problems our clients didn’t know they had. We work directly with client engineers to understand specifically how our products will be used, where they’ll be expected to thrive, and how they can help promote superior performance and reliability. From extensive consulting on material selection to 24/7 support, we center our service model on customer success from prototyping to production.

Our business is built on finding the right bearing for every possible client application, and you’ll never struggle with a service issue or order too small to get our attention. From working with niche agriculture equipment manufacturers to developing specialized membranes for medical applications, we’re always working to find new problems to solve with our materials. Which is why you’ll find our products everywhere from underwater to high-altitude. We’re still finding exciting new applications for our low-friction, self-lubricating materials every day.

If you’re interested in learning more about taking advantage of our advanced, customizable materials (and working with a bearing provider that always picks up the phone) you can get in touch with our experts using the button below.

CONTACT THE TRISTAR TEAM

Topics: TriStar Engineering bearing engineering
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Bearing Engineering: 3 Calculators You Need to Improve Your Design

By Adrian Carrera on October 4, 2016

Bearing PV Calculator - Conversion Calculators - Scientific Calculators

Need assistance with your bearing engineering and dimensions? Want to find all the tools you need for complete bearing calculations in one convenient spot? Check out the Plain Bearing PV Calculator, Conversion Calculators, and Scientific Calculator. Here’s why we feel these tools are critical to the success of your bearing design:

Plain Bearing PV Calculator - Link

You may remember our past discussion about PLAIN bearing vs. PLANE bearing, but no matter which way you spell it, this plain bearing calculator is a critical engineering tool. It can help you visualize the constraints and limitations of your bearing application. You simply plug in the bearing size you need for your equipment, and we help you estimate the pressure, speed and PV value your part may be exposed to.

Choose from these Radial terms:

= Load on bearing (pounds force)
= shaft speed, rotations per minute
= Diameter of shaft (ID of bearing), inches
= Bearing width, inches
= Pressure on bearing, psi
= Velocity of bearing suface, feet per minute
PV = Pressure x velocity

The Plain Bearing PV Calculator also helps you with thrust bearing/washer applications.

Unit Conversion Calculators - Link

Just as the name implies, this set of six handy calculators helps you to convert your engineering units from one set to another via an easy drop-down menu. Choose from the following bearing engineering tools:

  • Metric
  • Temperature
  • Weight
  • Pressure/Force Area
  • Density
  • Thermal Conductivity

Together, these converters can give you a simulated design experience.

Scientific Calculator - Link

This tool will help you double check calculations when sizing a bearing. It also gives you back-up data for checking and verifying bearing or structural material requirements.

As you incorporate these tools into your design, keep in mind that these numbers are just one piece of the puzzle in determining the right polymer of composite fit. Each material has unique design nuances that may impact these numbers. We also recommend that you design with a good safety buffer in place to ensure the best overall bearing performance. Our Bearing Engineering Experts can walk you through, or get your copy of the Plastic Bearing Design white paper for more technical tips!

Bearing Selection: Get the Ultimate Plastic Bearing Design

Topics: bearing engineering