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Making Bearing Selections Easier - Packaging Equipment

February 11, 2014

Making bearing selections easier - packaging equipmentThe packaging industry is equal parts art and science. The art meant to attract consumer interest and buying power, the science of design engineering and container functionality. As the industry struggles to balance the costs of new innovations with rising overhead, one way to reduce expenditures is through proper equipment maintenance.

By fitting the conveyors, fillers, boxing machines and other workhorses of the manufacturing line with the right bearing, manufacturers can actually improve production rates and plant revenues. Here are a few questions that we commonly ask before selecting bearings for a packaging environment:

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Q&A - Will Rulon melt at high temperatures?

December 17, 2013

Rulon 488 Applications and AdvantagesAnother frequent question to our Ask the Experts feature is regarding Rulon and heat tolerance.  Will Rulon melt at extremely high temperatures?  Generally, all thermoplastics melt within a range of 250-650F, but Rulon is extremely heat tolerant.  The material actually performs better as temperature levels increase.

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Q&A - Can Rulon be used in wet applications?

December 10, 2013

Blog_20131210bThere is widespread confusion about the use of Rulon materials in wet and submerged applications.  Can Rulon be used in wet applications?  Will it perform in fresh water and chemical environments?  

In general, Rulon and other PTFE materials are NOT compatible with water and should not be submerged, but as with most rules there is an exception.  The exception is in finding the right filler material, and Rulon W2 is one that we often recommend.    Why is Rulon W2 the exception to the rule?  Our new Rulon video gives a quick primer.

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Reinforced Plane Bearings: The Pros and Cons of Different Liners

September 3, 2013

Blog 20130903bIn our last post we reviewed the key questions to ask when selecting a liner material for reinforced bearings. Ultimately, the final selection will depend on the exact parameters of your application (load, speed and temperature), and we also recommend that you review the size and shape, plus cost and machinability of your material.   When you’ve evaluated all of these factors, here are some liner option to consider, and common uses of each:

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Choosing a Reinforced Plane Bearing Material: What to consider?

August 27, 2013

TriSteel Bearing SelectionWhich liner material is best for my application?

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New Self-lubricating Bearings: TriSteel P4 Reinforced for High Speeds, Variable Loads and Extreme Temperatures

August 20, 2013

Rulon P4 - Shock AbsorbersAnnouncing the newest addition to the TriSteel reinforced bearing product line ― TriSteel P4.  Featuring a new liner and geometry ID, P4 addresses wear problems that are common in high-velocity reciprocating and rotary applications.  The product also corrects shaft misalignment by spreading loads evenly over the full surface of the bearing, rather than just the ends. Initial test results show friction coefficients as low as 0.04 dynamically and statically, which can help eliminate stick slip and keep running speeds constant.

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Q&A Which plane bearings do you recommend for a wet or submerged application?

August 13, 2013

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Rulon Bearing Tape = 500x Industry Standard for Wear Resistance

June 18, 2013

Rulon Bearing TapeWe recently answered a question via our Ask the Experts forum from a client searching for a tape with outstanding wear qualities.  Rulon tapes outperform all products in their category.  In rotation tests, this material offered 500x  wear resistance, and very low friction.  Rulon tapes are available in both low temperature acrylic and high-temperature, clean-release silicone adhesive.

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Rulon Self-Lubricating Bearings: Q&A Surface Properties and Configurations

May 14, 2013

Rulon MaterialsQ.  Our machine shop is considering Rulon® parts for a new application.  What are some key properties and which configurations are available?

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