Tech Talk Blog
July 14, 2015
October 2, 2014
With a client base covering more than 70 industries, there is never a dull day in the TriStar labs. But occasionally, a unique application comes along that stands apart from the rest. This was the case when we solved a “sticky” situation for a 50-caliber semi-automatic rifle. The challenge was in sourcing a lightweight, durable trunnion bearing that would allow for smooth shooting and movement of a remote weapon in an active military zone. And Rulon J fit the bill.
September 18, 2014
We were honored to recently collaborate with a military manufacturer in developing a host of new components to be used on a new surface-to-air missile system. This particular system was designed for use aboard naval ships, and had many unique requirements that we were able to overcome with Rulon LR bearings.
August 7, 2014
I’ve just returned from a week of site visits to our customers; a part of my position that I really enjoy. As I was traveling, it occurred to me that we are fortunate to work with manufacturers who represent over 70 industries. While TriStar has delivered bearing solutions for over three decades, there is one question that is still posed to us:
"How do I choose a bearing manufacturer?"
We realize that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to bearing suppliers. And that there are a number of issues to consider; such as manufacturing materials, price point, delivery schedules, location and other value-added services.
However, there are a number of questions you should be asking any potential bearing manufacturer.
July 24, 2014
From war zones in Fallujah to border patrols in the US, military operatives depend on a cache of different devices to secure our nation’s safety. At TriStar, we were honored to recently collaborate with a group of military and security agencies to develop an all-new self-defense baton system. The baton is engineered with three unique stop agents to immediately disable terrorists in their tracks; an electric shock component capable of releasing 600,000 volts; a high-intensity lighting component; plus a high-decibel horn attachment. This multi-purpose device required not only the strongest materials to tolerate an extreme combat environment, but also needed to be lightweight enough for easy transport by security forces.
Ultracomp met all of the requirements ― at a cost-effective price.
This question reminded me of an interesting application we’ve just completed for vehicle defense barricades using our Ultracomp UC 200 spherical bearings. The barricades are designed to protect high-security buildings (such as military outposts and government buildings) by blocking speeding vehicles. Our UC 200 spherical bearings were mounted in the pillow block housing units of the barricades, and are a good solution for similar demanding applications.