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4 Reasons to Choose Rulon Bearings in a Vacuum Environment

April 18, 2017

4 Reasons to Choose Rulon Bearings in a Vacuum Environment

Metal or plastic? Which material would you choose for a vacuum chamber environment? Today I want to share how we helped our partner extend bearing service life by switching from metal to self-lubricating Rulon bearings in their vacuum chambers. Here’s a lesson straight from the lab:

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Plastic Bearings for the Auto Industry

August 14, 2014

Plastic Bearings for the Auto IndustryI read an interesting article in Forbes about the huge growth of US auto sales for the month of July. It cited a nearly 10% increase in sales over this same period last year. Good news for the US economy, of course, and for the industry as a whole. 

We’ve worked with many auto manufacturers over the years, and are often called on to help them increase the performance and efficiency of their vehicles. Plastic bearings provide a lightweight, yet durable and maintenance-free option over their metal counterparts. Lighter plastic materials deliver better fuel efficiency without any compromise in performance or safety.

Where can plastic bearing make a difference for auto manufacturers? 

Consider these common applications:

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Electronics LCD Bearings: Rulon J Hits the Big Screen

June 19, 2014

Electronics LCD Bearings: Rulon J Hits the Big ScreenQ: How do Rulon J bearings perform in high-temperature ovens?  Our company produces LCD panels and needs a superior bearing for an extremely hot and dry manufacturing environment with inert gas.

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Food Conveyors Bearings: Rulon Removes the Squeak

June 12, 2014

Food Conveyors Bearings: Rulon Removes the SqueakWe’re all familiar with the phrase “The squeaky wheel gets the grease….,” but in this case, TriStar was able to solve the case of the squeaky wheel in a food processing application without any grease ― just self-lubricating bearings!

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Rulon Bearings in Food Processing: Solving a Doughnut Dilemma

May 29, 2014

Rulon Bearings: Solving a Doughnut DilemmaRulon® bearings and doughnuts are two of our favorite things here at TriStar, so when our partner required an alternative to metal bearings for their doughnut conveyor systems, we were up to the challenge!   With a hot cup o’joe in hand, we took a site visit to solve this doughnut-bearing dilemma.

Our partner is a major manufacturer of bakery equipment who had been using metal bearings exclusively on their conveyor belts, supporting rollers and hot oil troughs.  They came to us when they could not determine why their metal bearings failed.

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Rulon Bearings: How to Recognize Genuine and Avoid Counterfeit!

May 16, 2014

Rulon Bearings White PaperIt’s here - our latest Rulon® White Paper!

Did you know that not all bearing materials are created equally - not even those sold under the same brand name?  The truth is that there’s a flood of low-quality, counterfeit bearing materials being sold under the Rulon® brand name.  For most manufacturers it can be difficult to decipher genuine materials from counterfeit, yet counterfeit materials can be devastating to your application.

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Rulon Bearings Solve Tough Industrial Challenges

May 6, 2014

Tough industrial challengesAs a reader of our blog, you are probably familiar with Rulon® as an excellent, self-lubricating bearing solution for use in demanding operating conditions.  We’ve even uncovered Rulon’s key quality attributes in our technical white paper.  But did you know that Rulon shines in unconventional industrial applications ― everything from drill casing guides in the oil and gas industry to gib and way liners in metal and woodworking machinery?  Here’s how:

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Plastic Materials Testing and Rulon

February 25, 2014

Plastic Materials Testing and RulonMany of you are aware of the prevalence of counterfeit bearing materials on the market today; a topic that we covered in a recent blog post. Premium materials such as Rulon® are often copied, yet the counterfeit materials can pose a serious hazard to your manufacturing operations. Just as with any major purchase, we encourage a “Buyer Beware” philosophy; your best bet is to always contract with a trusted source.

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Surface Engineering Impacts Bearing Friction and Wear

February 18, 2014

surface engineering for pipeline bearing applicationsI had a great discussion yesterday with a caller who was looking for specs on the optimal surface finish for mating plane bearings.  We reviewed the pros and cons of different preparation methods; turning vs. roller burnishing and the ideal RMS finishes needed to achieve different levels of functionality. Much of that conversation is captured in the video below; it is a great primer to very common wear and friction questions.

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