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Q&A: How do I identify which Rulon material I have?

January 24, 2012

With over 300 different types of Rulon available, this is a question that we hear quite often.  TriStar is the official North American distributor of Rulon, so we have the in-house experts to help you identify and source the right material for your application.

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TriStar Plastics Named Exclusive Distributor by Saint-Gobain

July 20, 2010

Rulon, Rulon Bearings, Fluoroloy

TriStar Plastics today announced it has been named as the exclusive, North American distributor of the Rulon®, Rulon® Bearings and Fluoroloy® family of bearing products by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. This exclusive agreement is the culmination of a nearly 30-year partnership between TriStar and Saint-Gobain. "We are honored to broaden our relationship with Saint-Gobain through an exclusive parnership agreement," said Richard Cedrone, CEO of TriStar Plastics. "The Rulon solution offers unique benefits to our customers across a broad-range of industries, including food and beverage, agriculture, medical device and manufacturing. This partnership is a natural step in allowing us to better serve our customers."

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Recognizing Quality in PTFE Materials

September 29, 2009

Molecular weight and crystallinity are two factors in PTFE that determine many of it's performance qualities. Both of these properties are highly dependant on the sintering operation of the PTFE production. If the material is cooked (sintered) too long or at too high a temperature it can degrade the polymer. Molecular weight is a measure of the polymer chain length and it affects flex life, tensile strength and elongation. As molecular weight increases so do these properties and paying attention to gel temperatures and dwell times during sintering is extra critical.

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