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Self-lubricating Bearings for the Lumber Industry: durable and environmentally-friendly

July 7, 2014

4)	Self-lubricating Bearings for the Lumber Industry:  durable and environmentally-friendly  Self-lubricating bearings touch nearly every piece of equipment in the lumber industry; from the track road arms of timber harvesters (download PDF), to the kilns used to dry-finish boards used in housing construction and other applications.  Composite bearings offer durability and reliability, but more importantly for an industry dependent on fragile ecosystems, they protect the environment from the oil spillover that seeps into the ground when metal bearings are greased in the field.

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Self-lubricating Bearings vs. Greased, Metal Bearings

June 24, 2014

Self-lubricating Bearings vs. Greased, Metal Bearings”Why do bearings fail?”  It is a pivotal question that we hear all too often.

Interestingly, one of the primary reasons for bearing failure is related to lubrication.  
Without proper lubrication, metal bearings can overheat and wear prematurely.  And by “proper lubrication” we are referring to a total lack of lubrication, use of the wrong type of lubricant, or even the evaporation that occurs through oxidation or environmental exposure.  Self-lubricating polymer bearings eliminate this concern entirely since they are oil-free.  So what are some other benefits of self-lubricating bearings over metal? 

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5 Ways Self-lubricating Bearings Reduce Food Contamination

June 3, 2014

Self-lubricating bearings reduce food contaminationAs the summer grilling season kicks into high gear, I’m once again reminded about the importance of sanitation and contamination control in food processing and packaging applications.  It seems that around this time each year we hear news of e-coli and salmonella outbreaks in the food industry.

TriStar has been a partner to food manufacturers for decades, and provides self-lubricating bearings for many applications in high-risk environments such as poultry and meat processing.

Did you know that self-lubricating bearings can help reduce the risk of  food contamination?  Here’s 5 reasons how:

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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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Meet TriStar’s Business Development Manager

May 27, 2014

Judy Cedrone - TriStar PlasticsJudy Cedrone solves bearing challenges and gives industry insight

“I love helping our engineering clients solve their tough bearing challenges,” says Judy Cedrone, Business Development Manager at TriStar Plastics, “and in this position, no two days ― or two applications ― are ever the same,” she adds with a smile.  

Serving over 70 industries for more than three decades, the TriStar team has mastered every type of bearing application ― from replacing tried-and-true automotive brake bearings to fabricating high-performance bearings for elite America’s Cup vessels.   “There is so much innovation in the marine industry right now,” says Judy, “and self-lubricating bearings such as the Ultracomp 300A give marine engineers an unbeatable combination of extended service and corrosion resistance for superior design flexibility.”
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Aircraft Bearings: Meldin is a versatile, high-temperature solution

May 13, 2014

Meldin Bearings for Aircraft Applications

I’ve worked with dozens of aircraft designers over the years, and it seems there is one material that stands out as a versatile solution for many applications in this industry ― Meldin® high-temperature materials.  Meldin combines good dimensional stability with superior tolerance of high loads and high speeds.  It is an excellent alternative to Vespel® and boasts excellent attributes for aerospace:

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Q&A How do plastic bearings compare to standard metal bearings?

May 8, 2014

Plastic Bearings vs MetalIt is a question that is still widely debated ― how do plastic and metal bearing compare?   In some industries, plastic is regarded as a premium bearing material, while in others there is a prevailing misconception that plastic is inferior to metal.  We decided to compare the two by looking at a few of the key factors that determine bearing performance ― namely maintenance, durability and service life.  Here’s what we discovered:

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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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Rulon 1439 Now Certified for Medical Disposals!

April 24, 2014

Rulon 1439 is certified for medical bearings and sealsSelf-lubricating bearing material receives USP Class VI compliance

We are pleased to announce that Rulon® 1439 ― an excellent seal and bearing material for medical and pharmaceutical processing ― is now fully-certified for use in medical device disposables, according to the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).  USP is an independent public-health organization committed to purity testing for medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements.  Here’s why USP certification is important for medical bearing materials.

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