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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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Surface Modification of Polymers: Meet TriStar Engineer Kevin Smith

April 1, 2014

Kevin Smith | TriStar PlasticsThe surface modification of polymers is a growing trend in countless industries – from food and beverage processing to medical, oil and gas, aerospace and more.  By altering the properties of plastic through surface modification, many of our clients have realized significant manufacturing gains. Download your free copy of our Surface Modification White Paper to review how.

Meet TriStar Engineer Kevin Smith, who serves as the Business Development Manager of our Surface Modification Division (SMD) which is based in TriStar’s California facility.  Kevin is also TriStar’s direct sales engineer in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.   Kevin brings nearly three decades of experience to his role, and guides our clients to the correct treatment method to solve challenges such as how to prepare polymer substrates for better bonding or how to enhance adhesion properties of coatings (such as parylene), markings (paint/ink), tapes, and overmolding.  Kevin also solves challenging industrial applications through TriStar’s Ask the Expert portal.

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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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