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TriStar Plastics: Best of the Bearings Blog 2017

Posted by Dave Biering

December 12, 2017

TriStar Plastics: Best of the Bearings Blog 2017

It’s that time again, when we reflect on the past year and plan for the future. At TriStar Plastics, we’re grateful to all of you, our Tech Talk readers for sending us your questions and comments. We’ve designed this space as your go-to bearing and design resource, and encourage your participation. We wanted to share with you some of the top posts your engineering colleagues found most helpful in 2017.

We’ve found some strong trends in posts on bearing machining, manufacturing, form and function. Popular bearing posts of the past year include:

Is surface finish Important? 
Is surface finish Important? This question came from a customer site visit. And the short answer is yes, the surface finish of your material has a direct impact on the performance of the final component. Wear rate, lubrication, and coefficient of friction all play a role, too. Explore how a simple “fingernail test” can also help you determine surface finish.
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How can you determine the quality of custom fabrication?
How can you determine the quality of custom fabrication?Ever wonder about which checks and balances are in place to inspect your quality component before it is shipped to you? I can tell you that it’s not a manual process; here’s how we ensure that your part is exactly to your specs, and will remain so when you order years from now.
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How do self-lubricating bearings actually lubricate?
How do self-lubricating bearings actually lubricate?Plane bearings are lubricated via two common systems; smearing and debris. Both of these contribute to the surface finish of your finished part. This article helps you understand the pros and cons of each lubrication method.
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What is the connection between PTFE and high-radiation environments?
What is the connection between PTFE and high-radiation environments?We’ve got 5 quick facts to help you make a material decision in tough environments which can causes PTFE to degrade quickly. We also touch on the crystallinity of PTFE and suggest other material options to consider.
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Are your bearings ready to achieve FSMA compliance in food processing?
2017-best-5-1.jpgFSMA (or the Food Safety Modernization Act) is the most-sweeping food safety legislation in the last 70 years, are you ready for it? This is the year that most manufacturers must comply; we’ve got some insights to make the process easier. Choosing FDA-certified bearings materials is just part of the answer. 
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Have we covered your key questions on plastic bearings? Need a specific material information or a custom quote? At TriStar Plastics, we’re always available to help!

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