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Bearing Materials

TriStar offers a wide range of bearing materials that are ideal for non-lubricated, high-load applications.

Saint Gobain Materials

TriStar is the exclusive partner of Saint Gobain for Rulon materials in North America. 

Materials and Fabrication

Our capabilities include component design, material selection, prototype, production, and manufacturing.

Materials Database

Use our interactive database to search for and compare over 450 materials.


Surface Modification

Learn how our Enhanced Materials Divison (EMD) modifies existing materials to meet specific needs.



Since 1982 we have been combining the skills of TriStar’s engineering team, our extensive product line, and our deep understanding of a broad range of industries to bring you solutions to your most challenging engineering needs.

Problems / Solutions

Explore the common causes of bearing failure and learn how advanced polymer and composite bearings can address them.

Application Case Studies

Enhanced Materials Division (EMD)

EMD  positions TriStar Plastics as the leading resource to solve your demanding engineering material challenges.

Enhanced Materials Division (EMD)


View our library of engineering worksheets — the quickest way to communicate your project specs — or reach out to our engineering team.


Here are a few of our most popular online engineering tools - including our PV calc and material database (450+ materials).


Learn about our quality program and view our current ISO cert.


Technical Library

Our collection of case studies, product specs, brochures and other key technical documents.

Free White Papers

Our library of free-to-download white papers focus on industry-based solutions, specific materials, bearing design, and more...

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Deep Dives

These pillar pages provide in-depth information on bearings and problem/solutions for specific industires.

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About Us

TriStar Plastics Corp. provides engineering, custom fabrication and manufacturing of high-performance plastics and self-lubricating bearing materials. 


We're dedicated to building a company where opportunities exist for talented people to achieve their maximum potential.

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Composite Bearings offer Long Wear & Grease-Free Maintenance

Composite Bearings Offer Long Wear & Grease-Free Maintenance


Equipment uptime is critical in heavy-duty construction, where delays can quickly escalate to millions of dollars in cost overruns. TriStar bearings help to ensure that backhoes, tractors, excavators and other massive earth movers run at optimum performance at all times.

The secret?

Metal Backed Bearing System

TriSteel™ bearings are located in the gear pumps of primary earth movers, and help to maximize engine and hydraulic system performance.

How do they work?

TriSteels are built from a proprietary polymer and are sintered to a secondary bronze interlayer. This extra layer ensures that the gear pumps are continually lubricated should a liner break-thru occur. And unlike other bearings, TriSteel uses a PEEK instead of PV application, which significantly improves overall wear.

TriSteel bearings excel in construction:

  • Two layers of self-lubricating polymer to maintain equipment in the event of wear-thru
  • Extended wear to save on maintenance costs
  • Ideal replacement for bronze bushings
  • Choice of standard or metric dimensions for a custom fit

We can help you match the right material to your application by evaluating the speed, load, temperature and lubrication of your hardware. 


Construction Bearings

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