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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).


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...

All White Papers

Industry Deep Dives

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

All Pillar Pages

More Resources

Our popular resources, including our monthly newsletters, blog, and our video library.

Education Overview

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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Contact Us

Go here to request a quote or for general questions (document requests, billing inquiries, etc.).


Ask the Expert

Have a material or application question for our engineering team? Want to send us a file for review? Go here.


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Enhanced Materials Division

Plasma Treatments | Surface Modification | Membranes


Our Enhanced Materials Division (EMD) positions TriStar Plastics as the leading resource to solve your demanding engineering material challenges. From cutting-edge enhancements that improve and extend the performance of polymers and elastomers to custom specialized membranes, we can help you find the best, most cost-effective way forward.

Surface Modification - Plasma

TriStar offers multiple techniques to improve and extend existing materials ― which often results in low cost materials exhibiting properties similar to those costing much more.

The most versatile surface technique we offer is plasma treatment. Plasma can enhance biocompatibility, prevent moisture absorption thru hydrophobic treatments, and improve functionalization and adhesion ― all from a value-driven, green alternative to harsh chemical techniques.

Learn More About Plasma

Specialized Membranes

We offer asymmetric and symmetric polyether sulfone membranes and glass membranes with a number of styles and pore sizes. These are often specified for a varity of filtration applications.

Some filter media polymers we sell are:

  • PTFE
  • PES
  • PVDF
  • Nylon
  • PP

Learn More About Membranes

Other Services and Products

In addition to surface treatments and membranes, our on-staff engineers and chemists can also help you to ID materials you have on hand, make material recommendations, and provide component design and prototype services.


Do you have a question for our EMD experts?

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