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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.

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

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Enhanced Materials Division (EMD)

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

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


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Composite Bearings for Food Safety & Packaging Speed

Composite Bearings for Food Safety & Packaging Speed


Safe handling and contamination control are driving forces in the food equipment industry, as consumers demand better accountability and mandates become more stringent. Yet manufacturers also need to optimize operations and move perishables quickly from processing to packaging to purchase. How can equipment manufacturers reduce the risk of food contamination while also improving production output?

TriStar’s self-lubricating composite and polymer bearings deliver for the food industry.

Engineered bearings excel in demanding food applications where sanitation and speed matter; such as the mixers and proof carts of commercial bakeries; on the drills and ovens in poultry plants; and the fillers and conveyors of beverage bottlers. As the exclusive supplier of Rulon® materials, we have a full-inventory of food-grade Rulon bearings in-stock — or available for custom fabrication to meet your exact requirements.

Ask Our Experts how food-compliant bearings can help shorten installation certification time.

Composite and polymer bearings outperform:

  • Self-lubricating design eliminates manual greasing for improved sanitation
  • Durable construction withstands abrasive food ingredients
  • Temperature tolerance from boiling oil to flash freeze
  • Dimensional stability even in wet beverage and sanitation baths
  • Food-contact compliance with appropriate industry mandates

Discover the benefits of Ultracomp®, CJ, Ertalyte® and other bearings in real-world food processing and packaging applications.

Food and Beverage Industry: Challenges for Processing, Packaging, and Beyond


Food and Beverage Industry Overview: Why Bearing Materials Matter

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