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Advanced Materials Improve Output in Pulp & Paper Mills

The pulp and paper industry is comprised of companies that use wood as raw material and produce pulp, paper, paperboard and other cellulose-based products.

These applications are ideal for self-lubricating bearings because of the harsh environments involved, which often cause greased bearings to fail.

TriStar has worked with numerous paper mill companies on a variety of applications where self-lubricating bearing products and specialized materials − such as metal-detecting polymers that can detect tramp metals in wood pulp − provide unique benefits that significantly improve output and efficiency.

The Benefits of Composite Materials Include:

  • Strong abrasion resistance and the ability (with some materials) to embed particulate matter in the surface of the bearing to reduce contamination of the processing equipment.
  • Excellent resistance to caustic chemicals.
  • Support for wide temperature ranges.
  • Self-lubricating components eliminate manual greasing for improved cleanliness, simplified maintenance and reduced downtime.
  • Low moisture absorption materials for applications where the component may be wet near 24-7.
  • Self-lubricating polymers protect mating components (shafts, housings, wear plates) from damage.
  • Antistatic and static dissipative plastics are extremely effective in reducing static electricity, protecting sensitive equipment throughout the mill.

From polymer filtration screens (a 70% cost savings over the previous material used) to bronze-replacement bushings in paper balers, there are few areas where advanced materials aren’t worth a look.

Some specific areas where advanced materials excel include:

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