TriStar | Shooting Star Newsletter

The Shooting Star is TriStar's monthly technical brief featuring new products, materials and interesting applications.

Volume 17 - Issue 4

Rulon’s Unique Properties Maximize Stirling Engine Output

From the very simple design concepts of Robert Stirling in 1816 to modern machinery, good sealing technology has been a hallmark of successful engine design. In fact, Dr. Stirling’s basic design principles are still being incorporated into today’s most innovative technology in ways that the great Scottish inventor could never have imagined. But now newer materials like Rulon seals are solving the leakage challenges in next-generation engines...


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Volume 17 - Issue 3

Automotive Racing Bearings: Superior Suspension with Ultracomp 

TriStar Plastics has long been associated with the racing industry at many different levels. We’ve helped to design automotive bearings for F1, off road, NASCAR and even recreational sport vehicles. While each of these are all uniquely different in design and require different levels of performance, they all have one thing in common – suspensions. And that’s where TriStar’s Ultracomp automotive bearing materials come into play...


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Volume 17 - Issue 2

Bearing Certification: Keys to Compliance 

Bearing certification is not a topic that we take lightly at TriStar Plastics. Our engineering team is constantly evaluating our core industrial sectors to ensure that our plastic bearings comply with the critical certificates of proficiency. It all starts with our manufacturing facility, which is ISO 9001 compliant for the manufacture and custom fabrication of self-lubricating bearings, and continues with specific industry agency approvals, including USP, FDA/USDA, NSF, EU, and ABS.


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Volume 17 - Issue 1
 Bearing Manufacturing Trends for 2018  - The Robotics Connection

Bearing Manufacturing Trends for 2018 - The Robotics Connection

The worldwide manufacturing landscape is changing. As we turn the page to 2018, industry analysts note that automation, operational technology, robotics and even cobotics (or collaborative robots) will continue to revolutionize the once-staid bearing manufacturing industry.


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Volume 16 - Issue 12
New Rulon 1834: Dramatic Savings in Conveyor Hanger Bearings

New Rulon 1834: Dramatic Savings in Conveyor Hanger Bearings

Rulon is universally recognized as a blend of PTFE plastics with superior abrasion resistance, low COF, plus good temperature and chemical tolerance. Now Rulon 1834 takes performance to the next level by also delivering significant savings.


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Volume 16 - Issue 11
Wet vs. Dry Plasma Cleaning Process:  Which is best?

Wet vs. Dry Plasma Cleaning Process: Which is best?

Bonding different materials can yield significant manufacturing results. But which method is best – a wet or dry plasma cleaning process? One manufacturer solved a common bonding barrier to ultimately improve their overall production rates.


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Volume 16 - Issue 10

Oil and Gas Bearings Help Robotic Subseas Detect Pipeline Leaks

Underwater oil and gas pipelines have been in peril. As back-to-back hurricanes recently ravaged the Atlantic Basin, offshore petroleum production came to a halt. Yet as the storms recede and recovery begins, subsea robotic systems with heavy-duty oil and gas bearings are playing a critical role in restoring production levels.


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Volume 16 - Issue 8

Next-Gen Supersonic Aircraft Design Meets Rulon J

With one of the lowest coefficients of friction on the market, Rulon J is exceeding the strict requirements for thermal bonding of supersonic aircraft components; even NASA designers are taking notice.


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Volume 16 - Issue 7

Drone Design: Why Choose Composite Aerospace Plastic Bearings?

The drone market is exploding. While exact figures can vary based on your definition of a drone (UAV? UAS?), or the intended use (personal, commercial or military), Gartner estimates the global drone market will grow 34% in 2017, and will reach $11.2 billion by 2020. But no matter the intended application, all drones have the same requirements of aerospace plastics.


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Volume 16 - Issue 6

Plastic Bearings and the Food Safety Modernization Act

Did you know that the deadline for the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is nearly here? Although the Act was signed into law in 2011, most manufacturers are struggling to meet the final deadline coming later this year. Food processing OEMs cite that their number one obstacle to compliance is getting the right cleaning systems in place.


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Volume 16 - Issue 5

Bearing Service Life: One Million Cycles, Near-Zero Wear 

Vehicle shocks are designed to help absorb vibrations and heavy loads over rough terrain and uneven pavement. But in heavy-duty applications and extreme conditions, the average shock assembly can have a limited bearing service life. Our manufacturing partners serve all vehicle markets from utility ATVs to high-performance racing; and the one bearing product they insist on is TriSteel.


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Volume 16 - Issue 4

Plastic Bearings for Robotics: Precision, Durability, and Value

Plastic bearings give robotic joints and arms very precise and fluid movements. In medicine, surgeons depend on precision surgical arms for delicate surgeries.  Military first responders are kept safe by using remote-controlled robots to detect and detonate explosives. Industrial manufacturers depend on robotic devices for high-load packaging. Even consumers depend on robots to help them vacuum and clean.


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