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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...

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Industry Deep Dives

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

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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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Shooting Star Newsletter

Shooting Star Newsletter

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



Use the content filter to narrow the newsletter issues by material focus. Click on any thumbnail to read that issue.


November 2021

CJ Bearings for Reliable Long-Term Service in Marine Thrusters

October 2021

Education Creates Strong Partnerships

September 2021

Selecting Polymers for Diagnostic Microfluidics

August 2021

Rulon J has the Edge in Blade Manufacturing

July 2021

A Hybrid Bearing Approach Proves Itself in Heavy Mining Equipment

June 2021

Rulon® Bearings Excel as Drop-in Replacements for Bioreactor Steady Bearings

May 2021

HyComp H310™ Solution Quadruples Lifespan of Forging Manipulator

April 2021

TriSteel Bearings Keep Triangular Drive Systems on Track

March 2021

FCJ Bearings a Ray of Sunshine in Solar Panel Arrays

February 2021

Rulon® 1439 Bearings Increase Potato Chip Production Rates

January 2021

Cold Plasma Treatment Helps Implant Dentistry Create Beautiful Smiles

December 2020

Clever Material Selection Extends Operating Life of Bottling Equipment

November 2020

Riding the Waves with Self-Lubricating CJ Bearings

October 2020

Advanced Materials Improve Uptime & Outcomes in Cheese Manufacturing

September 2020

Self-Lubricating Bearings Boost Performance in Screw Conveyors

August 2020

Composite Bearings for Onboard Seafood Processing and Packaging

July 2020

Ultracomp Bearings Ensure Rapid Deployment of Navy Transport

June 2020

CJ Bearings Ensure Smooth Sailing for Sailboat Windvanes

May 2020

Fluoroloy® H Brings Superior Thermal Conductivity to Satellite Application

April 2020

Surface Modification Techniques for Rapid COVID-19 Testing

March 2020

TriSteel™ PT Metal-Backed Bearings Raise Hoist Effectiveness

February 2020

Asymmetric PES Membranes Enable On-Device Blood Testing

January 2020

Special PEEK Rotor Insert Eliminates Failure in Chemical Pump

December 2019

Roasting a Better Cup of Comfort with Rulon® 641

November 2019

TriSteel & Ultracomp Bearings Clean up in Renewable Energy

October 2019

Ultraflon CFX30 Performs in Extreme Oil & Gas Seal Application

September 2019

Don't Settle for Bronze - CJ Bearings are Ideal Drop-In Replacements

August 2019

Rulon® 641 in the Mix with Reduced Wear & Noise

July 2019

Rulon® J Makes it Possible to Strap In and Feel The “G’s”

June 2019

Rulon® Mission-Critical in Chernobyl New Safe Confinement System

May 2019

Hyper-Hydrophobic Membranes Elevate Liquid Chromatography

April 2019

Rulon® Brings Top Sound/Vibration Dampening to High End Audio

March 2019

Rulon® Materials Are Critical for Accurate Lab Fluid Dispensing

February 2019

CJ Bearings Kick Grease Contamination to the Curb