TriStar | Shooting Star Newsletter

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

Volume 19 - Issue 2

Asymmetric PES Membranes Enable On-Device Blood Testing

A growing trend in the manufacturing of in vitro medical devices is the incorporation of blood plasma separation membranes directly on the device to minimize user steps, contamination, and reduce variability. TriStar engineers have worked with leading diagnostic manufacturers to help design and provide materials to make this possible. One such material is our Ultraflon M10.


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Volume 19 - Issue 1

Special PEEK Rotor Insert Eliminates Failure in Chemical Pump

One of the trickiest engineering challenges that we face here at TriStar is sourcing plastic components that work effectively and reliably in environments where the equipment is exposed to caustic chemicals. A major chemical processor came to us with an issue where exposure to acids was resulting in premature failure of pump rotors.


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Volume 18 - Issue 12

Roasting a Better Cup of Comfort with Rulon® 641

Coffee is incredibly popular all over the world. You could even call it universal. After crude oil it is the most desirable commodity there is. A large coffee roasting company came to us looking for a specialized bearing for their roasting equipment and we came up with the perfect material for the job.


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Volume 18 - Issue 11

TriSteel & Ultracomp Bearings Clean up in Renewable Energy

There are numerous individual applications hidden away beneath the massive turbine cowlings of today's wind energy systems. Many of these applications draw on past and emerging technologies as these systems get larger and more sophisticated. TriStar Plastics works with both OEM and service organizations to supply (and improve upon) current bearing technology.


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Volume 18 - Issue 10


Ultraflon CFX30 Performs in Extreme Oil & Gas Seal Application

There are few environments tougher on seals than those found in oil and gas applications. Extremes of temperature, pressure and potential contamination conspire to make catastrophic failure a frequent occurrence. One of our customers came to us with very specific requirements and we recommended a unique material that addressed their concerns and greatly increased performance and reliability.


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Volume 18 - Issue 9

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

A major manufacturer of material handling equipment asked us to help them solve a problem with the horizontal shaft supports in forklift attachments used to lift heavy loads such as paper rolls and large barrels. With a compressive strength over 60,000 psi and a speed rating of 100 SFPM, CJ Bearings were the ideal choice.


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Volume 18 - Issue 8

Rulon® 641 in the Mix with Reduced Wear & Noise

Rulon 641 is a material most commonly known for traditional bearing and seal configurations. One of TriStar’s customers — a major pharmaceutical company — was having issues with mechanical face seals and wondered if Rulon 641 might work in the application.


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Volume 18 - Issue 7

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

In any application where safety is of paramount importance, there are certain components you don’t casually source materials for – only specialty high-performance materials will do. Rulon J is just such a material, and safety equipment on a roller coaster is just such an application!


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Volume 18 - Issue 6

Rulon® Mission-Critical in Chernobyl New Safe Confinement System

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 remains the worst nuclear accident in history in terms of resulting deaths, health issues, environmental impact and cost. Rulon high performance plastics, supplied by TriStar Plastics Corp. are playing a small but critical role in keeping the still-dangerous reactor contained.


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Volume 18 - Issue 5

Hyper-Hydrophobic Membranes Elevate Liquid Chromatography

High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) is a type an analytical chemistry used to separate, identify, and quantify each component in a mixture. Our client was looking for a way to significantly improve the performance and accuracy of the HPLC system they designed to separate aqueous fluids from gas. They recently contacted our Enhanced Materials Division (EMD) to see if we could help.


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Volume 18 - Issue 4

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

In the world of high-end audio, the quest for perfect sound is serious business. No effort (or expense) is spared to create the best possible conditions for sound that is unencumbered by the dual threats of unwanted noise and vibration! One of our customers has recently been using Rulon 142 (for which TriStar Plastics is the exclusive North American distributor) to lead the charge in combating these barriers to audio nirvana.


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Volume 18 - Issue3

Rulon® Materials Are Critical for Accurate Lab Fluid Dispensing

TriStar Plastics has a few customers that are utilizing Rulon materials as piston cups in microfluid piston dispensing pumps. These pumps are driven by a rotary shaft with a cam which drives the piston and have no valving — which means the only moving part is the piston. These types of pumps are primarily used in specialty lab applications where a broad cross section of fluids can be involved and where finite control of flow rates is critical.


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