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Volume 17 - Issue 2
Bearing Certification: Keys to Compliance

Bearing Certification: Keys to Compliance


BearinBearing 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. We’re proud to have achieved all of these for appropriate products.

Our tin-plated TriSteel bearings are registered under the Conflict Minerals Directive.

Yet as manufacturing evolves, worldwide regulations do as well. Newer regulations include REACH, RoHS, WEEE, and the Conflict Minerals Directive. Here are some of our keys for compliance:

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals)

This European organization evaluates hazardous chemical components and issues restrictions on how and where they can be used. In terms of plastic bearings (where components are largely hydrocarbon based), we closely monitor raw material processes to avoid these chemicals.

Status: Our appropriate products meet the requirements of REACH

RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive)

This certificate applies to the electronics industry by helping manufacturers restrict chemicals such as hexavalent chromium, cadmium, mercury and similar materials.

Status: RoHS is not currently relevant to our end products

WEEE: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

This EU directive relates to the recycling of hazardous materials to help eliminate additions to the waste stream.

Status: We work closely with our partners to encourage WEEE compliance

CMD (Conflict Minerals Directive)

This regulation is part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010, and monitors minerals coming from the Republic of the Congo. To meet this certificate of proficiency, a company must ensure that four specific minerals from this region are not part of the product (or are clearly identified and restricted). Materials include tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. CMD generally applies to consumer electronics.

Status: Our TriSteel products are tin plated and registered under this regulation

This is just a sampling of some of the newer international regulations. We can help guide you to our compliance for many agency approvals, just ask for details.

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