New Harvard Paper Confirms Value of Genuine Rulon Materials

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Rulon J, 641, LR verified for quality via magnetic-levitation

TriStar Plastics

TriStar Plastics

It is nearly impossible to distinguish genuine Rulon from counterfeit Rulon by sight alone,” states Richard Cedrone, CEO of TriStar, “which is why it is critical for manufacturers to fully vet their Rulon suppliers.

TriStar Plastics announces that Rulon® materials have been tested and validated for providing superior authenticity and quality control, based on a new paper by Harvard University’s Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Rulon is a premium, uniquely-formulated plastic bearing material that is widely counterfeited in the plastics industry.    

Entitled “Using Magnetic Levitation for Non-Destructive Quality Control of Plastic Parts*,” the paper uncovers how samples of authentic Rulon and look-alike counterfeits were tested for embedded defects such as porosity and incorrect levels or types of modifiers and reinforcing elements. These defects can cause plastic materials to fail in demanding manufacturing applications.

Test results show that TriStar’s genuine Rulon J, Rulon 641 and Rulon LR samples levitated at significantly different levels when compared to counterfeit samples; resulting in a “reproducible difference in density between real and fake Rulon.” Without proper density, plastic materials can crack and otherwise degrade when assembled into completed parts.

“It is nearly impossible to distinguish genuine Rulon from counterfeit Rulon by sight alone,” states Richard Cedrone, CEO of TriStar, “which is why it is critical for manufacturers to fully vet their Rulon suppliers. This Harvard study is further evidence that TriStar follows stringent quality and processing controls,” he adds.

TriStar is the exclusive, North American distributor of genuine Rulon materials, and provides a free technical paper to help manufacturers Recognize Genuine and Avoid Counterfeit Rulon. For additional information or to review results of the Harvard paper, connect with TriStar.

About TriStar Plastics

Founded in 1982, TriStar Plastics Corp. is a leader in the engineering, custom fabrication and manufacturing of high-performance polymers, composites and self-lubricating bearing materials. The company is also the exclusive North American distributor of genuine Rulon® bearing materials, and pioneered the use of using chemicals to alter plastic materials for enhanced surface modification. With company headquarters in Shrewsbury, MA, and offices in North Carolina, Illinois, Southern California, and Texas, the company provides bearing materials to a broad range of over 70 industries.

About the Paper

*Hennek, J. W., Nemiroski, A., Subramaniam, A. B., Bwambok, D. K., Yang, D., Harburg, D. V., Tricard, S., Ellerbee, A. K. and Whitesides, G. M. (2015), Using Magnetic Levitation for Non-Destructive Quality Control of Plastic Parts. Adv. Mater.. doi: 10.1002/adma.201405207

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