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  • How to Measure Plastic Plain Bearings Correctly

    How to Measure Plastic Plain Bearings Correctly

    In this post, you will learn the best methods for measuring plastic plain bearings for accurate speccing and the longest life possible.

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  • The 3 Most Common Misconceptions About Plastic Plain Bearings

    The 3 Most Common Misconceptions About Plastic Plain Bearings

    In this post, read about the 3 most common misconceptions about bearings, and why you might want to start using them more in your applications.

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  • What Is Axial Play and How Can You Reduce It?

    What Is Axial Play and How Can You Reduce It?

    In this post, read about the lost movement, or backlash, that can occur with threaded nuts made from plastic and how you can reduce the backlash.

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  • How to Solder On Your Own and Get High Quality Results

    How to Solder On Your Own and Get High Quality Results

    In this post, read about how you can solder materials yourself right from home and still produce high-quality results.

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  • Tips for Gluing Plastic Plain Bearings

    Tips for Gluing Plastic Plain Bearings

    In this post, read about why glueing in your plastic bearings may be the only option sometimes, and how you can do this properly.

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  • Cable Abrasion: What You Should Know

    Cable Abrasion: What You Should Know

    In this post, read about how cable abrasion occurs and why abrasion resistant cables are extremely important for the life of certain applications.

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  • Ball Screw vs. Lead Screw: How To Choose The Right One

    Ball Screw vs. Lead Screw: How To Choose The Right One

    In this post, Matt Mowry, drylin Product Manager, discusses the difference between ball screws and lead screws and when to use each for your application.

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  • Customer Service Makes All the Difference. Here's How We Stand Out

    Customer Service Makes All the Difference. Here's How We Stand Out

    In this post, Rob Mammone discusses how excellent customer service & attention to customer's needs can greatly impact the cable carrier buying process.

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  • Why are Cables Different Colors?

    Why are Cables Different Colors?

    In this post, we discuss the different color of cables and their outer jackets, and why these colors are important all around the world.

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  • How Does Moisture Affect Plain Bearings?

    How Does Moisture Affect Plain Bearings?

    In this post, we discuss how moisture can affect metal plain bearings and their installation points, and why plastic materials are often the ideal solution.

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  • Polymer Ball Bearings Withstand Extreme Heat in Pellet Stove

    Polymer Ball Bearings Withstand Extreme Heat in Pellet Stove

    In this post, we discuss pellet stoves developed by the Koppe company, which are focused on sustainability & use plastic ball bearings in extreme heat.

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  • This igus® Energy Chain Ran for 18 Years, Despite Harsh Environmental Conditions

    This igus® Energy Chain Ran for 18 Years, Despite Harsh Environmental Conditions

    In this post, read about an e-chain® roller chain that was placed in an extremely harsh environment, and ran for 18 years without failure.

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  • Eliminate Unplanned Downtime with Machine Condition Monitoring for Cable Carriers

    Eliminate Unplanned Downtime with Machine Condition Monitoring for Cable Carriers

    In this post, learn about how you can completely eliminate unplanned downtime through the use of condition monitoring sensors.

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  • Slewing Ring Ball Bearings for a Wide Variety of Applications

    Slewing Ring Ball Bearings for a Wide Variety of Applications

    In this post, learn about slewing ring ball bearings, which combine the rotational capabilities of slewing rings with ball bearing technology.

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  • Low-Cost Automation Solutions to Keep Workers Safe and Your Business’s Financials in Check

    Low-Cost Automation Solutions to Keep Workers Safe and Your Business’s Financials in Check

    In this post, learn about cost-effective industrial automation solutions and how they can help you increase efficiency while keeping employees safe.

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  • 7 Reasons Why Plastic Bearings be Illin’ Within Lab & Hospital Devices

    7 Reasons Why Plastic Bearings be Illin’ Within Lab & Hospital Devices

    In this post, learn why plastic bearings are ideal for hospital and lab environments due to their hygienic, dry-running properties.

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  • Why Are There Ethernet Cables With 600V UL?

    Why Are There Ethernet Cables With 600V UL?

    In this blog post, read about when you should use a 600V cable in your system & why this is especially important to consider when laying down multiple cables.

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  • The Advantages of Star Quad Stranding

    The Advantages of Star Quad Stranding

    In this blog, learn about the various cable stranding methods that exist along with the incredible advantages offered by utilizing star quad stranding.

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  • Plastic Bearings Prove Resistance to Ecolab Cleaning Agents

    Plastic Bearings Prove Resistance to Ecolab Cleaning Agents

    In this blog, read about bearings that are made from our hygienic plastic materials & why they are chemically resistant to Ecolab cleaning agents.

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  • Limited Installation Space? Here's How to Guide Your Cables

    Limited Installation Space? Here's How to Guide Your Cables

    Having issues with guiding cables in a small space? In this post, learn how to solve this issue by using chainflex flexible cable.

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