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Nerpco USA L.L.C. has unveiled its NM-38 (1 pound, 0.62 liter) batch mixer, which follows the same design as the NM-100 (3-pound batch) and the NM-270 (7-pound batch) mixers.

All of Nerpco's mixers utilize hydraulic drives, the company said, which result in variable bi-directional rotor speeds from zero to their maximum. Nerpo said the NM-38 has a chrome-plated drilled body with a hinged discharge side, chrome-plated Viscoseals (dust stops), stainless steel hopper, a lubrication system with pressurized oil, temperature control, 25 micron filtration to the anti-friction spherical roller bearings and connecting gears.

Nerpco claims it reduces the cost of operating a laboratory by thousands of dollars. The Nerpco Mixer line covers a range of 1 to 285 pound batches.

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WSF Industries Inc. has introduced its SmartClave technology for the company's autoclave control systems. WSF said the system eliminates the need for separate digital process controllers and integrates a programmable logic controller and touch-screen display with an messaging system to assist operators in all phases of autoclave operation.

The SmartClave is scalable to meet any autoclave application, WSF claimed, as it can provide fully automated process control and material handling or be programmed to control simple autoclave door closure. SmartClave is supplied standard on all new WSF autoclaves and can be retrofitted to existing WSF autoclaves in the field, the company said

According to WSF, SmartClave offers messaging throughout the autoclave closure and process operation as well as system integration with operator assist, diagnostic, maintenance and alarm features. The technology provides enhanced autoclave door closure and process safety interlocking by monitoring all sensors, operating switches and output devices, the company said.

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Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions has unveiled loop knives designed to remove flash waste and excess material from molded or extruded rubber and plastic parts quickly and safely.

The Hyde IBS Loop Knives are manufactured with high-carbon steel blades, Hyde Industrial said, for longer edge sharpness and long life when removing flash from any-thing coming off pro-duction lines.

Each Hyde Loop Hoof Knife is 6.5 inches and features a pick for hard-to-remove imperfections, the company said. In addition, the blades have a 0.515 inch diameter and 1.3 inch long cutting edge, Hyde Industrial said, and are mounted to a molded handle made of a polypropylene core and thermoplastic elastomer soft grip covering to absorb shock.

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