Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays from Sharpe Mixers!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Sharpe Mixers!  We hope you enjoy the holiday season and have an excellent new year!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sharpe Mixers Lift Stands for Tote Bins

Sharpe Mixers stainless lift stand.
Sharpe Mixers offers lift stands for portable mixers. These stands allow the mixer to be raised and lowered into and out of the tank with no manual labor. The stands are mobile, letting you use one mixer for more than one tank.

The lift stands are available in electrically operated, Model ELS, or pneumatically operated, Model ALS, versions. Stainless Steel and Mild Steel Construction options are available.

Three sizes are available with height adjustability ranges of 46” to 140”. Electrically operated unit includes 115V motor. Both units include NEMA 4 controls.

The ELS stand depicted here is special design, specifically for use in Tote Bins, those cubic tanks, metallic and plastic, 200 – 400 gallons, that are used for transporting and storing chemicals in processing plants. Tote Bins have a 6” opening in in the top center for filling and emptying.

The stand features a horizontal arm that allows the mixer to reach over the top of the container and reach the opening. The mixer features a collapsible impeller, allowing installation of impellers larger than 6”, as dictated by the process requirements. Counterweights are installed on the opposite end of the extension to balance the stand and reduce drag on the mechanism that raises and lowers the stand.

This particular assembly shows all Stainless Steel Mixer and Lift Stand

Prices range from $4,000.00 to $12,000.00. Lead-time is 4-8 weeks.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ISPE-DVC Vendor Night in Philadelphia

Tom McDonough,  Matak LLC, talking with the attendees at the ISPE-DVC Vendor Night at Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia PA. 10 Feb 2015. The International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, Delaware Valley Chapter, offers suppliers the opportunity to meet and greet local customers in the greater Philadelphia area at their annual tabletop show.

Submitted by Fred DeCicco.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sharpe Mixers and Hayward Gordon - A New Team!

Sharpe Mixers is very pleased to announce we are joining forces with Hayward Gordon. Based in Seattle, Washington, Sharpe Mixers has served customers for the past 60 years providing advanced mixing solutions in many industries including pulp & paper, chemical, industrial, pharmaceutical and sanitary markets. Hayward Gordon, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, manufactures mixers, pumps, and engineered systems for fluid handling applications in a range of industries including mining, water and wastewater, petroleum, mineral processing and many others.

Hayward Gordon intends to make a significant investment in plant, equipment and people in Sharpe's Seattle factory to better serve customers in the global market. Jay Dinnison, President of Sharpe Mixers, commented on the transaction, "We are proud of our achievements at Sharpe Mixers, and are excited about the future growth opportunities that this partnership brings to our organization. I see this as a positive for all parties involved."

John Hayward, EVP of Hayward Gordon commented on the acquisition of Sharpe, "The fit between the two businesses is well aligned from both a product and market standpoint. Sharpe brings strength in small to medium-sized mixers and in chemical, industrial, pharmaceutical, and sanitary markets whereas Hayward Gordon has been strong in medium to large mixers in mineral processing, oil & gas, and water/wastewater treatment. 
Bill Dubé, CEO of Hayward Gordon, commented on the transaction, "We are delighted with the excellent synergies for the combined entity. The product fit between Hayward Gordon and Sharpe is complementary and we now offer a broader range of mixers from 1/3 HP to 500 HP. In addition, our combined sales channels will allow us to better serve our markets and support customer's needs."

A controlling interest in Hayward Gordon was previously acquired by Element Partners and it serves as a platform for acquisitions of pump and mixer manufacturers focused on abrasive, harsh duty, or other engineered fluid handling applications.

For more information about Hayward Gordon, visit For more information on Sharpe Mixers, visit

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Midwest Food Processors Association Directory

The Midwest Food Processors Association, Inc. is a trade association that advocates on behalf of food processing companies and affiliated industries in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  Established in 1905 as the Wisconsin Canners Association, today the association represents a more diverse group of food processors on a variety of food issues.

Sharpe Mixers has been building mixers for the food and beverage industry for over 30 years.  From simple beverage syrup and juice concentrate blending to brew mash kettles and high viscosity products, successfully mixing a wide spectrum of food products has built a solid foundation of experience.

Share Mixers is proud to be a prominent listing in the MFPA's 2014-2015 directory.  For more information on our sanitary mixers, be sure and visit our website.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sharpe Hyflo Impellers

A line of hydrofoil impellers that incorporate a split-hub design which is stronger, more adjustable, and easier to install and remove than conventional one-piece or bolted-blade impellers is available from Sharpe Mixers,

Inc. of Seattle, Washington.

Sharpe HYFLO Impellers feature four blades with a narrow, low-pitch section at the tip where the speed is fastest and a wider, higher-pitch section near the hub where it is slower for maximum efficiency. In 24” dia. and larger sizes, the blades are welded directly to a split-hub that can be attached anywhere on a shaft without a keyway, and is easy to adjust or remove.

Available in industrial and sanitary versions, the split-hub eliminates the need to cut and weaken a shaft with a keyway. For high torque applications,

Sharpe HYFLO Impellers’ fail-safe operation is achieved by welding torque pins to the shaft which fit into matching holes on the split-hub’s bore.

Suitable for new equipment and retrofit on existing agitators, impellers can be made from 316SS to titanium and other alloys in 3” to 210” dia. sizes.
Sharpe HYFLO Impellers with split-hubs are priced according to material, size, and quantity. Pricing is available upon request. One-piece impellers are also offered.
Submitted by,
Fred DeCicco

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Understanding Motor Overloads Caused by Low Voltage

Motor overloads are a common industrial problem when motors are not protected adequately.  This can include incorrectly sized circuit breakers or no circuit panel at all.  It can also be due to an undervoltage situation.

The definition of undervoltage is the condition when the applied voltage drops to 90% less than the motor's rated voltage for at least 1 minute.  Low-voltage situations occur when the voltage demand exceeds what the line can deliver.  This can be caused by a number of reasons; a transformer can act as a choke, restricting the amount of total power that gets through when demand is high.  Maybe the demand from newly installed equipment sharing the same line exceeds what the line can deliver.  In some cases, a motor with a long cable run can drop the voltage on a circuit, resulting in low voltage to that motor.  Brief low-voltage conditions can occur when a large load is started up unexpectedly, or when power is shorted to ground or another line.  Even loose cable connections can be the culprit.

To understand how low-voltage effects electric motors, one must understand the applied voltage to motor torque ratio.  Torque changes as the square to the voltage applied.  So a 10% increase in voltage will result in a 21% increase in torque.  Conversely, a reduction to 90% of the rated voltage will result in a 19% reduction in torque.  A more severe undervoltage condition - say 20% below the rated value, will reduce the motor's torque to 64% of its rating, resulting in 156% motor overload condition and catastrophic failure.

When does overload come into play in a low-voltage situation?  When the motor torque decreases below the torque required by the load, the motor will stall.  This is a bad situation if not caught immediately, as the motor now simply becomes a generator of heat.  Increased heat can damage the motors windings and insulation if the low-voltage event is long enough in duration.  This damage is permanent, and will result in a shorter life span or even a catastrophic failure.  In a prolonged low-voltage event, the only motor that is safe is one that is turned off.

Quick response techniques and computer monitoring and control equipment can reduce or even eliminate the damage of low-voltage events.  Thermal protectors or condition-monitoring devices can detect abnormally high winding temperatures and automatically shut down the motor. 

Being proactive is key in avoiding serious problems.  And thanks to computers, most everything can be monitored and controlled more accurately now.  This includes the electric motors that you rely and depend on.