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General Industrial

Gardner Denver Nash has offered solutions to industrial applications for more than 100 years and continues to do so. You can even find our products for non-mainstream industry applications, such as timber impregnation, glass manufacturing, vacuum filtration and extruder degassing.


Calibration Tables - Plastic Profiles

Plastic material that has been melted and degassed in the extruder is processed into continuous profiles on the calibrating table. Typically, these profiles are made into pipes or various technical profiles for windows, cable ducts, medical tubing, etc. The plastic material is suctioned into a mold. For cooling and lubrication purposes, a film of water is generated between the inside of the mold and the continuous workpiece and is continuously extracted by the vacuum pump.

Cement Conveying and Handling

NASH WITTIG rotary vane products deliver reliable performance for the handling of raw cement materials as they move from one location to another, for example from a delivery truck to a silo or other storage container. Our products offer short start-up times, constant minimum reserve oil levels, and efficient performance.


General "pick and place" (chucking) operations are frequently handled with NASH equipment. Pre-engineered package systems are also available.

Extruder Degassing

During processing, thermoplastics are melted in an extruder and degassed in the extruder's screw section. A vacuum is used to extract gaseous and vaporous components from the melt. All low-molecular substances are extracted to obtain optimal quality thermoplastic with a smoother surface, more strength, better insulating properties, and a lower off-gassing rate.

Glass Manufacturing

When producing hollow glassware large volumes of compressed air and vacuum are required. High quality and reliability of all units and components are of prime importance. For continuous 24-hour operation, NASH WITTIG rotary vane compressors and vacuum pumps offer ideal solutions.

Compressed air is used to fill in the blanks on production machines. A compressed air system is needed to control the various shaping devices and the general air supply of the factory.

Rotary vane vacuum pumps are used to evacuate the glass molds. This ensures high product quality and increasing the number of pieces per hour poses no problem for our WITTIG pumps.

Molded Fiber

Molded fiber or molded pulp is the process for producing, strong and environmentally friendly food and protective packaging. The molded fiber packaging is made from 100% recycled paper including newspaper, magazine, paper and any product made of paper fibers as well as biodegradable plant-based products. Drink carriers, egg carriers or filler flats are commonly used molded fiber products where vacuum is required.  

This vacuum application is evolving as there is continued pressure to switch from plastic and polystyrene packaging because molded fiber is a renewable and recyclable resource that is environmentally friendly. 


Vacuum Solutions For Molded Fiber

Steam Sterilizers

Sterilization is moist heat in the form of saturated steam under pressure. The purpose is to expose each item to direct steam contact at a required temperature and pressure for a specified time to destroy microorganisms that may contaminate a product or container. 

Nash utilizes vacuum in the four main types of sterilization, which are: steam sterilization, hydrogen peroxide plasma sterilization, ethylene oxide sterilization, and formaldehyde gas sterilization. Our vacuum systems optimize production with high reliability and energy efficiency. 


Vacuum Solutions For Sterilizers And Autoclaves

Vacuum Filtration

In this application, the moisture from the filtrate receiver of a vacuum filter is collected and fed back into the system. If a system upset occurs, such as the failure of the filtrate pump, slugs of liquid can carry over into the vacuum system. Soft solids from the filter can also enter the vacuum system. In both cases, the liquid and soft solids will not damage the liquid ring vacuum pump, improving the overall reliability of the vacuum filtration system. A variety of seal liquids compatible with the process vapors may be selected in order to minimize contamination of gases extracted during the filtration process.

Vacuum Priming

In this application, vacuum pumps are used to maintain a prime in cooling water systems. Maintaining a prime allows water circulating pumps to maintain design water flows with minimum power consumption. Single stage liquid ring pump packages, often supplied with priming valves, are ideal for this application because they prevent ingesting of water slugs into the pumps.

Wood Preservation

Raw timber is treated to prevent decay in unprotected environments. In order to do this, the wood is loaded into large, air-tight vessels. Once loaded, liquid ring pumps are used to draw vacuum on the tank to extract water vapor from the wood. Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) or some other preservative is then injected into the tank. The pumps are now used as compressors to pressurize the tank and to impregnate the wood with the desired concentration of preservative. Nash products are very tolerant of the resinous components and vapors from the preservative chemicals.


Vacuum Solutions For Wood Preservation