SABETHA, Kan. – Extru-Tech unveiled a new Self-Adjusting Die/Knife Cutter System, which can be used across the full spectrum of wear plates and reduces maintenance costs and downtime for processors, according to the company.

Norm Schmitt, corporate sales manager, Extru-Tech, said the system offers a cleaner cut than cast blade configurations because of its individually replaceable blades, which can be sharpened three to five times, as well as its “precision” pressure pack feature.

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“Not only can they be re-sharpened, but the new blades have been reported to last from 2½ to 10 times longer than cast blades,” Schmitt said. “This translates into lower overall cost, particularly when you consider the automatic adjustment feature allows one cutter head system to be used on multiple dies. The cutter assembly is easily secured and automatically set parallel to the wear plate with just one bolt.”

The system is equipped with a self-leveling feature that allows it to accommodate non-perpendicular die stubs and improperly installed plates. It is sealed for wash-down and built with stainless steel bearings for durability. Additionally, the single cutting edge minimizes the risk of injury to employees.

Extru-Tech, Inc. is based in Sabetha, Kansas, and provides extrusion processing systems, ancillary equipment and customized equipment solutions for specialized processes for human food, pet food, aquatic feed and animal feed production.

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