Classic® shovel handles feature pultruded structural fiberglass that is composed of millions of continuous parallel fiberglass strands cured under tension in a thermosetting resin, with reinforced sections at critical stress points. This design produces optimum strength-to-weight ratios and provides the user with safety and durability in all heavy duty industrial applications.
Ergo Power® is the trademarked name Nupla uses to describe their ergonomic handles that feature a combination of an injection molded outer polypropylene sleeve over a Nuplaglas® core. In extreme use conditions, the external sleeve will contain any possible fracture of the internal Nuplaglas® core and create a 'fail-safe failure' within the handle. This prevents potential user injuries as in the case of failure of other materials like wood. The Ergo Power® long and short D-grip handles have a smaller radius at the bottom to very comfortably rest in the user's palm and has tapered flat sides for improved control..
This is the Nupla method of permanent attachment using heat to drive tanged tools, such as rakes, into Nuplaglas® handles.
Impax® Power Drive®
This line of Nupla Hammers uses the unique Smart Hammer Technology® for producing the best surface-protective, non-marring, dead blow hammers in the industry. Shot loaded hammer heads made from a specially engineered material eliminate rebound and vibration which cause user fatigue. This also significantly reduces repetitive motion injuries.
These are the short lengths of solid Nuplaglas® incorporated at critical stress points in the handle pultrusion process to assure superior reinforcement while providing the optimum strength-to-weight ratio. The patented process is used extensively in Nupla's digging tool handles.
This patented Nupla invention features a Nuplaglas® replacement handle to which the Mech-Loc®, an engineering composite, is molded. The revolutionary twin-wedge design allows quick, easy, and safe assembly of handle to hammer head using no epoxy bond. This is ideal for fast handle replacements in the field or the workshop while eliminating the mess caused with epoxy bonding and down time for curing.
Nuplaflex® is an abrasion resistant barrier that minimizes wear and protects the user from possible fiberglass splinters. It also provides a superior gripping surface in all heavy-duty industrial applications.
This is Nupla fiberglass that is manufactured using a patented process of pultruding millions of fiberglass strands combined with resin to create handles of tremendous strength and durability.
Nupole Interchangeable Shovel System®
The Nupole Interchangeable Shovel System® is another unique line to Nupla that consists of a versatile take-apart tool system. The system features the most popular digging tool blades along with Classic® Nuplaglas® handle extensions and comfortable grip end sections to achieve the desired length of tool quickly and easily.
The Power Pylon®, one of Nupla's revolutionary patented innovations, is designed for digging tools and sets upgraded standards to which all competitive products strive to match. The technology features a molded engineering composite structure that is re-inforced with fiberglass to produce an integral fusion of Nuplaglas® handle and digging tool blade. This is a design derived from aerospace applications which eliminates the 'weak link' rivet connection that is also used in traditional shovels. It is this unique design which balances the performance of blade and handle, maximizing the load-bearing strength of the tool. Power Pylon® tools are better balanced and weigh less than similar tools. The Power Pylon® handle is one integral unit including Power Pylon®, handle, and grip. The design of an uninterrupted handle shaft provides dielectric safety in preventing the hand from sliding to the blade. The handle is bolted to the blade with hardened steel bolts secured by all temperature nylon locking threads.
Power Pylon® Blade
Innovative solid back blade used with Power Pylon® handles allows consolidation of open back, closed back and solid shank inventories. Ergonomic
design blade has 17% more volume capacity and large comfortable forward turned step.
The Nupla line of quality shovels that offers all the features and benefits of the Classic® line, but adds protection and comfort with durable Nuplaflex® abrasion resistant cladding over the entire length of the handle. Protec® shovel handles represent the latest technology in fiberglass tool handle production. Patented super-duty Nuplaglas® handles feature pultruded structural cores. Protec® shovels can be used in wet conditions where moisture-laden wood or tubular steel would have disastrous results.
Smart Hammer Technology®
Nupla designed and patented their Smart Hammer Technology® in advance of OSHA's mandate for properly designed ergonomic tools. OSHA studies determined that musculoskeletal disorders caused by repetitive stress are the number one occupational hazard. Hammer rebound, which leads to muscle tension, fatigue and poor work posture of the hand, wrist and arm, is the major contributor to risk of injury. Such recorded disorders result in over 80% of hand, wrist and elbow discomfort and damage. Worker's Compensation claims associated with these hazards cost employers over $15 billion each year. Demanding applications require the safest and most durable tools available. Nupla's widest selection of high performance, ergonomically designed tools reduce fatigue and risk of injury while maximizing the work accomplished even in the toughest MRO applications.
This is the design used in the manufacture of digging tool handles and features a hollow core construction with sections of solid fiberglass at critical stress points for reduced tool weight and superior strength-to-weight ratio.
Method and process of pultruding millions of continuous, parallel glass fibers and curing them under exacting tension in a thermosetting process.