Test Panel Tooling Test Panel Tooling (Option 2)

500mm x 500mm VRTM (Vacuum Clamped) with screw-adjustable cavity thickness

A version of the vacuum-clamped panel mould with a more sophisticated cavity adjustment mechanism:

  • The lower mould is machined with a movable cavity-plate which allows vernier screw adjustment (cavity range 0.5mm to 15mm)
  • The upper mould consists of 19mm heat-toughened plate glass in a supporting steel framework. This allows full observation of the injection process.
  • The mould is clamped using vacuum only (VRTM) and so is limited to use at low pressures.
  • Injection is via a peripheral injection gate with a central vent.
  • The lower mould includes oil/water heating channels or integral electrical heating with appropriate insulation.
  • The upper mould is hinged and supported on gas-struts for ease of operation.
Tooling Options

Item/Option NotesPart/option Number
500mm x 500mm VRTM test panel mould with screw-adjustable cavity thicknessXM-5102
Options
Optional sensor mounting detailMachined hole to accept IMPS pressure sensor or thermocouple. Includes blanking plug.-01

Heating Options

Heating:

  • For heating up to 150°c oil/water heating is recommended (see option A. following)
  • For heating up to 180°c electrical heating is recommended. Two options are available for electrical heater control (see options B. & C. following)

Note: Additional protective insulation is provided for moulds operating above 80°c

Water/oil heating unit comprising:

  • Digital Flow Indication
  • Self-optimising temperature control unit with digital display of the set and actual temperature with high precision regulation in 1/10 Degree range; can be adjusted to read °C or °F
  • Heating switchable in stages — switchable from 3 kW oil operation to 9 kW water operation
  • Heating capacity:  9 kW water operation, switchable in stages 3,6,9 kW. 3 kW oil operation 
  • Pump capacity: Motor 0,75 kW

Electrical Heating: Standard control unit comprising:

  • PID temperature controller with K type thermocouple feedback from mould
  • Control system to comprise all necessary electrical connections, relays and safety circuit breakers
  • 240V 50Hz 16A standard IEC socket

Electrical Heating: Advanced control unit comprising:

  • PID temperature controller with K type thermocouple feedback from mould
  • Control system to comprise all necessary electrical connections, relays and safety circuit breakers.
  • Power supply 240V 50Hz 16A standard IEC socket
  • K type thermocouples incorporated into tooling
  • ¼ DIN Controller with Recorder and Profiler options
  • Heating/Cooling profiles, 255 segments in up to 64 programs
  • USB Port, for configuration upload/download, data offload
  • Data Logging. Chart recorder on screen and logged to USB in excel format
  • Update rate selectable as 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 30 sec or 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 30 min

Heating OptionNotesPart/option Number
Water/oil heating/temperature control unit-02
or
Electrical Heating: Standard controlMain cavity plate heating-03
Second ZonePeripheral flange heating-04
or
Electrical Heating: Advanced controlMain cavity plate heating-05
Second zonePeripheral flange heating-06

How to specify / order

How to specify/order: To specify a mould configuration use the main mould part number followed by the required option numbers separated by a hyphen.
E.g. XM-5102-01-03-04 specifies a adjustable-cavity VRTM mould + one sensor mounting detail + standard electrical cavity plate heating + standard electrical peripheral flange heating