Test Panel Tooling Test Panel Tooling (Option 4)

500mm x 500mm RTM (Mechanically Clamped) outer shim-plate cavity thickness adjustment

A mechanically clamped panel mould with cavity adjustment using peripheral shim plates:

  • Both mould halves include oil/water heating channels or integral electrical heating with appropriate insulation.
  • The appropriate peripheral shim plate is used to define the panel cavity thickness. The mould seals to either side of the shim plate.
  • The mould is mechanically clamped and so can be used at positive pressures (maximum 3 bar)
  • Both mould halves are designed to maintain accuracy at positive pressures.
  • Injection is via a peripheral injection gate with a central vent.
  • The upper mould is hinged and supported on gas-struts for ease of operation.
Tooling Options

Item/Option NotesPart/option Number
500mm x 500mm RTM mechanically clamped test panel mould with outer shim-plate thickness adjustmentXM-5104
Optional sensor mounting detail
Machined hole to accept IMPS pressure sensor or thermocouple. Includes blanking plug.
-01
Shim plates (Water-jet cut from stock plate)Note: Only one shim plate can be used at any one time
1mm (±0.1mm)-02
2mm (±0.15mm)-03
3mm (±0.2mm)
-04
4mm (±0.24mm)
-05
5mm (±0.25mm)-06
10mm (±0.36mm)-07
Machined shim plates (±0.05mm)Available above 5mmTBC

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-08
or
Electrical Heating: Standard controlLower mould heating
-09
Second ZoneUpper mould heating
-10
or
Electrical Heating: Advanced controlLower mould heating
-11
Second zoneUpper mould heating
-12

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-5104-01-04-05-09-10 specifies a adjustable-cavity VRTM mould + one sensor mounting detail + 3mm shim+ 4mm shim + standard electrical lower mould heating + standard electrical upper mould heating