Test Panel Tooling Test Panel Tooling (Option 1)

500mm x 500mm VRTM (Vacuum Clamped) with fixed cavity thickness (adjustable with optional inserted shim plates)

The simplest option in the test-panel tool range:

  • The lower mould is machined with a fixed cavity thickness which can then be reduced by fitting optional shim-plates (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 Fixed cavity test panel mould
XM-5101


Options
Optional sensor mounting detail
Machined hole to accept IMPS pressure sensor or thermocouple. Includes blanking plug.
Note: not suitable if shim-plates are to be used. Contact Composite Integration for options.
-01
Shim plates (Water-jet cut from stock plate)
Multiple plates can be used to achieve required cavity
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 5mm
TBC

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 control
-09
or
Electrical Heating: Advanced control
-10

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-5101-01-04-05-08 specifies a fixed-cavity VRTM mould + one sensor mounting detail + 3mm shim + 4mm shim + water heating unit