Ciject® Injection Equipment Ciject® Three Range

The Ciject Three® range of advanced pressure-vessel based machines. Designed to process pre-mixed or single-component resin systems.

Ciject 3.0
Ciject 3.1
Ciject 3.2

Ciject Three- Equipment for advanced composites.

The Ciject Three range is the result of several years of focused development work in advanced composite manufacturing technology.

Working with tier-one aerospace and advanced materials manufacturers in combination with collaborative project work, such as the AMSCI funded Propound project, has enabled us to develop the most advanced equipment currently available.

A combination of advanced control methodology and intelligent process mapping enables a step towards the target of ‘Industry 4.0’.

Originally developed for R&D and lab-scale processing, the Ciject Three had now been developed further to suit the specific requirements of the aerospace and other hi-tech composite manufacturing industries. These machines allow different resin systems to be prepared (i.e. heated, mixed, degassed) and then dispensed without the need to clean and re-prime a mechanical pumping system.

The accurate output control allows the machine to be used in both RTM and RI processes.

Three versions are available:

Ciject 3.0 – A basic version of the machine with a relatively simple manual control system, aimed at processing room-temperature curing resin systems or resins that require limited heating.
Ciject 3.1 – An evolution of the Ciject 3.0, with touch screen control and capacity for processing higher temperature resin systems.
Ciject 3.2 – The most sophisticated version controlled via a powerful PLC with a touch-screen HMI.
This enables the addition of more complex control and monitoring options.

Expand the following drop-down sections to see the standard and optional features for each version.

Standard Features

 Ciject 3.0
XE-3000-000
 Ciject 3.1
XE-3000-001
 Ciject 3.2
XE-3000-002
 
ItemNotesNotesNotes
CapacityTotal volume of vessel 7.5 litres
maximum resin capacity 2.5 litres
Total volume of vessel 27 litres
maximum resin capacity 10 litres
Total volume of vessel 27 litres
maximum resin capacity 10 litres
Container SizeTo accept plastic or metal resin container with maximum diameter of 220mm and maximum height of 180mmTo accept 5 or 10 litre metal resin containers
Nominal maximum container dimensions:
5 Litre; 180Ø x 230H
10 Litre; 230Ø x 260H
10 Litre; 230Ø x 330H
To accept 5 or 10 litre metal resin containers
Nominal maximum container dimensions:
5 Litre; 180Ø x 230H
10 Litre; 230Ø x 260H
10 Litre; 230Ø x 330H
Vessel/Lid LiftingManually removable lidManually operated screw jack system to lift vesselPneumatically actuated and damped vessel lifting system
Lid Locking4 x manually tightened swing-boltsManually Tightened - Captive Bolts Manually Tightened- Captive Bolts (See option 19 for automated version)
Vessel BaseVessel incorporates an angled base to allow maximum amount of resin to be usedVessel incorporates an angled base to allow maximum amount of resin to be usedVessel incorporates an angled base to allow maximum amount of resin to be used
Resin OutletThrough-lid fitting to take 10mm OD pipe1x ¾” BSPP port in lid
1x ¾” BSPP port in vessel wall
1x ¾” BSPP port in lid
1x ¾” BSPP port in vessel wall
PressureWorking pressure 1 mbar to 7 bar (ABS)Working pressure 1 mbar to 7 bar (ABS)Working pressure 1 mbar to 7 bar (ABS)
Over-Pressure SafetyMechanical over-pressure valveMechanical over-pressure valveMechanical over-pressure valve with integrated exotherm management system
Compressed Air RequirementRequires external compressed air supply (7 bar minimum)Requires external compressed air supply (7 bar minimum)Requires external compressed air supply (7 bar minimum)
Vacuum RequirementRequires external vacuum supplyRequires external vacuum supply (See option for integrated on-board vacuum pump)Requires external vacuum supply (See option for integrated on-board vacuum pump)
Viewing portN/AThrough-lid viewing portThrough-lid viewing port (see option for through-lid camera)
Vessel Pressure MonitoringAnalogue gauge0-10bar (ABS) pressure transducer0-10bar (ABS) pressure transducer
Mould Outlet Connection10mm disposable tube10mm disposable tube with manually operated pinch valve to start/stop process12mm disposable tube with pneumatically actuated pinch valve to start/stop process controlled from HMI.
PLCN/AOmron PLCModular Siemens PLC
Screen/HMIIf Options 01,03 or 04 are selected, heater control/ display through discrete controllers3.5” Omron HMI12” touch screen Siemens TFT HMI
Pressure ControlManual Regulators for vacuum and positive pressureElectronic pressure control (pressure and vacuum)
Controlled from and displayed on HMI
Electronic pressure control (pressure and vacuum)
Controlled from and displayed on HMI
See option: Closed-loop PID feed-back control of positive and negative pressure from internal or external sensor (e.g. IMPS)
Power Supply13A 240V16A 240V32A 415V
FrameworkFabricated steel chassis supporting vessel and control cabinetFabricated steel chassis supporting vessel and control cabinetFabricated steel chassis supporting vessel and control cabinet
MobilityMachine mounted on wheels (2 x locking)Machine mounted on wheels (2 x locking)Machine mounted on wheels (2 x locking)
Outlet hose support boomAdjustable boom to support outlet hoseAdjustable boom to support outlet hoseAdjustable boom to support outlet hose

 Ciject 3.0
XE-3000-000
 Ciject 3.1
XE-3000-001
 Ciject 3.2
XE-3000-002
 
ItemNotesNotesNotes
CapacityTotal volume of vessel 7.5 litres
maximum resin capacity 2.5 litres
Total volume of vessel 27 litres
maximum resin capacity 10 litres
Total volume of vessel 27 litres
maximum resin capacity 10 litres
Container SizeTo accept plastic or metal resin container with maximum diameter of 220mm and maximum height of 180mmTo accept 5 or 10 litre metal resin containers
Nominal maximum container dimensions:
5 Litre; 180Ø x 230H
10 Litre; 230Ø x 260H
10 Litre; 230Ø x 330H
To accept 5 or 10 litre metal resin containers
Nominal maximum container dimensions:
5 Litre; 180Ø x 230H
10 Litre; 230Ø x 260H
10 Litre; 230Ø x 330H
Vessel/Lid LiftingManually removable lidManually operated screw jack system to lift vesselPneumatically actuated and damped vessel lifting system
Lid Locking4 x manually tightened swing-boltsManually Tightened - Captive Bolts Manually Tightened- Captive Bolts (See option 19 for automated version)
Vessel BaseVessel incorporates an angled base to allow maximum amount of resin to be usedVessel incorporates an angled base to allow maximum amount of resin to be usedVessel incorporates an angled base to allow maximum amount of resin to be used
Resin OutletThrough-lid fitting to take 10mm OD pipe1x ¾” BSPP port in lid
1x ¾” BSPP port in vessel wall
1x ¾” BSPP port in lid
1x ¾” BSPP port in vessel wall
PressureWorking pressure 1 mbar to 7 bar (ABS)Working pressure 1 mbar to 7 bar (ABS)Working pressure 1 mbar to 7 bar (ABS)
Over-Pressure SafetyMechanical over-pressure valveMechanical over-pressure valveMechanical over-pressure valve with integrated exotherm management system
Compressed Air RequirementRequires external compressed air supply (7 bar minimum)Requires external compressed air supply (7 bar minimum)Requires external compressed air supply (7 bar minimum)
Vacuum RequirementRequires external vacuum supplyRequires external vacuum supply (See option for integrated on-board vacuum pump)Requires external vacuum supply (See option for integrated on-board vacuum pump)
Viewing portN/AThrough-lid viewing portThrough-lid viewing port (see option for through-lid camera)
Vessel Pressure MonitoringAnalogue gauge0-10bar (ABS) pressure transducer0-10bar (ABS) pressure transducer
Mould Outlet Connection10mm disposable tube10mm disposable tube with manually operated pinch valve to start/stop process12mm disposable tube with pneumatically actuated pinch valve to start/stop process controlled from HMI.
PLCN/AOmron PLCModular Siemens PLC
Screen/HMIIf Options 01,03 or 04 are selected, heater control/ display through discrete controllers3.5” Omron HMI12” touch screen Siemens TFT HMI
Pressure ControlManual Regulators for vacuum and positive pressureElectronic pressure control (pressure and vacuum)
Controlled from and displayed on HMI
Electronic pressure control (pressure and vacuum)
Controlled from and displayed on HMI
See option: Closed-loop PID feed-back control of positive and negative pressure from internal or external sensor (e.g. IMPS)
Power Supply13A 240V16A 240V32A 415V
FrameworkFabricated steel chassis supporting vessel and control cabinetFabricated steel chassis supporting vessel and control cabinetFabricated steel chassis supporting vessel and control cabinet
MobilityMachine mounted on wheels (2 x locking)Machine mounted on wheels (2 x locking)Machine mounted on wheels (2 x locking)
Outlet hose support boomAdjustable boom to support outlet hoseAdjustable boom to support outlet hoseAdjustable boom to support outlet hose

Optional Features

 Ciject 3.0
XE-3000-000
 Ciject 3.1
XE-3000-001
 Ciject 3.2
XE-3000-002
 
ItemNotesPart NoNotesPart NoNotesPart No
Vessel Base Heater – Heating elements mounted in base of pressure vesselElectrical vessel heating designed to maintain resin temperature up to 50°C
Discrete PID control
OPT-01Electrical heating (in contact with base of resin container) of maximum 120°C
All heated elements are protected by external insulation
Discrete PID control
OPT-01Electrical heating (in contact with base of resin container) of maximum 120°C
All heated elements are protected by external insulation
Multi-channel PID controlled from and displayed on HMI
OPT-01
Vessel Band Heater – Silicone band heater, mounted to outside of tankN/ASilicone band heater with control thermocouple
Maximum temperature 120°C
All heated elements are protected by external insulation
Discrete PID control
OPT-02Silicone band heater with control thermocouple
Maximum temperature 120°C
All heated elements are protected by external insulation
Multi-channel PID controlled from and displayed on HMI
OPT-02
2m Heated Hose Sleeve Electrical heating of pipework and associated fittings
Maximum temperature 120°C
Discrete PID control
OPT- 03Electrical heating of pipework and associated fittings
Maximum temperature 120°C
Full PID controlled from the HMI
OPT-03Electrical heated sleeve with insulation
Fits over the output silicone hose to keep resin at temperature between the machine and mould
Maximum temperature 120°C
Full PID controlled from the HMI
OPT-03
3m Heated Hose Sleeve Electrical heating of pipework and associated fittings
Maximum temperature 120°C
Discrete PID control
OPT-04Electrical heating of pipework and associated fittings
Maximum temperature 120°C
Full PID controlled from the HMI
OPT-04Electrical heated sleeve with insulation
Fits over the output silicone hose to keep resin at temperature between the machine and mould
Maximum temperature 120°C
Full PID controlled from the HMI
OPT-04
Resin Temperature Probe – Lid mountedN/A0–200°C single point temperature probeOPT-050–200°C single point temperature probeOPT-05
Infrared Thermocouple – Lid mountedN/AN/AContactless resin temperature monitoring 0–200°COPT-06
Resin Weight MonitoringDigital weighing scales with integral display
0–10kg measuring range (±0.001kg resolution)
OPT-07Integrated load weighing platform
Readout on HMI
0–10kg measuring range (±0.001kg resolution)
OPT-08Integrated load weighing platform
Readout on HMI
0-10kg measuring range (±0.001kg resolution)
OPT-08
Vacuum PumpN/A6m³/hr vacuum pump
1mbar (ABS) for degassing
OPT-096m³/hr vacuum pump
1mbar (ABS) for degassing
OPT-09
Vacuum PumpN/A16m³/hr vacuum pump
1 mbar (ABS) for degassing and external connection (i.e. mould vacuum)
OPT-1016m³/hr vacuum pump
1 mbar (ABS) for degassing and external connection (i.e. mould vacuum)
OPT-10
Vacuum FittingsN/AAdditional pipework/fittings for external vacuum connection
This is required if you want to use the on-board vacuum pump (Options 09 or 10) to evacuate mould
OPT-11Additional pipework/fittings for external vacuum connection
This is required if you want to use the on-board vacuum pump (Options 09 or 10) to evacuate mould
OPT-11
Pneumatic AgitatorPneumatically driven agitator with regulator to control speedOPT-12Pneumatically driven agitator with regulator to control speedOPT-12N/A
Electrical AgitatorN/AN/AElectrically driven variable speed stirrer/agitator
Speed control from HMI (0–60 rpm)
OPT-13
Control from External Sensors (IMPS)N/AN/AClosed loop PID pressure control – Automatic, regulated tank pressure to achieve the desired pressure in the mould

Additional sensor inputs (OPT-17) must be chosen with this option for the sensors to connect to the machine
Includes 4 x high temperature IMPS sensors (maximum temperature 120°C) and 4 x 10m extension leads
OPT-15
TemperatureN/AN/AInputs for 4 remote K type thermocouplesOPT-16
Additional Sensor InputsN/AN/A4 x 0–10 V analogue inputs
Displayed on HMI
OPT-17
Mechanised Lid LockingN/AN/AQuick access rotating castellated vessel/lid locking mechanismOPT-18
Secomea Remote SupportN/AN/ASECOMEA communication system -Permits remote support and upgrades by Composite Integration
Operates on Ethernet or Wi-Fi network with full security certification
OPT-19
Through-lid Viewing CameraN/AN/AIlluminated viewing camera mounted through vessel lid to visually monitor the interior of vessel
Output displayed on HMI
OPT-20
Data Log to USBN/AAll machine and process parameters time stamped and logged to a SD/USB drive in CSV format (including pressure, temperature, resin weight, external sensors)OPT-21All machine and process parameters time stamped and logged to a SD/USB drive in CSV format (including pressure, temperature, resin weight, external sensors)OPT-21

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How to specify / order

To specify a machine configuration use the machine part number followed by the required option numbers separated by a hyphen.

e.g. XE-3000-001-03-09-12 specifies a Ciject 3.1 machine with a 2m heated output hose, integral 6m³/hr vacuum pump and pneumatically driven agitator

Please contact Composite Integration for more details or to the discuss the most suitable specification for your application.