Test Panel Tooling Test Panel Tooling (Option 3)

500mm x 500mm RTM (Mechanically Clamped) with screw-adjustable cavity thickness (maximum thickness 50mm)

A mechanically clamped panel mould with a sophisticated cavity adjustment mechanism:

  • The lower mould is machined with a movable peripheral flange-plate which allows screw adjustment (maximum thickness 50mm)
  • The upper mould consists of 25mm heat-toughened plate glass to allow full observation of the injection process (or machined aluminium if upper mould heating is required)
  • Both halves of the mould are supported by substantial steel frames, to maintain accuracy at positive pressures
  • Injection is via a peripheral injection gate with a central vent
  • The lower mould plates include oil/water heating channels or integral electrical heating with the appropriate insulation
  • The upper mould is hinged and supported on gas-struts for ease of operation
  • Air ejector system is supplied with standard specification
Tooling Options

Item/Option NotesPart/option Number
500mm x 500mm RTM mechanically clamped test panel mould with screw-adjustable cavity thicknessWith toughened glass upper mould reinforced with steel supporting framework.

4 bar Pressure Rating
XM-5103
With heated aluminium upper mould
-01
Optional sensor mounting detail – One PortOne Machined hole to accept IMPS pressure sensor or thermocouple. Includes blanking plug.-21
Optional sensor mounting detail – Two PortsTwo machined holes to accept IMPS pressure sensor or thermocouple. Includes blanking plug.-22
Optional sensor mounting detail – Three PortsThree machined holes to accept IMPS pressure sensor or thermocouple. Includes blanking plug.-23
Optional sensor mounting detail – Four PortsFour machined holes to accept IMPS pressure sensor or thermocouple. Includes blanking plug.-24

Heating Options

Heating:

  • Oil/water heating is recommended for heating up to 150°c (see option 02)
  • Electrical heating is recommended for heating up to 180°c. Two options are available for electrical heater control (see options 03 & 07)

Note: Protective insulation will be required for moulds operating above 50°c, option 10 will need to be specified if going above this temperature.

Water/oil heating unit comprising:

  • Supplied with stainless steel braided hoses
  • Temperature control unit with digital display of the set and actual temperature with 1/10 Degree to read in °C or °F
  • Heating switchable in stages, from 3kW oil operation to 9kW water operation
  • Heating capacity: 9kW water operation, switchable in stages 3,6,9kW. 3kW oil operation
  • Pump capacity: Motor 0.75kW
  • Power supply: 400V 50Hz 32A 3P+N+E

Electrical Heating: Standard control unit comprising:

  • PID temperature controller with K type thermocouple feedback from mould
  • Control system to comprise all necessary electrical safety and gear control including backup overtemperature protection system
  • Power supply: 400V 50Hz 16A 3P+N+E
  • Numerical display of setpoint and current temperature

Electrical Heating: Advanced control unit comprising:

  • PID temperature controller with K type thermocouple feedback from mould
  • Control system to comprise all necessary electrical safety and gear control including backup overtemperature protection system
  • Power supply: 230V 50Hz 16A 1P+N+E
  • Controllable ramp rates for heating and cooling
  • USB Port for datalogging as standard. Data is logged to CSV format (readable with Power BI or Excel)
  • Additional datalogging inputs for thermocouple and pressure sensor options available
  • 4” touchscreen control with graphs of heater temperatures

Heating OptionNotesPart/option Number
If the tool is to be used above 50°C, OPTION 10 will need to be specified
Water/oil heating/temperature control unit-02
or
Electrical Heating: Standard controlMain cavity plate heating-03
Second ZonePeripheral flange heating-04
Third zoneRequired if aluminium upper mould is specified-06
or
Electrical Heating: Advanced controlMain cavity plate heating-07
Second zonePeripheral flange heating-08
Third zoneRequired if aluminium upper mould is specified-09
Additional Inputs Additional inputs for:
- 3 x 0-10V (pressure sensor outputs)
- 3 x Type-K thermocouple inputs

Will be displayed on screen and logged to a connected USB

Note: Only available for advanced control, electrical heated option. Does not include the thermocouples or sensors.
-31
Insulation Blanket-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-5103-02-04-05 specifies a adjustable-cavity VRTM mould + one sensor mounting detail + standard electrical cavity plate heating + standard electrical peripheral flange heating