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 between the top faces of the shim plate and the bottom faces of the shim plate.
  • The mould is mechanically clamped and so can be used at positive pressures (maximum 3 bar positive).
  • 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 with 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
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
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 08)
  • Electrical heating is recommended for heating up to 180°c. Two options are available for electrical heater control (see options 09 & 11)

Note: Protective insulation will be required for moulds operating above 50°c, option 13 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 13 will need to be specified
Water/oil heating/temperature control unit-08
or
Electrical Heating: Standard controlTop plate heating
-09
Second ZoneBottom Plate Heating
-10
or
Electrical Heating: Advanced controlTop Plate Heating
-11
Second zoneBottom Plate Heating
-12
Additional InputsAdditional 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-13

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