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 be reduced by fitting optional shim-plates (cavity range of 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 is limited to use at low pressures up to 0.5 bar positive
  • Injection is via a peripheral injection gate with a central vent.
  • The lower mould includes 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 included with standard specification
Tooling Options

Item/Option NotesPart/option Number
500mm x 500mm VRTM Fixed cavity test panel mould
XM-5101


Sensor Mounting DetailNote: Sensors are not suitable if shim insert plates are being used – Contact CI to discuss further.
Options
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
Optional sensor mounding detail - One PortOne Machined hole to accept IMPS pressure sensor or thermocouple. Includes blanking plug.-21
Optional sensor mounding detail - Two PortTwo 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 &10)

Note: Protective insulation will be required for moulds operating above 50°c, option 11 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 3,6,9 kW. 3kW oil operation
  • Pump capacity: Motor 0.75 kW
  • 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
  • Power Supply: 230V 50Hz 16A 1P+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 tool is to be used above 50°C OPTION 11 will need to be specified
Water/oil heating/temperature control unit-08
or
Electrical Heating: Standard control
-09
or
Electrical Heating: Advanced control
-10
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.
-30
Insulation Blanket-11

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