Plastic Molding Equipment, Presses, Compressors, Dryers, Molding
Without the proper plastic molding equipment a custom molder will be
facing an uphill battle trying to produce quality plastic parts. There are some pieces of equipment that you
just cannot do without.
A simple thing like a properly sized and plumbed air compressor is a good example.
Without enough compressed air any pneumatic equipment will not be able to properly function, and the results can be
Another overlooked item is the lowly fork lift. Just try moving one ton of steel
around manually and you will begin to appreciate the value of the fork lift. The same goes for an overhead crane
system. Sure, you can use a portable, manual engine hoist to set molds, and many companies still do this.
However, if you are serious about becoming a global player in the high precision
industry of plastic molding, you should look into installing an overhead gantry type hoist system for moving,
storing and setting molds.
No matter what type of plastic molding you are doing, thermoset, compression,
injection, RIM, rotational, blow or vacuum molding, you need to have the right press. It might be a simple,
proprietary vacuum forming press, or it could be a stack mold, complete with robotics and a dedicated inspection
and assembly cell.
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There are many excellent manufacturers of injection molding machines. A few of the
more prominent include Nissei, Engel, Arburg, Battenfeld, Demag, Husky and Milicron. Many other regional companies
also make good molding machines as well.
Resin dryers are essential for any plastic production. Humidity control is critical
for the entire process and a good quality desiccant dryer, such as the Honeycomb Desiccant Roto Dryer can control
the dew point and save energy at the same time.
Many molding problems stem from material that has not been sufficiently dried. Hours
or even days of troubleshooting can be avoided just by ensuring that this element of the process is covered.
There are so many different pieces of equipment that a production facility uses that
it is difficult to even begin to cover them all. It really depends on what type of plastic molding process you are
using and your budget, of course.
Plastic molding equipment
Cleaning and lubricating equipment
Cutters, knives, blades, clippers
Static control equipment
Safety and pollution control equipment
Trimming and decorating tools
Mold chillers, temperature controls
Hot runner controls
Blenders, feeders, mixers
Material handling equipment
Packaging and conveyor equipment
The molding of plastic parts is a complex process. Once the method of molding is
determined, there must be a recognition of the many auxiliary pieces of equipment required to adequately do the
job. Attempting to save money by failing to invest in the right plastic molding equipment is really handicapping
your chances for success.