Study on the End-Point Control of Holding Phase during Injection Molding
While the transfer from filling to packing is particularly crucial during injection molding, the transfers from packing to holding and holding to screw recovery also significantly affect part quality. In this study, the control of the transfer from holding to screw recovery, that is the control of the end-point of the holding phase, was examined. The holding end-point control by time, cavity pressure and cavity temperature were presented. The purpose of this study was to validate the feasibility of the control methods of holding end-point by cavity pressure and cavity temperature. The qualities of injection-molded parts, weight, will serve as measures to probe their process capabilities. Recently found to be a good indicator of product quality, both cavity pressure and temperature profiles are applied here to obtain more precise control. Change of mold temperature was specially considered. After the experimental verification is conducted, the results reveal that the innovative holding end-point control by cavity temperature yields a more uniform product weight with mold temperature. It proved that the holding end-point control by cavity temperature can be used to obtain the optimum holding time and accommodate the product weight to the change of mold temperature, which is the other holding control methods cannot obtain.
Lianxiang Ma, Chuangsheng Wang and Weimin Yang
J. Wang et al., "Study on the End-Point Control of Holding Phase during Injection Molding", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 87-88, pp. 222-227, 2010