Alignment of the mould is critical to producing high quality parts with a high level of O.E.E (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), essential for a profitable moulding process.
Tried and tested, the newly designed and upgraded DME LT-Series LifeTime lock helps improve part quality, reduce cycle times, increase production uptime and lower mould repair costs.
Designed for the best possible lifetime performance.
Several factors can challenge alignment through the life time of the tool: thermal expansion, aged equipment, worn leader pins and bushings are just some of the variables.
Temperature changes in stationary and movable mould halves is caused by these factors:
Mould Cooling, including the temperature differential between mould halves. For example if steel has a thermal expansion coefficient of 11,7×10⁻⁶ 1/ºC and when A and B halves vary by as little as 5˚C, and the mold is 746 mm long, the difference in plate lengths is about 0,044 mm… enough to start wearing of the alignment components.
To extend mould life, try to keep the all of the mould plates (mould halves) at a consistent temperature.
Hot runner system heating. Since these systems are driven by electric heaters, they can be a major contributor to mould temperature variations if proper cooling is overlooked.
Insulator plates. As production begins, insulator plates (top and bottom of the mould) will create a temporarily controlled closed environment. Any heat generated within the mould will eventually migrate through the insulating materials into the press platens and affect the alignment of the mould halves.
Improper mould alignment can cause dimensional problems, flash, damaged components, or even a mould that won’t run anymore.
Initial Engagement Interlocks must be able to allow for interference/angled engagement as the movable platen tends to lean forward and sag out of alignment due to mould weight and the toggle function. Also the cavity/core alignment is influenced by the quality/condition and location of guide pins and bushings, if these components are worn or out of place the alignment of the movable and stationary halves will be off.
Early Alignment for Precision Shutoffs Interlocks align mould halves to protect precision tapered shut off inserts from being damaged. This is especially true with cross over telescoping cavity and core inserts.
Final Lockup Holding Strength Interlocks provide constrains to counter the pressure produced during injection ensuring the A and B plate do not shift which results in a constant moulded part thickness and matched parting lines.
Locks are coated with Slide® Mold Shield Rust Preventive part number 42910P. Prior to installation wipe lock down with Slide Mold Cleaner 46910 to removal all saver. Apply Slide Super grease part number 43900 (included) to each carbide rollers to ensure high performance and long life. Super Grease Operating Temps: -43°C to + 343°C (-45°F – +650°F) and is Ideal for mould assemblies used in the food and medical markets. Contains PTFE, no silicones.
*NOTE: SS series includes Stainless Steel SHCS
D2 Tool Steel: a versatile high-carbon, high-chromium and air-hardening tool steel. It is rich in chromium alloy carbides in the microstructure. These carbides provide resistance to wear from sliding contact with other metals and abrasive materials.
2X the strength of D2, builds on the standard LT-Series LifeTime Lock but offers the Industry’s first lock designed specifically to withstand the demands of high temperatures (400˚C / 750˚F) processing applications. Today’s locks often anneal and prematurely wear due to the higher heat.
Increasing market demands for energy efficiency and fuel economy in the automotive industry are generating significant interest among design engineers to replace metals with high-performance thermoplastics. These materials also offer light weight, corrosion resistance, high dimensional stability, and design flexibility for a wide range of applications in the electrical/electronics, medical, aerospace, and telecommunications industries.
High performance plastics are high-heat materials, meaning they require much higher mould and melt temperatures than typical plastics like polypropylene, nylon, and polycarbonate. As a result, conventional moulding parameters are not effective with these materials and require moulders select steel types that are compatible high-heat injection moulding.
These locks have the same long lasting performance design features as our standard lock and have been developed to meet the requirements of clean room and packaging applications.
Moulds for high precision plastic parts can benefit from several features for increasing speed and lowering costs.
Moulders of plastic medical products are actively looking for ways to boost productivity of high-quality parts in a clean room environment to lower low costs, minimize investments and meet customers demands for flexible supply.
The single use nature of many medical products requires production in high volumes often manufactured to precise geometries. Given the strict regulatory approval process changes to part design are relatively and tool long tool life is commonplace. Profitability is determined via O.E.E with production cycle times, uptime and part quality being key.
The DME LT-Series LifeTime Stainless Roller Lock meets all the needs of cleanliness and its reliable long-life performance.
Field Production Testing
Precision Alignment Combining the Technology of:
Penta-Lock Is Ideal For Moulds With Increased Closing Force & Higher Injection Pressures To Ensure A Precision Lock Up At Final Close.
Locks are coated with Slide® Mold Shield Rust Preventive part number 42910P. Prior to installation wipe lock down with Slide Mold Cleaner 46910 to removal all saver. Apply Slide Super grease part number 43900 (included) to each carbide rollers to ensure high performance and long life. Super Grease Operating Temps: -45°F – +650°F/-42°C and is Ideal for mould assemblies used in the food and medical markets. Contains PTFE, no silicones. ** * NOTE: SS series includes Stainless Steel SHCS**
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