MANUFACTURING OF PLASTIC COMPONENTS
Plastics are the best alternatives used in the areas where the component size is very small and weight reduction is required in order to minimize the cost of material. Hence knowledge about various types of plastics, its properties, production method etc is very important.
TYPES OF PLASTICS
Plastics are of two types 1.Thermo plastics 2.Thermosetting Plastics
Common plastics USED in molding are
• HDPE (stiff bottle, toys, cases, drum)
• LDPE (flexible bottle)
• PP (higher temperature bottle)
• PVC (clear bottle, oil resistant containers)
• PET (soda pop bottle)
• Nylon (automotive coolant bottle, power steering reservoir)
Most widely used process. Suitable for high production of thermoplastics. Charge fed from a hopper is heated in a barrel and forced under high pressure into a mold cavity. Several types. Variety of parts can be made.
mold pieces (define the geometry of the part), and sprue, gates, runners, vents, ejection pins, cooling system
There are two types of injection moulding.
1. Plunger type injection moulding.
2. Screw type injection moulding.
In screw type injection moulding machine the plunger is replaced by a screw.A receiprocating screw now forces the material into the mould.since the screw action generally helps to pack the materials better , a given plunger travel will push more material into the cavity. Finally the action of the screw , as it rotates and mixes, adds energy to the melt.
Band heaters are still needed to fully heat the melt. All of this results in a much better and more consistent part.
Virtually all industrial presses are screw type presses.
used to make thermoplastic bottles and hollow sections. Starting material is a round heated solid-bottom hollow tube – perform.
Perform inserted into two die halves and air is blown inside to complete the process
• Melting the resin- done in extruder
• Form the molten resin into a cylinder or tube (this tube is called parison)
• The parison is placed inside a mold, and inflated so that the plastic is pushed outward
against the cavity wall
• The part is allowed to cool in the mold and is then ejected
• The part is trimmed
The parison can be formed by
B)Injection molding process
(A)Extrusion blow molding
– Parison is formed from by forcing the plastic through an extrusion
Material enters the die, flow around the mandrel so that extrudate would be cylindrical
– The die would have a hole at the center so that air could be blown into the cylinder
– In some blow molding operations, the air is introduced from the bottom through an inlet
This process can be;
– continuous extrusion blow molding
• During the process, the extrusion runs continuously, thus making a
• using multiple mold to match the mold cycle to the extrusion speed
– Intermittent extrusion blow molding
• During the process, the extruder is stopped during the time that the
• use either reciprocating screw or an accumulator system
• In this system, the output of the extruder is matched by having multiple molds which seal and blow the parison and then move away from extruder to cool and eject
• In practical case, the mold cycle is longer than time required to extrude a new parison
• If the mold cycle is twice than time needed for creating a parison, a two mold system can be used
• The method is sometimes called rising mold system - system of which two or more molds are used to mold parts from one extruder during continuous process
b)Injection Blow Molding
• The parison is formed by the injection of molten resin into a mold cavity and around a core pin
• The parison is not a finished product, but it is subjected to subsequent step to form the final shape
• Second step, blowing of the intermediate part in a second mold
• Because of distinct separation of the two steps, the parison made by injection molding is called a perform
• The mold is closed
• Resin is then injected to form a cylindrical part
• The mold is opened and perform is ejected
The perform can be stored until the finished blow molded is needed.
The flexibility of separating the two cycles has proven useful in manufacture of soda pop bottle.
Comparison of extrusion and injection blow molding
It is also known as Rotomoulding, rotocasting or spin casting.
The thin walled metal mould is a split female mould made of two pieces and is designed to be rotated about two perpendicular axes. The steps followed in rotational moulding are.
A predetermined amount of plastic , powder or liquid form , is deposited in one half of a mould.
STEP – 2
The mould is closed.
The mould is rotated biaxially inside an oven. The hollow part should be rotated through two or more axes, rotating at different speeds, in order to avoid the accumulatiuon of polymer powder.
STEP – 4
The plastic melts and forms a coating over the inside surface of the mould.
The mould is removed from the oven and cooled usually by fan. The polymer must be cooled so that it solidifies and can be handled safely by the operator.The part will shrink on cooling, coming away from the mould and facilitating easy removal of the part.
The part is removed from the mould.
Advantages of rotational moulding
1. Moulds are relatively inexpensive.
2. Different parts can be moulded at same time. 3.Very large hollow parts can be made.
4.Parts are stress free.
5.Very little scrap is produced.
Limitations of rotational moulding.
1.Moulding Cycles are long 10-20 mins
2.It is not possible to make some sharp threads. 3.Cannot make parts with tight tolerance.
A process of forming articles by fusing a plastic material in a chamber then forcing the whole mass into a hot mold to solidify.
Used to make products such as electrical wall receptacles and circuit breakers
Similar to compression molding except thermosetting charge is forced into a heated mold cavity using a ram or plunger.
Examples: electrical switchgear, structural parts
• Amount of charge
• Molding pressure
• Closing speed
• Mold temperature
• Charge temperature
• Cycle time
• Little waste (no gates, sprues, or runners in many molds)
• Lower tooling cost than injection molding
• Good surface finish
• Less damage to fibers
• Process may be automated or hand-operated
• Material flow is short, less
• High initial capital investment
• Labor intensive
• Secondary operations maybe required
• Long molding cycles may be needed.
• The process of molding a material in a confined shape by applying pressure and usually heat.
• Almost exclusively for thermoset materials
• Used to produce mainly electrical products
Thermoset granules are “compressed” in a heated mold to shape required.
Examples: plugs, pot handles, dishware
Applications of compression moulding.
1.Dishes , Handles , container caps, fittings, electrical and electronic components.
2.Scoops, spoilers, hoods, fenders.
3.Polyester fiber glass resin systems (SMC/BMC)
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