The Milacron-Apex-Quantum consortium recently collaborated on an injection molding that is designed to cut the cost
The Milacron-Apex-Quantum consortium recently collaborated on an injection molding that is designed to cut the cost and production time for a key component used in fuel cells. The thermoset injection process replaces the compression molding process for making bipolar fuel cell plates.
A new line of BMC thermoset injection molding machines is rated at 100 to 850 tons clamp force.
The machines process a full range of granular, sheet, bulk, vinyl ester and thick molding compounds. Standard machine features include screw torque limiter and reverse lock, high heat exchanger capacity, heat resistant platen bushings, air-blast flash removal, four electric mold heaters, closed-loop temperature control units for the plasticizing barrel and mold venting/breath cycle.
The injection barrel features a removable water jacket for easier cleaning. The water channel is a double-helix groove, which helps eliminate hot spots. The swiveling injection unit allows easy screw removal and access to the nozzle. Also, a full range of options is available, including gate cutting, core pull sequences, accumulator-boosted injection speeds, injection compression and extended temperature-controlled nozzles.
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