The book introduces the reader to the concept of Scientific Processing for Injection Molding. It explains the underlying principles of polymer science, the properties that are important to injection molding and their application to the molding process development. Scientific molding procedures to establish a robust process are provided. The concept of Design of Experiments for injection molding is explained providing an insight to the cosmetic and dimensional process windows. A plan to release qualified molds into production with trouble shooting tips is also provided. Topics that impact a robust process such as the use of regrind, mold cooling and venting are also described.process such as the use of regrind, mold cooling, and venting.
This book introduces the concepts of Scientific Molding and Scientific Processing for Injection Molding, geared toward developing a robust, repeatable, and reproducible (3Rs) molding process. It explains the underlying principles of polymer science: the properties that are important to injection molding and their application to molding process development. The effects of polymer morphology, thermal transitions, drying, and rheology on the injection molding process are explained in detail. The development of a robust molding process is broken down into two sections: the Cosmetic Process and the Dimensional Process. Scientific molding procedures to establish a 3R process are provided.
The concept of Design of Experiments (DOEs) for and in injection molding is explained, giving insight into the cosmetic and dimensional process windows. A plan to release qualified molds into production with troubleshooting tips is also provided. Topics that impact a robust process such as the use of regrind, mold cooling, and venting are also described.
Readers will be able to utilize the knowledge gained from the book in their day-to-day operations immediately.
This second edition includes a completely new chapter on Quality Concepts, as well as much additional material throughout, covering fountain flow, factors affecting post mold shrinkage, and factor selections for DOEs. There are also further explanations on several topics, such as in-mold rheology curves, cavity imbalances, intensification ratios, gate seal studies, holding time optimization of hot runner molds, valve gated molds, and parts with large gates. A troubleshooting guide for common molded defects is also provided.
- Introduction to Scientific Processing
- Polymers and Plastics that influence Injection Molding
- Polymer Rheology
- Plastic Drying
- Common Plastic Materials and Additives
- Injection Molding and Molding Machines
- Scientific Processing, Scientific Molding and the Molding Parameters
- Process Development Part 1: The 6-Step Study – Exploring the Cosmetic Process
- Process Development part 2: Design of Experiments – Exploring the Dimensional Process
- Mold Qualification Flowchart, Production Release and Troubleshooting
- Role of Mold Cooling, Venting and Regrind in Process Development
- Related Technologies and Topics
- Quality Concepts