Lid material: PP, food-grade
Lid size: 200*120*28mm
Mold material: H13
Mold size: 480*360*450mm
Mold cavity: single
Runner system: Yudo hot runner
Auto drop and auto cut runner, no need cutting runner by hand
Hot sprue, small gating, with one point hot runner mold design
Fits for 350 Tonnage Injection Molding Machine
In the beginning, the hot runner is not widely used, for making such kind of mold, the mold maker used the cold runner, and after mass production, the runner would cut the runner by hand. There would be a gate location very obvious. So now we will advise our customers to use the hot runner, which is good for product beauty, also save the labor.
Widely using hot runner in plastic food container lid mold
The runnerless molding of thermoplastics is no longer new - it's been a known technology for more than 50 years, with commercial systems being available for more than 40 years. However, the growth of hot runner system sales during the last decade has been exceptional. This directly reflects improved hot runner technology and other improvements in heat control and melt-flow analysis. This growth also is a reflection of a better understanding and acceptance of the benefits of hot runner systems and their application by mold-making companies.
Not all molding applications are suitable for runnerless molding. Some materials are heat sensitive and the time to temperature relationship - especially when the shot size is very small - can be a problem. For handling and orientation purposes, some families of parts may be best kept attached to the runner until they reach another downstream operation. In other instances, the required volume of parts may be so small that the added cost of the hot runner system to the mold price cannot be justified.
The advantages of hot runner
1. Elimination of the runner
With materials becoming more sophisticated and expensive, the cold runner becomes, in turn, expensive scrap. Whether or not the runner can be reused - and in many medical and food applications they can't - regrinding and storing the runners are costly, noisy, and dusty. In high-speed, high-cavitation molding operations, the scrap and regrind would be huge problems. When using hot runners, these regrind problems and their associated costs are non-existent.
2. Cycle time reduction/Lower processing cost
In many cases, the weight of the cold runner is up to half the total shot weight and usually much thicker in section than the molded part wall thickness. Doing away with the cold runner will reduce the cycle time since cooling time is controlled by the thickest section. In addition, there will be further cycle time savings in the injection screw recovery and injection times because of the smaller shot size.
3. Improved molding system efficiency
Hot runner molds are generally easier to start because there aren't any solidified runners to be removed after each under-filled shot until a full mold shot is achieved and automatic cycling can begin. In hot runner systems, the mold is ready to run when the system reaches operating temperature. Also, with hot runner systems, lower injection pressures can generally be used, which will reduce mold and platen deflection and keep flash caused by mold component movement to a minimum.
4. Optimal part quality
Eliminating the cold runner will give better filling and packing conditions. When plastic is flowing through the cold runner, it loses heat to the mold plates - causing pressure drops that can result in sink marks and under-filled parts. Hot runner systems, on the other hand, maintain a balanced melt flow at a constant temperature from the machine nozzle all the way to the gate to fully fill and pack the cavities. Hot runners, therefore, help molders take full advantage of highly accurate and interchangeable cavities to achieve plastic part dimensional accuracy and quality. Should a cavity get damaged or be out of specification for whatever reason, it is very easy to reduce the heat to its hot runner nozzle and stop the cavity from producing faulty parts.
5. Molding automation
An ever-increasing number of companies are automating their plastics molding and assembly. This, in turn, is driving the need for very accurate, flash-free plastic parts. Hot runner molds have a definite advantage when used with automation because, in addition to part dimensional consistency, there are no runners present to get tangled in the mold mechanisms, robots, conveyors, assembly machinery, etc.
6. Design flexibility
A major hot runner advantage of which very little is written is the ability to locate the gate at a wide variety of points on the part. With the use of hot tip gating, valve gating, or edge gating, hot runners allow the gate to be placed at the most favorable location for optimum filling and/or part aesthetics. This flexibility that hot runners give the part design also extends to the mold, where flexibility in gate location can help optimize cavity orientation, cooling, and mold simplification.
7. Balanced melt flow
The flow advantage that hot runners have is that the melt channels are in separate, externally heated manifolds, which are insulated from the surrounding mold plates. Different from a cold runner plate, the hot manifold can be designed to have flow channels on multiple levels to ensure that the resin flows the same length from the molding machine nozzle to each cavity with the same channel profiles and diameters, a number of turns, heat soak, and pressure loss. In other words, the plastic reaches each cavity - whether there are two or more - with the same pressure and thermal history. This designed-in temperature and pressure control are particularly favorable for resins that have narrow processing windows.