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Mold Conditioners

For Thermosets and Thermoplastics

AVAILABLE DIRECTLY AT CAPLINQ.COM

Mold Conditioners and Surface Sealers

On the micron level even the super smooth chrome finish of a metal mold plate is microporous. Sealing the pours with a mold conditioner makes mold release and demoulding easier

What are Mold Conditioners and why should I condition my mold machine?

Every thermoplastic or thermoset plastic molding machine - on any given molding production line – is limited to a certain number of shots before quality drops and production has to stop for downtime for cleaning.

Every molding machine needs downtime for cleaning. The frequency and the time it takes to clean can be reduced by conditioning your mold machine.

On average, thermoset and thermoplastic molding machines can do 300 shots before needing to be cleaned. This is because most plastic compounds leave a residue of internal release behind in the cavity after the demoulded part is removed. This builds up and oxidizes causing a terminal deterioration of quality over time.

The number of shots between cleaning the mold can be increased by using mold surface conditioner and mold release spray

The rate of deterioration of quality can be significantly decreased by conditioning the surface of your mold. This increases the number of shots between cleaning cycles. Conditioner therefore effectively decreases downtime and increases productivity.

Mold Conditioners vs Mold Release Spray

An application of mold conditioner forms a semi-permanent layer on the surface of the mold. This semi-permanent layer seals the microporous metal structure of the mold plates surface. It is also designed to last longer before oxidizing and to function not only as a release but as a mitigating buffer between the internal release of the molding compound and the surface of the mold. Mold Release Sprays, on the other hand, are a temporary layer of a compound designed only to help increase the releasability of the demoulded part.

Another important distinction is that mold release sprays must be manually applied by technicians so they are prone to inconsistent application and even user error. In contrast, mold conditioner is applied mechanically, either by compression or transfer: delivering consistent application: free of human-error.

Notice that mold release spray is messy and gives an uneven layer: either too thick or thin.

Mold Release Spray also only last 50 shots before needing another spray which inevitably builds upon previous inconsistencies making the spray ever more uneven over time.

Manually applied mold release spray tends to be more inconsistent and have a messier coverage footprint, wax conditioning sheets evenly cover a large surface, while transfer grade conditioning compounds are very precise.

Chemlinq Mold Conditioner for Transfer Molding

Our pelletized mold conditioner is great for reaching all the nooks and crannies, corners, and edges of more complex or delicate transfer molds. Since they are applied in the same way as the standard pellets of molding compounds they also condition the inner channels and runners of the mold –admittedly this is less of an issue since they are not directly under temperature.

It is also highly accurate: conditioning exactly where the epoxy molding compound with come into contact with mold surface. Our Chemlinq conditioners are especially compatible with epoxy mold compounds because they share the same essential composition, just with much more wax.

Procedure for conditioning the mold using melamine compounds

The melamine cleans the mold down to the bare metal. It is necessary to have a layer of wax on the surface so that the mold compound will release from the mold.

Once the mold is clean, follow these steps:

  1. Set the press to standard processing parameters
  2. Prepare the mold by first lightly waxing with spray wax
  3. Then mold 3 to 5 shots of melamine conditioning compound using a curing cycle 2 to 3 times longer than normal
  4. The first three shots of standard molding compound should be cured 2 to 3 times longer than normal in order to ensure that press equilibrium temperature and optimum release characteristics are achieved
  5. Then resume molding under normal process conditions.

Chemlinq Conditioning Wax Sheets: Mold Conditioner for Compression Molding.

Conditioning Wax Sheets are better for covering molds with larger surfaces area as they spread out very far under compression. The sheets come in a variety of different grades: low, medium, and high wax content conditioning sheet for maximum mold surface protection.

All of our Wax Conditioning Sheets have great workability!

Depending on the workability of your molding compound (how easy it demoulds) grades with a higher wax content are better for compounds that tend to cling to the mold cavity more. We also have Wax Conditioning Sheets in low and high viscosity iterations: low viscosity for simple molds and high viscosity for more complex mold cavities.

Procedure for conditioning the mold using wax sheets

Once the mold is clean, follow these steps:

  1. Set the press to standard processing parameters
  2. Rip the wax sheets to the best size to be used in your mold
  3. Cover the mold with a generous amount of wax conditioning sheets
  4. Mold a shot of wax conditioning sheets using a regular curing cycle
  5. Repeat this conditioning process with 2 to 3 shots of wax conditioning sheets
  6. Then resume molding under normal process conditions
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