VECTOR (650 – 1300 tons)

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Vector Injection Moulding Machine

 

HIGH PERFORMANCE TOGGLE TECHNOLOGY

Powerful • Precise • Efficient

The VECTOR Series are 5-point double toggle clamp, hybrid injection molding machines available in 650-, 800-, 1100-, 1100WP- and 1300-ton models.

Injection units 4250 to 17000 feature an electric motor driven screw rotation. Electric screw drive is optional on injection units 1600 to 2920.

The machines feature a highly modular, two-piece design with low base for excellent accessibility. VECTOR machines are equipped as standard with:

Vector Injection Moulding Machine

  • Fully digital CanBus control
  • Smart Flex clamping unit with generous tie bar spacing to accommodate larger molds
  • Long ejector strokes
  • Robust in-line injection unit
  • Electric screw drive for energy savings and overlapping movements for faster cycle times (Optional on injection units 1600 to 2920)
  • Powerful, user-friendly COLUMBIA user interface with full range of control parameters
  • AMICO™ wireless remote service access

 

Specifications

VECTOR MACHINE SPECIFICATION SUMMARY

Vector Machine Specification sheet

Features

CLAMPING UNIT
• 5-point double toggle clamp
• Euromap or SPI platen configuration
• Hardened tie bars
• Moving platen guided by self-lubricating tie bar bushings
• Moving platen support feet
• Powered mold height control
• Automatic central lubrication system by means of electric pump
• Three‐stage mold closing speed profile
• Three‐stage mold opening speed profile
• Mobile plate pre‐feed
• Mold closing and opening stages governed through closed loop with proportional control valve
• Digital reading of moving platen position displayed on operator interface
• Digital control and reading of cross‐head position displayed on operator interface
• Digital reading of clamping force displayed on operator interface
• Mold thickness and clamping force self‐adjustment
• Two-stage ejection speed profile with repeated ejection with adjustable speed, pressure and position
• Digital reading of ejector position displayed on operator interface
• Ejector return signal
• Freely-programmable multiple core pulling control
• Air‐operated front gate

INJECTION UNIT
• Injection unit with in-line hydraulic cylinder
Electric motor for screw controlled by vectorial inverter (Optional on injection units 1600 to 2920)
• Closed loop motor speed control
• Injection unit sliding on linear bearings
• Swiveling injection unit for easy plasticising screw removal and cleaning
• Quick barrel change system
• Bimetallic barrel
• General purpose screw profile, suitable for most types of thermoplastic materials
• Injection unit driven by two cylinders to assure perfect nozzle centering
• Ceramic heater bands
• Alarm threshold for set temperature range
• Injection speed and pressure profiles
• Switch to holding pressure triggered by screw position, hydraulic pressure or time
• Digital reading of screw position displayed on operator interface
• Adjustable screw rotation speed profile
• Screw rotation delay
• Adjustable back‐pressure profile
• Digital reading of back‐pressure displayed on operator interface
• Decompression before and after screw recovery
• Intrusion molding program
• Auto purge program
• Stainless steel hopper

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM
• Variable delivery pump with closed loop proportional flow and pressure control
• Digital reading of hydraulic circuit pressure displayed on operator interface
• Proportional control valve for moving platen movement
• Monitoring of oil level, temperature and filter blockage
• Oil temperature control system
• Automatic cooling water shut-off valve
• Oil preheating program
• Oil filter in pump delivery and/or return circuit
• Oil cooing heat exchanger
• Tank window to ease cleaning
• Oil gauge

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
• Enclosure for electric components with IP55 protection
• Electric motors with direct start-up
• Interlocked main switch to prevent electrical cabinet from being opened when press is energised
• Overload cutouts for motor‐pump units and motor‐pump unit for lubrication and auxiliary circuits
• Fuses and static relays that control plasticising cylinder heating
Vectorial inverter for screw rotation (Optional on injection units 1600 to 2920)
• Fan for air circulation in electrical cabinet
• LED indicators on solenoid valves
• Fully labelled electrical circuits
• Conforms to Euromap or UL electrical standards

COOLING CIRCUIT
• Flow meter with adjustable independent circuits with water temperature and flow rate indication (One circuit is used for throat cooling with the remaining circuits available for mold cooling)

BASE
• Lowered base to optimise combined use of a robot
• Optional raised base to allow part drop
• Sound insulated motor‐pump assembly housings
• Anti-vibration mounting pad holes
• Lubricating oil recovery trough

SAFETY DEVICES
• Constructed in compliance to essential requirements of Machinery Directive 98/37/CE and subsequent amendments
• All models CE certified by an European certification organisation
• Devices comply to European Standard EN 201 and ANSI/SPI B151.1-2007
• Safeguarding system at front of molds with double interlocking device and hydraulic safety device
• Safeguarding system at rear of molds with double interlocking device and shutdown of motor‐pump units
• Monitoring of correct operation of hydraulic and electric safety devices
• Interlocked nozzle purge guard

Controller

COLUMBIA ELECTRONIC CONTROL
• COLUMBIA integrated industrial PC complete with two CanBus outputs
• Colour monitor
• IP52 protection
• Connections to machine with Harting connectors and IP65 protection
• Auto‐calibration program for all input and output channels
• Integral keyboard
• Dedicated display area for viewing of main process parameters
• Password and data input lock-out key
• Dual language capability (E.g. Italian/Spanish)
• Hour counter
• Perpetual clock
• Page with press technical specifications
• Cycle times with sequence alarm page
• Three-stage mold closing with both speed and position adjustment
• Two pressures during mold closing with fully adjustable mold safety feature
• Mold pre‐feed
• Closed mold feedback signal
• Three-stage mold opening with both speed and position adjustment
• Closed loop control of mold opening position
• Cooling timer
• Screw and mold maintenance page
• Lubrication cycles
• Clamping force readout
• Multi-stroke ejector
• Two ejection speed steps
• Partial return stroke during repeated ejection
• Adjustable ejector output and return pressure
• Interlocking of ejector, air blow and core pulling
• Closed loop speed control for injection stage
• Closed loop pressure control for holding stage
• 10-Stage injection speed control with selectable number of stages
• Switching to holding pressure by time, hydraulic pressure or screw position
• 10-Stage holding pressure control with selectable number of stages
• Screw decompression before and after screw recovery
• Five-stage closed loop screw rotation speed control with selectable number of stages
• Five-stage closed loop back pressure control with selectable number of stages

• Self‐adjusting shot size control system
• Speed and pressure for control for carriage movements
• Program to automatically calculate the required shot size according to material type and part weight
• Cylinder temperature PID control
• Self-tuning program for cylinder temperature control
• Weekly clock to set the time the cylinder turns on and shuts off and three additional outlets
• Quality control (20 parameters) with direct display of the last 200 cycles in graphic form
• Production control
• High resolution graphics for real pressures, screw speed, screw position and cavity pressure
• Sample curve for each data item can be saved in graph
• Zoom
• Set points displayed
• Fill Index
• Memo page
• Can work with graphic or other types of printers
• Page showing current faults with description and instructions on how to reset
• Real machine status (analog inputs and outputs) at time fault occurred
• Events history with possibility to view last 200 events regarding faults, shutdowns, and changes made to parameters
• Diagnostics page for digital inputs, analog inputs and analog outputs
• Self‐adjusting functions for all analog inputs and outputs
• Internal archive for more than 500 molds
• Parallel interface and USB port for printer

Smart Energy

SMART ENERGY OPTION

The Smart Energy option incorporates an electric motor that runs at variable RPM, with closed loop control via an inverter drive and in parallel with the variable delivery of the pump. In this situation the controller optimises the motor RPM with the displacement of the pump in order to deliver the required volume of oil in the most efficient combination. As well as providing improved efficiencies in all situations due to optimum motor/pump combination, remarkable savings are achieved during the idle parts of the cycle, notably during hold time and cooling phase. During these phases the electric motor can drop to 600 RPM therefore achieving a huge reduction in power consumption. Benefits of the Smart Energy option include:

Energy consumption as low as all-electric technology (depending on cycle breakdown)
Noise levels comparable to all-electric machines
Superior shot weight precision due to faster response time of change over to hold on pressure
Dramatically increased life of the hydraulic oil
Reduced chiller running costs
Increased hydraulic component life

Specific Consumption
Standard
SE

Options

AVAILABLE MACHINE OPTIONS FOR VECTOR
• Core Pull MP/FP
• Air Blast MP/FP
• Proportional Valve for Hydraulic Ejection
• E17 Interface
• E12 Adapter Plug
• E67 Robot Interface
• Integrated Robot Interface
• Special Screw (Wear Resistant, Corrosion Resistant, Mixing, Barrier, Low Compression, etc.)
• Special Barrel (Corrosion Resistant, High Wear Resistant)
• Barrel Liner
• Special Tip Design
• Extended Nozzle Body
• Additional Nozzle Zone
• Mold Valve Gate Hydraulic
• Mold Valve Gate Pneumatic
• Hydraulic Shut-Off Nozzle – Pin
• Hydraulic Shut-Off Nozzle – Bolt
• Transformer(s)
• Integrated Hot Runner
• Mold Pressure Transducer Interface
• Gas Injection Interface
• Data Logging Interface
• RJG Process Monitoring Interface
• Special Paint
• Additional Flowmeters
• Closed Loop Feed Throat Cooling
• 100 mm Increased Mold Height
• Raised Base (+600 mm)
• PVC Kit
• Power Outlet(s)
• Colour Feed Signal
• Photocell
• Injection Accumulator
• Magnetic Platens
• Hydraulic Mold Clamps
• Rotary Table
• AMICO™ System Services

Markets

VECTOR END MARKET APPLICATIONS
• General Medium Size Parts
• General Large Size Parts
• Automotive
• Construction
• Industrial
• Appliance
• Household
• Aerospace
• Electronic & Telecomm
• Technical Molding
• Food & Beverage
• Containers