Hot runner system for plastic injection mold

Why we need hot runner?

The cold runner of a mold refers to the section between the mold cavity and the gate. The molten plastic maintains its fluidity inside the runner by virtue of the injection pressure and its own heat. However, as a part of the molding material, the runner is not any part of product. As a result, when designing a mold, we need to consider not only the filling , but also the material-saving production by shortening or downsizing the runner; in fact, it is very difficult for us to have both through cold runner.but hot runner system can solve this problem

Types & Application of Hot Runners

hot runner mold structure

When using the hot runner, the proper selection of gate type is very important, because gate type directly determines the selection of hot runner components as well as manufacturing and designing of molds. Therefore, the hot runner can be classified into 3 types based on the gate type, i.e. (1) hot tip hot runner system, (2) sprue gating hot runner system and (3) valve gating hot runner system.

Hot Tip Hot Runner


It is the most widely applied hot runner , since each hot runner supplier provides this system. Though systems from different suppliers feature different nozzle and nozzle insert of different shapes and sizes, they work precisely the same way, which is precisely adjusting and controlling the molding temperature at the gate through an method that combines the insert hot tip at the front of the nozzle with the cooling system. Each hot runner companies has invested a lot money in the R&D of hot tip.

The hot tip hot runner system can be used for the majority of plastic molding materials, such as PP, PE, PS, LCP, PA, PET, PBT, PEEK, POM, PEI, PMMA, ABS,PVC, PC, PSU and TPU, etc. Generally speaking, the hot tip gate is used to produce medium and small sized parts, esp. suitable for production of macro parts. The sectional diameter of the gate usually is between 0.5mm and 2.0mm.

Sprue Gating Hot Runner 


In the sprue gating hot runner, the molten plastic enters the mold cavity through the open pipe. Melt flow pressure loss in the gate area is very small. The sprue gating hot runner system is more suitable for production of medium and large sized parts. the gate mark will be more visible due to the larger size . So, the sprue gating hot runner system is usually applied to internal products or components that do not have high requirements on gate marks appearance. Also, the sprue gating is often used in combination with the cold runner, i.e. taking the sprue nozzle as the main runner and sprue, and designing the sprue gating along the cold runner. In the application, the sprue gating can be made bigger for smooth flowing, because the gate marks on the cold runner is not important.

Valve Gating Hot Runner 


The valve gating hot runner is another hot runner system that is supplied by global mainstream hot runner companies. Through the valve pin controller, this nieedle system mechanically opens or closes the gate at the pre-set time. This type of hot runner possesses the advantages the previous 2 systems (Hot Tip Hot Runner & Sprue Gating Hot Runner ), such as controlling the gate open/close time manually, allowing a smooth and glossy gate mark, and expanding the hot runner application.

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