To help ensure continued molding success, this blog focuses on three different types of flashing problems, their possible causes, and corrective actions you can take for each.
|Possible cause||Corrective action|
|1. Poor mold spot||Spot mold to ensure fit and vent depths at ~0.025mm (0.001in).|
|2. Injection Pressure too high||Reduce pressure. This may require higher melt temperature or lower injection speed.|
|3. Coost time too long||Shorten boost time, lower boost pressure, or move transfer to an earlier position.|
|4. Insufficient clamp tonnage||Increase clamp pressure or move to a machine with more tonnage.|
Flash and Short Shot in Different Shots:
|Check ring inconsistent; worn barrel||Check and replace assembly ring. Replace/reline barrel as needed.|
Flash and Short Shot in Same Shot:
|Possible Cause||Corrective action|
|1. Core shift||Check wall thickness for core shift. Investigate for source of core shift and repair mold.|
|2. Inadequate clamp tonnage||Increase clamp pressure or move to a machine with more tonnage.|
|3. Fill speed or pressure too high||Reduce speed or fill pressure.|
|4. Melt temperature too low||Check and raise melt temperature if needed.|
|5. Sprue too long too small, "O" dimension||Install correct-size sprue.|
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For more information about flashing, talk with your Eastman technical service representative. You can also download an Injection Molding Troubleshooting Guide (specify medical or durables).
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