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Model 150A Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact   Derrick Feigel  Markle, IN  (260) 414-1703

Do I have to purge the machine before turning it off?

No, purging is not required.   The machine can be turned off with plastic material still in the barrel.   The plastic material in the barrel will re-melt when the machine is turned back on.

Purging can be helpful when switching to materials of different colors.   Purging with a natural color material will allow you to see when the previous material has been completely purged from the barrel, but is not required.

Can Polystyrene be injected with the machine?

Polystyrene has been tested and it can be successfully injected with this machine.   However, Polystyrene parts can be difficult to remove from the mold.   We recommend using a mold release spray when injecting with Polystyrene.

Why are Nylon, Polycarbonate, PET, PETE and PVC materials listed as unsuitable?

The maximum temperature that this machine can operate at is 500 deg F.   Nylon, Polycarbonate, PET and PETE plastics typically require higher melting temperatures than 500 deg F. for injection.

PVC plastic can emit TOXIC vapors when heated and PVC can corrode the metal parts of the machine.   Never use PVC plastic with this machine!

Can recycled plastics be used in this machine?

Yes! Rejected parts can be cut into small pieces and placed back into the barrel.   Also, clean recycled LDPE or HDPE bottles can be cut into small strips and used in this machine.

I set the recommended temperature, but the material is difficult to inject.

Each batch of thermoplastic polymer has a Melt Flow Index (MFI) value.   The MFI is a measure of how easily the material will flow when melted.   Plastic pellets with a high MFI value will be easier to inject than the same type of pellets with a low MFI value.  
Plastic pellets should have a MFI value > 12 (greater than 12) to work properly in this machine.  
NOTE: all of the plastic pellets that we sell have a MFI greater than 12 and have been tested to work OK in our Model 150A.  

Also, the recommended temperatures for a polymer should be used only as a starting point.   If the material does not melt and flow, then gradually increase the temperature setting in 5 to 10 degree increments until you get satisfactory results.   But never attempt to set temperatures above 500 deg. F. on this machine.   Note: the temperature is TOO HIGH if the material from the nozzle is discolored, emits fumes or contains gas bubbles.

What is the best way to pre-heat the molds?

A simple, economical & repeatable way to pre-heat the mold is to use a hot plate with adjustable temperature settings (see photo below).   Using protective gloves, place the mold flat on the hot plate for a fixed time or use a thermometer to determine a more precise pre-heat temperature.   Alternatively, a hair dryer or hot air gun can be used to pre-heat the mold by blowing hot air onto it.

Hotplate for heating the aluminum molds for plastic injection

What happens if I add a mix of different color pellets?

The colors do not mix uniformly. (see photo below).   Instead, they create beautiful rendomly swirled patterns!

Swirled plastic colors in injection molds