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HRSflow Precise control for hydraulic needle drive

| Editor: Steffen Donath

The new Hyflow from HRSflow aims to deliver a high degree of control with hydraulically actuated cylinders.

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HyFlow is available as complete or — when applied to selected actuators only — as hybrid version.
HyFlow is available as complete or — when applied to selected actuators only — as hybrid version.
(Source: HRSflow)

New and advanced developments around HRSflow’s hot runner systems are specially designed to increase product quality in cascade injection moulding. This includes the only recently launched Hyflow technology developed for applications with hydraulically actuated cylinders, in which the opening and closing speeds and the positioning of each individual pin can be precisely adjusted via the oil flow rate, as the company states. Now also available in the market is the Hyper-GF series for processing abrasive thermoplastics. On the application side, HRSflow uses a current pilot project with a customer, to show how Flexflow Evo, the recently presented advancement of the Flexflow technology for servo-electrically driven valve gate systems, can be used to achieve outstanding results when back-moulding sensitive films, HRSflow states.

Hyflow uses a controller with a user-friendly interface to set the lock position of each individual pin. The opening and closing speed for each nozzle can be set by a manual adjustment mechanism. This allows for controlling the melt flow rate in a way that cascade injection moulding results in a uniform mould filling process without sudden pressure drops and the associated surface defects. The positioning of the pin also allows for optimal balancing of the pressure distribution in the cavity during the entire injection process, the company promises.

Long term performance

The new Hyper-GF series, available for HRSflow’s Ga and Aa nozzles, is designed to improve the long term performance of the hot runner system when processing highly abrasive materials such as glass fiber reinforced materials. It supports extended service lives even in injection molding processes with very high productivity. Contributing factors include the use of special steels and an optimized flow channel design. The possibilities offered by the Flexflow Evo hot runner system for film insert moulding (FIM) are demonstrated in a joint project with the film manufacturer Kurz, Fürth/Germany. This pioneering technology enables, for example, the integration of capacitive films for sensors or touch control panels in combination with backlit decorative films. This provides a previously unknown design and functional flexibility, especially for automotive interior applications.

Back-injection

In co-operation with Kurz, a film featuring functional capacitive elements for touch operation and decorative elements was back-injected with a crystal clear polycarbonate (PC) in a single step, enabling backlighting in the area of the operating elements. The servo driven valve gate technology produced results of a quality level that would not be achievable with conventional concepts. In particular, after back-injection with the Flexflow Evo technology, the thin functional and decorative elements do not show internal stress as in conventional cascade injection moulding, thanks to the evenly and low-pressure spreading melt flow front, whilst any damage to the film was reliably avoided.

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