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Installing a mold on APSX-PIM

-APSX-PIM-Injection-Machine-

There is an order of operation to power up the machine. First, plug the power cord to a standard wall outlet. Then plug the USB cable to the tablet PC. 

Always use a mold with the total thickness equal or greater than 2 inches for a proper clamping. 

Take the fan assembly cover by removing the two nuts.

Remove the temperature sensor on the current mold by removing the small screw in front of the mold. 

APSX-PIM Mold Installation

MOLDS WITH SHOULDER BOLT MOUNTS ON THE LEFT SIDE

Remove the four shoulder bolts on the left side of the mold. These bolts are slightly longer on purpose. They allow us to leave a gap between the mold and the nozzle plate. This helps to prevent the barrel and the nozzle plate from losing heat at a high rate. We also suggest using an insulator (Peek) at the back of the left side mold for most of the plastic material to help with this same goal.

APSX-PIM Mold Installation

MOLDS WITH CLAWS ON THE LEFT SIDE

Loosen the mold claw bolts on the left side of the mold by holding the mold by hand and using a half inch wrench. Push the claws out from the mold. Slide the mold up carefully. 

RIGHT SIDE OF THE MOLD 

Loosen the mold claws on the right side, slide them back to the outer position away from the mold. Put the mold aside. 

INSTALL THE NEW MOLD

Now you can slide the new mold's right side into its place. 

Push the claws all the way into the grooves, then finger tighten the bolts on both the front and backside. The top surface of the mold should be slightly lower than block 3's top surface for proper alignment.  

Install the left side mold to block 4 by using the shoulder bolts. 

APSX-PIM Manual Controls

Clamp the mold by pressing the Engage Clamp Fast button. When it gets 1/8 inch close to the mold, press the Engage Clamp Slow button.  

INSTALLING THE MOLDS WITH EJECTOR PINS

Slide the clamp switch to the left. Press the home the clamp fast button (manual buttons).

Adjust the position of the clamp switch so that the ejector pins are fully out. The machine stops when the clamp switch detects block 3. The key is not to hit the ejector bearing to the mold by sliding the clamp switch too far right.  

APSX-PIM clamp switch adjustment

Press the Home Clamp Slow button once. Gradually slide the clamp switch to the right and watch the ejector pins and the check box at the bottom of the user screen. When you are satisfied with the switch location, tighten the bolt on the switch. REMEMBER: If you move the switch too far right, you may hit the back of the mold and damage it. 

APSX-PIM clamp switch

Put the fan assembly and the temperature sensor back in their positions. 

Add plastic to the hopper. Turn the heat button on and wait for the set barrel temperature to be reached. 

Set your parameters for injection molding and "save" or "open" the pre-set settings profile you need before pressing the RUN button at Single cycle mode.

APSX-PIM Profile Save

APSX-PIM user screen

You may need to adjust the clamp time setting if the mold is touching the other side of the mold at high speed mode or switching to slow speed mode too early (far away from the mold). You need to have about 1/8 inches gap at the end of the clamp time set to achieve more accurate clamp force readings.