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Mouldflo

Mouldflo Flow Monitoring System​

For the first time Mouldflo offers Injection Moulders an affordable solution for monitoring flow and temperature circuits within an injection mould.

The Mouldflo system will digitally monitor all of the flow circuits within the mould recording data, both flow and temperature, for every circuit.

Often overlooked by many moulders, the efficiency of the mould cooling circuit(s) are critical to a stable process and the manufacturer of high quality, dimensionally stable parts.

Mouldflo can protect your mould and improve quality by quickly identifying cooling problems and alerting the user to various common cooling circuit problems, such as:

• No water flow from the mould heater

• Blocked waterways

• Scale / rust build up

• Incorrect piping

Injection moulders currently use a range of methods for distributing and controlling the water flow around the cooling circuit.

Traditionally the most common method has been with water flow regulators.

Although cost effective flow regulators suffer from a number of inherent problems:

• Bulky / delicate – have to be mounted away from the mould

• Long pipe runs – reduced flow

• Flow restrictions

• Broken sight glasses

• Do not give a true reading of flow

• Sight glasses unreadable due to oxidation

• High levels of maintenance 

More recently there has been a trend towards aluminium manifolds mounted either on the mould, or the platens – this has seen significant benefits with regards to flow – but, generally gives the moulder no visual indication of flow.​

Aluminum Manifolds

The slimline and compact design has been developed to enable the Mouldflo manifold to be mounted into the smallest space possible next to the machine platens, keeping pipe runs to an absolute minimum; improving flow rates to the mould and reducing cycle times.

The Mouldflo manifold has 1-1/2" BSP flow and return ports on both the top and bottom of the manifold. This allows maximum flexibility when connecting to the water supply and means that the same manifold can be used on both the fixed and moving half of the moulding machine.

​The Aluminium manifolds are available with 2 types of sensors 1-15 l/m or 2-40 l/m to match your flow requirement.

The Mouldflo manifold has 1/2" BSP ports for the individual circuits as standard and can be supplied with colour coded ball valves and industry standard connector nipples to the customer specification. The Mouldflo manifold is available with 4, 8 or 12 ports as standard.

Multiple manifolds can be electronically ‘daisy-chained’ together to accommodate the necessary number of flow channels. The system will automatically identify ‘new’ manifolds and display them on the screen meaning that the system can be expanded in the future.

Constructed from custom extruded aluminium, the Mouldflo manifold is black anodised to resist corrosion. The extrusion has been designed to accommodate a linear flow path for each of the flow sensors, which is very important for accurate measurement. The manifold has been extruded with integrated slots on two faces to allow for ‘roll-in’ t-nuts enabling simple and flexible mounting of the manifolds.​

Stainless Steel manifolds

Our stainless steel manifolds are even more compact to fit on almost any machine size.

Stainless steel manifolds are the prefered choice for clean room or medical applications.

The Mouldflo manifold has 1" BSP flow and return ports on both the top and bottom of the manifold. This allows maximum flexibility when connecting to the water supply and means that the same manifold can be used on both the fixed and moving half of the moulding machine.

The stainless steel manifolds are available in 2 versions:

1-20 l/m sensors with 3/8" Fe-male threaded ports

2-40 l/m sensors with 1/2" male threaded ports

 

The Mouldflo manifold is available with 4, 8 or 12 ports as standard.

Multiple manifolds can be electronically ‘daisy-chained’ together to accommodate the necessary number of flow channels. The system will automatically identify ‘new’ manifolds and display them on the screen meaning that the system can be expanded in the future.

Constructed from AISI304 Stainless Steel, the mouldflo manifolds resist corrosion. 

​​ Mouldflo Server

The Mouldflo Server is a compact computer with Mouldflo sofware installed. The compact design makes the unit fit directly inside the electrical cabinet on the Injection Moulding machine. The integrated VNC (virtual network computing) feature allows easy integrationon the machine control, laptop or tablet via Ethernet cable.​

  • Full software accessibility
  • Graphical user interface
  • Storing and load mould settings
  • Graphs and historical data
  • Event log
  • Network ready
  • VNC ready
  • Monitor flow, pressure and
  • temperature
  • Alarm outputs
  • USB software update port
  • Display port

Touch Control

Connect the Mouldflo 15” Capacitive sensing touch panel and experience a quick response and trouble free user interface.

The Touch panel is industrial style and is equipped with VESA standard mounts.​

Interface

The Mouldflo system is equipped with a DIN-Rail mounted interface module (MFIO) – this is the hub of the system and allows

themanifolds to be

easily connected to external devices.

The interface module facilitates true ‘plug and play’, allowing multiple manifolds to be monitored and also enables convenient and

simple connection to the touch screen, power supply, alarm signals in/out and machine communications.

The module is equipped with USB and ethernet. The data generated by the Mouldflo system can be fed into production monitoring systems or other

ancillary devices such as hot runner controllers or the moulding machine control system using the onboard communication ports.