Many engineered grade polymers absorb moisture, these resins are known as hygroscopic resins.
When moisture is not properly removed from the plastic resin, visible defects and structural deficiencies could occur such as:
- Splay or striations
- Bubbles in the part
- Degradation of the polymer
- Know your materials, if your material is hygroscopic you will need to dry the material prior to use. Examples of common plastic resin that drying are:
PC (Polycarbonate), PET, ABS, Nylon, Polyurethane, TPU
- Know your minimum and maximum material throughput (lbs/hr)
- Know your minimum and maximum temperatures your resins dry at
- Know your resin’s highest residence time (Residence time is the time set by the resin’s supplier for the resin to reach optimal dryness)
How do you size your resin drying hopper?
Material throughput (lbs/hr) X residence time (hr) = ideal hopper size
e.g. 15lbs/hr. with a 4 hour residence time will require a 60lb hopper.
How do you want to get the resin in the drying hopper into your injection molding machine feed throat?
- By hand
- By gravity
- Automatic loaders
What are your typical runs before stopping or changing materials?
If your material change overs take less time than the resin’s residence time and happen frequently (twice a week or more) then we would recommend to have additional resin drying hoppers to pre-dry your next resin. Typical ROI will be seen within a year by reducing down time.
There are many different dryer / hopper combinations to suit your process flow, here are some options below:
Portable press side dual resin dryer and drying hopper ideal if you want to dry two different materials and have one on standby to eliminate downtime.
Machine feed throat mounted resin dryer with drying hopper
Central resin dryers and drying hoppers with portability. Conveys dried plastic resin to the machine’s feed throat via material conveying lines.
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