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Hot Runner Cable Connector Anatomy

Hot runner cable connectors come in a wide range of specifications with some being much better than others. Our recent article in MoldMaking Technology magazine calls attention to the top 5 problems we typically see in the field. These include: Pushed-Back or Bent Pins Pushed-Back Inserts High Amp Deterioration Loose or Broken Latches Missing or

By |2022-09-07T12:47:04+00:00September 7th, 2022|Best Practices|0 Comments

Hot Runner Control Input and Output Communication

Hot Runner Control Input-Output Signals Hot runner control input-output signals are a terrific way to integrate hot runner temperature controls with injection molding machines, robots, conveyors, or other peripheral equipment. The Fast Heat Pulse Controller has four INPUT and OUTPUT channels. The channels are configurable per order, but the INPUT is typically a N/O (normally

By |2022-09-06T16:20:44+00:00April 28th, 2022|Best Practices|0 Comments

Hot Runner Control Impact on Moldflow Analysis

Consistent Hot Runner Temperature Control is Key We've known for many years that Fast Heat clients value precise hot runner temperature control, especially for engineered resins, glass-filled applications and wide-spec regrinds. These materials require consistent temperature control to achieve "part-to-print" specifications. According to CAE, a leader in Moldflow analysis, altering material characteristics due to

By |2022-09-06T16:20:44+00:00November 16th, 2021|Best Practices|0 Comments

Fast Heat’s CableXChecker: Hot Runner Cable Testing

Hot Runner Cable Testing - So Much Easier! Hot runner cable testing can be a tedious process. The traditional way of testing hot runner cables uses an ohmmeter or multimeter. The problem is that when cables are “set aside” in the “not-sure-what’s-wrong-with-it pile,” somebody has to troubleshoot the cables to see if they are faulty.

By |2022-09-06T16:20:45+00:00November 15th, 2019|Best Practices|Comments Off on Fast Heat’s CableXChecker: Hot Runner Cable Testing

Fast Heat’s MoldXChecker: Hot Runner Maintenance

Hot Runner Maintenance - A Better & Safer Way! What would you normally have to do for hot runner maintenance? You’d look for dead shorts caused by pinched wires, open circuits, and you would want to measure the resistance of the heaters to ensure they are in a healthy range. Let’s start by measuring

By |2022-09-06T16:20:45+00:00November 15th, 2019|Best Practices|Comments Off on Fast Heat’s MoldXChecker: Hot Runner Maintenance

MoldXChecker ®: Hot Runner Diagnostics

Hot Runner Maintenance Using the MoldXChecker ® Just like you would connect your hot half to a hot runner controller, you can now connect to the Fast Heat MoldXChecker. If you’re wise and use the Mold Checker in the tool room, you would also know if you had an open heater. Waiting until you have

By |2022-09-06T16:20:45+00:00November 15th, 2019|Best Practices|Comments Off on MoldXChecker ®: Hot Runner Diagnostics

Hot Runner Cable Testing

Manny Diaz invented the Fast Heat CableXChecker because of practical problems he experienced on service calls. It took too long and was too easy to make a mistake when checking for zone continuity and shorts (most people do not check for shorts) within hot runner cables. The CableXChecker saves time (about 15-minutes per cable!) and

By |2022-09-06T16:20:45+00:00November 15th, 2019|Best Practices|Comments Off on Hot Runner Cable Testing

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