Mold Temperature Controller, Water Type or Oil Type?

Mold temperature controller is a small equipment used for heating the connected mold to obtain the correct operating temperature in a minimal or specified time and maintain the set temperature by heating or cooling. The mold (mould) temperature controller is widely used in plastic molding, light guide plate die casting, rubber tires, rollers, chemical reaction kettles, bonding, burying and other industries. Now it is generally divided into an oil type and water type mold temperature controller.

Heat transfer medium of injection mold temperature controller are water or oil. Both water type and oil type have positive points and negative points.

# Oil type:

– Positive :

  • Thermal oil doesn’t present the negativepoints of water.
  • Boiling point for oil is higher and can be used for temperature up to above 350.
  • No corrosion and calcification of temperature control circuit.

– Negative :

  1. Heat transfer efficiency is approximately one third of water.
  2. Production odours starting at 150℃
  3. Workin open systems
  4. Tend to cracking( property degradation)
  5. Flammable under certain conditions
  6. Not particularly suitable for moulds with very small heating/ cooling channels

# Water type:

– Positive :

  • More economical, cleaner and less problems.
  • In the case of leaks in the temperature control circuit, water loss may simply run into the drainage system without any further precautions.

– Negative :

  1. Low boiling point for water
  2. Water quality, in the risk of corrosion and calcification of temperature controllersystem and mould which will eventually decrease the flow in the mould and to deterioration of heat exchange between the mold and circulating water.


The selection of the temperature control bases on

  1. Resin( determines mold temperature and types of heat transfer medium)
  2. Weight of mould(kg), required warming up time -for calculating heating capacity
  3. Material throughpur(kg/h) – for calculating cooling capacity

How to calculate required heating capacity in kw

Standard calculations

A x ( B – C )= kcal / h

Kcal / h divide by 860=kw

A = net weight of mould( kg ) x specific heat capacity of mould material (refer to table A )

B = operating temperature of mould( ℃ ) (refer to table B)

C = initial temperature of the mould( ℃ )

TABLE A Specific heat value


How to calculate required cooling capacity in kcal / h

D x E x ( F – G ) = kcal / hr

D = throughput of raw material ( kg / h )

E = specific heat of raw material – specific heat of raw material( ℃ ) – ( refer to table B )

F= melt temperature of raw material( ℃ ) – refer to table B

G= operating temperature of the mould( ℃ ) – refer to table B

TABLE B Typical processing temperatures for resin.


The selection of hose

The suggestions base on the safety in operation and should be confirmed by supplier.

      1.water up to 90℃  / High temperature, fabric reinforced rubber hose

oil up to 120℃

      2. water up to 200℃ / PTFE, stainless steel braided hose

Oil up to 250℃

       3. oil up to 350℃/ All stainless steel flexible hose

Generally the hoses are distinguished as two parts. One part connects with cooling water of injection molding machine, another connects with mold. For mold, there’re input hoses and output hoses. The supplier will marks the way of connection.

Many manufacturers don’t think mold temperature is important and don’t order it yet. But there are many benefits, such as

  1. Pre-warming the mould to reach the correct temperature.
  2. Productivity in terms of cycle time.
  3. Reduce reject rate at the period of machine starts up.
  4. Process consistency to sustain product quality, ultimately affect the plastic parts price.

The main purpose of mold temperature controlling is to heat the mold to the working temperature and to keep this temperature. If the above two points are successful, the cycle time can be optimized to ensure the stable high quality of injection molded parts. In plastic processing, mold temperature is an important variable and needs to be properly controlled. Perfect temperature control can reduce the unit cost of plastic injection molding. Besides, it can improve the quality of molded products, ensure the correct reproduction of the surface of plastic parts and the uniformity of shrinkage. Therefore, we must optimize the mold temperature control.

Generally speaking, an increase in mold temperature will reduce the condensation of plastic in the cavity. And that makes it easier for molten plastic to flow in the cavity, resulting in greater part weight and better surface quality. At the same time, the increase in mold temperature will increase the tensile strength of the part. Many molds, especially those used for engineering thermoplastic molding, need to operate at relatively high temperatures. If the mold is not insulated, the heat emitted to the air and the heat of the injection molding machine can easily damage the barrel. Therefore, the mold and the plate should be insulated. And if possible, the surface of the mold should also be insulated. If you consider using a hot runner mold, you should minimize the heat exchange between the hot runner and the cooled molded product. This method can reduce energy loss and warm-up time.

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