The new NCI 33 manifold for temperature control in the injection moulding process
Stäubli, a company specialising in high integrity connection solutions, has introduced a temperature control manifold for injection moulding applications in the plastics sector, which it says simplifies mould connections and brings added flexibility to temperature control circuits.
Stӓubli’s fluid distribution manifold, the NCI 33, is part of its range of connectors for temperature control circuitry on injection moulding tools. The company says its modular design offers “several thousand” possible configurations to satisfy all applications.
Swivelling modules on the manifold permit rotation of each connector to the required angle and maintain a tight seal during adjustment, even under load.
A variety of connectors suitable for the specific fluid and temperatures being used can be incorporated into the manifold, from threaded plugs to quick release anti pollution flat face, full flow or shut-off couplings.
Stӓubli says two types of inlet and outlet (axial or radial) allow multiple connection possibilities along with a choice in quick release connector. Coloured rings also provide simple and quick identification of the hot/cold fluid circuits. The manifold can be fitted with between two and 16 modules according to the number of circuits; sealing between modules is built into the design.
For temperature control, manifolds are used in pairs one at the inlet and the other at the outlet. Each manifold can be mounted either vertically or horizontally and can be stacked if required. 3D and 2D files of the manifold and fittings are available to help with integration into existing installations.
Stӓubli says the NCI 33 reflects the current trend in injection moulding to integrate different functions on the mould such as component ejection, sequential injection, as well as temperature control and provides a “simplified, ergonomically designed and reliable” manifold that can be readily adapted to all applications.
You watch a video demonstration of the NCI manifold by clicking here.