Acrolab supports the rubber molding sector with multiple products and services. We can work with you to supply your team with thermal services and components for your rubber applications. Since all client’s needs are unique, Acrolab technical experts work hand in hand with your team to ensure your expectations are understood and the solution meets your needs.

Let Acrolab Assist with Your Rubber Application Needs

Since every client has unique requirements, Acrolab has 7 key milestones in which we assist our clients.

  1. Obtain client information
  2. Supply recommendations to the client
  3. Consult and confirm the client solution(s)
  4. Design and development
  5. Client approval
  6. Execute: design, build, test
  7. Deliver the solution

Make Your Project as Turnkey as You Want it to be!

You can choose one or all of the services below to suit your needs.

  • Engineering: engineering design, design review, engineered Solutions
  • Engineered thermal solutions
  • Heaters: cartridge heaters, strip heaters, split heaters, channel heaters
  • Temperature sensing: thermocouples and RTDs
  • Isobar heat pipes: Isobars (moving heat in or out of targeted locations)
  • Temperature uniformity: Isobar heat pipes (to create isothermal conditions)
  • Tool insulation: mold insulation board
  • Platens: heated/cooled platens or heated/cooled Isoplatens
  • Schematics: electrical tool schematics and layout
  • Electrical box: tool junction boxes
  • Temperature control: controllers of all types
  • Install: turn key install of our components and system

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An Isobar in rubber tooling bringing uniform heat to the part surface

Rubber Application Challenges

Acrolab has years of experience overcoming thermal challenges and will make a great addition to your support team.

  • Getting heat to the parting surface
  • Removing heat from a parting surface
  • Uneven curing
  • Challenging part geometries
  • Thermal recovery
  • Pressure to quicken cycle times
  • Part sizes
  • Inconsistent part thickness
  • Decision to heat the tool or the platen(s)
  • Multiple cavities
  • Multiple inserts
  • Multiple thermal breaks
  • Temperature uniformity
Rubbing Tooling Thermal Simulation

Temperature Uniformity Solved: Isobar® Heat Pipes Work In Both Heating And Cooling Applications

Thermal uniformity issues are a big problem with many rubber tooling applications.  Whether you are utilizing heated platens or heating your tools directly, thermal uniformity is a concern.

  • One solution is to implement Isobar heat pipes into the tool.
  • Acrolab Isobars or heat pipes can either be implemented for heating or cooling issues.
  • Isobar heat pipes move heat 250 times faster than copper they are an easy choice to remedy any thermal uniformity issues.
  • This solution also dramatically helps with thermal recovery during faster cycle times
Isobars in headlight tooling insert
Isobars in headlight tooling insert

Dealing With Multiple Inserts

Due to the complex part geometries, it is not uncommon to have multiple inserts within a tool. Every insert that is added to a tool presents an additional challenge for thermal transfer. The best practice to take is to implement a heat source or Isobar heat pipe into the insert.  The goal is to bridge the thermal break between the tool and the insert.  By doing this you will eliminate potential thermal recovery issues that can typically occur.

  • If it is possible to taper the insert to the tool this would be highly recommended. By tapering the insert to the tool you create the maximum surface contact to ensure optimal thermal transfer.
  • It is also important to machine the two mating surfaces as smooth as possible.  This will ensure you have intimate contact between the tool and insert
Acrolab Heaters & Isobars in rubber over molding with multiple cores and inserts. 58% cycle time reduction after implementing Acrolab technology