This article will explain the issues about producing PC products in detail and it is divided into 2 parts.

This is the Part One which includes the following 5 aspects:

Raw material drying

PC plastics, even touching a bit of water, the situation of bonds broken for hydrolysis, lower molecular weight and lower physical strength will occur. Therefore, before molding, the moisture of polycarbonate should be strictly controlled below 0.02% to avoid the reduced mechanical strength of the molded product or the abnormal appearance of bubbles and silver streaks on the surface.

PC is extremely sensitive to water, so it must be fully dried before injection to reduce its water content to below 0.02%. General PC drying conditions: 100 ~ 120 ℃, at least 4 hours.

Injection temperature

The injection temperature must take the shape, size, mold structure, product performance, requirements and other aspects into consideration.

Generally, the temperature used in molding is between 270 and 320 ° C. If the material temperature is too high like exceeding 340 ° C, the PC will decompose, the product will become darker in color, and defects such as silver filaments, dark streaks, black spots, bubbles, etc. At the same time, the physical and mechanical properties also significantly decreased.

PC is also very sensitive to temperature. Melt viscosity decreases significantly with increasing temperature. The barrel temperature is generally at 250 ~ 320 ℃ (better not more than 350 ℃). Properly increasing the barrel temperature is good for PC plasticization. When necessary, internal stress should be annealed, with oven temperature 125 ~ 135 ℃, for 2 hours and naturally cooled to room temperature.

Injection pressure

It has a certain influence on the physical and mechanical properties of PC products, internal stress, molding shrinkage rate, etc. It has a greater impact on the appearance and release of the product.The injection pressure which is  too low or too high will cause certain defects in the product. Generally the injection pressure is controlled at between 80-120MPa. For thin-walled, long-flow, complex-shaped products with small gates, in order to overcome the resistance of the melt flow and fill the mold cavity in time, the higher injection pressure (120 -145MPa) should be applied. Thus, a complete and smooth surface product is produced.

Poor fluidity requires high-pressure injection, but it needs to take into account the large internal stress remaining on the plastic parts (which may cause cracking).

Injection speed: medium speed should be taken in thick wall , high speed taken in thin wall.

Holding pressure and holding time

The strength of the holding pressure and the length of the holding time have a great impact on the internal stress of the PC product. The small holding pressure and small shrinkage effect will easily cause the vacuum bubble or the shrunken surface. If the holding pressure is too large, It easily get some large internal stress around the mouth. High material temperature and low holding pressure are often applied in actual processing.

The choice of holding time should take into account the thickness of the product, gate size, mold temperature, etc. Generally, small and thin products do not require a long holding time. On the contrary, the holding time of large and thick products should be longer. The length of dwell time can be determined by the sealing time test of gate.

Injection speed

It has no obvious effect on the performance of PC products. Except thin-walled, small gate, deep hole and long-flow products, medium or slow processing is generally used. Multi-stage injection will be the best which generally in a way of slow-fast-slow.

Attention: Part Two is on the next page.