A blog reader asked a follow-up question to a previous blog posting…
If I don’t level the machine, what will happen?
Failure to properly level a molding machine can result in premature wear, equipment damage, and even clamp failure. Any twist or non-levelness of the clamp system results in non-linear movement of the platen and uneven forces applied to the tie bars, bushings, and parting lines. The most wear points are premature wear of bushings, wear plates, and feet. When processing, you may notice uneven clamping and uneven flash. If there is twist, excessive wear of leader pins and parting line seals may occur… and the molding machine might even ‘walk’ or move on the plant floor.
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