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dc.contributor.advisor Gunapala, PY
dc.contributor.author Hettiarachchi, HANR
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-22T08:09:43Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-22T08:09:43Z
dc.identifier.uri http://dl.lib.mrt.ac.lk/handle/123/1874
dc.description.abstract An attempt has been made to design vacuum forming machine which is capable of producing "Small plant growing Horticultural HIPS tray" in a economical speed. these trays has high demand in all over the world's horticultural industry but used thermo-forming as a manufacturing process which tooling cost quite high compared with vacuum forming. at the same time small quantity of product not accepted by the manufactures and simple epoxy moulds and wood mould can't used in this thermoforming machine. at the same time European made thermoforming machine is high expensive compared with normal roll feed vacuum forming machines. so my aim was to design vacuum forming machine which is capable of producing this type of product at a economical way. This research aimed to design most critical components of this vacuum forming machine with clear understanding of it's practical operational requirement. Basically heater oven ; vacuum system; mold and plug moving system and mould design covered in this research. High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) used as the plastic material for this "Horticulture tray production" and this machine capable of using .O.8mm - 0.25mm thick HIPS and PP (polypropylene) sheets reels as input material. Pneumatically operated mould and plug moving system incorporated with chill water cooling jacket as a mould base for each and every mould used. Electric Infra-red ceramic heaters used as the heating source for sheet heating ..These heaters mounted on top and bottom ovens where sheet feeding through these two. Vane type vacuum pump selected according to match the vacuum requirement and this vacuum system consists of vacuum surge tank, vacuum line and operating solenoid valves.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject CHEMICAL AND PROCESS ENGINEERING - Thesis ; PLASTICS - Polystyrenes ; POLYSTYRENES - Thermal Properties ; HORTICULTURE - Sri Lanka
dc.title Design of thermo forming machine
dc.type Thesis-Abstract
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US
dc.identifier.degree MSc en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Chemical Engineering en_US
dc.date.accept 2008
dc.identifier.accno 93941 en_US


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