Solenoids Help Control Injection Molding

Automotive Seats

TLX designs solenoids that solve our customers' unique dilemmas. This is an example of how TLX ingenuity was applied in the field.

Customer Problem

A manufacturer of foam injection molding machines needed to refine their product to better suit a client that made seats for automotive OEMS. The seat manufacturer requested the ability to easily control the density of foam during production so that each seat component could meet OEM specifications. Variations in foam density help ensure good vibration absorption, passenger comfort and long-term durability.

TLX Solution

TLX engineers designed a custom latching solenoid that operated in high temperatures and provided the precise control required for the molding process. As the injection machine filled the seat mold, a short pulse of power moved the solenoids to the “latched" position. Once latched, the solenoids would open vents in the mold, allowing air and gas to escape as the foam expanded. Permanent magnets held the solenoid open while consuming no power. A short pulse of opposite polarity would de-latch the solenoid once the mold was full; closing the vents and compressing the foam. The latching solenoid operated on four AA batteries and could run efficiently for at least 50,000 cycles.

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