Rotational Molder Types and Their Benefits
There are a number of different kinds of machines used in the rotational molding industry. The most prevalent kind of rotational molders are the clamshell, the vertical, the up and over, the swing arm, and the carousel machine. Each rotational molder, while different from the rest, performs important duties. These different duties will vary according to the machine’s ability as well as the needs of the industry employing the machine.
For example, the clamshell machine is great for use where you may not have a lot of space. It is more self-contained than some of the other machines, meaning that the entirety of the heating and cooling process remains inside the machine. Companies who craft clamshell rotational molders are able to create smaller-sized machines that can be used for educational purposes and not only within the industrial sector. If the clamshell molder is considered small, it is safe to say that the rock and roll machine is the clamshell’s much larger cousin. The rock and roll rotational molder is great for longer items, as the machine itself has an elongated shape. And like the clamshell, the rock and roll machine rotates, but it rotates in two directions, allowing for faster molding.
The most popular of the rotational molders, though, is the carousel machine. Much like the carousels or merry-go-rounds from your childhood, the carousel molder rotates while its arms perform various functions in the heating and cooling process. The carousel rotational molder is so popular because of its capacity to perform different functions at once. If there is a drawback to using the carousel machine, it would have to be regarding its size. It is not a diminutive machine, so it requires a lot of space to operate since its multiple arms need room to move. So, like other rotational molders, it has its virtues as well as its vices.