Innovation for cooling and thermoregulation of moulds

At the Fakuma 2023 fair, Frigel Group will be exhibiting the latest process cooling solutions, designed especially for applications, among others, in the automotive, packaging, medical, chemical, pharmaceutical, household industries.

Frigel’s lineup includes Microgel Syncro, the new machine-side unit that revolutionizes the temperature control method for injection molding. Microgel Syncro technology provides for a drastic reduction in cycle time (up to 40%), while maintaining the surface quality, dimensional characteristics and mechanical performance of the finished product. The reduction of the total cycle time is obtained thanks to the reduction of the cooling time only: this result, achieved through the digital synchronization with the moulding process, has the great advantage of not requiring modifications of the other moulding parameters, with the unit communicating with the press but remaining completely autonomous and easily implemented by the operators.

The Microgel Syncro range features more than 10 models with cooling capacities from 16 kW to 56 kW and heating capacities from 12 kW to 24 kW. The big difference compared to the traditional method consists of the fact that the Syncro control unit supplies cold water to the mould only during the cooling phase, drastically reducing its duration. The advantages for the customer are easily understood: increased productivity and profitability of the dedicated production cell, against an investment with an average payback time of less than 6 months.

Frigel expands its adiabatic product family line, introducing the Ecodry MDK range of closed-loop adiabatic coolers with closed spray chambers and patented booster cooling technology, designed for flexible configuration of modular adiabatic solutions for small to large plastic factories. MDK takes advantage of some of the technological advances already introduced in the LDK range (new efficient PADs, new generation of EC fans, modular design, wide and deep configuration). MDK features a high efficiency humidification system (Coolpad) and by a new generation of EC fans which, combined with a more effective dry cooler, reach a new level of compactness in a powerful new adiabatic cooler product line. The new Ecodry MDK is designed for integrating easily into existing Ecodry 3DK systems, of which Frigel has an existing installation base of thousands of units, in addition to responding to the new needs of industries, including energy efficiency, sustainability and saving of raw resources such as water.

The 3PR 4.0 product platform is a dedicated Frigel solution that provides complete control of Frigel central cooling systems. The 3PR 4.0 controller meets the needs of processors to supervise and manage the whole cooling system from a single control point. All the connected central system components are controlled via a unique control panel that has been designed specifically for Frigel systems. 3PR 4.0 is available in two versions, Lite and Premium, depending on the size of the system and the equipment to control. 

Full native connectivity to MiND and its new HMI (Human Machine Interface) offer a flawless user experience and compatibility with Industry 4.0 architectures, providing easy visualization and process diagrams of the connected equipment, dashboards for main parameters, performance graphs and alarm management and history.

Frigel introduces advancements in its growingly popular direct injection pressurized water TCUs up to 120°C for applications in automotive, medical and any other technical moulding sector where accuracy, repeatability and process control are fundamental for the profitability of the injection moulding cell. The TDK units are fully adaptable to any moulding condition and are equipped with reliable features and redundant safeties to operate over the entire temperature range. Flow meter options and connectivity to MiND or other Industry 4.0 architectures enable complete process monitoring and data recording.

Finally, Frigel will be exhibiting the full Microgel RS range of high-performance single- and dual-zone temperature control units with integrated booster pumps and chillers for injection moulding. These unique single zone (RSM) and dual zone (RSD) machine-side temperature control units are designed for moulding throughputs ranging from 10 to 240 kg/h. The new Microgel RS range includes major advancements in temperature accuracy over the entire control range (from -5 to 90°C), functionalities, pumping performance and overall energy efficiency. The RS range features additional configurations specifically designed for Packaging (RSP) and Extrusion (RSB). Options such as flowmeters, VFDs, return/remote temperature sensors enable full process control capability. Its new user interface offers a flawless experience and full connectivity and interoperability via the MiND platform.