cold slug

cold slug

[′kōld ‚sləg]
(engineering)
The first material to enter an injection mold in plastics manufacturing.
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It also offers options with which users can specify runners, sprues, and Cold slug wells.
This process results in a lower cavity and gate area temperature, lower injection pressures at injection start and no pushing into the product a cold slug as is normally the case with single heater hot runner systems.
Or, in one example, "a PVC pipe was found to have a crack that was caused by a cold slug from the molding process.
This causes excessive heat loss that will result in a cold slug, drooling, or stringing, all of which cost molders thousands each day.
A dimple can be used to aid flow at the gate because it permits a well for the frozen cold slug to be blown into.
This cold slug remains in the gate during the mold-open step, part ejection, and mold-close motion.
While it often is tasked to do that job, that's not the cold slug well's only function.
Figure 2 shows what a cold slug in the nozzle looks like.
Also, what about the cold slug that sometimes comes out with the sprue, and sometimes stays in the nozzle tip?
Another source of temperature-related flow imbalances is the formation of small frozen plugs in the gate at the end of each hot tip, much like a cold slug that forms on each shot at the tip of the machine nozzle.