Saturday, October 4, 2008

How to Calculate Clamping force

as we know clamping unit purpose is to keep mold closed against force when part injected with plastic material, because of that clamping force at least more than injection force, we can applied this clamp pressure both in injection machine with hydraulic or with mechanical toggle.

Injection molding machines are usually characterized by the tonnage of the clamping force that they provide. The clamping force, indicates the amount of force that the clamping unit can apply to the mold to keep it securely closed during the injection of the molten plastic, picture below shown injection machine from Nissei with type NEX80 (80 ton)

the clamping force is proportional to the projected area of the moulding and runner, and must be opposed by the clamping force. although a proportion of the pressure produced by the injection cylinder is transmitted to the cavity, various losses occurring in the heating cylinder, nozzle and gate we can consider that force acts on the mold to make it open can be calculated from the following formula:

Force (lb.) = Pressure (lb/in2) x Projected Area (in2)

what is projected area ? projected area is area that one line with mold base parting line, for complete calculation, calculate the runner projected area and part projected area is more precision. see picture below to get the imagine og projected area

Clamping force calculator
below are clamping force calculator using java script, the script i get from, with little modification so it's more suitable with blogger post page.

Clamping Force

this picture below also have good visualization to explain projected area, clamping force and injection pressure

if you prefer see original calculator go to this webpage Clamping force calculator
but why i set safety factor 0.8, the result will more lower than without safety factor, in clamping force those formula is before correction for pressure drop and other, so the injection pressure always more lower than those manual calculation.

or we can use graph or table to define clamping pressure, like this one from


thank u very much for your information. expecting more details and specifications.

how to calculate runner projection area in 3 plate mould!!!

Thanks for the information ,but how to calculate the cavity presure

Hello all,
Could you please help to determine the clamping force generated by the clips which is being bolted with 2 bolts on each side. I have used M27x2 with the torque of 959 Nm. the diameter which had to clamped is 364. Kindly give valuable suggestion on how to proceed on this type of problem.

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We have 250 Tons machine.Injection pressure is 1067 Kgs/Cm2. holdon pressure is 800 kgs/cm2.what is cavity pressure & what is clamping

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Very useful information in very fluid words. Could you please tell, can we approximately tell clamping force from machine motor power and average daylight?
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here you would find a list for clamping force vs shot weight:,though each injection molding factory has its size,but the difference is acceptable on the list,and you need check by yourself,

Injection molding machines are usually characterized by the tonnage of the clamping force that they provide.
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