When using a rapid heating or cooling process, or if heater cartridges are used in the mold, the user has the option to control the production cycle using the temperature of a specified mold node. This simulates a thermocouple being used to turn the steam cycle or heater bands on or off. This result plots the temperature of the thermocouple node from start-up of the injection molding machine until processing conditions have been reached.
Several production cycles are required for the injection mold to reach operating temperatures. Altering process settings such as the temperature of the steam used, the heat flux of a heater cartridge or the mold open time can influence how many cycles are required before a part with repeatable quality can be produced.