Injection Molding Process Control - A Review.
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This paper reviews control strategies employed in the injection molding process. For clarity, the controlled variables have been categorized into all phase control, phase-dependent control and cycle to cycle control. All phase control includes variables which must be monitored and controlled at all times i.e. in all the phases. Control of variables which are triggered during a specific phase are discussed under phase dependent control. In cycle to cycle control, use is made of the previous data in order to predict future trends and take corrective actions thereof. The cyclic, dynamic and unsteady state nature of the injection molding process has been discussed with respect to the conventional PI and PID controllers as well as the more advanced control schemes such as self-tuning control, optimal control, and statistical process control. Suggestions involving specific advanced control schemes and recommendations for-future research in injection molding process control have also been made.