Investigation the Effect of Mold Compression Time and Glue Flow Volume during the Bamboo Fiber Planting Pot Manufacturing Process
Keywords:Compression molding, Bamboo fiber, Planting pot
Plastic manufactured from non-renewable petroleum sources are rapidly being used in agriculture which causing serious environmental risk. In horticultural operations, manage to create a large volume of plastic waste from transplanting pots that are rarely recycled. Therefore, the aim of the project is to design and analysis on effectiveness of design upon producing bamboo planting pot with the end product of bamboo planting pot mold maker. Compression molding processes chosen to form the bamboo planting pot. The usage of specific types of bamboo fiber named Bambusa Vulgaris known ‘Buluh Minyak’ act as material that to be shape up into planting pot. This project showed the preparation for the material needed to fabricate the mold and involvement of machining process to indicate the steps on making up the mold. This project also examined the effectiveness upon flow of glue towards bamboo fiber with a set up volume of glue injector and the evaluation made upon mold compression performance according to its set up time towards bamboo fiber. The data observed with the set up volume of glue injector by one-third, half, and full of taking care of injection gun capacity while mold compression performance analyzed depend on its time of compression which is sixty (60), one hundred eighty (180), and three hundred (300) seconds. Based on the data and result recorded, the adaptable volume of glue injection which one-third is enough to stick and harden up the planting pot with diameter of 120mm and long on 70mm. One hundred eighty (180) seconds of time upon compression taken into consideration in producing bamboo planting pot.