In injection molding, the resin to be processed is fed via a hopper into the injection molding machine.
The shape of the hopper can be rounded or squared. The hopper leads into a cylindrical drain inlet connected to the screw cylinder.
The hopper can be moved in axial direction before a material change.
This way its content can be released before it is filled with another material.
The filling of the machine hopper is either be done manually or automatically via a central material supply.
Depending on the application, the hopper is often also equipped with dryers or mixers.
This glossary of plastic industry is provided by PLEXPERT Canada Inc.