heated gate cutter

heated gate cutter
HEATED GATE CUTTER
Models FH2 / FH245
Item #109470 / Item #109466
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
Telephone: (440) 543-1615
Fax: (440) 543-1069
Email: sales@imscompany.com
Website: www.imscompany.com
June 2016
IMS Company
10373 Stafford Road
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023-5296
© Copyright 2016 IMS Company. All rights reserved.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Safety Summary ........................................................ 2
Product Description................................................... 3
Product Specifications............................................... 3
Assembly................................................................... 4
Operation................................................................... 9
Maintenance ............................................................ 11
Replacement Parts List ............................................ 12
Maintenance Records and Notes ............................. 13
ECN#
REVISIONS
DESCRIPTION
REV
001 Reformatted, updated for safety wording,
new 6-digit part numbers inserted
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Heated Gate Cutter Models 7½" and 8¼"
DATE
10/03
APPROVED
PSH, GDH
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SAFETY SUMMARY
This manual uses the following signal words to call attention to the
safety sign and to designate a degree or level of hazard seriousness.
1.
DANGER: indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, will result in death or serious injury. This signal word is
limited to the most extreme situations.
2.
WARNING: indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
3.
CAUTION: indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury. Also used to alert
against unsafe practices or property damage only accidents.
4.
NOTE: indicates general safe practices, machine use instructions and
information, property damage only hazards, temporary hazards, precautions
to avoid a hazard, results of not avoiding a hazard, or any combination of
these messages.
5.
SYMBOL/PICTORIAL: conveys a message without words.
6.
SAFETY ALERT SYMBOL: indicates a potential personal injury hazard;
an exclamation point inside a triangle.
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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
IMS High Temperature Gate Cutters are heated for an easier cleaner cut and heat sealed gates
improve molded parts. The 7½" Models have standard flat back blades while the 8¼" Models
are equipped with 45° angled blades with flat back. Features include precision pivot for smooth
accurate performance at elevated temperatures, removable D2 blades for easy sharpening and
insulated foam handle covers. Kits include the Heated Gate Cutter complete with blades, 40 watt
(two 20 watt) cartridge heaters, controller, insulated foam handle covers and a cutter stand.
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
7 1/2” Model
8 1/4” Model
Controller Voltage .................115/60/1 .............................................115/60/1
Temperature Range................ 40 watt: 100° F to 520° F...................40 watt: 100° F to 520° F
(midway on blade)
(midway on blade)
Spring Type............................Coil.....................................................Coil
Blade Material........................D2.......................................................D2
Overall Length .......................7 1/2”..................................................8 1/4”
Blade Length..........................1”........................................................1”
Usable Blade Opening
At Tip ................................15/16”.................................................1 1/8”
At Base:.............................5/16”...................................................25/32”
Weight....................................13 oz...................................................14 oz.
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ASSEMBLY
NOTE: Controller must be unplugged. Wires MUST NOT BE CONNECTED to controller.
The first four steps must be completed before wires are connected to the controller.
INSTALL HANDLE CUSHIONS (required for heat and electrical protection).
The handles will be tight, which they need to be to stay on. Installing them with a back and forth
twisting motion works best.
Note that there are left and right handle cushions. With the flat back of the blades facing down,
the handle’s wire channel should face UP. See Figure below.
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ASSEMBLY (continued)
CLEAN HEATER HOLES IN BLADES.
Thoroughly clean and dry the heater holes in the blades
CAUTION
Heaters that absorb a liquid can fail early, short out or cause
electric shock.
Clean and dry oil from heater holes in blades thoroughly
before installing heaters.
INSTALL HEATERS.
NOTE: Controller must be unplugged. Wires MUST NOT BE CONNECTED to controller.
This step and the following two steps must be completed before wires are connected to the
controller.
Remove retainer clips from heaters
Slide heaters through handle cushions. You might need to work the wire channel a little with
your fingers to open it up for the heaters. NEVER PULL heaters. Continue to PUSH leads to
get them through wire channels.
Install bottom retainer clip on each heater. This is easiest if you slide clip over open end of
heater first.
Apply heat transfer compound to heaters. IMS Infra-Kote (#107264 – 2 oz or #103781 – 16 oz)
works well.
Slide heaters into blades as shown in Figure on the next page.
Install top retaining clip on each heater.
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ASSEMBLY (continued)
WARNING
Do not allow wires to rub against each other or against other parts
of cutter.
Route wires so they do not touch or wear against other surfaces
when idle or in storage.
Exposed wires can cause electric shock.
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ASSEMBLY (continued)
TAPE WIRES TO HANDLES.
Use high heat tape. IMS #102378 works well.
Leave a little slack in wires. Leave a small gap between wires to keep them from rubbing
against each other.
CONNECT CUTTERS TO CONTROLLER.
With controller unplugged, connect wires to controller
CONNECT TO POWER.
Test ground on 115/60/1 outlet you will be plugging controller into.
Plug controller in. Test cutters to ground.
DANGER
Contact with ELECTRIC POWER will cause DEATH OR
SHOCK.
Make sure cutters are grounded through controller.
Unplug controller to service cutters.
Repair frayed wires or loose connections immediately.
SET CUTTERS INTO STAND.
IMS recommends securing cutter stand to bench (with bolts, clamps, screws, etc.) to keep it from
falling over.
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ASSEMBLY (continued)
TEST CUTTERS.
Using OPERATION Instructions, test cutters before releasing them for use in production.
DANGER
Only Authorized Persons are to repair the cutters.
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OPERATION
Tool must have been assembled according to ASSEMBLY Instructions in this manual.
CAUTION
Always wear safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes when
using any plastic gate cutter.
CHECK BLADE ALIGNMENT.
NOTE: This step should be done before blades are HOT!
Close cutter and hold it in front of a light
Look at light through blades. The blades should be perfectly parallel and should just barely
touch. There should be no daylight between the blades, but no load on them when the handles
are closed.
To adjust, loosen screws and use pliers to slide blades. Retighten screws.
WARNING
Do not make changes to the cutter unless approved by IMS
Company or the manufacturer in writing.
TURN CONTROLLER ON.
Adjust temperature. The higher the number on the dial, the hotter the cutter will be. If you are
not sure, setting the dial to 4 is a good place for trial.
Different gates and different plastics will need different temperatures. Cutters should be hot
enough to seal plastic while cutting, but not hot enough to soften plastic in the area of the cut.
Also, if you will be cutting often, set the heat high enough for the blades to recover between cuts.
Let cutters warm up for 15 minutes.
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OPERATION (continued)
Hold cutters by cushioned handles. Squeeze gently and slowly onto gate. Give cutters a chance
to cut and melt the gate at the same time.
Return cutters to cutter stand between uses.
WARNING
Rough use could damage tool’s wiring
Damaged wiring can cause death or shock.
Handle tool carefully.
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MAINTENANCE
Keep wires adjusted for slack and gap between. Make sure they are not rubbing anything nor
getting pinched.
Keep retainer clips on heaters to keep heaters in position.
Keep pivot pin lubricated to keep action smooth and to prevent wear.
Keep blades adjusted according to Steps in OPERATION Instructions above.
Blades can be hand dressed with stone if nicked.
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REPLACEMENT PARTS
DESCRIPTION
OLD IMS#
NEW IMS#
Straight Blades ...............................................GCZZ-FHB1 ......................................102569
45° Blades ......................................................GCZZ-FHB145 ..................................102549
90° Blades ......................................................GCZZ-FHB190 ..................................108559
Blade Holders.................................................GCZZ-F12..........................................102562
(pair, includes screw)
Retainer Clip ..................................................GCZZ-RC2 ........................................108494
Pivot Assembly ..............................................GCZZ-F13..........................................102553
(screw, washer and nut)
Springs ...........................................................GCZZ-S12..........................................102908
(1 dozen)
Handle Cushions ............................................GCZZ-F25..........................................102580
(set of 2)
Controller .......................................................GCZZ-FHC3 ......................................102576
(1/2 Amp)
Controller Fuse...............................................GCZZ-FHC4 ......................................102567
(1/2 Amp)
Cartridge Heater Set....................................................................................................165818
(two 40 Watt)
Male Plug For Cartridge Heater..................................................................................148827
Fuse Cap......................................................................................................................113806
Cutter Stand ...................................................GCZZ-C213 .......................................102596
High-Temp Tape............................................HGXX-STT60.....................................102378
Heat Transfer Compound...............................HBXX-IKB16 .....................................103781
(Infra-Kote, 16 oz)
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MAINTENANCE RECORDS AND NOTES
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