Electric Platens

The World Leader in Electric Platens

Single Zone, MultiZone Platens, Heat Tube Platens, & Control Panels

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MultiZone Platens

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Heat Tube Platens

electric platen types

Electric Platen Types

single and multizone platen control panels

Single & MultiZone Control Panels

Electric Platen Manufacturing

Over 50 years of Electric Platen Production

Whether cartridge or strip, single or MultiZone, Venango Machine Company’s electric platens offer compression molders an alternative heating method that allows for faster heat up and recovery times and higher temperatures, as opposed to traditional heating methods. Most importantly, each and every electric platen we manufacture is custom-designed by our skilled team of engineers to meet your specific needs.

Venango Machine Company also designs and manufactures steam and thermal fluid platens, as well as electrically heated, water-cooled platens (Type EWC). To read more about the characteristics of these platens, please visit our Steam & Thermal Fluid Platens page.

Electric Platens

Electric Platen Types: Electric Platen Manufacturing

Operating temperature and temperature uniformity are important when determining what type of electric platen is needed for your platen application. Determine whether your application needs platens that heat only or requires both heating and cooling. Consider which type of heater is preferred and best meets your needs. The chart below shows the difference between the types of electric platens that are available. If you are unsure which type of electric platen is best for your application, contact our sales department for further assistance.

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strip electric platen

Type SE - Strip Electric Platen

Type SE platens are electrically heated and utilize strip-type heating elements as a heat source. They feature relatively easy heater removal in case of burnout and are typically recommended for lower temperature and non-vacuum applications.
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Type CE - Cartridge Electric Platen

This electrically heated platen utilizes round cartridge heaters and is typically used for higher temperature and vacuum applications. Venango also offers a split electric design.
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cartridge electric platen
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Type HT - Heat Tube Platen

Designed in a multi-layer lattice of cartridge heaters/heat tubes, heat tube platens are extremely cost effective when utilized with your existing control system for retrofitting projects. They can be quickly and easily adapted to your existing press equipment.
electrically heated water cooled platen

Type EWC - Electrically Heated, Water Cooled Platen

Electrically heated, water-cooled platens utilize a heat source strip or cartridge heating elements. These platens are recommended for both vacuum and non-vacuum applications. Ask us about our specialty designs for people with severe heating and/or cooling needs
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electrically heated water cooled platen

MultiZone Platens: The Best Platens for Temperature Control & Uniformity

When temperature uniformity is critical, the MultiZone Platen is your ultimate solution. Complete with a control panel, this Venango Machine Company-exclusive technology delivers the precision control necessary to ensure a quality product and faster recovery times, saving you valuable time and money. In fact, you’ll find our custom-designed MultiZone Platens are developed with your most intricate requirements — and your complete satisfaction — in mind.

Maintaining good temperature uniformity over the surface of a platen is extremely difficult. At Venango, our exclusive MultiZone Platen technology makes platen heat control much easier and much more precise. This enables you to control the platen temperature, and ultimately, the quality of your product. If temperature control is your problem, the MultiZone Platen is the answer.

Customer Testimonials for the Multizone Platen:

  • We consider MultiZone part of our competitive advantage.
  • MultiZone reduced mold surface temperature variation by almost 400%.
  • MultiZone is superior to heat tube technology because the key is uniform mold temperature, not uniform platen temperature. The heat tube platen does not give manufacturers that capability, but MultiZone does.
  • Production is a function of time, temperature, and pressure. MultiZone has eliminated variation of temperature from the manufacturing equation.
  • The MultiZone operator screen user interface makes it easier for the operator to directly control temperature on the mold surface.

Single Zone and MultiZone Platen Control Panels

Looking for precise controls for your electric platens? Venango Machine Company offers a number of solutions:

  • Initial control panel engineering design and specifications
  • Stand-alone control panel options
  • Single-zone control panel options with complete operator interface HMI system
  • MultiZone control panel options with complete operator interface HMI system
  • Control panel schematics
  • On-site setup and training for electric platen control panels
  • On-site troubleshooting for electric platens and control panels

Regardless of your requirements, Venango Machine Company is a one-stop shop for all your control panel needs.

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Cost-Effective Heat Tube Platens

At Venango, our heat tube platen technology distributes cartridge heat energy with an amazing uniformity, reducing scrap costs, producing higher quality molded materials, and allowing for faster cycles. In fact, our heat tube platens exceed the most stringent industry heat distribution standards for single-zone platen designs.

Designed in a multi-layer lattice of cartridge heaters/heat tubes, our heat tube platens are extremely cost-effective when utilized with your existing control system for retrofitting projects. What’s more, they can be quickly and easily adapted to your existing press equipment. Contact us today to learn more about what Venango Machine Company can do for you.

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Electric Platen Repair & Refurbishing

Due to operational efficiencies, it is critical that platens maintain their flatness and parallelism. If a platen is even slightly bent or damaged, it is going to produce imperfections in the end product. Venango Machine Company’s refurbishing program is capable of re-machining electric platens that have been damaged in pressing accidents, upgrading hanger and guide systems to accommodate additional press openings, and restoring flat/parallel specifications to platens experiencing normal wear and tear. To learn more about Venango’s platen refurbishing capabilities, contact us today.

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