ELANTAS Electrical Insulation

Casting & Potting

In principle, the resin component should be carefully stirred at the beginning of processing. Resins and  hardeners are generally prepared and processed under vacuum. Adherence to the mixing ratio and intensive mixing are thus important since otherwise variations in the mechanical and dielectric properties of the cured potting resin can occur. 

The casting method uses a liquid compound poured into a mold containing the device to be encased in. When the compound has hardened the mold is released. Components are normally treated with a high temperature and vacuum process to reach the desired stabilization. Resin and hardener are then generally injected in a dynamic mixer in order to be transferred by gravity or by pressure (A.P.G. automatic pressure gelation system) into molds already pre-heated. After the complete filling , molds are stored in adequate  ovens to follow a selected curing cycle. If unfilled materials are used, during the process, a proper quantity of fillers can be added to the formulation before mixing.

In principle, the resin component should be carefully stirred at the beginning of processing. Resin compound can be prepared and processed under normal pressure even if  an under vacuum preparation of resin and hardener if possible is widely suggested. Adherence to the mixing ratio and intensive mixing are thus important since otherwise variations in the mechanical and dielectric properties of the cured potting resin can occur. The potting method uses a “pot”, case or shell to put the device in and then pour the liquid potting compound to the top of the case covering the device and completely encasing it. The case becomes part of the finished unit. This is the most common method used, especially for high speed and many-units-per-hour production-line conditions. 

The resin compound can be prepared and processed under normal pressure even if  an under vacuum preparation of resin and hardener if possible is widely suggested.

Potting compounds can cure at room temperature or with the addition of heat if hot temperature hardeners are used.