CD moulding machines have an average through-put of 550-900
discs per hour, per moulding line. See-through polycarbonate
pellets are initially dried at approximately 130 degrees Celsius
for three hours. These are then fed by vacuum transfer into
the one end of the injection moulder's drum and are moved
to the injection compartment by way of a huge coil inside
this drum. The drum is wrapped with heater bands, which melt
the polycarbonate. As soon as the mould is closed, the screw
moves forward to insert molten plastic into the mould hollow.
Cold water runs through the mould halves outside the hollow,
which cools the plastic so it becomes somewhat solid. The
entire process takes 3 to 5 seconds.