Paraffin Wax Actuator Build

Main components:
Sigma Aldrich Wax PN 327204-1KG ( 53-57˚C MP)
TEMPCO Swaged Cartridge Heaters

Operating parameters:
Voltage: 120 vac, 300 Watt, 109W/sq. in., Diameter: 1/4”

Actuation time at 120 volts AC:

75 seconds to fully actuate at full load if ‘cold’ ~(room temp)

45 seconds to fully actuate at full load after initial room temp actuation
Wait ~10 minutes between firing or until plunger returns to starting point

Paraffin actuator performs well, but response is slow
Could be improved significantly by reducing wax volume and by using custom parts everywhere.

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