John Beaumont

John Beaumont
Professor Emeritus of Engineering, Plastics Engineering Technology
Office Phone
PENN STATE BEHREND
GLENHILL FARMHOUSE
ERIE PA 16563
    Biography

    Mr. John Beaumont received his B.S. in Plastics Technology 1976 and the M.S. in Plastics Engineering 1994 from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA. Mr. Beaumont joined the Penn State Behrend faculty in 1989. Prior to joining Penn State Behrend, Mr. Beaumont held positions as a research engineer at General Tire and Rubber Company, Project Engineer at Rowland, Engineering Manager at Ciba Vison Corp. and Technical Manager for Moldflow Inc. US operations. In 1992, Mr. Beaumont founded the Plastics CAE Center which trains industry professionals in the use of computer simulation technologies used develop plastic product, tooling and processes.

    Mr. Beaumont founded Beaumont Technologies, Inc. in 1998, which focuses on the design and development of hot and cold runner technologies including his patented MeltFlipper¨∆, MAXTM and iMARCTM technologies. He is also the author of Runner & Gating Design Handbook, co-author of Successful Injection Molding, and a contributing author to Injection Molding Handbook. Mr. Beaumont is a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers and past Chair of the IMD Board of Directors.

    He served as chair of the Plastics Engineering Technology program from 2002 until the completion of his sabbatical in May 2012.


    Membership in professional and learned societies

    • Society of Plastics Engineers

    Awards

    Recipient of teaching awards

    • Nominated, Council of Fellows Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006.
    • Nominated, Council of Fellows Excellence in Teaching Award, 2001.

    Honors or awards for scholarship or professional activity

    • May 2007 Elected Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers.
    • Aug. 2006 Plastics Technology Magazine cited Beaumont Technology Inc. as presenting one of the top three new technologies iMARC, in-Mold Adjustable Rheological Control introduced at the 2006 National Plastics Exposition among 2000 companies, Aug. 2006.
    • Nominated, Council of Fellows Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006.
    • Best Paper Award, for paper titled Controlling balanced molding through new hot runner manifold designs, with K. Boell, Mold Making Division, Society of Plastics Engineers ANTEC, Dallas, TX, 2001.
    • Awarded Engineer of the Year Award, by the Injection Molding Division, Society of Plastics Engineers, 2001.
    • Awarded Behrend College Council of Fellows Excellence in Outreach and Service Award, 2000.
    • Awarded Society of Plastics Engineers Outstanding Member Award, by the Erie Engineering Council, February 25, 2000.
    • Nominated for the Annual Penn State Faculty Outreach Award, 1998, 1999.
    • Special Recognition Award, Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program PENNTAP, May 11, 1999.
    • Division Chair Award, Injection Molding Division of Society of Plastics Engineers, May 1999.
    • Nominated for the 1999 Penn State University Council of Fellows Faculty Research Award.
    • Man of the Year Award, Northwest Pennsylvania Society of Plastics Engineers, December 1999.
    • Best Paper Award for paper titled Mold filling imbalances in geometrically balanced runner systems. Injection Molding Division of The Society of Plastics Engineers, 1998 ANTEC, Atlanta.
    • Technical Program Chair Award by the Injection Molding Division, Society of Plastics Engineers, in recognition for being Injection Molding Division Technical Program Chair 1996.
    • Provost's Award for Collaborative Instruction and Curricular Innovation, for work on the reorganized introduction to engineering design course E G 050, with Kathryn Holliday-Darr, Jack Young, William Lasher, Ralph Ford, and Edward Evans, Jr., 1995.
    • Chairman's Award for best technical paper, Use of Flow Analysis for Predicting Flash and Clamp Tonnage, Thermoset Division, Society of Plastics Engineers 47th Annual Technical Conference, New York, NY, May 4, 1989.
    Research Interests

    Material characterization - thermoplastic and thermoset shrinkage, warp and stress predictions for plastics extrusion flow analysis polymer, orientational effects.

    Publications

    A New Look at Evaluating Fill Times for Injection Molding - August, 2013

    Ausleeegund von Anguss und Angusskanal - 2012

    Effect of Part Thickness on the Potential for Inducing Cold Crystallinity in Nylon 6/6, ANTEC
    Collaborators: Alicyn Rhoades, Co-Author; Jason Williams, Co-Author

    How Will it Mold, - Brand New Method Relates Material, Mold & Machine, Plastics Technology Magazine - June, 2012

    The Real Cause of Multi-Cavity Mold Imbalances, Mold Making Technology Magazine - May, 2012

    From Art to Science - Design & Production of Medical Plastic Components, IMD Magazine - An International Journal of Medical Devices - January, 2012

    From Art to Science - Design & Production of Medical Plastic Components, International Medical Device Conference - October, 2011

    The Effect of Melt Rotation Technology on Particle Distribution during Injection Molding, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - May, 2011
    Collaborators: K Slye; J Coulter; B Bekisli; T Skiba

    Intelligent Melt Rotation against Shear-Induced Filler Migration in Injection Molding, Proceedings, National Science Foundation CMMI Grantees Conference - January, 2011
    Collaborators: K Slye; J Coulter; B Bekisli

    Methodology for Evaluating Warpage Sensitivity of Plastic Materials, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) - 2010
    Collaborators: Brian Young, Co-Author; Z Stefanik

    Plastic Part Design, Injection Molding Handbook, 2nd Edition - 2008

    Plastics Part Design and Mold Design - 2008

    Minimizing the Risk of Developing Plastic Medical Products, Medical Product Outsourcing - October, 2008

    The Runner and Gating Design Handbook, Second Edition - 2007

    Controlling Warpage Through Melt Rotation Technology, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference - May, 2006
    Collaborators: C Welsh; J Heugel; M Myers

    Isolation of True Runner System Behavior in Simulation Tools for Injection Molding, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference - May, 2006
    Collaborator: M Dropik

    The Effect of Primary Runner Length on Fill-Imbalance in a Geometrically Balanced Eight Cavity Polymer Injection Mold, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference - May, 2006
    Collaborators: J Coulter; J Beaumont; M Myers

    Controlling Intra-Cavity Melt Flow and Weld Strength Through New Runner Design Technology, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference - May, 2005
    Collaborators: C Stewart; M Ezzo

    The Runner and Gating Design Handbook - 2004

    Artificially Balancing Geometrically Balanced Runner Systems, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference - 2003
    Collaborators: J Beaumont; Brian Young

    Successful Injection Molding – Process, Design and Simulation - 2002
    Collaborators: R Nagel; R Sherman

    Experimental and Numerical Analysis of the Flow Imbalance in a Runner System, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference - 2002
    Collaborators: J Beaumont; A Kumar; A Egelja; E Grald

    Advances in Hot Runner Technology, TopCon - 2002

    Mold Design - 2001

    Part Design, Injection Molding Handbook - 2001

    Controlling Balanced Molding through New Hot Runner Manifold Designs, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference - 2001
    Collaborator: K Boell

    Revolutionizing Runner Designs in Hot and Cold Runner Molds, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference - 2001

    Thermoset Filling Imbalances in Geometrically Balanced Runner Systems, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference - 2001
    Collaborator: D Hoffman

    Molding High-Precision Parts in High Cavitation Molds, MoldMaking Technology Magazine - November, 2001

    New Runner-Design Concept Boosts Quality and Productivity, Plastics Technology Magazine - April, 2001

    Flow Imbalances in Naturally Balanced Runners: A Major Cause of Mold Returns, Proceedings, Moldmaking 1999 Conference - 1999
    Collaborators: J Ralston; A Shuttleworth

    How the ‘Melt Flipper’ Solves Cavity Imbalances and Improves Part Uniformity, Proceedings, Western Plastics Conference - 1999
    Collaborator: J Ralston

    The ‘Melt Flipper’ Solving Flow Imbalances in Multi-Cavity Molds, Proceedings, Molding ‘99 Conference - 1999
    Collaborator: J Ralston

    Trouble Shooting Cavity to Cavity Variations in Multi-Cavity Molds, Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Conference - 1999
    Collaborators: J Ralston; A Shuttleworth; M Carnovale

    ’Melt Flipper’ Technology for Solving Molding Imbalances and Related Product Variations, Society of Plastics Industry’s Annual Structural Plastics 99 - 1999
    Collaborator: J Rolston

    Mold Filling Imbalances in Geometrically Balanced Runner Systems, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites - 1999

    Troubleshooting Cavity To Cavity Variations in Multi-Cavity Injection Molds, Journal of Injection Molding Technology - 1999
    Collaborators: J Ralston; J Shuttleworth; M Carnovale

    ’Melt Flipper’ Solves In-Mold Flow Imbalances, Canadian Plastics - 1999

    ’Melt Flipper’ Technology for Solving Molding Imbalances and Related Product Variations, Society of Plastics Industry’s Annual Structural Plastics 99 - 1999
    Collaborator: J Ralston

    Exposing the Mold Gremlin, Part II - The Five Step Process of Diagnosing Mold Imbalances, MoldMaking Technology Magazine - September, 1999

    Exposing the Mold Gremlin, Part I, MoldMaking Technology Magazine - March, 1999

    Mold Filling Imbalances in Geometrically Balanced Runner Systems, Society of Plastics Engineering Annual Conference, Injection Molding Division - 1998
    Collaborators: J Young; M Jaworski

    Solving Mold Filling Imbalances in Multi-Cavity Molds, Journal of Injection Molding Technology - 1998
    Collaborators: J Young; M Jaworski

    Design for Injection Molding Guide, Ver. 2 - 1997
    Collaborator: D Sheth

    Mold Filling Imbalances in Geometrically Balanced Runner Systems, Journal of Injection Molding Technology - 1997
    Collaborator: J Young

    Product Development with Today’s CAE Technologies: Benefits and Pitfalls, SPE Regional Technical Conference - 1996

    The Complex World of Integrating Injection Molding, Part Design, Mold Design and Plastic Materials, Society of Plastics Engineering Annual Conference, Injection Molding Divisions Special Presentation Series - 1996

    An Innovative Approach to Incorporating Design Into the Freshman Year, Proceedings, ASEE 1995 National Conference - 1995
    Collaborators: K Holliday-Darr; J Young; William Lasher; Edward Evans; Ralph Ford; Amir Khalilollahi; Thomas Hemminger

    Linear Shrinkage Resulting From Flow During Injection Molding, Society of Plastic Engineers Regional Technical Conference and Seminar - 1993

    Performing an Energy Audit On an Injection Molding Process, Proceedings, 49th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers - 1991
    Collaborators: T Farrell; P Koch

    Techniques for Controlling Shrinkage in Plastic Models Made By Stereolithography, Proceedings, 49th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers - 1991
    Collaborators: R Farrell; J Meckley

    Computer Flow Analysis Verification of Phenolics, 48th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers - 1990
    Collaborator: P O'Brian

    Frictional Heating in Runners for Enhanced Thermoset Molding, 48th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers - 1990
    Collaborators: P Koch; R Farrell

    Application and Advancements in C.A.E. Flow Technologies for Injection Molding, Society of Plastics Engineers Regional Technical Conference, Molding Today and Tomorrow - 1989

    Evaluation of Runner Designs Through Use of Thermoset Flow Analysis, 47th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers - 1989

    Injecting Molding Simulation, An Emerging Supercomputer Application, Supercomputer Conference - 1989
    Collaborator: M Obermier

    Shrinkage and Warpage Analysis of Plastic Injection Molded Parts, Society of Automotive Engineers International Congress - 1989

    Use of Flow Analysis for Predicting Flash and Clamp Tonnage, 47th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers - 1989

    New Shrinkage and Warpage Software for Plastics and Its Practical Application, Society of Plastics Engineers Regional Technical Conference, Injection Molding Systems - 1988

    Predicting Shrinkage and Warpage of Injection Molded Plastic Parts, Society of Plastics Engineers Regional Technical Conference, Injection Molding Systems - 1988

    Education

    MS, Plastics Engineering

    BS, Plastics Technology