Beaumont Technologies, Inc., founded on April 17, 1998, is headquartered at 1524 East 10th Street, Erie, PA 16511. Location and Directions.
Outside (top) and inside (bottom) views of the previous Plastics Technology department and laboratory at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
The company was originally formed under the name “Beaumont Runner Technologies, Inc.” to commercialize a new plastic melt conditioning technology for the Injection Molding Industry. The technology was invented and developed by John P. Beaumont, a professor in the Plastics Engineering Technology program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (see images on right), to solve product quality and manufacturing issues related to uneven mold filling. John identified the root cause of these issues in the early 1990’s and spent the following years conducting experiments to document his theories and to develop practical solutions for injection molders worldwide. The result of his efforts came to be know as MeltFlipper® technology.
The name “MeltFlipper” has interesting origins worth mentioning. During a 1998 interview with the Erie Times-News, John commented on how his new invention flips the melt conditions within the runner system to solve filling imbalances. A week or so later, while attending his son’s basketball game, a friend in the stands who read the article asked, “How’s the melt flipper business?” The name stuck ever since and eventually became the registered trademark of the company’s flagship product.
Beaumont’s melt rotation technology was a revolutionary idea for the plastics industry, which prompted him to patent the invention. MeltFlipper® technologies quickly gained acceptance at regional electrical connector manufacturers, such as Delphi Packard Electronics (Warren, OH), and Osram-Sylvania (Warren, PA). In early 2000, Beaumont Technologies hired it’s first full-time employee and began to develop some strategic distribution alliances with other well-established companies.
Driven by customer applications, John and a colleague soon realized that they needed to expand on the capabilities of melt-rotation technologies, which then prompted the next-generation MeltFlipper Multi-Axis (MAX™) technology.
The company quickly grew from being a regional supplier focused on the electrical connector industry, to a national and now global supplier to all industries that manufacture or procure plastic components.
Since its origin, the company has steadily grown and expanded its product and service offerings. In addition to MeltFlipper® technologies, the company now offers CAE by BTI SM flow analysis consulting service, hot runner melt-rotation technology, 5Step Process™ Mold Diagnostic Software, and BTI Training SM seminars. The growing list of new products and services prompted a name change for Beaumont Technologies since it no longer dealt only in runner systems. As a result, in 2003, the company formally shortened its name to Beaumont Technologies, Inc.
The rapid growth of the company created the need for a larger facility to accommodate additional staff in early 2004. The continued development of Beaumont Technologies again resulted in the need for additional expansion in 2007 to a larger facility. In addition to creating room for more personnel, the East 10th Street facility also allowed Beaumont Technologies to expand its technical molding, manufacturing and R&D capabilities, which paved the way for a complete line of Rheological Control Systems, Veri-Flo SM, and general Consulting Services.
Beaumont Technologies' new East 10th Street facility located in Erie, PA
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