Beaumont Expands Plastics Molding Lab to Increase Material Characterization Services

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Global plastics engineering leader acquires new Sodick LA 60 injection molding machine to expand research, process development, and material characterization capabilities.

ERIE, PA — Beaumont Technologies, an industry leader in plastics technology, has acquired a new Sodick LA 60 injection molding machine to expand the company’s research and product development capabilities.

“This high precision molding machine has a 25 mm screw and plunger system with an available molding capacity of 1.64 oz.,” explained Eric Bowersox, Beaumont’s advanced processing lab manager. “We will use this press to test applications of our patent pending material characterization method, known as Therma-flo™.

Bowersox noted that the Sodick’s two-stage plunger system provides extremely precise injection control of the plastic melt and enhances Beaumont’s material characterization process.

“We currently have seven injection molding machines on-site, from a three-ton micro molder to a 150-ton machine,” said Bowersox. “The new Sodick LA 60 is a high value addition to our molding lab capabilities.”

Len Hampton, national sales manager for Sodick, added that Beaumont has earned a well-deserved reputation for innovation and expertise in plastics engineering.

“They are a company that pushes the envelope, specifically from a technology standpoint,” said Hampton. “The Sodick two-stage plunger system has significant advantages for material preparation. Our stationary screw provides a homogeneous and uniform melt as each pellet sees the same thermal history. This along with the plunger’s ability to provide an exact dose enhances Beaumont’s material characterization technology.”



Headquartered in Erie, Pa., Beaumont Technologies is the pioneer and world leader of in-mold rheological control technologies for plastics injection molding. The inventor of MeltFlipper® and other technologies, Beaumont provides a broad range of plastics engineering services, including molding simulation, industry education courses, material characterization, and process/design development consultancy.