John Beaumont is President and CEO of Beaumont Technologies and former Program Chair of the Plastics Engineering Technology program at Penn State Erie. He has authored several books including “Runner & Gating Design Handbook” and “Successful Injection Molding” as well as contributing the design chapters of the “Injection Molding Handbook.” His earlier industrial credits include positions as Technical Manager for Moldflow’s US operations and Engineering Manager for Ciba Vision Corp. Shortly after joining Penn State in 1989, he founded and directed the Plastics CAE Center for nearly 20 years. In 1998, John founded Beaumont Technologies, Inc., a pioneer and world leader of in-mold rheological control technologies. John is an SPE Fellow, a member of the Plastics Pioneer Association, and a past Chair of the Injection Molding Division’s Board of Directors. John was recently nominated into the Plastics Hall of Fame, awarded to those deemed worthy of the highest honor in the Plastics Industry.
John Bozzelli is a graduate of Marietta College (BS) and Ohio University (MS). His studies were interrupted for a stint in Vietnam (Army First Air Calvary, Purple Heart & Silver Star). Twenty years in Dow Plastics provided extensive experience in polymer synthesis, development, production, and processing. John has been a seminar leader with RJG Associates, Injection Molding Magazine, University of Wisconsin, General Polymers, PolyOne, Glenn Beall, and John Klees. Competent in resin characterization and analysis, his specialty is practical, hands-on injection molding training in plastics, rubber, LIM/LSR, metals, wax, ceramics, medical validations, and Infrared Thermography.
National recognition has come through ten patents, over 100 papers and industry articles covering plastics and processing. He has over 25 years on the seminar circuit and has several feature articles such as the “Productivity Challenge” and “Scientific Molding” In 2005, he was named as processor of the year by Modern Plastics. Many of these articles and papers can be found in the on-line archives of Plastics Technology and Injection Molding Magazine. John teaches Scientific Molding (SIM) technology from the plastics point of view for design and processing.
Michael Sepe brings over 40 years of experience in the plastics industry, focused on injection molding and material testing. His work includes hands-on plant experience coupled with business management at several organizational levels. His primary interests involve the integration of process technology and material testing and analysis to competitively produce high quality products. He teaches public courses on these subjects at several universities and writes a monthly article for Injection Molding Magazine on material analysis and its application to the solution of product performance and processing problems. He has written contributing chapters for a number of industry publications on material properties and injection molding and has presented over 25 ANTEC papers on a variety of topics related to the use of analysis to improve product quality. Michael Sepe has authored a book on the use of dynamic mechanical analysis as an engineering tool. He currently works as an independent consultant to the industry and provides analytical services and assistance in solving design, manufacturing, and material selection problems. He operates from his home in Sedona, Arizona.
David Hoffman is the Senior Plastics Instructor and Training Development Manager for the American Injection Molding Institute’s Plastics Technology & Engineering Certificate program as well as AIM’s development courses. He holds an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a Baccalaureate Degree in Plastics Engineering Technology. He has authored various published ANTEC papers in regards to mold filling variations and recycling thermoset phenolics. He also worked as the Engineering Manager for an automotive supplier of high precision plastic components and assemblies from 1995 until 2000. While there, David was involved in part design, processing, mold design, quality control, quoting, and customer service. David later worked with Mack Molding in Vermont with similar job responsibilities.
Prior to his current position at Beaumont, David served as the Technical Director of Sales & Marketing. David also co-invented the company’s MeltFlipper® MAX™ melt rotation technology patent, which is capable of establishing multi-axis material property optimization within the melt channels and cavities for both cold and hot runner molds.
Jennifer Schmidt holds a degree in Plastics Engineering Technology and works as a Senior Design Engineer. Her main responsibilities are managing and performing molding simulation consulting projects, as well as Autodesk Moldflow consulting and training. She is a Moldflow® Certified Expert. Jennifer previously worked as hot runner designer and a Flow Simulation Specialist. Jennifer has been in the industry for 16 years, with over 10 years of hot runner experience and over 10 years of Moldflow experience.
Jason Travitz has over 20 years of industry experience in injection molding and is the senior process instructor at the American Injection Molding (AIM) Institute. In addition to teaching, he is involved with the AIM Institute’s ongoing research into polymer materials, design and processing. Previous positions have included roles as senior mold process engineer, senior molding instructor, and technical program manager for high precision products at Molex and Apple. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in Plastics Engineering Technology from Penn State Erie.
David holds an Associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Plastics Engineering Technology. Prior to his current role in technical sales, Dave worked for the Plastics Technology Deployment Center, at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Erie, PA as a Project Engineer for product development and tooling/process support. He has also worked as an Engineering Manager for Composiflex also located in Erie, PA. Prior to Composiflex, he worked at Fisher-Price in New York. In addition to technical sales, he has experience in new product development, tooling and process development, and project management. His experiences have afforded him the opportunity to work with both thermoplastic and thermosetting composite materials such as Kevlar and carbon fiber epoxies. Other experienced areas include injection molding, gas-assist molding, extrusion blow molding, and resin transfer, along with tooling knowledge for each of these processes. Dave has also authored a number of technical papers which have been presented at various technical conferences within the plastics and rubber industries.
John Ralston is co-owner and operations manager at Beaumont Technologies. John started his career in the US Army in 1983, serving 20 years, and retiring as a Staff Sergeant. While he was in the Army, he also attended school, and worked as a Project Engineer at Truck-Lite and worked in Quality Control at Johnson Controls. He graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and then earned a bachelor’s degree in Plastics Engineering Technology in 1991. John’s first position out of school was at the Penn State CAE Center as a senior research engineer where he helped develop training materials and methods for streamlining applications for simulations. He also instructed training courses on Moldflow. Seven years later, he was the first employee at Beaumont Technologies. John brings extensive experience with a strong background in processing, machine maintenance, and injection molding simulation.
John Anes is an independent consultant with over 30 years’ management experience in medical device development and manufacturing. His industrial credits include positions as Director Operations for Zimmer Biomet’s manufacture of orthopedic devices and VP of Operations and Engineering at Synvasive Technology. John’s experiences also include over 15 years of injection molding at West Pharmaceutical Services in the manufacture of high volume medical packaging systems. He has a BS degree in Plastics Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and has a number of medical device patents.