New Method for Characterizing the Injection Moldability of Plastic Melts
This presentation reveals the first method for mapping the actual injection molding characteristics of a polymer melt. The novel multi-variant approach captures the complex interactions between plastic materials, process and mold/part design. The accompanying software processes the data and allows the user to evaluate and graphically display the molding characteristics of a single material, or simultaneously contrast multiple competing materials. The new method bridges the gap between commonly used isothermal extrusion based test methods (MFI & rheometers) and injection molding simulation. This data can be used for material selection, to accelerate new polymer and polymer compound development, process optimization as well as plastic part design.
John Beaumont is President and CEO of Beaumont Technologies and the American Injection Molding Institute. He has authored several books on Injection Molding and is a 2015 inductee to the Plastics Hall of Fame. John is also a professor emeritus at Penn State University where he helped develop and chaired the Plastics Engineering Technology Program at Penn State Erie. His earlier industrial credits include positions as Technical Manager for Moldflow’s US operations and Engineering Manager for Ciba Vision Corp. He was also the founder and director of the Plastics CAE Center at Penn State, past Chair of the Injection Molding Division’s Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Plastics Pioneers and an SPE Fellow. Beaumont Technologies is the pioneer and world leader of in-mold rheological control technologies.