Robert Beard P.E.

Robert A. Beard is president of Robert A. Beard & Associates, Inc. which was formed in 1984. Mr. Beard received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a registered professional engineer. He has been elected to the prestigious grade of Fellow, is a Honored Service Member in the Society of Plastics Engineers, and has served as the Chairman of the Fellows Selection Committee.

Mr. Beard has over 40 years experience in the plastics industry. He has been president of the Chicago and Philadelphia sections of the Society of Plastics Engineers, and has served as National Councilman for the Chicago Section. He founded the Conformal Cooling Conference in 2014.  He presents seminars nationally and internationally entitled: "Purchasing & Quoting of Plastic Parts", and "Virtual Workshop On Trouble Shooting The Injection Molding Process".

He has taught thermodynamics, plastics, kinematics, engineering drawing and advanced machine design as an adjunct instructor at such universities as the University of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania State University, and New York State University. He has also been a member of the New Jersey Governor's "Committee for Higher Education."

He has been a General Manager for a custom injection molding division, spent 10 years with Abbott Laboratories in engineering management, and has been R&D Manager for plastic coextrusion technology at National Can. He has also worked for a thermoset resin manufacturer and a custom thermoset molder. As President of Robert A. Beard & Associates Inc., he has been working with state-of-the-art plastic technology for the past 30 years. He has a patent on a Laboratory Assay Device #4,320,087.

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May 17, 2017

11:00 AM

Room: Calhoun Salon

How to Financially Justify Conformal Cooled Molds to Your Management & to Your Customers

Bob will demonstrate, using a live spreadsheet, the power of calculating the Return On Investment (ROI) to financially justify the increased cost for building a conformal cooled

Also several techniques will be presented to increase the closure rates of quotes.