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Bethesda, MD (February 15, 2017) RadTech the Association for UV+EB Technology is now offering open access to its technical papers and proceedings archive at no charge. These papers offer a wealth of knowledge to enable future advancements in UV+EB curing technology. RadTech will continue to add proceedings on a regular basis as rapid growth continues in emerging technologies including inkjet, 3D printing, UV LEDs, medical devices, and electronic displays.
The RadTech UV+EB Technical Conference Papers and Proceedings Archive is now available to access at no charge on the RadTech website. Visit http://www.radtech.org and click on TECH PAPERS at the top of the page. After a quick registration, users will have full access to all past proceedings and technical papers.
Bethesda, MD (January 24, 2017) RadTech, The Association for UV&EB Technology, has opened a new area on its website www.RadTech.org devoted to educating printers about the use of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technologies. The Radtech UV+EB Resource Guide for Printers is a compilation of more than 50 articles, archived webinars and fact sheets developed by industry experts and specific to the use of UV/EB technology in printing. The guide was developed to better inform new and existing users in the printing industry who would like to learn more about the technology and how it can benefit their operations.
The guide, located at http://www.radtech.org/uv-eb-resource-guide-for-printers, has nearly 20 categories of information. It includes an overview and introduction; sections for all print processes (flexography, lithography, grauvre, digital and screen); and areas that focus on applications, curing, equipment, LED, food packaging, radiometry, regulatory benefits, RFID and sustainability.
RadTech will continually update the guide with new information. To keep the site as relevant as possible, RadTech encourages visitors to provide feedback. This can be done on the main page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethesda, MD (January 5, 2017) RadTech is pleased to announce that Lisa Fine of Joules Angstrom UV Printing Inks, is assuming the presidency of RadTech International--the nonprofit for Ultraviolet and Electron Beam (UV+EB) Technologies, for a two year term beginning January 1, 2017. Peter Weissman, Quaker Chemical Corp. will move to immediate past president. Eileen Weber of Red Spot Paint and Varnish has been nominated to serve as President Elect, and will assume office in 2019. New RadTech Board members have also been elected including: Susan Bailey, IGM Resins; David Biro, Sun Chemical, and Michael Gould, RAHN USA. Also, Christopher M. Seubert, Ford Motor Co., has been elected to serve as an at-large board member.
Returning RadTech Board members include: Alexander Polykarpov, AkzoNobel; Jo Ann Arceneaux, Allnex USA Inc.; George McGill, Coatings and Adhesives Corp.; Xiaosong Wu, DSM Functional Materials; Mark Gordon, Inx International Ink Co.; Beth Runlet, Katecho Inc.; Paul Elias, Miwon North America; Jennifer Heathcote, Phoseon Technology; and Alrick Warner, Procter and Gamble.
RadTech represents nearly 700 members worldwide, at the forefront of new material and process developments, including 3D printing, UV LEDs, food packaging, electronic materials and displays, and inkjet applications. The next major industry event is the uv.eb WEST 2017 Materials + Manufacturing Summit, Conference and Exhibition, February 27-March 1, in San Francisco, CA http://www.uvebwest.com.
SAYVILLE, NY - The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading comprehensive sustainability certifier of print facilities, announced today that it will be exhibiting at RadTech 2016 on May 16-18, 2016 in Rosemont, IL.
"RadTech is a SGP Resource Partner and strong supporter of sustainability in the printing industry," comments Gary Cohen, RadTech Executive Director. "The use of UV/EB has been growing steadily throughout the printing industry due to its many operational and sustainability benefits."
RadTech 2016 attendees are invited to visit Booth #818 to learn how to get more involved in the sustainable printing movement and become part of the SGP Community.
RadTech promotes the use and development of UV & EB processing as an industrial technique offering energy savings, elimination of pollution, greater productivity, higher yields and the opportunity for improved, new or unique products. It serves as an international forum and reliable source of education and information for individuals and organizations involved in the use of UV & EB processing or who supply equipment, chemicals or other materials to such users. RadTech develops and disseminates procedures and data on safe equipment operation and materials handling, testing and quality control. Learn more about RadTech at www.RadTech.org.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is a non-profit organization that certifies printing facilities' sustainability best practices, including and beyond regulatory compliance. SGP strives to assure a sustainability-driven supply chain to the print buying community through strategic partnerships with SGP Certified Printers, SGP Patrons and SGP Brand Leaders. To learn more about SGP visit www.sgppartnership.org or email email@example.com.
Material Innovation at Major Consumer Products Manufacturers
3M, Pepsi, Ford Motor, Procter & Gamble, Steelcase on Panel at RadTech 2016
A unique cross industry discussion on material innovation is taking place at RadTech 2016, May 16, in Chicago, IL www.radtech2016.com. Inventive manufacturers around the world are taking the responsibility to develop low-impact, clean, competitive processes that are safer and more sustainable--and at the same time creating sensible, resourceful and more impactful product designs.
RadTech, the non profit trade association for next generation ultraviolet and electron beam processes has assembled a panel including 3M, Pepsi, Ford, Procter & Gamble, and Steelcase to discuss their company innovation efforts. The panel will consider "material and process innovation" and how their companies prioritize, explore, vet and adopt new manufacturing methods and products. Representing a wide cross section of U.S. manufacturing, the goal of the gathering is to exchange ideas and discover areas of shared experiences. RadTech 2016 showcases fast emerging ultraviolet and electron beam processes in manufacturing technology, with over 100 presentations and 80 exhibitors presenting the latest applications in printing and packaging, UV LEDs, 3D printing, inkjet, wood and building products, automotive, aerospace, electronics, hydrogels, and plastics. For more information visit www.radtech2016.com.
BETHESDA, MD (March 9, 2016) RadTech, the trade association for UV+EB Curing technology is hosting a full day conference dedicated to 3D printing at RadTech 2016, May 16, in Chicago, IL. The program will feature discussions on new materials, additives, and techniques.
A panel discussion at the RadTech 2016 features diverse perspectives on the latest advancements, including speakers from Autodesk, Made Solid, Colorado Photopolymer Solutions, Spectra Group, and Hollywood animation studio, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. Vic Latour from Stoopid Buddy will discuss their use of UV curable 3D Printing materials and technology to create stop-motion animation characters for its television shows like “Super Mansion” and “Robot Chicken”.
“This conference happens only once every two years and a number of papers and presentations, as well as an exhibition throughout, offers an indispensable one stop resource for anyone interested in UV 3D printing,” says Dr. Mike Idacavage, Colorado Photopolymer Solutions, and Chair of the RadTech 3D Committee. “There is significant interest in UV 3-D Printing from industries including automotive, footwear, sporting goods and aerospace; this event promises to help propel technical and market advancements in this space.”
Learn more at http://www.radtech2016.com.
Peter Weissman, RadTech International North America’s board president, has been named global aerospace business director of Quaker Chemical Corporation.
Partners with NYSERDA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to Discuss Energy-Efficient, UV LED Curing Technology
Bethesda, MD – May 21, 2015 - RadTech, the Association for Ultraviolet (UV) and Electron Beam (EB) Technology, has announced a new technology conference targeting the emergence of UV LEDs used with advanced materials. The program, UV LED 2015, will take place October 28 to 29 in Troy, N.Y. and will discuss the latest developments in UV LED curing technology.
October 28 will include a full day of presentations, an exhibition and reception. In addition, on October 29, attendees will be offered a tour of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, to learn about the group’s LED research efforts.
“UV LED curing is attracting significant interest in applications such as 3D printing, aerospace, inkjet, automotive, printing and packaging, wood finishing and pipe and tube,” says Pete Weissman, Quaker Chemical Corp., and RadTech President. “RadTech and NYSERDA both recognize the tremendous potential of UV LEDs, as well as the benefits of advancing this leading edge, enabling technology.”
RadTech helps to make manufacturing processes in New York more energy efficient, environmentally friendly and economical. The organization supports the Ultraviolet Light and Electron Beam Process Curing Systems Technology Center on the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry campus, which provides research, development and industrial testing.
"Governor Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) promotes the use of many innovative methods to reduce the use of energy in New York State," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. "RadTech's events have proven to be a valuable forum for the promotion of the tremendous energy savings potential of UV and EB technologies. These efforts will help major industries reduce the amount of power needed for manufacturing, which will help in the State's efforts to create a clean, resilient and affordable electric grid."
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) supports RadTech's efforts in advancing this innovative and energy-saving technology and helping to recognize important developments in the state.
For more information about attending or exhibiting, visit www.uvled2015.com, or contact Mickey Fortune at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to rapidly expand market access and the product portfolio for their innovative ebeam technology, the COMET Group signed a purchase agreement earlier this week with the system integrator PCT Engineered Systems LLC, based in Davenport, Iowa, USA. COMET will thus become a vertically integrated powerhouse for low-energy ebeam technology. The parties agreed not to disclose the value of the transaction.
The acquisition of PCT Engineered Systems provides the COMET Group with direct access to the ebeam end-user market and in one shot also allows the group to expand its ebeam product portfolio. Charles Flükiger, President of X-Ray & ebeam Technologies: "COMET will be able to provide a solution for all potential users of low-energy ebeam technology. This is true for ebeam modules for OEMs, entire ebeam systems to end customers, as well as for all the automation required upstream and downstream from the beam."
"The acquisition of PCT Engineered Systems is an important step in the strategic development of the ebeam business as a third pillar of COMET Group," said Ronald Fehlmann, CEO of COMET Group. "The acquisition allows us to tap market potential that was previously unavailable to us, enabling us to generate sustainable value for the company, shareholders, clients and employees."
The COMET Group is one of the world’s leading vendors of x-ray, radio frequency (RF) and e-beam technology. With high-quality components, systems and services, the Group helps its customers maximize the quality, reliability and efficiency of their products and processes. COMET AG was founded in 1948. Based in Flamatt, Switzerland, the Group has a presence in all world markets. COMET’s stock (COTN) is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. COMET, YXLON and ebeam – each of the Group’s three strong brands serves different markets. YXLON x-ray systems for non-destructive testing are supplied to end customers in the automotive, aerospace and electronics sectors. Under the COMET brand, the company builds high-quality, high-tech components and modules, such as x-ray sources, vacuum capacitors, RF generators and impedance matching networks. These products are in demand by manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, semiconductor and solar industries as well as in airport security applications. Under its “ebeam” brand, the Group offers very compact, powerful ebeam sets currently used especially in the non-contact sterilization of beverage packaging.
PCT Engineered Systems LLC, headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, was founded in 1986 by Terry Thompson and two other partners. With about 85 employees in North America, the company is now a successful player in the market for electron beam equipped systems. COMET has been working closely with the firm for the last five years and in 2014, the two companies developed an ebeam-equipped system for the functionalization of polymer films and the curing of inks and coatings. COMET will retain all 85 employees. Terry Thompson will continue to manage PCT Engineered Systems LLC as General Manager.
PCT’s BroadBeamTM line of EB solutions include a high energy EP Series, which operates at up to 300 kV and is designed to cure and/or crosslink thick substrates at high speeds (like pressure sensitive adhesives); its medium energy LE Series, designed to perform in the 90 kV to 175 kV range and most often built in web widths from 36” to 108”; and its narrow web CE series, a compact, space saving EB system that operates in an accelerating voltage range of 90 to 200kv and can accommodate the processing of a wide variety of materials including webs, flat materials, and the three-dimensional (3-D) EB curing of objects like rigid packaging and cans.
Additional information about Implastic can be found at http://www.comet-group.com .
Additional information about PCT can be found at www.teampct.com .
With a record number of exhibitors and attendees, thank you to our members and friends for helping make uv.eb WEST 2015 a success! The event showcased the amazing use of UV and EB in applications such as 3D Printing, inkjet, industrial and printing and packaging. We are particularly excited that a large percentage of our attendees were end users and/or first time RadTech participants. Please check out some of the articles and reviews from the event:
UV Printing: Good as Gold?
Please be sure to mark your calendars for RadTech 2016, May 16-18 in Chicago. The exhibit floor is already 40% sold and the call for papers will be out shortly. Thank you!
Innovation, expertise and experience in partnership
RadTech Europe, the international association promoting the radiation curing technologies, anticipates a full and exciting agenda of activities in 2015 – driven by unprecedented interest in the UV/EB curing technologies across an ever-widening range of industries. Established in 1988, the association was driven by a desire to create a formal profile for the industry’s even then extended value chain, and to establish a pan-European platform where members could meet, share knowledge, develop joint themes, and educate. That process continues today – in an even wider context.
New place, new format, new applications
RadTech Europe’s major focus will be on its 2015 conference – a biennial event which uniquely brings together its members’ diverse interests and expertise. The 2015 event’s headline is ‘UV/EB now: new place, new format, new applications’. Located this year in Prague, Czech Republic, 13-15 October, RadTech Europe 15 will offer an in-depth agenda featuring both plenary and parallel sessions, with a complementary exhibition which will additionally provide an ideal location for delegate networking, as well as for commercial presentations on new product introductions from RadTech Europe member companies.
The planned conference agenda reflects the variety of topics at the heart of the UV/EB market today – including water-based technologies, advances in photochemistry and polymerisation; developments in formulations, coatings, and equipment, graphic arts applications (including digital print and packaging); industrial usage from wood and paper coatings to plastics and 3D printing/additive manufacturing; and, of course HSE and safe usage.
There will be an additional focus on the considerable base of innovation in the industry, which is responding to the enormous interest in the benefits of radiation curing as compared to ‘traditional’ curing/drying technologies. New and emerging application areas, such as field-applied coatings, textiles, photovoltaics, aerospace, and the nanotechnologies, will be explored, along with tooling and technology advances, for example in the area of UV LED, and innovations in chemistries, synthesis routes, and the use of renewable materials.
EB curing seminar
The RadTech Europe 2015 calendar will feature additional events, such as a dedicated EB curing seminar to identify and evaluate the advantages -- in terms of low energy usage, low operating temperatures, and photoiniator-free systems -- that today’s smaller, better inerted electron beams deliver.
Best practice, safety in use
Central to RadTech Europe’s concerns is the raft of best practice and regulatory documents that guarantee the safety of radiation curing in all its applications. 2015 will see the continuation of the association’s active participation in the new review of the EC reference document on the best available techniques for surface treatment using organic solvents (BREF STS). The document, which is being evaluated by a large number of stakeholder organisations, specifies emission limits and other environmental permit requirements, and includes information on alternative technologies to lower VOC emissions – a key benefit of UV and EB curing technologies. The review process is expected to take approximately three years.
RadTech Europe is also involved in the working group applying for the extension of the exemption of mercury in “special purpose discharge lamps” under the RoHS directive on the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment – an arena which is of importance to UV mercury-vapour bulbs.
Food-safe UV-cured inks
Other areas where the association is making positive contributions include REACH and the German Printing Ink Ordinance, now in its fifth draft, which is currently at the core of existing European standards for the safety of printing inks in food packaging materials in terms of non-migration, low odour, and no taste transfer. 2014 saw RadTech Europe organise a dedicated seminar on this issue to great interest of the industry.
…and now in three dimensions
Radiation curing technologies may have been around for more than 70 years, but they are today very much central to the launch pad for a real 21st-century innovation: 3D printing or additive manufacturing. This process involves building three-dimensional objects/ products individually, in plastic, from a digital file. These creations may be medical devices, toys, custom jewellery, electronics, automotive components, and many other consumer and industrial products. But they all share one manufacturing feature: radiation curing.
A new industrial revolution?
The exceptional interest in the possibilities of 3D printing/additive manufacturing market that is currently being experienced has intensified interest in all aspects of UV/EB curing. RadTech Europe President David Helsby is in no doubt that the association’s 2015 agenda will include a strong and growing focus on this sector. ‘Additive manufacturing is going viral,’ he says, ‘and our members’ science, expertise, and experience are critical to turning what is currently an embryo technology into a new industrial revolution.’ www.radtech-europe.com
RadTech Europe (RTE), founded in 1988 in Switzerland and headquartered in The Hague (The Netherlands), is the European industry association that promotes the development, use and benefits of UV/EB curing technology for the markets of Graphic arts, Adhesives, Electronics, Industrial Coatings, Automotive, Medical, Dental, Cosmetics and an array of new emerging applications. RTE membership provides access to a collaborative platform, for knowledge transfer at educational, and networking events and achieves effective representation as a body in public affairs initiatives. www.radtech-europe.com
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