Jabil-GreenPoint is a global manufacturer with more than 180,000 employees in 33 countries, making a
Jabil-GreenPoint is a global manufacturer with more than 180,000 employees in 33 countries, making a wide range of products we use every day. Jabil is a leader in making smart phones and is credited with some of the tremendous advancements in technology and design—in particular, with the use of UV technology.
Jabil found that by utilizing UV-cured lamination, they were able to smoothly laminate touchscreens to molded plastic cover lenses, providing protection against dust and water penetration and allowing manufactures to produce sleek and elegantly designed mobile devices. In addition, UV yields less wasted materials and, unlike previous lamination adhesives, the UV-cured glue does not harden immediately nor does it need to be applied under high pressure. This allows technicians to rework the product, if needed, and significantly reduces the risk of materials being damaged during production—thus saving money for the manufacturer and the consumer.
Doctors at Harvard-affiliated Children's Hospital Boston, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Mas
Doctors at Harvard-affiliated Children's Hospital Boston, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a bio-inspired adhesive that can rapidly attach biodegradable patches inside a beating heart in just the places where holes occur for conditions such as ventricular heart defects. This represents an important medical breakthrough and Gecko Biomedical is bringing this bio-inspired innovation to several clinical settings.
When activated with UV light, this adhesive provides an on-demand, anti-bleeding seal within five seconds of light application when applied to high-pressure, large blood vessels and cardiac-wall defects. UV enables a fast activation of the adhesive, thus minimizing surgical procedure time. UV also enables on-demand adhesion that provides the clinician with an opportunity to ensure the adhesive is in the right location prior to curing. According to the principle researchers in this effort, UV curing approaches are common with medical materials and often harness simple chemistry (e.g., acrylates). The selected light source was also utilized in the clinic. The efforts to develop this important medical advancement using UV technology were led by principal investigators Dr. Jeffrey Karp, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Dr. Pedro del Nido, Boston Children's Hospital; and Dr. Robert Langer at MIT; as well as two co-leads on the paper—Dr. Nora Lang and Dr. Maria Pereira.
UV technology is enabling the use of fungi and mushrooms a replacement for engineered wood materia
UV technology is enabling the use of fungi and mushrooms a replacement for engineered wood materials and MDF for furniture-type applications. Ecovative Designs is a material science company with a mission to use fungi in developing a range of sustainable products, including a formaldehyde-free, sustainable alternative for engineered wood products that we may one day see in our homes and offices.
Ecovative’s novel sustainable material and process uses biologically inspired resins with the core material comprised of lignocellulosic agricultural byproducts bound cohesively into designed shapes by filamentous fungal tissue (mycelium). UV-cured vegetable oils provide the surface finish aesthetics that offer the unique benefits of being able to specifically tune them to incorporate faster cure time, coloration, texture, gloss and antimicrobial activity. Rather than using high-embodied energy processes and finite resources to manufacture materials, the Ecovative process takes advantage of regionally sourced agricultural waste to grow the biological resin, which binds the desired product in a self-assembling process.
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, like many hospitals and emergency facilities, is faced with
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, like many hospitals and emergency facilities, is faced with excessive costs due to the high level of floor maintenance. Traditionally, floors in these facilities require daily cleaning for sanitary reasons as well as for aesthetics. Cleaning materials such as caustic strippers and acrylic floor finishes—as well as the residue created during the cleaning process—can contain high levels of possible contaminants.
Switching to a UV-cured floor coating offers the hospital several advantages, most notably the ability to allow the facility to use the floor immediately after the finish is cured. Harmful emissions from the UV process are near zero and the coating is virtually impervious to Betadine®, a serious problem in health care environments. The medical center has now had the UV finish in use for 18 months with no need for recoats, only cleaning. George Aslan, of Aslan and Company, and Bob Lesko, of HID, submitted the award nomination.
IDEX is a global multinational manufacturer leader serving high-growth, specialized markets in flu
IDEX is a global multinational manufacturer leader serving high-growth, specialized markets in fluidics. The company manufactures carbon steel pumps and was seeking a coating that could cure rapidly; withstand the elements; and achieve anti-corrosion, strong adhesion and other specialty mechanical properties. They found that coating with UV technology.
A study by Idex engineers found that their current coating process requires 12,000 seconds or 3.3 hours before the parts can be packed to ship out to customers. A proposed process utilizing UV paint technology would only require 1,200 seconds or 0.33 hours per piece. That translates into a time savings of 90% without sacrificing performance.
IPRS Limited is one of the only companies in the world that specializes in carrying out clean-room
IPRS Limited is one of the only companies in the world that specializes in carrying out clean-room and food-safe cladding repairs/refurbishment works in situ on site, and is working toward the use of UV materials to offer next-generation services to its clients.
The fast-paced business climate of today does not allow time-consuming maintenance shutdowns, and IPRS is looking to UV technology to address this concern, with the potential to save millions of euro/dollars for loss of production. Their target clients include pharmaceuticals, food technology, health care, industrial and commercial, and IT and telecommunications. According to IPRS, the advantages of UV include greater efficiency; maintenance works at any time, including urgent or short notice; no expensive shutdowns or loss of production; and eliminates most concerns regarding contamination and harmful chemicals.