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Contact: Mickey Fortune, 240-643-0517,

RadTech Announces Call for Papers for 2022 Conference & Exposition

Chevy Chase, MD (June 7, 2021) RadTech International North America is accepting abstracts for the 2022 RadTech UV+EB Technology Conference & Exposition, scheduled for May 10-12, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Florida.

We are looking for high quality technical papers that discuss advances in LED Technology, Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, Electron Beam, Coatings, Materials, Formulation, Chemistry, Equipment, Testing, and more. Please see a complete list of suggested topics here:

Technical papers should be no longer than 25 min in length, with five minutes for Q&A. The online Abstract Submission Form should be completed prior to September 24, 2021. Descriptions should be sufficiently comprehensive to allow assessment of the scope and content of papers by the Conference Committee. The committee will select papers, and speakers will be notified whether or not they have been selected by November, 2021.

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Chevy Chase, MD (May 3, 2021) RadTech--The Association for Ultraviolet and Electron Beam (UV+EB) Technologies, is pleased to announce that Mickey Fortune has been promoted to Associate Executive Director, Education and Outreach. Mickey has been with RadTech for nearly 20 years, spearheading a number of important new opportunities and initiatives, while overseeing RadTech conferences and educational programming.

“To the great benefit of our nonprofit community, Mickey approaches his work with engagement, creativity, leadership, and the desire to provide tremendous service," says Gary Cohen, Executive Director of RadTech. "His recent accomplishment of almost single handedly developing, shooting video, and editing our important new environmental health and safety video series, is a prime example of his wide ranging skills and contributions."

In addition to his role within RadTech, Mickey will continue to provide key services to the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) to support their mission to advance ultraviolet technologies for public health and the environment. With unprecedented interest in UV disinfection technology as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, he has worked tirelessly with IUVA members to produce vital educational opportunities, advancing technical collaboration and public knowledge of UV technology.


April 27, 2021: Chevy Chase, MD - RadTech--The Association for Ultraviolet and Electron Beam (UV+EB) Technologies, is pleased to announce that Dan Marx, a printing industry veteran with nearly three decades of industry experience, will help lead the group's Sustainability Committee, chaired by Todd Fayne, PepsiCo, and David Biro, Sun Chemical.

Marx will work to advance the Sustainability Committee's goals of developing appropriate and accurate data and information on the sustainability profile of UV+EB technologies. He will also monitor ongoing developments in UV+EB sustainability, and engage with NGOs and industry nonprofits to develop content and foster discussion among industry thought leaders.

“I’m excited to be working with the RadTech Committee and staff,” said Dan Marx, “and working to demonstrate the favorability of UV/EB technology within package production, printing, and a variety of other manufacturing segments. My past involvement with RadTech has given me a working knowledge of the technology, the people, the organization, and its goals.”

“Dan has long been a friend to RadTech,” says Gary Cohen, Executive Director, “and served for a number of years on our Printing and Inkjet Committees. He will bring to the position his knowledge, experience, and commitment to furthering the Committee’s goals. We’re happy to have him on board.”

Prior to joining the RadTech team, Dan Marx worked for more than 28 years with the former Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), now called PRINTING United Alliance. During his tenure, he focused on topics including environmental management, workplace safety, new technologies, identification of trends, and the collection and analysis of industry data.

To learn more about the RadTech Sustainability Committee, please contact


Contact:  Gary Cohen, 240-497-1242,

RadTech Announces New Board Members, Secretary, Honorary Lifetime Member

Chevy Chase, MD (April 21, 2021) RadTech--The Association for Ultraviolet and Electron Beam technologies (UV+EB) is pleased to announce two new Board members: Dr. Eric Nelson, Staff Scientist, 3M Corporate Research Process Laboratory Radiation Processing Group, and Dr. Kejia Yang, Materials Engineer at Align Technology. Drs Yang and Nelson were selected to fill board openings and will serve through 2022. In addition, Mike Bonner, VP - Engineering & Technology, Saint Clair Systems Inc., has been elected to join the RadTech Executive Committee as Secretary.

April 28, 2021, 3:00-4:00 PM EDT


RadTech, the nonprofit for UV+EB technology, has announced the winners of the 2021 RadLaunch Awards, which will be presented during an Awards Zoom Program, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT on April 28, 2021.

In addition to recognizing four RadLaunch winners, the judges offered a special Unique New Technology Award to recognize a potentially disruptive formative composites process.

The Awards Zoom Program, moderated by Darryl Boyd, US Naval Research Laboratory, and Mike Idacavage, Radical Curing LLC., is supported by RadTech members, our sponsors and RadLaunch platinum sponsor Azul 3D, and will feature short presentations by each award winner.

2021 RadLaunch Award Winners

Biomass Derived Chromophores for Radiation Curing

Prof. Jayaraman Sivaguru et al, Bowling Green State University, and Gregory Carroll, Ph.D., NRC Senior Research Associate at the Air Force Research Laboratory

The vibrant colors that enhance Nature’s elegance play a critical role in various chemical and biological processes. Translating these colors, which are dictated by the presence of chromophores, to curing technology is challenging as it requires rational manipulation of excited-state properties.

Jayaraman Sivaguru, Ph.D., the Antonia and Marshall Wilson Professor of Chemistry and Associate Director, Center for Photochemical Sciences, at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, is leading the effort in collaboration with Gregory Carroll, Ph.D., NRC Senior Research Associate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Sruthy Baburaj, graduate student at Bowling Green and Sheila Asiago, PhD candidate at Bowling Green, as they explore translating biomass derived compounds that can be fine-tuned for radiation curing with both UV and visible light.

The biomass derived compounds are fine-tuned to feature superior photochemical properties than the conventional compounds featuring similar chromophores. Sivaguru's team is working on translating these novel biomass derived compounds as curing systems with high efficiency.

Mighty Buildings

A construction technology company based in Oakland, California, Mighty Buildings is innovating the construction industry by creating beautiful, affordable and sustainable homes using 3D printing, advanced materials and robotics automation. Co-founders Alexey Dubov, Sam Ruben, Slava Solonitsyn and Dmitry Starodubtsev aim to unlock productivity in construction by combining 3D printing and prefab, making construction more sustainable, efficient and affordable.

The company's large-scale 3D printers use a proprietary thermoset composite material that the co-founders invented, Light Stone Material (LSM), that can be 3D printed and that hardens almost immediately thanks to a UV-curing process, while also maintaining cohesion between layers to create a monolithic structure. LSM is four times lighter than concrete, has a high thermal resistance and is watertight, sturdy and fire resistant. This 3D printing technology allows Mighty Buildings to produce modular houses and building components much faster than traditional construction.

Mighty Buildings has a near-zero waste production process, preventing 1,100 - 2,000 kg of CO2 emission per 3D printed home. Committed to achieving Net-Zero by 2028, the company is 22 years ahead of the construction industry. Certified under California’s Factory Built Housing program to build units using 3D printing, the company is the first company to achieve certification under the UL 3401 standard for evaluating building structures and assemblies. Mighty Buildings is backed by notable international and Silicon Valley tech investors, including Khosla Ventures, Zeno Ventures and Y Combinator.

3D Printed Ceramic Resins

Tethon 3D

Tethon 3D, Omaha, Nebraska, manufactures universal UV photocurable ceramic resins that are used in numerous SLA, DLP and other vat polymerization 3D printers, and has an R&D facility that formulates custom additive manufacturing UV curable materials. Executive chairperson Karen Linder, Trent Allen, CEO and Gregory Pugh, CTO, lead the company to produce high quality ceramic materials for diverse industrial, consumer and design industries.

With over 1,000 customers in 40 countries, Tethon 3D serves clients in aerospace, electronics, defense, energy, biomedical and other industries that desire the physical properties of ceramics and the complex geometries made possible by 3F printing.

The company also sells a desktop DLP 3D printer optimized for highly viscous and/or opaque photopolymer composites, including ceramics and metals, and Tethon 3D offers proprietary resins for this printer. Tethon 3D accepts contracted service R&D projects to develop a variety of custom UV curable materials.

Multi-Color Visible Light Additive Manufacturing

Prof. Zachariah Page et al, University of Texas at Austin

A limitation to using high-energy UV/violet light in additive manufacturing is that degradation and attenuation narrow the scope of materials which can be used. While tapping visible light can open the door to more materials - including biological compounds, nanocomposites and materials with multiple structures - the photochemistry required for visible light has had unacceptably slow reaction times.

The research team led by Zachariah A. Page, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, is developing high resolution stereolithographic 3D printing using different colors of low energy visible light to rapidly solidify resins. Key to the research is the team's formulation of panchromatic photopolymer resins.

It has been shown that X-rays generated by high powered electron beam accelerators (already used for decontamination of mail for the US Postal Service since 2002 and for medical device sterilization) can efficiently convert (meth)acrylate formulations commonly used in radiation curable coatings into functional cured matrices for carbon fiber composites, notably as used in automotive components.

Utilizing visible light will enable "spectral control" - the ability to dictate the chemical reaction that occurs by the color of incident light used. This color-specificity provides the foundation for multicolor additive manufacturing (McAM) that will facilitate the fabrication of multi-material objects with unprecedented precision and functionality.

Unique New Technology Award

E-Beam X-Ray Cured Carbon Fiber Composites

Dan Montoney, Rapid Cure Technologies, and Anthony Berejka, Ionicorp+

The RadLaunch Unique New Technology Award will be presented to Dan Montoney, Rapid Cure Technologies, East Syracuse, New York, and Anthony Berejka, Ionicorp+, Huntington, New York, for their work developing and testing X-ray cured carbon fiber composites. Their work was supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

It has been shown that X-rays generated by high powered electron beam accelerators (already used for decontamination of mail for the US Postal Service since 2002 and for medical device sterilization) can efficiently convert (meth)acrylate formulations commonly used in radiation curable coatings into functional cured matrices for carbon fiber composites, notably as used in automotive components.



Contact: Gary Cohen, 240-497-1243,

RadTech commends the AF&PA on the release of a new resource for paper-based packaging designers

March 8, 2021:Chevy Chase, MD - Ultraviolet and electron beam (UV+EB) cured inks have been found to cause few problems in the recycling process, according to a recent study by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). The AF&PA Design Guidance for Recyclability, rated UV+EB inks as not adversely impacting the recyclability of corrugated packaging, bleached paperboard cartons, recycled/unbleached boxboard coated/uncoated, carrier stock cartons unbleached Kraft paperboard, Kraft paper bags, multiwall shipping sacks and molded fiber containers.

“With increased interest among consumer products companies to provide more recyclable packaging for their customers, AF&PA recognized the opportunity to bring clarity to how packaging gets recycled in paper mills and how various non-fiber elements affect the recyclability of paper-based packaging,” says Brian Hawkinson, Executive Director, American Forest & Paper Association. “The objective of the Design Guidance for Paper-based Packaging is to present research-based findings on the effect on recyclability of various non-fiber elements frequently found on paper-based packaging. We believe this guidance will prove useful to members of the paper-based packaging manufacturing supply chain — consumer products companies that desire more recyclable packaging, designers that specify it, and the manufacturers and converters who make it — helping them better achieve their goals.”

To learn more about the RadTech Sustainability Committee, please contact us at

Download the Design Guidance

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

RadTech—The Association for UV+EB Technologies is the nonprofit trade association dedicated to the safe, environmentally proactive use of UV+EB cured materials in applications including packaging/graphic arts, 3D printing/additive manufacturing, electronics, wood and building products, plastics and metals. RadTech supports the UV+EB industry through the development of educational resources, industry conferences and trade shows, EHS and sustainability guidance, market research, student and start-up innovation programs, and industry networking opportunities.

Saturday, 20 February 2021 12:15

SCAQMD Announces New UV/EB BACT Listings

February 19, 2021: Bethesda, Md. - The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) of Southern California has announced new UV/EB technology listings for their Best Available Control Technology Guidelines (BACT). BACT is a pollution control standard mandated by the Clean Air Act that applies to any new or modified source.

The SCAQMD is working to update their BACT listings, with encouragement from RadTech, to better reflect the fast growing pace of UV/EB technology. Rita Loof, RadTech’s, Director of Environmental Affairs, testified at SCAQMD committee hearings, pointing out hat other California air districts such as Bay Area and San Joaquin have updated their guidelines which included super-compliant materials and specifically UV coatings, as alternatives to add-on controls. “Our technology is a pollution prevention technology and should be recognized as an alternative to add-on control devices in the guidelines.”—commented Dr. Loof at a meeting of the District’s Board. Several SCAQMD Board members expressed support for UV/EB technology indicating they believed it is “very clean.” In 2017, the board unanimously supported a motion by Governor appointee Joe Lyou, to adopt the following resolution language:

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board directs AQMD staff to work with industry and other stakeholders on assessing Ultraviolet/ Electron Beam (UV/EB) technology as an alternative to meet Best Available Control Technology.”

The Board’s resolution catalyzed the BACT update efforts and several UV/EB processes were included last year including for a wood coatings operation (cabinets) and also for a flat line glass coating operation. The latter is especially significant as the first BACT for glass coatings, making this a ground breaking listing.
SCAQMD staff has also reported that they recently visited the UV/EB facilities, who reported being extremely happy with the technology. In addition, there is a stringent cost effectiveness for these listings, pointing to the financial benefits of UV/EB.

These BACT decisions do not preclude other processes such as waterborne operations or solvent operations with add-on controls (afterburners) but rather recognizes UV/EB can be viable complaint option. The proposal was finalized on February 8, 2021 when the SCAQMD Board unanimously approved the new BACT listings for UV/EB technology. Specifically, the two categories are:

  • Glass Screen Printing – Flat Glass (Please see Page 7 of staff report)
  • Enclosure with Automated Spray Nozzles for Wood Cabinets (Please see Page 10 of staff report)

The full staff report is at: Determine That Proposed Amendments to BACT Guidelines Are Exempt from CEQA and Amend BACT Guidelines (

RadTech sincerely thanks all of our dedicated members who participated in this effort. Please contact for more information.

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in partnership with RadTech, the non-profit for UV+EB photopolymer technology, announces the publication of the final report from their Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing (PAM) Workshop, held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado.

The Workshop was organized to identify common challenges and solutions specific to photopolymers, ultraviolet curing, manufacturing processes, and the performance of materials in commercial products. The publication details "Overarching Challenges to Advancing PAM Technology" and offers "Recommended Roadmapped Research Directions" including for: Material science and engineering to characterize PAM materials; Advanced computing for materials discovery and process modelling; Measurement science and standards development for reliable, high-performance PAM; Environmental, health, and safety regulations for safe and responsible PAM adoption; and Opportunities for Industry collaborations to enhance PAM utility. NIST has been instrumental in the growth and development of U.S. technologies, and is at the forefront of the push into photopolymer additive manufacturing, building on ground-breaking work. Please visit the PAM event website for the workshop summary and complete workshop report.

Please also note, coming soon from NIST and RadTech: The PAM workshop identified strong interest among multiple stakeholder groups to develop and disseminate PAM specific characterization methods--NIST and RadTech are organizing a 4-week seminar series that will provide a deep-dive each week on a specific class of characterization techniques (e.g. chemical spectroscopy, mechanical testing, advanced-microscopy).” Details coming soon.

Thursday, 07 January 2021 17:49

RadTech Elects New President, Board Members


Contact: Gary Cohen, 240-497-1243,

Chevy Chase, MD (January 6, 2021) RadTech, the nonprofit for ultraviolet and electron beam technologies (UV+EB) is pleased to announce the election of Susan Bailey, from Michelman, as President. Michael Gould, Rahn USA is nominated as president elect to assume office in 2023. In addition, new members elected to serve a two year term include: Neil Cramer, Sartomer; Jonathan Graunke, INX Intl.; Jennifer Heathcote, GEW; Helen Rallis, Sun Chemical; Jake Staples, Wausau Coated Products, Inc. and Dan Theiss, Procter & Gamble.

"The UV+EB community represents a growing number of important technology applications, and we welcome our new Board members to help develop these opportunities," says Dr. Bailey. "Our focus now is working to deliver much needed goods and supplies, including fast custom labeling, printing and packaging; supporting medical suppliers; and offering additive and electronics manufacturers with unique materials. This work requires targeted networking and the sharing of technical and training information that RadTech helps provide."

RadTech thanks Board members who will be rotating off at the end of this year after fulfilling a two term limit: David Biro, Sun Chemical; Mike Bonner, Saint Clair Systems; Christopher Seubert, Ford Motor Com.; Hui Yang, Procter and Gamble; and Sunny Ye, Facebook. In addition, Eileen Weber of allnex now moves to the board position of immediate past president.

RadTech is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of UV+EB technologies, providing users with energy savings, lower emissions of harmful substances, enhanced process control, and fast efficient throughput. UV+EB is used in a wide range of applications, including printing, packaging, wood and building products, electronics, and 3D printing/additive manufacturing. RadTech serves as an international forum and source of information for individuals and organizations involved in the use of UV+EB or the supply of equipment, chemicals, or other materials. 



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