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RadTech Joins the National Academy of Inventors
Creates First Ever Trade Association Chapter


Chevy Chase, MD (July 12, 2019) RadTech--the non profit trade Association for ultraviolet and electron beam (UV+EB) Technology has joined the National Academy of Inventors as a Member Institution. The National Academy of Inventors is a US non-profit dedicated to encouraging inventors, to recognize achievements that have made a "tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society." While traditionally focused on academia, NAI has accepted RadTech as the first nonprofit trade association chapter. "In recognition of the many inventors in our technology space, and to build on RadTech's fast developing 'RadLaunch' effort to support start-ups, we look forward to the opportunity to engage with the NAI community, and we are excited to start our own, unique UV+EB focused chapter," says Eileen Weber, RadTech President, Global Marketing Manager, Allnex. “With the rapid advancement of new materials and processes such as the development of UV LEDs, inkjet, and 3D/additive printing--UV & EB research is accelerating across disciplines such as medicine, electronics, aerospace, and automotive applications.” As a Member Institution of the NAI, RadTech now has the opportunity to curate an active technology chapter, including developing mentors and mentees, and submitting nominations for the NAI Senior Members program.

"NAI is excited to partner with RadTech and connect with innovators in the UV+EB technology space," says Jayde Stewart NAI Director. "The NAI was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with U.S. issued patents, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, as well as educate and mentor innovative students who help shape the future, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The collaboration with RadTech will facilitate bridging the gap between industry and academia, while providing much deserved recognition to members of the RadTech community."

RadTech is allocated a limited number of individual memberships to NAI for its membership, if you are interested, please contact RadTech. RadTech will be holding a NAI chapter meeting and event during the 2020 RadTech UV+EB Technology Expo & Conference, taking place March 9-11, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Details available at https://radtech2020.com.

The National Academy of Inventors is a US non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging inventors in academia, following the model of the National Academies of the United States. It was founded at the University of South Florida in 2010. Starting in 2012, the NAI has inducted 757 Fellows into the organization. The program has 1,060 Fellows worldwide representing more than 250 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 38,000 issued U.S. patents, which have generated over 11,000 licensed technologies and companies, and created more than 36 million jobs. In addition, over $1.6 trillion in revenue has been generated based on NAI Fellow discoveries.

RadTech the non profit trade Association for UV & EB Technology, promotes the safe use and development of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) curing technologies. UV & EB technology serves as an alternative to traditional methods, offering energy savings, elimination of pollution, greater productivity, higher yields and the opportunity for improved, new products. It is RadTech’s mission to serve as an international forum and reliable source of education and information for individuals and organization involved in the use of UV & EB processing or who supply equipment, chemicals or other materials to such users.

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RadTech and TAGA Announce UV+EB Technology Student Poster Design Competition

Chevy Chase, MD (June 24, 2019) The Technical Association for the Graphic Arts (TAGA) and RadTech, the non-profit trade association for ultraviolet and electron beam (UV+EB) processes are partnering again on the UV+EB Technology Student Poster Design Competition, which offers students cash prizes for creative poster designs. Interested graphic arts and design students do not need experience in UV+EB technology, and are encouraged to learn more and sign-up at https://www.taga.org/radtech/.

Entries must be submitted to RadTech by December 31, 2019. RadTech will display and celebrate winning entries at the 2020 RadTech Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida, March 9-12, 2020.

UV+EB technology is widely used in graphic arts and food packaging, as well as in 3D printing/additive manufacturing, electronics and a number of metal, wood and plastics applications. UV+EB is a super fast, clean, safe, enviro-friendly and energy efficient process, that allows graphic differentiation and helps enable new printing and packaging techniques.

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RadTech Announces the 2019 RadLaunch Class

We are proud to announce the 2019 RadLaunch Class and excited to let you know that they will all speak in a special session at the BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology Conference, taking place March 19-20, 2019 in Redondo Beach, California.

RadLaunch is a unique idea accelerator for UV+EB start-ups, students, and innovators where we connect selected companies to UV+EB industry leaders through funding, guidance, and speaking/exhibiting opportunities.

Here are the 2019 RadLaunch Companies:

SUNY Albany, SUNY Polytechnic Institute              
UV+EB curable Sulfluor, a fluorinated hypervalent sulfur containing polymer cured thin film; extremely hard, thermally robust, and patterns well—may find utility protecting sensor windows, displays, optical fibers, composite material surfaces, electronic devices and other surfaces where scratch resistance, chemical stability and hydrophobicity is important.

Laval University (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) within the Forestry Geomatic and Geography Faculty in the Wood and Forest Science Department
Enhances hardness of Canadian hardwood through impregnation of acrylate monomers and electron beam polymerization.

Origin
Building an open material partner network to power innovation in materials for end use and made through additive mass production. Origin's production system uses programmable photopolymerization (P3) to turn materials into isotropic parts and products ready for end-use.

MicroMaker3D
A new 3D printer for making the unimaginably small, enabling microfabrication level rapid prototyping for microsensors, wearable technology, IoT devices, micro-robotics, aerospace applications and more.

Ares Materials            
Pylux Polysulfide thermosets, a class of transparent, optically-clear polymeric materials that allow for tuning physical properties to produce materials which tackle multiple applications, specifically engineered for the fast-growing flexible display markets—smartphone makers, displays, and display-related fabrication equipment.

Daetec, LLC              
Protective encapsulant and sealing on-substrate, rapid cure for automotive assembly.  Polymer compositing with reactive diluents makes it possible to use CAD fed delivery tools that offer cure on-contact, with robotic operated equipment on vertical, overhead, or irregular surface contours.

All of these companies will present at the BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology conference. You can learn more about their presentations as well as all of our other, excellent speakers at http://www.bigideasconference.com.

The BIG IDEAS conference program will feature conference sessions on 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing, UV LED, Horticulture, Food & Beverage Safety, Data-Driven Materials, and Emerging Technologies. There will also be a general "Big Ideas" session focusing on new applications and enabling technologies in areas like material development, composites, energy storage, low-migration packaging, and PVC chrome replacement.

Contact: Mickey Fortune, 240-643-0517, mickey@radtech.org

Chevy Chase, MD (January 3, 2019) RadTech, the non profit trade association for ultraviolet and electron beam technologies is pleased to welcome Eileen Weber, Red Spot Paint & Varnish Co., Inc. as its new President, serving a two year term. Ms. Weber assumes the position from Lisa Fine, who is now the group’s immediate past president. JoAnn Arceneaux from Allnex USA Inc, has been elected as incoming President. Newly elected Board members include Jeffrey Klang, Sartomer; Jim Raymont, EIT LLC.; and P.K. Swain, Heraeus Noblelight America. Board members elected for a second term include: Susan Bailey, Michelman; Michael Gould, RAHN USA; David Biro, Sun Chemical; and Chris Seubert, Ford Motor Company. Returning Board members include: Jennifer Heathcote; Paul Elias, Miwon North America; Mike Bonner, Saint Clair Systems; Todd Fayne, Pepsico; Mark Gordon, INX International Ink; George McGill, Precision Ink; Hui Yang, Procter and Gamble; and Sunny Ye, 3M.

Please help us welcome our new RadTech Board of Directors at our upcoming BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology Conference, March 19-20 in Redondo Beach, CA.

RadTech Board of Directors

Contact: Mickey Fortune, 240-643-0517, mickey@radtech.org

Chevy Chase, MD (December 18, 2019) A unique, high-level cross section of supply and customer chain innovators are gathering March 19-20, 2019, in Redondo Beach, CA for BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology, a conference dedicated to the advancement and implementation of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technologies (UV+EB). Leading solution providers such as Fast Radius; top system suppliers including Formlabs and Carbon; diverse end users like Ford Motor Company. and fashion designer Julia Daviy; academia; government agencies from NIST and UCLA, and start-ups such as Origin, will present on the latest developments and applications in additive manufacturing. “BIG IDEAS is the first event of its kind focused exclusively on the wide range of disciplines, developers, and users that are creating the future for UV additive manufacturing,” says Mickey Fortune, RadTech and BIG IDEAS VP of Business Development.

The two-day event includes an exhibition and a slate of prominent presenters on the newest developments in UV curable materials, processes (including SLA, DLP, and Inkjet) and end uses. Already widely considered the high-end additive manufacturing solution, this photopolymer-focused event will define opportunities for novel formulations, improved attributes, and unique properties, demonstrating UV additive manufacturing as a compelling alternative to traditional manufacturing techniques—with the potential to significantly speed product cycles and reduce costs for a wide range of consumer goods.

BIG IEAS for UV+EB Technology includes a full day of Additive Manufacturing presentations; sessions on UV LEDs, Horticulture, Food and Beverage, Electronics and Display Technology, BIG IDEAS for UV+EB applications and presentations by the RadLaunch class of 2019 start-ups. Complete details are available at https://bigideasconference.com.

BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology Conference
March 19-20, 2019
Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina Hotel
Los Angeles (Redondo Beach), California
https://bigideasconference.com/

Contact: Mickey Fortune, 240-643-0517, mickey@radtech.org

Chevy Chase, MD (October 25, 2018) RadTech, the Association for UV+EB Technology, is launching the second course in a series of free, email-based courses that will deliver educational lessons on various aspects of UV+EB technology. Each course will feature several lessons sent in a weekly email that should take roughly ten minutes to read.

The next course in the series is Introduction to UV LED Technology and features the following six lessons:

Lesson #1: Ultraviolet Light
Lesson #2: How does an LED work?
Lesson #3: UV LEDs and Mercury Lamps
Lesson #4: Special Properties of UV LEDs
Lesson #5: Building a UV LED System
Lesson #6: New Developments in UV System Design

To learn more, visit: https://www.radtech.org/introduction-to-uv-led-technology-a-10-minute-course.

Introduction to UV LED Technology was curated by Dr. Robert Karlicek, Director of the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications, and a professor of Electrical Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in conjunction with the RadTech UV LED Technical Committee.

Contact: Mickey Fortune, 240-643-0517, mickey@radtech.org

Chevy Chase, MD (August 23, 2018) RadTech - the Association for UV+EB Technology is excited to announce the dates and location for the RadTech 2020 UV+EB Technology Expo and Conference, taking place March 9-11, 2020 at Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL.

RadTech will announce the call for papers and additional information in early 2019. Details will be available at http://www.radtech.org.

Contact: Mickey Fortune, 240-643-0517, mickey@radtech.org

Chevy Chase, MD (July 26, 2018) RadTech, the non profit Trade Association for ultraviolet and electron beam technologies (UV+EB), is proud to announce a new conference in 2019 called BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology, taking place March 19-20, in Redondo Beach, California. BIG IDEAS replaces the regional uv.eb WEST event, to focus on the BIG IDEAS for UV+EB rapidly emerging on a global scale. This exciting two-day conference and table-top exhibition will feature leading-edge conference sessions focused on BIG IDEAS like moving from 3D Printing to additive manufacturing with UV technology, developing data-driven materials, the increased use and development of UVC LED, new applications for UV+EB, and more.

"uv.eb WEST has always been a successful event for the UV+EB industry," says Mickey Fortune, Director of BIG IDEAS. "But our industry is looking to discover major opportunities with BIG IDEAS to showcase the disruptive and transformative nature of UV+EB on the global stage with this new conference. BIG IDEAS will offer the industry a forum to discuss the future of UV+EB technology while learning more about the applications and science that will enable developments two years, five years, ten years down the road."

Details for BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology are available at http://www.radtech.org.

emerging technology 2016

BETHESDA, MD - RadTech, the trade association for UV and EB technology, announced the 2016 Emerging Technology Awards in recognition of the use of fast, efficient and environmentally responsible UV and EB technologies. RadTech will celebrate the award winners at the Emerging Technology Awards Dinner taking place on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, IL. The dinner takes place during RadTech's Biennial Trade Show & Conference, May 16-18, 2016. Details on the conference and dinner are available at http://www.radtech2016.com.

PepsiCo

Seeking to lower their carbon footprint, Pepsico is looking to EB-Flexo inks as a replacement for its use of solvent-based materials for snack food packaging. Technological developments around EB ink chemistry and lacquer formulation paired with the right choices of flexographic equipment and substrates are creating stunning advances in print quality and aesthetics. Pepsico reports the use of EB technology reduces VOC emissions as much as 90 percent, with lower energy consumption when compared to conventional thermal drying. EB is considered food friendly, which enables Pepsi to make attractive, environmentally compliant packaging that is cost neutral when compared to incumbent solvent and thermal drying technologies.

Wavefront

Wavefront makes state-of-the-art holographic films using advanced roll-to-roll continuous UV casting lines to manufacture nano/micro-structure embossed films on a variety of film substrates. This capability allows for the manufacture of microstructures from 200 nanometers up to 150 microns. These unique structures can only be achieved using the latest UV curing and formulating technologies.

Continuous Composites (CC3D)

CC3D has developed a new 3D printing process to print continuous fiber with UV curable resin; it is reportedly the only company in the world that is 3D printing continuous fiber with thermoset epoxy and the only company to successfully print continuous fiber into free space. CC3D has demonstrated 16x and 8x multi-material nozzles printing at once as a seamless path utilizing 6K TOW carbon fiber, and 600 TEX fiberglass. With a focus on functional composites additive manufacturing to scale, CC3D is providing an industrial solution to advanced manufacturing techniques of mid- to large-scale.

HRL Laboratories LLC

The HRL team demonstrated the first-ever UV additive manufacturing of polymer-derived ceramics. By formulating pre-ceramic UV curable polymers, the team at HRL demonstrated the first-ever additive manufacturing of fully dense, binder-less ceramics. The accomplishment was published in the January 2016 issue of Science. These unique pre-ceramic photopolymers can be integrated into commercially available UV SLA or DLP equipment to produce flaw-free, high-strength ceramics with up to 1800 °C operating temperatures. Potential applications for this novel technology include turbine engine components, hypersonic vehicle structures, MEMS devices and electronics packaging.

Cleveland Steel Container

Cleveland Steel Container (CSC) has developed the first commercial in-line EB and UV process for rigid steel coil substrates in the manufacture of steel pails. CSC is the largest steel pail manufacturer in North America. CSC applies and cures EB and UV directly to steel coil for five-gallon pail lids and bottoms. This application is also unique in the use of highly pigmented systems to steel for rigid fabrication. Beyond a dramatic reduction in energy requirements, CSC reports that since "EB coatings are 100-percent solids formulations, it means no loss of evaporated solvent from the applied coating. It also means less coating usage and required storage area compared to solvent systems. EB was not only found to be a more efficient technology, it also contributes significantly to a higher level of workplace comfort. Traditional thermal systems are massive, and the company just doesn't have the additional space required for that kind of setup."

NOVAGARD Solutions

Novagard has developed the first industrial UV LED PSA installation on a coating line. Novagard converted a water-based PSA for its 58" wide PVC foam line to a UV LED curable PSA and is now using it in to produce PVC foam rolls (more commonly known as weather stripping). The system consists of two 62"-wide banks of UV LED curing systems. Conventional UV lamps could not be used as they delivered too much heat to the substrate, causing damage. UV LED was the only viable solution. Going to a UV solution resulted in a superior peel strength, which allowed Novagard to pursue new market opportunities.

Carbon 3D

Carbon’s vision is “a future fabricated with light, where traceable, final-quality parts are produced at scale with CLIP technology.” CLIP (continuous liquid interface production) makes this possible by combining engineering grade materials with exceptional resolution and surface finish. By harnessing light and oxygen to produce objects from a pool of resin, CLIP is a photochemical process that eliminates the shortcomings of conventional 3D printing by more rapidly producing objects. “From everyday products like tennis shoes and electronics, to industrial components, to highly customizable medical devices, CLIP makes it possible for creators to design the parts and products of the future.”

City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland was recognized for projects that included Cleveland’s Progressive Field ballpark, home of the major league Cleveland Indians. Projects utilized exploration and use of UV curable materials as a contribution to environmental sustainability in the city, recognizing UV technology solutions to long-standing issues for protection against corrosion and to provide superior protection for metals, concrete, stones and other substrates in an efficient and fast curing manner.

RadTech Accelerator Award - Poly6 Technologies

In recognition of the increasing interest by young people in the development of sustainable new materials and processes, RadTech now offers an Accelerator award to recognize innovative ideas and start-ups. The goal of RadTech is to recognize and publicize the work of new ventures and provide mentoring and expertise from among the volunteer leadership of our group. The first winner of the RadTech Accelerator Award is Poly6 Technologies.

Poly6 Technologies turns citrus rinds into bio-based materials, which the company calls Citrene™. This start-up is introducing clean and sustainable materials for use in performance applications. Environmental stewardship is one of the most prevailing and urgent global initiatives, and Poly6 is reinforcing the notion that sustainable business is competitive business. Citrene has gained traction in various industries due to its unique combination of performance, process ability and sustainability advantages, offering enhanced performance, natural materials, throughput benefits, and low GHG emissions, all enabled by UV and EB technology.

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