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… we are honored as the first nonprofit trade association Chapter of NAI

The National Academy of Inventors® is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors®.

RadTech is proud of our member’s significant contributions to productivity, sustainability and the enabling of new technology through UV+EB Technology. Help us promote your UV+EB innovations and inventions and apply to our chapter. For RadTech members, there is no additional charge for NAI Chapter membership.

Congratulations to the RadTech NAI 2020 Inductees

RadTech Member Class of 2020

Curatolo Ben

Ben Curatolo

Dr. Ben Curatolo is President of Light Curable Coatings and holds 41 U.S. Patents, including seven U.S. Patents in UV Technology. Ben has developed and commercialized a UV curable industrial floor coating based on biorenewable materials that has been recognized with a 2018 R&D 100 Award and an additional 2018 R&D 100 Special Recognition Merit Award for Green Tech.

Michael Dvorchak

Mike Dvorchak

Mike's work at Bayer Material Science (Covestro) and Allnex on 100% UV cure oligomers and UV cure polyurethane dispersions coatings helped result in over 15 UV+EB US and international patents. He won the best technical paper award at RADTECH North America 2010 conference, and cites his current most exciting projects as: the development of a Shark Skin UV cure coating that could reduce the drag for aerospace vehicles from 7% or higher levels; a methane sensing project using UV cured coatings on fiber optics for a University of Pittsburgh /Department of Energy Project; and authoring a chapter for a current UV cure text book.William Arthur Green, Great Lakes Fine Chemicals

Michael Idacavage

Mike Idacavage

Mike successfully helped develop and commercialize a UV-curable, water-processable newspaper printing plate which became an industry standard. Mike developed several novel products based on Eastman Chemical’s water dispersible polymers. Mike was also responsible for several new products for a by-product, Lignin, from a billion dollar development program at Eastman. Mike has also been recognized as an inventor on patents assigned to his customers.Jim Raymont, EIT Instrument MarketsBenefits of the NAI RadTech Chapter.

Jim Raymont

Jim Raymont

Jim has developed products to measure complex 3D shapes both large and small, as part of a very talented family of people at EIT Instruments. He has worked extensively with UV suppliers, customers and potential customers to help them better understand UV measurement and process control.

Special Inductees

Tony Berejka

Tony Berejka

Emeritus Inductee

In 1975, Tony developed the radiation processed corrosion protection for the below grade sections of the Alyeska pipeline, which is still by far the single largest ever radiation cure project ($124,000,000 today) and is in still good condition after 45 years—helping to alleviate US dependence on foreign crude. Tony has served as a consultant to the National Academies and its operating arm, the National Research Council, and to the International Atomic Energy Agency dealing with radiation effects. He most recently reviewed a textbook on radiation chemistry and its industrial uses, for a European group.Academic Inductee

Vijay Mannari

Academic Inductee

Dr. Mannari is a Distinguished Professor, Polymers and Coatings Technology and Director, Coatings Research Institute at Eastern Michigan University. His research group has developed and customized coating materials derived from sustainable resources enabling this technology to be Green + Green. The development of UV-LED Nail Gels based on bio-based materials is one striking example for which a US patent application has been filed. Dr. Mannari’s contributions in UV-initiated crosslinking systems using photo-acid / photo-base has not only expanded cure chemistries (sol-gel, Michael-Addition..) but has opened up possibilities for high-performance and corrosion resistant coatings. A very recent contribution in development and demonstration of advanced UV-Curable materials and process for additive manufacturing (3D-printing) application has earned his research group the RadTech University Emerging Technology Award 2020.Start-up Professional

Henry Bilinsky

Start-up—New Innovation

In 2015 Henry invented Direct Contactless Microfabrication (DCM) as a scalable method of printing functional microstructures out of UV-curable materials. Shark-skin inspired “riblet” surfaces printed with DCM have demonstrated a 7% drag reduction and Henry’s company MicroTau has won numerous contracts to develop this technology for the US Air Force—potentially saving billions of dollars in fuel and hundreds of millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions. MicroTau is working to develop functional materials inspired by nature including anti-fouling, anti-bacterial, optical and superhydrophobic properties—using UV-curable coatings by micro-patterning with DCM technology for applications in manufacturing, maritime, medical devices and renewable energy.

The National Academy of Inventors

  • Honors, encourages and publicly recognizes academic inventors and innovators in UV+EB Technology.
  • Encourages the disclosure of intellectual property and the translation of inventions to benefit society.
  • Promotes and enhances the development and commercialization of innovations.
  • NAI offers connection with the USPTO, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).
  • Provides a mechanism for potentially enhancing innovation both locally and nationally.
  • Promotes interaction for fostering new ideas.
  • Provides the opportunity to publish in Technology & Intervention, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors. 
  • Provides a mechanism for developing relevant invention-based activities, such as workshops or symposia on innovation and invention, in collaboration with NAI.
  • Puts chapter members in a position to provide advice and guidance to new and existing inventors in their work—with a focus on students and start-ups. 
  • Enhances the visibility of UV+EB Technology development. 
  • Listing of chapter members on this website.
  • National publicity via press releases through the NAI about the chapter.
  • Specially designed NAI lapel pins provided for all inventor members.

The RadTech NAI Executive Committee:

  • Mike Dvorchak
  • Jennifer Heathcote
  • Molly Hladik
  • Mike Idacavage
  • Eileen Weber

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Contact: Gary Cohen, 240-497-1242, gcohen@iuva.org

Chevy Chase, MD (April 24, 2020) Recent reports suggest that ultraviolet (UV) light can be used on the human body to disinfect against the coronavirus. The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) and RadTech North America are educational and advocacy organizations consisting of UV equipment vendors, scientists, engineers, consultants, and members of the medical profession. We would like to inform the public that there are no protocols to advise or to permit the safe use of UV light directly on the human body at the wavelengths and exposures proven to efficiently kill viruses such as SARS-CoV-2. UV light under the conditions known to kill such viruses can cause severe skin burns, skin cancer, and eye damage. There is information that a specific type of UV light, sometimes called “far UV-C” (at wavelengths from 200 - 225 nm) can disinfect viruses without damaging skin and eyes, but this information is considered to be preliminary and there are no protocols to ensure that it is applied effectively and safely. We strongly recommend that anyone using UV light to disinfect medical equipment, surfaces, or air in the context of COVID-19, applications that are supported by sound scientific evidence, follow all recommended health and safety precautions and to avoid direct exposure of the body to the UV light.

Additional Information on UV Technology for Disinfection

The ultraviolet spectrum is a band of electromagnetic radiation at higher energies than visible light, split into four major categories: UV-A (400 – 315 nm), UV-B (315 – 280 nm), UV-C (280 – 200 nm), and vacuum-UV (VUV, 100 – 200 nm). UV-A and UV-B are present in sunlight at the earth’s surface; these parts of the ultraviolet spectrum are common causes of sunburn and, with longer-term exposure, melanoma. The risks of human exposure to UV-A and UV-B are well known. Solar UV may be used for disinfection purposes; exposures in the order of several hours to days might be effective at treating surfaces and water. Artificial sources of UV-A and UV-B are not commonly used for disinfection.

UV-C has been used for disinfection for over a century, with applications in water treatment, air systems, and surfaces. The use of UV-C as a disinfectant is supported by decades of scientific research. UV-C radiation is absorbed by DNA and RNA (the genetic code for all lifeforms), changing its structure. This damage inhibits the ability of the affected cells to reproduce, meaning that they cannot infect and are no longer dangerous. Whereas the UV exposure required to inactivate different microorganisms varies, though there are no known microorganisms that are immune to this treatment and it is regularly used against bacteria, viruses, and protozoa.

In the same way that UV-C can inactivate bacteria and viruses, it can be damaging to human cells too, since our cells also contain DNA. This exposure can cause skin irritation, damage to the cornea, and cell mutations leading to cancer. Exposure to UV-C radiation is regulated globally, with a common agreement on the risk to human health and safe exposure levels. These regulations and standards set limits on allowable daily exposure.

In summary:

  • UV-C irradiation of the skin, eyes, or any body part should be avoided wherever possible.
  • Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment when handling un-shielded UV-C radiation sources (e.g. long-sleeved clothing, gloves, and a UV-opaque face shield).
  • Always use UV-C devices in accordance with the manufacturer’s operating instructions to ensure safe operation, and within appropriate enclosures where light leakage has been controlled, and where the risks have been properly managed.
  • The case for far UV-C light (200 - 225 nm) is less certain. While evidence in the laboratory suggests that it may be safe under some conditions, based primarily on animal studies and not on longitudinal human studies, there is a lack of protocols to govern the safe construction and operation of such devices.
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:22

RadTech & IUVA Announce Online UV LED Resource

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

RadTech & IUVA Announce Online UV LED Resource

Chevy Chase, MD (February 17, 2020) With accelerating technical and market developments, and the fast growing number of conference papers and trade journal articles focused on UV LEDs for industrial curing, public health and life science applications, RadTech, the nonprofit for ultraviolet and electron beam technologies, and the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA), have developed a new website to document and track UV LED technology. uvledsource.org consolidates technical papers and articles on diverse UV LED subjects in a convenient, easy-to-search online resource. The site is designed to comprehensively educate those interested in UV LED technology, with new papers added regularly to reflect the ongoing work of RadTech and IUVA members.

uv led source
UV LED innovations are leading to more efficient, economical, and environmentally responsible processes, offering scientific advancements to foster new groundbreaking industrial and public health initiatives. The latest UV LED breakthroughs will be presented and on exhibit at the upcoming biennial RadTech 2020 and IUVA America’s Conference in Orlando, March 8-11.

Monday, 17 February 2020 18:31

A Note on the Coronavirus/COVID-19

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

February 17, 2020 All RadTech 2020 and IUVA Americas preparations are proceeding as planned and we look forward to seeing you in Orlando! The traditional number of visitors from China to RadTech and IUVA is very small—so the impact on the event is expected to be minimal.

RadTech and IUVA take the concerns of our members, guests and partners regarding the coronavirus very seriously. In partnership with our hosts at Disney, your safety is always our top priority.

According to the CDC, “for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low at this time. The U.S. government has taken unprecedented steps with respect to travel in response to the growing public health threat posed by this new coronavirus: Effective February 2, 2020, the U.S. government suspended entry of foreign nationals who have been in China within the past 14 days.”

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

With these restrictions the risk of contracting Coronavirus/COVID-19 within conferences in the United States is very low. Visitors subject to this U.S. Government action will not be attending RadTech 2020 or the IUVA Americas events.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!!

 

RadTech, the nonprofit for UV+EB, announces the 2020 Emerging Technology Award winners, to be presented at the RadTech 2020 Conference, March 8-11, in Orlando, Florida.

For the first time the competition includes a new award sponsored by the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA). IUVA is the nonprofit dedicated to UV applications in public health and the environment, with a special focus on water, food and beverage and health care.

Help us celebrate our Emerging Technology Award winners at RadTech 2020, and co-located IUVA Americas 2020, March 8-11, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.

The RadTech/IUVA 2020 Emerging Technology Award Winners:

Electron Beam Technology for Food Packaging, PepsiCo

As consumers, NGOs and governments worldwide continue to seek innovative solutions for the development of a circular economy, PepsiCo is leading the way by working with the flexible packaging supply chain to develop advanced materials and processes for food packaging. As part of these PepsiCo initiatives, the company is exploring electron beam curing, as a fast, clean and energy savings way to dry inks, coatings and adhesives for their flexible packaging operations. Todd Fayne, a PepsiCo Project management and execution specialist for packaging materials and processes, has engaged the electron beam community and RadTech, offering invaluable expertise and knowledge to assist the industry in advancing food packaging sustainability efforts.

Additive Manufacturing of High-Performance Material for Teeth Replacement, Myerson LLC

One of the largest and fastest growing opportunities in Additive Manufacturing is the Dental market—offering the advantages of 3D Printing such as customization, rapid manufacturing, and low equipment footprint. While the printing of teeth as temporary replacements is feasible, if not yet widely adopted, reaching the very high performance required for long term tooth replacement has been out of reach. Myerson, LLC (Chicago, IL) in collaboration with Hybrid Ceramic (San Francisco, CA) have developed a high-performance UV curable dental material that can be printed and used as long term teeth replacements. What makes this material unique is its high mechanical properties which are retained in the presence of water. Use of this new material is not limited to a specific UV Curable print technology and therefore can accommodate a variety of DLP and Ink Jet printers. In vitro and in vivo trials are underway with the goal to select the first-generation printers and begin the installation in dental laboratories and dental offices in 2020.

Surface Treatment of Intraocular Lens Injectors, AST Products, Inc.

LubriMATRIXTM technology has become a ‘Hidden Champion’ for cataract surgery, providing a novel and innovative surface treatment technology specifically developed to enable a safer, simpler and more effective intraocular lens (IOL) delivery. An IOL is an artificial lens made of polymeric or silicone materials and it is used to replace the patient’s natural lens that has become opaque, a.k.a. cataract. Designed to set the standard for current and next generation IOL injection systems, LubriMATRIX™ protects the IOL from damage during cataract surgery. This technology is a patented surface treatment that utilizes an electron-beam-induced grafting method to append a hydrophilic layer onto the surface of an IOL. To date, it has been increasingly important that every IOL needs an injector for implantation and every IOL injector needs a surface treatment to enable the IOL to travel safely and smoothly without any damages after entering into the patient’s eye during cataract surgery. Since its commercialization, LubriMATRIXTM has increasingly gained market share in the nearly 30 million cataract surgeries worldwide annually, with EB helping to enable this vital process.

UV cured transparent films for Advanced Process Control (APC), Materials Business unit, Applied Materials, Sunnyvale CA

The drive to smaller, faster and more versatile electronic devices such as cell phones has accelerated innovation in state-of-the-art computer chips. With the urgent need to reduce the overall size of the chips while at the same time maintain extremely tight tolerances on the thickness of the new generation chips, breakthroughs in process control are required. Recently UV based in-process endpoint technology has made multi film real time processing possible. The system requires a UV permeable polymeric film to achieve the required performance. Applied Materials has integrated a high energy stationary UV cure system to fabricate the UV transparent polymer films. Current films have the capability to exhibit extremely high transmittance in UVA and UVB. However, as the thickness of the chips continues to be reduced, there is a need to further extend the transmittance of the film to the UVC region to allow the use of novel materials chemistries and cure systems. The optical uniformity of the film and time to cure makes UV curing a critical technology for these processes. Beyond semiconductor chip manufacturing, this method of control has applicability in a wide range of industrial processing systems where precision is critical to the product success and in emerging technologies like Augmented and Mixed Reality.

IUVA 2020 Emerging Technology Award UV-C LED for Point-of-Dispense Disinfection, OASIS International

OASIS International recently announced their QUASAR™ system - a UV-C LED system for point-of-dispense disinfection. Point-of-dispense offers UV treatment right at the spout, treating both the beverage water and the dispense point which is exposed to external contact from the end user. This type of treatment ensures the beverage water is getting the right amount of disinfection with no opportunity to become infected at another point and prevents outlet-sourced contamination, or bacteria growing up the pipeline from the point of use. The QUASAR system provides instantaneous disinfection with a pathogen inactivation rating of 99.99%. The system offers smart operation with 10-minute intervals to keep the dispense point disinfected. This feature provides both protection from retrograde contamination and surface disinfection for the dispenser. Point-of-dispense offers last mile disinfection of pathogens that might be growing at any point prior to the outlet.

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

radlaunch tech accelerator class 2020RadLaunch Announces Start-up Technology Accelerator Class of 2020

Chevy Chase, MD (January 23, 2020) RadLaunch, the unique idea accelerator for ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technology start-ups, students, and innovators, has selected five key technology developers for 2020 and three special recognition awards. RadTech, the nonprofit for UV+EB Technology, created RadLaunch in recognition of the growing importance of the technology with the digitization of manufacturing and requirements for safe, clean, rapid processes in the fast emerging circular economy. New innovations in materials, optics, design and data, are propelling UV+EB in additive manufacturing/3D printing, inkjet, food packaging, automotive, medical, public health and electronics applications.

For the first time the competition includes new awards sponsored by the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA). IUVA is a nonprofit dedicated to UV applications in public health and the environment, with a special focus on water, food and beverage and health care.

The RadLaunch 2020 class will all give presentations at RadTech 2020, www.radtech2020.com and the co-located IUVA Americas 2020 www.iuva.org, March 8-11, 2020 in Orlando, FL.

Meet the RadLaunch Class of 2020

HARP (High-Area Rapid Printing), Azul 3D
This three-year-old startup spun out of Northwestern University and is creating a paradigm shift in the plastics manufacturing sector via a revolutionary 3D-printing technology called HARP (High-Area Rapid Printing). HARP enables record-breaking throughput in the field of stereolithographic printing, regardless of size, by using a mobile liquid interface (a fluorinated oil) to reduce the adhesive forces between the interface and the printed object formed from photo-responsive resins. The bed area is not size-restricted by thermal limitations because the flowing oil enables direct cooling across the entire print area. Importantly, HARP enables the use of both oxygen-sensitive and oxygen-insensitive photo-chemistries at rapid speeds (i.e., does not rely upon oxygen quenching). Resultantly, HARP broadens the scope of UV/EB technology for 3D printing beyond acrylates and methacrylates, being compatible with both photo-cationic and photo-acid initiated reaction mechanisms. Stemming from its industrial-grade photo-resins, HARP offers manufacturers the opportunity for higher throughput, limitless scale, and just-in-time mass production of diverse, customized, and complex products. Most recently, the technology was featured in an article in Science (Oct 2019) and has been featured in many news articles including in C&EN, Popular Mechanics, Economist, and Sciencemag.

Solvent-free radical photopolymerization that continues its extensive post-conversion in the dark, Team from University of Colorado
A new photoinitiating system with unprecedented photo-efficiency and extensive post-conversion in the dark has been developed at the University of Colorado by the team of Kangmin Kim, Jasmine Sinha, Charles Musgrave, and Jeff Stansbury. This innovation allows reduced light exposure times while guaranteeing complete polymerization, even in situations involving compromised light access due to nonuniform light sources, irregular surfaces, or thicker samples that might otherwise preclude a photocuring process. This discovery will further elevate the green technology to a new standard and increase the scope of photocuring technologies into new application areas.

Next-Generation Energy Storage with UV Curing of Novel Polymer Electrolyte Materials, The Hosein Research Group, Syracuse University
The ever-increasing demand for Li-ion battery storage solutions will soon present an imminent crisis with the availability of mineral lithium to support the clean energy economy. This has led researchers to consider batteries from earth-abundant minerals, such as sodium, calcium, magnesium, and aluminum. The challenge with such next-generation batteries is developing suitable electrolytes. To this end, polymer electrolytes are an attractive solution owing to their high conductivity, as well as mechanical and thermal conductivity. The Hosein Research group at Syracuse University has employed UV-curing to effectively produce both acrylic and epoxy based polymer electrolytes. UV-curing enables the rapid, uniform, and scalable processing of polymer electrolytes, which show suitable properties and most recently have been shown to effectively operate in prototype next-generation batteries.

Bio-based 1,5-Pentanediol: A New Renewable Monomer for the Radcure Industry, Pyran LLC
The vast majority of chemicals are made from nonrenewable and often expensive petroleum (oil) resources. Pyran co-founders Professor George Huber, Dr. Kevin Barnett, and Dr. Kefeng Huang set out to find a better way, and discovered a new pathway to make a chemical called 1,5-pentanediol (1,5-PDO) from renewable resources, such as corn cobs. Pyran’s technology allows them to make their renewable 1,5-PDO at 30-50% lower costs than similar oil-based chemicals! Pyran’s 1,5-PDO product is a major component in many ultraviolet (UV) cure coatings - which are more efficient and produce much lower amounts of harmful emissions compared to conventional coating technologies - offering consumers environmentally friendly products that won’t break the bank.

Real-time feedback controlled monomer conversion: a new paradigm for UV curing process control, Eindhoven University of Technology's High Tech Systems Center and TNO (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
To prepare UV curing technology for the imminent fourth industrial revolution, PhD researcher Thomas Hafkamp from Eindhoven University of Technology proposes a new paradigm for UV curing process control. The proposal consists of acquiring in-situ measurement data of monomer conversion from a spectrometer and feeding this data into a real-time feedback controller. The feedback controller computes a corrective action for the UV light source if the monomer conversion momentarily deviates from the intended value. This innovation makes the UV curing process more robust to disturbances and may prove to be an indispensable solution for quality control.

Special RadLaunch University award:

Novel UV-initiated Dual-curing thermoset materials suitable for 3D printing, Hamidreza Asemani, Professor Vijay Mannari; Coatings Research Institute, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
While 3D-printing is fast emerging as a fascinating technology of the future, one major challenge faced by 3D-printed products is their sub-optimum performance due to poor inter-layer adhesion between multiple stacking up layers in their assembly. A team of Prof. Vijay Mannari and Ph.D. candidate Hamid Asemani at Eastern Michigan University has developed a very meticulous solution to this challenge. They have designed a 3D printing material that cures by two independent cure mechanisms – one providing rapid green strength development for faster processing while the second one allows for chemical bonding between the layers - thus significantly enhancing final product performance. The proposed system is enabled by UV-curing technology making it efficient and environmentally responsible.

Special IUVA student awards:

Innovative, Low-Cost, Water Purification Method by Leveraging the Synergetic Effect of UV and IR Radiation from the Sun, Sujay M. Swain, Montgomery Blair High School
Over one billion people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water. By using waste products, a low-cost water purification method to holistically purify water from physical, chemical and biological impurities was developed. Sugarcane bagasse was used to remove physical impurities and activated carbon synthesized from sugarcane juice was used to remove chemical impurities. Finally, by leveraging the synergetic effect of UVA and heat (from Sun), biological impurities were successfully removed. Resulting purified water met all the standards set by FDA. With the insight gained from this research, a portable water purification system using UVA LEDs is under development.

All-in-one (AIO) Solar-LED Purification Bottle for Every Home Use, Dana Pousty, Prof. Hadas Mamane, Water Research Center, School of Mechanical Engineering, Tel-Aviv University
The utilization of non-chemical disinfection systems for water treatment such as ultraviolet (UV) is increasing rapidly. Currently, the dominating systems are mercury-based low-pressure (LP) and medium-pressure (MP) lamps. These lamps are not optimal for point of use (POU) systems that are characterized by (a) intermittent or non-continuous water supplies, (b) need for off-the-grid applications, (c) release heat to the water and result in inorganic fouling, and (e) the high output power (MP lamps). UV light-emitting diodes (UV-LEDs) overcome these drawbacks with adjustable wavelengths according to the need, long life-time, constant output and operate at ambient temperatures. Moreover, they hold compact and flexible structures that enable adapted design. The water-tech lab at Tel-Aviv University is developing a solar-based UV-LED-based optimized point-of-use water treatment solutions by combining various wavelengths. This will open a new field of portable point-of-use home applications.

Join us in welcoming the RadLaunch 2020 Class at the next RadTech biennial Conference, March 8-11, 2020 in Orlando, FL—with over 100 presentations, cutting edge topical panels and more than 80 exhibitors, registration is now open at www.radtech2020.com.

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New Board of Director Members Announced by RadTech

Chevy Chase, MD (January 13, 2020) RadTech, the nonprofit trade association for ultraviolet and electron beam technologies (UV+EB) announces the election of new Board members, to serve a two year term beginning in January 2020. New members include Karl Swanson, President of PCT Ebeam and Integration; Evan Benbow, Director of R&D for Wikoff Color Corporation; and Diane Marret, Product Manager of UV Curable and Exterior Thermal technologies at Red Spot Paint & Varnish. In addition, Todd Fayne, PepsiCo and Mike Bonner, Saint Clair Systems were re-elected for second two year terms.

"With the continued significant growth of UV+EB in a number of applications, we are motivated to continue to develop new activities that help advance our technology," says Eileen Weber of allnex, President of RadTech. "We are extremely excited to welcome our new Board members as their diverse experiences and expertise will greatly further our ability to do this.” Continuing Board members include Lisa Fine, Ink Systems Inc., immediate past president; JoAnn Arceneaux , allnex, President-elect; Susan Bailey, Michelman, secretary; Paul Elias, Miwon NA, treasurer; David Biro, Sun Chemical; Michael Gould, Rahn USA; Jeffrey Klang, Sartomer; Jim Raymont, EIT; Chris Seubert, Ford Motor Co.; PK Swain, Heraeus; Hui Yang, Procter and Gamble; and Sheng “Sunny” Ye, Facebook Reality Labs.

Join us in welcoming our new and returning board members at the next RadTech biennial Conference, March 8-11, 2020 in Orlando, FL—with over 100 presentations, cutting edge topical panels and more than 80 exhibitors, registration is now open at www.radtech2020.com.

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California Senate Resolution recognizes UV+EB Technology and RadTech

Chevy Chase, MD (September 9, 2019) The California State Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing the many benefits of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technologies and the contributions of RadTech–The UV+EB Technology Non Profit Trade Association. Senator Mike Morrell (R) representing the 23rd CA Senate District, covering portions of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties, spearheaded the effort. “This California State Senate resolution will encourage adoption of pollution prevention technologies while retaining manufacturing jobs in California,” says Rita Loof, RadTech Director of Environmental Affairs. “UV+EB technology has already been recognized on various occasions by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), and the City of Los Angeles, and we welcome the statewide recognition.” The SCAQMD and City of Los Angeles presented RadTech Clean Air Awards for Advancement in Air Pollution Control Technology. The SCAQMD has also recently deemed UV+EB technology as a “control strategy” in its Air Quality Management Plan; and the technology is also listed as a Best Available Control Technology and is exempt from many SCAQMD regulations.

The Senate resolution recognizes UV+EB technology as pollution prevention processes which, unlike conventional technologies, emit little to no harmful emissions. The nature of the process is such that virtually no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) or Hazardous Air Pollutants are generated. Additionally, UV+EB processes do not produce combustion contaminants such as NOx, SOx or Greenhouse Gases, which are heavily regulated in the State of California.

The proclamation acknowledges the “invaluable” contributions made by RadTech to the State of California and beyond, and cites the Association’s ideals of community service. It commends RadTech for its “outstanding commitment to improving the environment and economy through its programs.”

RadTech strives to offer the benefits of UV+EB technology as a way to keep manufacturing operations in the United States thereby creating jobs and helping the economy. UV+EB are used across a wide spectrum of manufacturing technologies including printing and packaging, additive manufacturing, industrial finishing, electronics, and medical applications. Recent advancements in UV LEDs (Light emitting diodes) and 3d printing/additive manufacturing have helped propel the technology to new innovations and product development.

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Photo of Senator Mike Morrell (R), CA 23rd Senate District with Rita Loof, RadTech

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RadTech Tech Accelerator Announces New Competition—Expands Outreach

Chevy Chase, MD (August 19, 2019) Start-ups, academics, students, and innovators are invited to apply for the RadlLaunch Tech Accelerator—now in its 3rd year. Cash awards, travel grants and outreach opportunities will be made available for novel work with ultraviolet and electron beam processes (UV+EB). New innovations in materials, optics, design and data, are propelling UV+EB in additive manufacturing/3D printing, inkjet, food packaging, automotive, medical and electronics applications. RadTech, the nonprofit for UV+EB Technology, created RadLaunch in recognition of the growing importance of the technology with the digitization of manufacturing and requirements for safe, clean, rapid processes.

RadTech has expanded the competition to include the use of UV for disinfection, partnering with the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) Americas Conference. IUVA focuses on public health and the environment, with a special focus on water, food and beverage and health care. K-12 Rising Scientists are encouraged to apply for special recognition of their work with UV or EB.

RadLaunch 2020 finalists will win cash and trips to speak and present at RadTech 2020 www.radtech2020.com and IUVA Americas 2020 www.iuva.org, March 8-11 in Orlando, FL. For more information and to apply, visit https://radlaunch.org


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