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Australian inventor Henry Bilinsky has used Shark Skin as a basis for a new drag reduction surface for planes. Currently under test by the US Air Force, this nature based design is looking to save millions of dollars for Military and Commercial Airlines by reducing drag.

"MicroTau is developing a novel method of applying drag-reducing microstructures – called ‘riblets’ – onto the surface of aircraft to reduce fuel consumption. Riblets are microscopic ridges spaced a fraction of the width of a human hair apart. As a rule a smoother surface is more aerodynamic, however these ridges – designed over millions of years of evolution – actually decrease drag when compared to a perfectly smooth surface." MicroTau

This may be able to be used in the marine environment with similar results.

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

Sharkskin Surfaces; hologram-like security; antimicrobial, bio materials honored

Chevy Chase, MD (May 16, 2018) With a focus on high tech manufacturing, efficiency, energy savings and sustainability, the RadTech 2018 Conference and Exhibition in May, recognized several contributions to the development of emerging and novel ultraviolet and electron beam technologies.

Emerging Technology Award Winners

• MicroTau Pty Ltd, New South Wales, Australia, was presented with one of the event’s Emerging Technology Awards for their low cost, printed “shark-skin” surface, demonstrated to reduce drag and improve efficiency for airplanes, cars, other vehicles and wind turbines; and provide biocide-free antifouling materials for marine vessels; antibacterial surfaces in hospitals and aircraft tray tables; and self-cleaning paints and microfluidic devices.
• Lumii Inc. for enabling captivating hologram-like imagery using standard presses, media and inks for security and brand protection. This is achieved by applying sophisticated tera-scale computation to model billions to trillions of light rays as they interact with high-resolution printed material. The Lumii process disrupts many of the conventions associated with traditional security devices.
• DENTSPLY Sirona, has patented highly effective antimicrobial/antibacterial resins. Such resins can be readily formulated in a variety of compositions, such as composites, adhesives, sealants, and coatings to provide high performance non-leaching active surfaces to effectively kill a wide range bacterium; it could also be used to potentially dramatically ease biofilm removal.
• LiTeProducts LLC has developed Adaptive Lighting, mixing Multi Wavelength–Multi Tasked UV LEDs with visible light LEDs for novel Germicidal and 3D curing applications. Potential applications for these unique solutions include leafy green vegetable sanitation that includes a UV cure seal of packaging to lock in freshness benefits; and sanitation of water, air, and the surface of objects with an added UV printed verification that communicates that sanitation has indeed occurred.
• A special “Collegiate Emerging Technology Award,” went to a team from the Coatings Research Institute at Eastern Michigan University for the development of “’Green’ UV-LED Curable Nail Gel Polishes from Bio-Renewable Materials.” In this innovation, novel polymers are synthesized from bio-renewable materials such as plant oils (soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil), itaconic acid, gum rosin, and bio-based succinic acid.

The event also featured lively cutting edge topical panel discussions and a technical Conference with well over 100 presentations. The best paper award for the event went to Natasha Banke, INX International Ink Company for: “Residual building block chemicals in raw materials and finished printing inks - A risk assessment approach to manufacturing and detection limits; ” and best student paper to Forough Zareanshahraki, From the Coatings Research Institute, Eastern Michigan University, and her advisor Prof. Vijay Mannari for “’Green’ UV-LED Gel Nail Polishes from Bio-Based Materials.”

In a partnership with the Technical Association of the Arts Graphics (TAGA) the event also holds a student poster competition, asking students to develop a well-designed, impactful poster touting UV+EB Technology. First place went to Olivia Blandford, from High Point University; and second place winner to Ryan Hutson from California Polytechnic State University. RadTech will feature these posters in our UV+EB Technology magazine and website (http://www.uvebtech.com/).

Finally RadTech formally introduced their class of 2018 RadLaunch Accelerator, at RadTech 2018 including:

• Trio Labs—for Rapid UV 3D printing to create metal and ceramic parts with the same characteristics achieved through standard powder injection molding (PIM) processes.
• Reboot Medical, Inc.—for PhotoCast Casting Tape, light-cured composite tape that hardens on-demand, producing a rigid splint or cast.
• Team from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem—for Nanocrystal photocatalysts which fill an unmet need for efficient water-soluble photoinitiators for coatings and 2&3D printing.
• moi composites—for a new, patented process that merges the performances of thermosetting composite materials with the potentialities of Additive Manufacturing opening the world of advance composites to features today unimaginable.
• The Foam Printing Project—for Lightweight parts from resin that is foamed using a patent-pending process and solidified using a UV DLP 3D printer, parts have up to 75% gas fractions, are lighter weight and less expensive to produce.
• Dynamic Matter LLC—for UV curable thermosetting polymer that can be remolded, relax stress, or repurposed following polymerization for use in optical applications and composites to reduce shrinkage and environmental stresses.
• Team from the University of Iowa—for Transferrable Shadow Cure (TSC) decouples initiation and propagation mechanisms in cationic photopolymerization to address light penetration problems, thus providing full cure regardless of geometry, pigment and filler content, and sensitivity of material to light and heat.

Douglas Copen, Senior Packaging Safety Specialist with Nestle has just been added to the Conference Program at RadTech 2018, May 7-9, in Chicago www.radtech2018.com. Mr. Copen will be speaking on “Packaging Food Safety Concerns for Inks from a Brand Owner Perspective.” in a special EHS session taking place on Wednesday, May 9. Also in the session, Lynn Bergeson of Bergeson & Campbell will present on “What RadTech Members Need to Know about New TSCA,” reviewing what has happened, what EPA is poised to do next, and what provisions are expected to have the greatest impact on commercial operations. This session will be followed by a special meeting for attendees to discuss possible Association initiatives to address “New TSCA” concerns (please contact Gary Cohen at RadTech for information and if you would like to attend).

A new session has also just been added to the RadTech 2018 Conference Programming: New Technology Trends. Chaired by Sudhakar Madhusoodhanan and Ashwin Chockalingam of Applied Materials, the session will include: Use of High Refractive Index Materials in Display and Lighting Applications (including OLED Displays, HD Displays, OLED lighting, LED lighting); Radiation Cured Parts: Impact of Semiconductor Wafer Cleaning; Development of Functional Films and R2R Processes (for display screens and other applications); and Hydrophilicity Enhancement of UV Cured Acrylic Materials.

RadTech 2018 features over 100 presentations and 80 exhibitors. Discounted registration is available through April 20, for more information and to sign-up to join us, please visit www.radtech2018.com.

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

Chevy Chase, MD (April 9, 2018) The winners of RadLaunch 2018, the new, unique idea tech accelerator for ultraviolet and electron beam (UV+EB) technology start-ups, students and innovators will present their innovations at RadTech 2018 in both the technical conference and on the exhibit floor in a dedicated RadLaunch Pavilion, sponsored by Heraeus Noblelight America.

The RadLaunch 2018 Class:

Trio Labs
Rapid UV 3D printing to create metal and ceramic parts with the same characteristics achieved through standard powder injection molding (PIM) processes.

Reboot Medical, Inc.
PhotoCast Casting Tape, light-cured composite tape that hardens on-demand, producing a rigid splint or cast.

Team from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Nanocrystal photocatalysts which fill an unmet need for efficient water-soluble photoinitiators for coatings and 2&3D printing.

moi composites
A new, patented process that merges the performances of thermosetting composite materials with the potentialities of Additive Manufacturing opening the world of advance composites to features today unimaginable.

The Foam Printing Project
Lightweight parts from resin that is foamed using a patent-pending process and solidified using a UV DLP 3D printer, parts have up to 75% gas fractions, are lighter weight and less expensive to produce.

Dynamic Matter LLC
UV curable thermosetting polymer that can be remolded, relax stress, or repurposed following polymerization for use in optical applications and composites to reduce shrinkage and environmental stresses.

Team from the University of Iowa
Transferrable Shadow Cure (TSC) decouples initiation and propagation mechanisms in cationic photopolymerization to address light penetration problems, thus providing full cure regardless of geometry, pigment and filler content, and sensitivity of material to light and heat.

RadTech 2018 takes place May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL. For more information visit http://www.radtech2018.com.

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

Chevy Chase, MD (March 19, 2018) RadTech, the trade association for UV+EB technology, will feature 3D printing innovations, breakthroughs, and technology previews from new start-ups to established equipment and resin suppliers at RadTech 2018, the UV+EB Technology Conference and Expo, May 7-9, 2018 in Chicago, IL.

RadTech 2018 will feature presentations on 3D Printing including material innovations, new tech, formulation, the use of UV LEDs, and hybrid processing. In addition to multiple conference sessions, RadTech 2018 will also feature a panel discussion including Formlabs and Trio-Labs that will address the benefits and needs for the continued development of resin 3D printing, including new materials such as ceramics and metal.

The RadTech RadLaunch initiative to support innovators and start-ups will also offer presentations on exciting, unique, next-gen 3D printing, including composites, metals, and a foam printing project developed for light-weighting applications in aerospace and automotive.

RadTech 2018 begins with optional short courses offering the basics in resin chemistry for new 3D material developers. Also, the Conference includes over 100 adjacent presentations and 80 exhibitors. Learn more about all the 3D printing topics at RadTech 2018 at http://www.radtech2018.com.

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

Chevy Chase, MD (March 12, 2018) RadLaunch, the new, unique idea accelerator for ultraviolet and electron beam (UV+EB) technology start-ups, students and innovators is pleased to announce our candidates for 2018. If selected as a RadLaunch participant, each company will receive financial support, a travel grant to attend RadTech 2018, and technical, marketing and funding mentorship opportunities.

RadLaunch 2018 Candidates:

Reboot Medical, Inc.
PhotoCast Casting Tape, light-cured composite tape that hardens on-demand, producing a rigid splint or cast.

Team from Eastern Michigan University
“Green” UV-LED curable nail gel polishes from Bio-Renewable Materials.

UltraV Coatings
New, protective floor coatings for instant return-to-service and lasting durability for floor finishes and also directional and safety line striping.

Team from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Nanocrystal photocatalysts which fill an unmet need for efficient water-soluble photoinitiators for coatings and 2&3D printing.

1of23.com
Extend the life of exterior siding coatings, and reduce maintenance costs by pre-treating floors and siding with polymers using UV technology to cure and protect wood from extreme exposure.

Continuous Composites
Continuous Fiber 3D printing creates a moldless, “out of autoclave” composite manufacturing process, embed functional fibers to create a part that can sense and react to stimuli.

LiTeProducts LLC
Flash sanitizer for disinfecting cutting boards, knives, and utensils using environmentally friendly ultraviolet and visible LEDs to enhance Food Safety at the point of preparation.

Mica Corporation
Electron beam water-based primers for flexible packaging systems to create the first "water-based" system used in retort packages with a focus on users of EB digital inks and varnishes.

Trio Labs
Rapid UV 3D printing to create metal and ceramic parts with the same characteristics achieved through standard powder injection molding (PIM) processes.

The Foam Printing Project
Lightweight parts from resin that is foamed using a patent-pending process and solidified using a UV DLP 3D printer, parts have up to 75% gas fractions, are lighter weight and less expensive to produce.

Eaton Chemical, Inc.
UVLED Anticorrosive ID coating for downhole oil/gas pipe, in contrast to baking systems, with significant batching, staging, and handling requirements, system may also be used in-field for repairs, fabrication, and couplings where traditional coatings cannot be cured.

Dynamic Matter LLC
UV curable thermosetting polymer that can be remolded, relax stress, or repurposed following polymerization for use in optical applications and composites to reduce shrinkage and environmental stresses.

Team from the University of Iowa
Transferrable Shadow Cure (TSC) decouples initiation and propagation mechanisms in cationic photopolymerization to address light penetration problems, thus providing full cure regardless of geometry, pigment and filler content, and sensitivity of material to light and heat.

moi composites
A new, patented process that merges the performances of thermosetting composite materials with the potentialities of Additive Manufacturing opening the world of advance composites to features today unimaginable.

The RadLaunch class of 2018 will be presented at RadTech 2018, May 7-9, 2018, Chicago, IL. For more information visit http://www.radtech2018.com.

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

UV+EB for Food Safety Session Announced at RadTech 2018
Chevy Chase, MD (March 7, 2018) Industry, Government lab, and University experts will discuss the non-thermal disinfection of juice, milk, and tea, as well as the use of UV for process preparation and product packaging solutions at at special session on UV+EB for Food Safety, taking place Monday, May 7, 2018 at the RadTech UV+EB 2018 Conference in Chicago, IL. UV is a proven technology, offering an economically-sound, effective, and versatile dry-process technology, that improves plant and consumer safety and offers the further preservation of different foods as well as extended shelf life. This session, sponsored by the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA), presents the latest updates on the science based validation and commercialization of UV technology for food applications from seed to stomach.

This first of its kind session includes topics related to: Global regulations related to UV for food safety; validation of shelf life extension; and a user’s perspective of UV treatment of beverages. In addition, with the rapid emergence of LEDs, the symposium will address the use of UV LEDs for indoor crop growth simulation, pathogen inactivation, and spoilage reduction; and we will conclude the event with a UV treated cold pressed juice tasting. RadTech 2018 features over 100 presentations and 80 exhibitors, for more information and to register, visit www.radtech2018.com.

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

A special short course on Inkjet Surface Decoration from IMI’s Industrial Print Academy will be offered at RadTech 2018, May 6 in Chicago. With the rapid development of inkjet applications on products including packaging, glass, textiles, footware, flooring, home décor, and containers, this course will offer techniques for process evaluation, optimization and implementation to help ensure success. The course will discuss crucial system aspects as well as the successes and challenges of inkjet in the diverse product decoration landscape, offering a proven systematic process for connecting the dots from an initial idea to feasibility studies, to development engineering, to system design, and ultimately to production line implementation.

Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director and Founder, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK will present the course, suitable for engineers, product development staff, managers, business development/planning, and marketing professionals. Key topics include the transition to digital, surface properties, process requirements, and ink selection.

RadTech 2018 features over 100 presenters and 80 exhibitors across manufacturing including UV LEDs, 3D printing, packaging, surface finishing and much more. For more information and to register, visit www.radtech2018.com.

Thursday, 15 February 2018 16:01

RadTech Announces 2018 President's Award

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

Chevy Chase, MD (February 15, 2018) Molly Hladik, Technical Project Leader with Michelman, was honored with the RadTech President's award, at the group's Annual meeting in Miami in February 2018. RadTech, a nonprofit trade association for ultraviolet and electron beam technologies (UV+EB) presents a special "President's Award" each year to honor volunteer leadership and service. "Molly has offered tremendous leadership and support to our UV+EB community for several years," says Lisa Fine, of Joules Angstrom and President of RadTech. "She currently leads our printing and packaging, and technical conference committees, serves on our editorial board, and until recently served on our board of directors."

Dr. Hladik is also an adjunct professor with the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), where she helped create a unique online Radiation Curing Program, offering graduate level courses and certification on UV+EB technology. She received her PhD in Chemistry/Polymer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and has established herself as a recognized leader in UV+EB technology.

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