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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:22

RadTech & IUVA Announce Online UV LED Resource

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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. 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.

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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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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.”

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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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, and the co-located IUVA Americas 2020, 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

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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

Contact: Mickey Fortune, 240-643-0517,

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.


Copy of the Resolution

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 and IUVA Americas 2020, March 8-11 in Orlando, FL. For more information and to apply, visit

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NIST and RadTech Announce Additive Manufacturing Roadmapping Workshop for October in Boulder, CO

Chevy Chase, MD (August 6, 2019) The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and RadTech, the non-profit industry association for UV+EB photopolymer chemistry are partnering to organize, Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing Workshop: Roadmapping a Future for Stereolithography, Inkjet, and Beyond, October 29-30, 2019 at NIST in Boulder, Colorado.

This workshop is the first of it’s kind for photopolymer additive manufacturing and draws on the experience and future plans of end-users, OEMs, resin suppliers, and researchers, to provide critical insights and perspectives on current capabilities, challenges, priority R&D needs, and future opportunities, especially as additive manufacturing innovation accelerates.

NIST has been instrumental in the growth and development of U.S. technologies and this new push into photopolymer additive manufacturing, led by Dr. Jason Killgore and Dr. Callie Higgins, materials research engineers at NIST. This workshop will build on their ground-breaking additive manufacturing and 3D printing work to bring technology leaders together. The meeting agenda targets the definition of state-of-the-art characterization techniques for resins and printers; determining where additive manufacturing technology is heading; and identifying measurement and standards barriers (opportunities) to achieving technology goals. A NIST facility tour to experience their research and resources is also planned. Please mark your calendars to ensure your organization has a "seat at the table," as NIST, in partnership with RadTech--The Association for UV+EB Technology, will post the meeting agenda and registration details later in August. For more information, please contact Mickey Fortune at

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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

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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