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Monday, August 15, 2011

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RadTech International: The Association for UV & EB Technology will mark its silver anniversary with a new research, development and industrial testing center that is set to strut its stuff at the group’s regional conference this fall.

RadTech’s uv.eb East 2011 Conference, to be held Oct. 4-5 in Syracuse, NY, will highlight the new center’s capabilities while introducing and promoting UV/EB technology to a variety of industries.

 SUNY-ESF

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The UV/EB facility will serve as a center of expertise, with the equipment and lab capabilities to help coatings, adhesives and composites manufacturers test these technologies.

A $3 billion global market, Ultraviolet (UV) and Electron Beam (EB) technologies cause inks and paints to dry nearly instantly, speeding industrial production, eliminating or reducing harmful emissions, and freeing up factory space while reducing energy consumption.

Center of Expertise

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provided nearly $1 million in funding for the Ultraviolet Light (UV) and Electron Beam (EB) Process Curing Systems Technology Center, which will leverage more than $1 million in capital from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and from private industrial partners.

NYSERDA and RadTech have partnered for several years to promote UV and EB clean energy technologies to manufacturers in New York State.

The UV/EB center will advance the development and adoption of formulas that produce few or no emissions in the manufacture and application of inks, paints and coatings, as well as resin binders used in the fabrication of composite materials such as those used to make wind turbine blades.

It will also serve as a center of expertise with equipment and analytical laboratory capabilities to help manufacturers independently test these technologies.

Industrial partners include Knowlton Technologies of Watertown, a manufacturer of engineered composites; Transparent Materials of Rochester, a nanomaterials maker;  IBA Industrial of Long Island, an electron beam equipment supplier; and MAS Associates of Indian Lake, manufacturer of data acquisition and automation systems.

Assisting Coatings Makers

Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO of NYSERDA, said the center would help “New York-based manufacturers adopt ultraviolet light and electron beam-curing technologies that can dramatically cut costs and waste, enable New York State manufacturers to remain competitive, and reduce air emissions.”

Dr. Cornelius B. Murphy Jr., SUNY-ESF president, said the college would “help develop and transfer the latest in energy-efficient ultraviolet light and electron beam technologies to the coating, adhesive and composite industries in New York State.”

Added Howard Ragin, of DSM NeoResins and president of RadTech: “The establishment of the technology center and continued support of uv.eb EAST offers great potential to position the state as a global leader in this fast-emerging technology.”

Conference Plans

uv.eb EAST 2011 will be the second biennial conference co-sponsored by RadTech and NYSERDA.

The conference will feature educational sessions as well as presentations and exhibitions by leading industry suppliers and users targeting the UV and EB curable coating, inks, adhesives and composites technology.

Exhibitors include Alberdingk Boley, Inc., Balvenie Associates Inc., Bayer MaterialScience LLC, BYK USA, Inc., Cytec Industries, Double Bond Chemical Industries USA, EIT Instrument Markets, Henkel Corp., Nanophase Technologies Corp., rad-solutions LLC, Sartomer USA LLC, Siltech Corp., Strathmore Products and Synasia Inc.

   

Tagged categories: Coatings technology; Conferences; RadTech; Research; Resins; UV curing

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