RadTech Announces 2016 Award Winners

BETHESDA, MD | RadTech, the trade association for UV+EB technology, announces the 2016 Emerging Technology Awards in recognition of the use of fast, efficient, and environmentally responsible ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) Technologies. RadTech will celebrate the award winners at the Emerging Technology Awards Dinner taking place 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 this link.

Award winners of interest to converters include the following:

PepsiCo

Seeking to lower its carbon footprint, Pepsico is looking to EB flexo Inks as a replacement for its use of solvent-based materials for snack food packaging. Pepsico reports the use of EB technology reduces VOC emissions as much as 90%, 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 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 it to manufacture micro-structures from 200 nanometers to 150 microns.

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 3D printing continuous fiber with thermoset epoxy and the only company to successfully print continuous fiber into free space.

NOVAGARD Solutions

Novagard has developed what is says is the first industrial UV LED PSA installation on a coating line. Novagard converted a water-based PSA for its 58-in.-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).

Additional winners include HRL Laboratories LLC; Cleveland Steel Container; Carbon 3D; and the City of Cleveland.

RadTech now offers an “Accelerator” award to recognize innovative ideas and startups. 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 turns citrus rinds into bio-based materials called Citrene. This startup is introducing clean and sustainable materials for use in performance applications and reinforcing the notion that sustainable business is competitive business. Reportedly, Citrene has gained traction in various industries due to its unique combination of performance, processability, and sustainability advantages.

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