Manufacturers seeking to increase their competitiveness and develop new products and processes boosted attendance by more than 30% at the biennial uv.eb EAST ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) conference and exhibition October 4-5 in Syracuse, NY. About 260 people attended, a 30 percent increase from the previous event held in 2009, with 40 percent of attendees potential end-users of the technology.
With a large turnout from New York, the event also drew attendees from 29 states and five countries, offering a trade expo and special conference focus for printing and packaging, industrial applications, electronics and medical devices.
The event also spotlighted the start-up of a new NYSERDA funded UV/EB Tech Center in Syracuse. The center, built to accelerate commercialization of the technology, is located at SUNY-ESF (State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry).
"Our turnout reflects the fact that U.S. manufacturers understand they can no longer wait for the economy to improve or regulations to change – survival means utilizing state-of-the-art technologies, materials and processes such as those offered by UV and EB," said Howard Ragin of DSM, president of RadTech, the non-profit sponsor of the event. The event was sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). NYSERDA has also offered significant funding to the UV/EB Tech Center.
UV and EB are super fast methods for curing materials such as coatings, inks, adhesives and composites used in a wide range of manufacturing applications; the technology is also used in rapid prototyping and desktop manufacturing.
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