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RadTech Announces 2016 Emerging Technology Award Winners

05.12.16

Awards announced for 3D printing, Pepsi, Cleveland, UV LEDs and more; new accelerator award also announced.

RadTech, the trade association for UV+EB technology, announced 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 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 http://www.radtech2016.com.
 
Award winners include:
• PepsiCo: Seeking to lower their carbon footprint, Pepsico is looking to EB flexo Inks as a replacement for their use of solvent-based materials for snack food packaging. Technological developments around EB ink chemistry and lacquer formulation paired with the right choices of flexographic equipment and substrates are creating advances in print quality and aesthetics. 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 WFT to manufacture micro-structures from 200 nanometers up to 150 microns.
 
• Continuous Composites (CC3D): CC3D has developed a new 3D printing process to print continuous fiber with UV curable resin; they are 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. CC3D has demonstrated 16x and 8x multi-material nozzles printing at once as a ‘seamless’ path utilizing 6K TOW Carbon Fiber, and 600 TEX Fiberglass.
 
• HRL Laboratories LLC: The HRL team demonstrated the first-ever UV additive manufacturing of polymer-derived ceramics. By formulating pre-ceramic UV curable polymers, the team at HRL demonstrated the first-ever additive manufacturing of fully dense, binder-less ceramics, published in the 1/2016 issue of Science. Potential applications for this novel technology include turbine engine components, hypersonic vehicle structures, MEMS devices, and electronics packaging.
 
• Cleveland Steel Container: Cleveland Steel Container has developed the first commercial in-line EB and UV process, for rigid steel coil substrates in the manufacture of steel pails. CSC is the largest steel pail manufacturer in North America, with uses ranging from hazardous materials to cosmetics. CSC applies and cures EB and UV directly to steel coil for 5-gallon pail lids and bottoms. This application is also unique in the use of highly pigmented systems to steel for rigid fabrication.
 
• NOVAGARD Solutions: Novagard has developed the first industrial UV LED PSA installation on a coating line. Novagard converted a water-based PSA for its 58” 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). The system consists of two 62” wide banks of UV LED curing systems. Conventional UV lamps could not be used as they delivered too much heat to the substrate causing damage. UV LED was the only viable solution.
 
• Carbon 3D: Carbon’s vision is “a future fabricated with light, where traceable, final-quality parts are produced at scale with CLIP technology.” CLIP — Continuous Liquid Interface Production — makes this possible by combining engineering-grade materials with exceptional resolution and surface finish. By harnessing light and oxygen to produce objects from a pool of resin, CLIP is a photochemical process that eliminates the shortcomings of conventional 3D printing by more rapidly producing objects.
 
• City Of Cleveland: Including Cleveland’s Progressive Field ballpark, home of the major league Cleveland Indians; for the exploration and use of UV curable materials as a contribution to environmental sustainability in Cleveland, recognizing UV technology solutions to long standing issues for protection against corrosion and to provide superior protection for metals, concrete, stones and other substrates in an efficient and fast curing manner.
 
• RadTech Accelerator Award - Poly6 Technologies: RadTech offers an “Accelerator” award to recognize innovative ideas and start-ups. 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 they call Citrene. This start-up is introducing clean and sustainable materials for use in performance applications. Citrene has gained traction in various industries due to its unique combination of performance, process ability and sustainability advantages, offering enhanced performance, natural materials, throughput benefits and low GHG emissions—all enabled by UV+EB technology.