05 November 2004
05 November 2004
RadTech, the only North American trade association dedicated to the advancement of UV (ultraviolet) curing technology, recently expanded its organization by adding a Composites Focus Group.
The group is dedicated to aiding in the safe adoption of UV technology in the composites industry through education, information, assistance and the promotion of UV to a wide range of industries including automotive, marine, aerospace, military, recreational vehicles, sporting goods and household products.
UV curing is a proven alternative to other traditional means of preparing composite resins and gel coats. UV offers manufacturers faster curing, material savings, less scrap and the significant reduction of hazardous emissions linked to traditional curing processes.
The composites focus group is headed by Paul Mills, President of UVPowerhouse, who notes that “this is an extremely exciting development for UV since it’s role is not only in aiding in the development of new coatings like gel coats, but in the actual composite manufacturing process by replacing the traditional peroxide cure mechanism with UV. The results to date indicate that UV is an effective alternative to help manufacturers become environmentally compliant, and do so with greater speed and efficiency.”
RadTech is cooperating with other trade groups in this effort, including the American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA), the largest composites organization in the country with over 1200 members. RadTech is sponsoring a UV cure session at ACMA’s annual Composites show, Composites 2004, October 6 through 9, 2004 in Tampa, Florida.
Future plans include joint cooperation in the RadTech UV/EB West educational conference to be held in February 2005 in Los Angeles. “California is a particularly important place to deliver the UV message” explains Mickey Fortune, the RadTech’s Senior Marketing Director, “since the state is usually the first to adopt tighter regulations which prompt industry to look towards UV as a potential solution.”
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