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allnex UV + EB Technology Conference 2019

Join us at the allnex UV/EB Technical Conference Co-Sponsors of the Event: Heraeus, Lambson and PCT

Thank you for your interest in our event! The 2019 event is now over, but if you'd like to be notified when the 2021 event is confirmed, please click here.


Below is the original information from the 2019 event:

You are cordially invited to join us for two days of UV/EB training, individual panel sessions and experience great opportunities to network with your colleagues. This training will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on April 24-25, we hope to see you there!

Attendance is free, compliments of allnex, Heraeus, Lambson and PCT. You are only responsible for your travel and hotel costs.  The meals during the conference will be covered by the hosts/ co-hosts.

During the day-and-a-half conference sessions, you'll have the opportunity to meet with industry experts and get questions answered.

From information on Markets to Low Energy and Regulatory/Sustainability info, we've got you covered! Please click here for our current agenda. Note: subject to change.

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It's a two-step process: you must register for both your attendance to the summit as well as book your hotel room.

  1. Register for the summit.
  2. Book your hotel room. Please note, the group rate of $169 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel will expire on April 8th.
Sessions at the Conference

We're excited to give you an even more robust and complete line up of speakers and presentations. Check back often - the info below will be updated as more sessions are added.

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Industrial Coatings: Weatherable Resins for Exterior Wood and Vinyl

Speaker: Dr. Jon Shaw, Technical Service & Business Development, allnex

Allnex supplies several 100% solids and WB UV resins that are suitable for exterior coatings. Accelerated and real time Florida weathering data will be reviewed along with typical coatings properties of these resins.

Industrial Coatings: Resins for Luxury Vinyl Tile Coatings

Speaker: Dr. Jon Shaw, Technical Service & Business Development, allnex

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) continues to be a fast growing segment of the flooring market, primarily due to its combination of aesthetics (realistic depictions of real hardwoods and stone), enhanced durability, low maintenance and affordability. Much of the durability and low maintenance qualities come from the UV curable topcoat on the LVT. This paper will describe the effect of resin selection, photoinitiator choice, matting combinations and cure conditions on the performance of LVT coatings, including stain resistance, scratch resistance, and gloss.

Industrial Coatings: Advances in UV Curable Water-borne Resins for Wood Coatings

Speaker: Dr. Jon Shaw, Technical Service & Business Development, allnex

The use of water borne (WB) UV polyurethane dispersions (UV PUDs) has been steadily increasing as low viscosity, sprayable coatings based on these materials can be made without using solvent or large amounts of diluents. UV PUDs combine the ease of use of conventional WB resins with the chemical, stain and high scratch resistance of crosslinked UV systems. Several new UV-PUDs with improved reactivity, improved compatibility and improved (reduced) color on curing will be presented.

Functional Coatings: Dual Cure Technology Boosting the Performance of Thermoformable Coatings

Speaker: Marcus Hutchins, Technical Service & Business Development, allnex

Thermoformable materials are currently used in the manufacturing of a wide variety of structural and functional plastic parts including automotive body parts, consumer electronic devices, and household appliances.  The forming process for these materials requires a high degree of stretchability which generally corresponds to low crosslink density.  The expectation is then for the coating to provide a high degree of performance such as scratch, chemical, and stain resistance that mimics a highly crosslinked system.  Antecedently, one component (1K, no hardener, catalyst or activator) and multicomponent (2K, mix with hardener, catalyst, or activator) systems have been the chemistry of choice because of elongation possibility, but the tradeoff is in the final performance which comes up short.  Allnex has developed a new technology, when used in the correct sequence, which allows the amalgamation of two chemistries, conventional and UV curable.  Allnex will present a hybrid technology that allows the formation of an elastomeric coating that is tack-free with a high degree of formability but is transformed into a high-performance functional coating after exposure to UV light.

Functional Coatings: Waterborne UV: A Disruptive Alternative to Solventborne UV for Functional and Performance Coatings

Speaker: Marcus Hutchins, Technical Service & Business Development, allnex

Waterborne UV coatings started gaining headlines in the early 90’ as a coating for resilient flooring and wood furniture to improve coating efficiencies and performance. Waterborne UV was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Cured coatings would have a matte appearance and a number of visual defects, which hampered waterborne UV market diversification.  Due to such performance shortcoming and the lack of environmental registration to push change, waterborne UV growth opportunities were at a standstill.  Fast forward twenty five years.  The health of the mankind as well as the planet is a top concern.  Brand owners and consumers are searching for more eco-friendly coating solutions with the caveat of not sacrificing performance.  Allnex will present new waterborne coating solutions that allows for a more eco-friendly delivery system that can be formulated to offer performance properties equivalent to and in some cases better than traditional solvent-borne UV coatings. 

Functional Coatings: Protective Coatings for Films and Metallized Substrates

Speaker: Marcus Hutchins, Technical Service & Business Development, allnex

Freedom of design, niche customization, weight reduction, and metal replacement are stimulating the growth and expansion of engineered plastic across a host of markets.  Traditional metals are being replaced with lighter weight alternatives that can be metalized (vapor deposition or metal plating) to give the same aesthetics of metals. Allowing items such as door handles, glass, and wheels to be enhanced with lighter weight options that provide a host of advantages to the brand owner and consumer.  Plastics are great options until you expose them to the reality of life.  Plastic can leave a lot to be desired for chemical resistance, feel, and adhesion.  Many plastic substrates require a functional coating just to achieve adhesion to the substrate or metalized substrate for decoration.  Complicating things are tough durability requirements that require the coating not only to adhere but also provide a certain degree of performance.  Allnex will present several novel technologies that can offer unique solutions for adhesion and performance functionality for a variety of plastic and metalized plastic substrates. 

PC&I: Recent Advances for the Packaging Coatings and Inks Market

Speaker: Dr. Jo Ann Arceneaux, Technical Service & Business Development, allnex

New products designed for shrink sleeves, laminating adhesives, high speed sheet fed offset, and others to be presented.

PC&I: Solutions for Next Generation Inkjet Inks: Waterborne UV

Speaker: Dr. Jo Ann Arceneaux, Technical Service & Business Development

Because of increasing regulatory pressure on acrylate monomers, the UV curable inkjet market is investigating the use of UV curable waterborne resins and PUDs.  After some initial success in this area, investigations are also focusing on the use of water based UV PUDs in indirect food packaging applications.   Another trend in UV curable inkjet inks is the use of UV LED lamps for the entire curing process.  Because of increased oxygen inhibition effects with UV LED, and the desire to reduce/eliminate nitrogen inerting, there is a need for raw materials with faster UV LED cure speeds under ambient cure conditions.  This presentation will provide information on both water based UV inkjet inks, and a new raw material with improved UV LED cure speed.

PC&I: Photoinitiator choices with 365 nm UV LED Cure Formulations

Speaker: Dr. JoAnn Arceneaux, Technical Service & Business Development, allnex

Today, most commercial UV LED installations are centered around 395 nm (385, 395 or 405 nm). However, recent advances in 365 nm UV LED lamps have made them comercially viable. There is interest in the 365 nm UV LED lamps due to broader photoinitiator options. This paper will explore the use of several photoinitiators in 365 nm UV LED cure formulations, and also compare the results with 395 nm UV LED cure formulations.

Regulatory: BPA-Free Solutions for Inks and Overprint Varnishes for Food Packaging

Speaker: Dr. Jo Ann Arceneaux, Technical Service & Business Development

Nestle’s exclusion for BPA was unchanged in their October 2018 Guidance update.  The impact of the BPA exclusion on raw material choices will be discussed, and alternatives that meet the Nestle exclusion list requirements will be presented.

Regulatory: "New TSCA" Updates – What’s Changed in the last Year

Speaker: Dr. JoAnn Arceneaux, Technical Service & Business Development, allnex

The implementation of "New TSCA" has results in very long approval times for PMN submissions, and many more 5(e) consent orders and SNURs. There will also be increased costs for PMN submissions. How these changes impact raw material suppliers, formulators and end users will be discussed.


Speaker: Michela Fusco, Global Marketing Director Radcure and Head of Sustainability, allnex 

Details coming soon.

Emerging Markets: Structural Adhesives - A UV Curable Approach

Speaker: Jennifer McClung, Development Chemist, allnex

The increased demand for light weighting in the automotive sector in conjunction with the rapid industrial and infrastructural growth in countries around the world is driving the global structural adhesives market.  As consumers look to adopt new technologies for better structural integrity, bonding for composites and metal alternatives the need for a solution continues to increase and energy curable resins are an excellent fit.   UV materials offer high transparency along with good stability in even the most difficult of environmental conditions.  The ability of these materials cure at a much faster rate than conventional systems allows for increased efficiency, coupled with less waste since there is no discernable pot life, unlike conventional systems.  Also, the ability to cure without restrictions, such as temperature or humidity, opens up a wide variety of potential applications that are not available with other materials.  Allnex will present several novel technologies that can offer unique solutions for a variety of applications and substrates to meet the needs of this ever changing market.

Emerging Markets: UV Curable Glass Fiber Reinforced Composites

Speaker: Dr. Jon Shaw, Technical Service & Business Development, allnex

Composites are generally cured at elevated temperature for relatively short periods of time, or at ambient temperature for longer periods of time, or through some combination of the above. Employing Ultraviolet (UV) energy to cure composites offers a styrene-free, fast and one component alternative to current composite manufacturing processes. The advantages of UV curing will be summarized and property data (viscosity, tensile data, Tg, etc.) presented for various matrix resin blends along with certain mechanical properties of the cured composites themselves.

Emerging Markets: Formulating for UV Cure in Additive Manufacturing

Speaker: Dr. Jo Ann Arceneaux, Technical Service & Business Development

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has evolved from use in prototyping to use in manufacturing finished parts.  The performance properties for finished parts are very different from those for prototypes.  Thermoplastic type properties are desired, with ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) and PP (polypropylene) type properties the most popular.  Very flexible formulations are also advantageous.  This paper will evaluate the properties of various oligomers and monomers.  The properties of 3D printed formulations based on these materials will then be determined and compared to ABS and PP.

EB: Enabling Better Packaging

Speaker: Karl Swanson, PCT

The global packaging market continues to grow while simultaneously facing more and more challenges. Sustainability, recyclability, package performance, short runs, and fast deliveries all need to be addressed while also seeking to increase profitability. In this session you will hear how electron beam (EB) contributes to better processes, better products, and better profits.

Photoinitiators for LED cure and developments and challenges for this technology in the future

Speaker: Richard Plenderleith Lampson

Lambson consider and discuss the most appropriate current photoinitiator systems from the Speedcure range to maximise the benefit of LED curing technology, considering the key lamp wavelengths currently on offer and any ongoing and future developments in photoinitiator products and uses, highlighting the benefits/challenges this creates for the future. We look at the current regulatory landscape and how that influences this technology and the growth in this area.

UV LED Technology: Improving Manufacturing UV Curing Processes

Speaker: Kevin Joesel, Heraeus

UV LED technology is the latest development that is being utilized for UV curing processes and is fundamentally different than the technologies it is supplanting.   The presentation will introduce the technology, discuss the benefits it offers to end user.