Principles of Energy Curing Technologies
This self-paced, online course accommodates workplace and other demands. You may participate as your schedule allows. You will be able to easily pick up where you have left off and go directly to specific sections for review or to proceed. This summer, we will be running our professional development short courses concurrently with our advanced online courses from May 16, 2016 - July 29, 2016. Register now and complete each of these 4-6 hour courses at your own pace.
For information about Registration and Fees, please see below.
Because of a US Department of Labor grant to support and advance curing training and education awarded to RadTech and SUNY-ESF, we are able to offer this short course at a significantly reduced rate of:
$295, with an additional 10% discount for RadTech members.
What Will You Learn
You will learn the basic language and concepts of Energy Curing Technologies. Active engagement with all of the modules will provide you with a broad overview of the science, materials, equipment and processes used in Energy Curing.
Why is Energy Curing Timely and Important?
Perhaps the most concise overview of energy curing is provided by RadTech International North America's description of its most common forms, UV and EB curing:
Chances are several times today you touched an object "cured" using either ultraviolet (UV) or electron beam (EB) processing by simply reaching for your morning cereal box, handling a CD or DVD, reading a magazine, using your credit card, typing on your keyboard, driving your car, or just walking on your floor.
UV and EB curing refers to a special way in which coatings, inks, adhesives, composites and other materials may be reacted, rather than using traditional methods that typically use more energy and create harmful emissions. In effect, the ultraviolet light spectrum in a UV lamp and the focused electrons in EB interact with specially formulated chemistries to cure materials--typically more quickly, using less energy and thereby at lower cost than by other methods.
The advantages of UV & EB are well-documented, particularly when used with manufactured products that require fast processing and/or on substrates that are sensitive to heat. In addition, UV & EB are considered environmentally responsible since most of the solvents in traditional processes may be eliminated, thanks to the special capabilities of UV & EB curing.
This new short-course serves a critical and timely need in the energy curing industry. People at all levels will benefit from the ability to understand and participate in general discussions involving ultraviolet (UV), electron beam (EB), or visible light curable systems. You will be able to recommend a high-level course of action when presented with a problem that may be solved by energy curable technologies. You will understand the advantages and disadvantages of the equipment and curing technologies commonly used in the industry.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Describe the basic components of an energy/radiation curing system and process.
- Define basic nomenclature of polymeric systems
- Describe commercial applications of energy/radiation curing
This short-course contains nine learning modules, each consisting of an online presentation, self-assessment, and suggested follow up reading and resources.
- Why UV/EB Technology?
This module will provide an overview of UV and EB curing and why this technology has made a significant impact in manufacturing.
- Overview of Polymer Coatings
This module will cover polymeric materials and how they assemble to form films.
- Coating Characterization
This module will consider commercially important properties of polymer coatings and how they are measured.
- UV/EB Chemistry
This module will explore the components of UV and EB formulations and the chemical reactions that convert the liquid formulation into a polymer network.
This module will illuminate the processes by which light energy is used to begin the chemical reactions.
- Energy Curable Materials
This module will inventory the classes of chemicals typically used in UV and EB formulations.
- Energy Curing Equipment Basics
This module will introduce the fundamentals and safety considerations of energy curing equipment in use today on both industrial and R&D scales.
- Applications I: Graphic Arts and Printing
This module will review the largest general end use for UV and EB coatings in North America, Graphic Arts and Printing
- Applications II: Industrial Coatings
This module will focus on a few of the major categories that fall in the industrial category: wood, paper, metal, plastics, opto-electronics, and 3D printing markets. The current applications for each category will be covered along with the challenges faced in each area.
Who Should Participate
- Current and potential end users who may benefit from the use of Energy Curable Technology
- Customer Service Representatives in the Energy Curable Market
- Sales Representatives in the Energy Curable Market
- Marketing and Business Managers
- Regulatory Agencies
- Interns, as pre-service and/or in-service orientation and training
- People within the energy curing or related industry, or who are in related academic programs (Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Chemistry, Material Science, Industrial Design, Biochemistry, Physics) with an interest in Energy Curable Technology and who would like a general understanding of the field.
What People Are Saying
“I could see myself pursuing (energy curing technologies) as a potential career. The reduction in environmental impacts was particularly interesting to me. I appreciate the thorough coverage of the topic even though the information was broken down so that someone like me with no background could comprehend the material fully. I feel strongly inclined to take the (advanced courses in Radiation Curing).”
- Emily P., Student, Binghamton University
Dr. Mike Idacavage, Vice President of Business Development, Colorado Photopolymer Solutions
Dr. Susan Bailey, Technical Development Manager Acrylates, IGM Resins
Dr. Molly Hladik, Principal Applications Engineer, Brewer Science
Dan Montoney, Chief Technology Officer, Rapid Cure Technologies
Participants receive a certificate of course participation at the completion of the course.
Registration Cost: $295 (RadTech member discount: $265.50)
Billing: Credit card payment is due upon registration, unless prior arrangements are made.
- RadTech International North America members receive a 10% discount with a valid promotional code.
- RadTech Non-members will receive a free one-year individual RadTech membership upon registration. Please contact Gary Cohen, RadTech Executive Director for more details.
- Group Discount: Three or more participants from the same organization will receive a 20% discount per person, per course.
Must be submitted by email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-program preparations, cancellations received 29-11 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program cost. Cancellations received within 10 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program cost. Cancellation fees are based upon the date the request is received.