iia global
 October 2014

Editor's Comment

Our second "member focus" appears this month and highlights iia members who are involved in the supply of accelerators - electron beam and X-Ray equipment. In the next issue we will highlight companies who are involved in the provision of support services including suppliers of dosimeters and labels.

We are pleased that iia members IBA and Mevex have taken advantage of the opportunity to promote their business using the advertising banners in this newsletter and look forward to working with other members and organisations in future editions of the newsletter.

For the latest news and information visit the iia website and sign-up to become a member of the International Irradiation Forum on LinkedIn.

Contact Paul Wynne for more details.


IN THIS ISSUE

Accelerator Manufacturers and Suppliers

NICSTAR 2015

IMRP 2016

IRaP 2014

Universities and Institutes

EuCARD 2

Journal of Radiation Physics and Chemistry 

iia Communications

Regulations and Gamma Radiation

Food Irradiation Update

Other News

Key Diary Dates 


 


 


 


 

EB.Xray Member Focus

Accelerator Suppliers & Manufacturers  

 

There is growing interest in electron beam and X-ray technology and leading equipment manufacturers are members of the International Irradiation Association. When considering equipment our members will be able to offer advice and support. The iia publication "Industrial Radiation with EB and X-ray" will also assist readers who wish to improve their understanding of the technology. The publication can be accessed via the iia website news posting dated 7 October 2014.

 

IBA

IBA is a world leader in electron, X-ray and proton accelerators for industrial applications. A diverse range of medical devices are sterilisted using IBA's well known Rhodotron and Dynamitron accelerators. IBA has recently introduced the Rhodotron Duo  X-ray sterilization platform combining 10 MeV E-beam and 7 MeV X-ray using one accelerator. This configuration allow customers to provide highly efficient E-beam irradiation services whilst also introducing X-ray capability. IBA manufactures its equipment in Belgium and in New York and provides regional support from US, China, Japan and Belgium.

 

Dasheng

Dasheng was established in 2007 and has since installed a considerable number of electron beam systems in the range 1.0 MeV to 4.5 MeV. Dasheng is based in Shanghai, China but also has offices in Vancouver, Canada. Dasheng offers turnkey solutions which can include the design of the facility, manufacture of the accelerator, design and construction of the under-beam transport system. Dasheng undertakes research and offer in-house customer training. 


Hi Wits

CGN Zhongke HI-WITS Technology Development Co. Ltd was established in 2009. Hi-Wits has relationships with the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and with Nanjing University, The company specializes in the development and production of various industrial electron irradiation accelerators. The company is involved in the production and sale of high-frequency and high-pressure accelerators with high energy, medium energy and low energy.

 

MEVEX

Founded in 1986 Mevex is a well established Canadian company which uses engineering leadership to design and build high performance linacs of any energy and power (up to 40 KW per E-beam) integrated into compact and economical facilities. The E-beam is either used directly or converted to X-ray for treatments requiring deeper penetration. Adaptable energy (3 to 8 MeV) via a single scan horn and E-beam and X-ray in the same room are natural features of Mevex systems. The company has gained a global reputation for high quality, extensive maintenance and support and unique value for money. 

 

NUCTECH

Nuctech Company Limited based in Beijing, China has its origin in Tsinghua University. The company manufacturers security inspection equipment and provides security solutions using radiation imaging technology. Nuctech owns all of the intellectual property rights to its core technologies, with an ethos of being self-reliant on its own innovations. The company aims to expand its already well established global presence. Markets include civil aviation, customs, urban subways, railways, highways, ports and key buildings and facilities.

 

RadiaBeam

RadiaBeam Technologies manufactures particle accelerator components, diagnostics and turnkey accelerator systems. The company also provides terahertz optics and detectors. RadiaBeam is actively developing new technologies to complement its existing product line, as well as performing R&D into accelerator systems to expand the number of commercial applications for its products. The company is based in Santa Monica, USA.

 

Wuxi El Pont

WuXi El Pont Radiation Technology Co. Ltd, designs, develops and manufactures electron accelerators in the 0.5 MeV - 10.0 MeV range. The company has supplied a large number of accelerator systems to customers in China and internationally. Wuxi El Pont supplied the machines for national demonstration projects in Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin under the National Development and Reform Commission. The company has its own engineering and technology research centre for accelerators and collaborates with the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Science. WuXi El Pont is based in WuXi a city located near Shanghai, China.

 
Further details can be found in the members directory on the iia website.

 

NICSTAR NICSTAR 2015


"Radiation Processing in a Changing World"

  

The iia registration system for NICSTAR 2015 is now operational and can be accessed via the following link:

 

    

 

The NICSTAR conference will provide a valuable and timely opportunity to review current trends and changes within our industry. Cobalt supply, disposal and transport are all particularly topical issues. The loss of Reviss as a cobalt supplier along with the introduction of JSC Isotope and a change in the ownership of Nordion create interesting dynamics and have intensified interest in electron beam and X-ray technology. A variety of initiatives are being pursued under the US Department Energy's Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI). These and other topical issues will be considered and debated at the conference.


 
The NICSTAR conference will be accompanied by an exhibition where leading suppliers and support service companies can promote their business offering. Companies wishing to exhibit at the conference should make contact with Yves Henon or Paul Wynne.

IMRP IMRP 2016 

  

The next IMRP meeting with be held in central or west coast North America rather than Puerto Rico. Current plans are for the conference to be held in early September 2016. The location will be selected in a few months time and will be chosen in order to facilitate easy access by all attendees especially those coming from outside North America. 

 

IMRP 18 is likely to have a strong academic program as well providing foundational training for those who are new to the industry. 2016 will mark the 40th anniversary of the first IMRP conference and will coincide with the introduction of a host of changes which will ensure that the event remains the leading conference for those involved in the safe and beneficial use of irradiation technology. 

 

IRaP2014 iia Awards at IRaP 2014


 

 

The 11th meeting of the Ionizing Radiation and Polymers symposium (IRaP 2014) was held in Jeju island, Korea between October 5th and 9th 2014. 

 

The International Irradiation Association (iia) continued its recent tradition of giving scientific awards in recognition of applied scientific research. iia gave two awards this year: 

  1. The first iia award was conferred on Joon-Pyo Jeun, a researcher of the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) from Korea who has developed a radiation based alternative technique for the production of carbon fibers at an industrial level.
  2. The second award was given to Dr. Mara T. S. Alcāntara, researcher of the Nuclear Energy Research Institute (IPEN) from Brazil who developed advanced dressings - Hydrogels - for biomedical purposes.

The iia award committee was composed of Paul Minbiole (E-BEAM Services), Young-Chang Nho (KAERI) and Gustavo Varca (iia). 


IRaP 2014 was organised by the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) which is a member of iia.

Universities 
Universities and Institutes 

  

Scientific learning and development has always had an important place in the application of ionising radiation. iia recognises that universities, institutes and laboratories continue to be a valuable source of new ideas and innovation. Whilst a number of commercial organisations already actively work with academic institutions, there is clearly more that can be done to engage with and to support scientific research and education. 

At the end of September the University of University of Frankfurt am Main was host to a workshop "Universities meet Laboratories". The workshop addressed a number of accelerator related topics: 
  • Do synergies exist between Universities and Laboratories?
  • The ranking of the research: Universities and Laboratories, different worlds.
  • Training in accelerator physics and technology.
  • Attracting young people to universities; what is the role of Laboratories in attracting students ?
  • Is the remark "This is academic" always negative ?
  • Accelerators in universities as complementary to large National and International Laboratory?
This will soon be followed by an Erasmus+ meeting which will be held at the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (INCT), Poland. INCT Poland is a member of iia and Professor Andrzej Chmielewski, who is a director of the Institute, is a member of the board of iia. The meeting in Poland is a joint innovative training and teaching/learning program which aims to enhance the development and transfer of knowledge in the use of ionising radiation. 

A growing number of institutes are members of iia and the Association is currently considering ways in which it can better support these and other academic organisations. 
EuCARD 
EuCARD-2

  

EuCARD-2 is Enhanced European Coordination for Accelerator Research and Development. 

This is an Integrating Activity Project for coordinated Research and Development on Particle Accelerators, co-funded by the European Commission under the FP7 Capacities Programme. 

EuCARD-2 is organising a workshop to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of progress in the methods and technologies used for research, development and industrial/environmental applications of electron beam accelerators in the energy range from 100 keV up to 10 MeV. The meeting will be held in Warsaw in early November.
JRPC 
Journal of Radiation Physics and Chemistry
 

The IMRP 17 edition of the Journal of Radiation Physics and Chemistry is available. A copy is being sent to those who attended the Shanghai event. The Journal was edited by Professor Arne Miller, Riso Denmark, Dr Byron Lambert, Abbott Vascular and Dr John Woolston iia. The board of iia would like to take this opportunity to express its sincere thanks to the editorial team. 
Web
iia Communications

  



An increasing number of people are registering as members of the iia LinkedIn group the "International Irradiation Forum". The Forum can be found by searching under the groups tab on LinkedIn. 

Readership of the newsletter has grown significantly over the past twelve months but we are always looking at ways to expand our readership. Please share the newsletter with other people within your organisation and/or encourage them to register to receive the newsletter directly. This can be done by visiting the iia website at:

Regulations
Regulations and Gamma Radiation
 

 

At the present time many industries continue to rely heavily on gamma irradiation to enable their products to be brought to market. Healthcare is the most important of these industries where it is estimated that 40% of all single use medical disposables are sterilized using the technology. Even in areas such as food irradiation approximately 95% by volumes of current processing is undertaken using gamma irradiation. X-ray technology is advancing and may, in time, offer an alternative to gamma. At present gamma remains vital to for many manufacturers who wish to bring their products to market. 

 

iia recently attended a workshop "End of Life Management of Radioactive Sources" organised by WINs. The meeting was well attended by source suppliers, regulators and companies involved in support services. An update for our members has been posted on the iia website and more information will shortly be made available. The meeting highlighted a number of initiatives that are designed to improve safety and security. Regulations governing the manufacture, transport use and disposal are of interest and concern to all involved in the beneficial use isotopes. 

 

iia is actively engaging with regulators, the IAEA and other organisations who are involved in establishing standards, regulations and best practice guidance.   

Food 
Food Irradiation Update. 

 

Ron Eustice, who used to work for the US Minnisota Beed Council, continues to promote the benefits of food irradiation. He has recently written an article - "Hunger in a world of plenty and what can we do about it". The article can be accessed via the link. 

other Other News 
  • Steris acquires Synergy for US$ 1.9 Billion in cash and shares. The transaction was announced on Monday 13 October 2014. STERIS is commencing a "recommended offer" under U.K. law to acquire Synergy in a cash and stock transaction valued at £19.50 ($31.35) per Synergy share, or a total of approximately $1.9 billion, based on STERIS's closing stock price of $56.38 per share on October 10, 2014. Further information can be found by following the link from the iia news item on Monday 13 October. Visit www.iiaglobal.com
  • USA - Section 402 - Senate Appropriations Bill. The draft Bill is aimed at further protecting and reducing the use of radiologic materials. The proposals which could have a significant impact on the long term use gamma radiation has generated a significant interest and response from existing regulators and interested parties including the Nuclear Regulatory Committee (NRC), the Organisation of Agreement States (OAS) and the American Nuclear Society (ANS) all of whom are expressing concerns. iia is engaging with the discussions that are taking place and will be posting updates for members on its website - www.iiaglobal.com.
  • USA - West Coast Port Labour Negotiations. iia is supporting an initiative by the National Retail Federation which is sending a letter to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) asking them to quickly conclude a new labor agreement.  Similar action has been taken over the past year as U.S. and Canadian stakeholders are experiencing severe negative effects of delayed port shipments. 
  • IAEA TC Project RER 1/014 - Introducing and Harmonising Standardised Quality Control Procedures for Radiation Technologies is holding a Regional Training Course on Safe Operation of Irradiation Facilities. The event is being organised by Professor Chmielewski at the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology Poland and will be held in early December 2014. 
datesKey Diary Dates 
  • EuCARD-2. "Industrial and Environmental Application of Electron Beams" - Warsaw, Poland 6-7 November 2014.
  • NICSTAR 2014. 4 - 6 March 2015 Mumbai, India. Irradiation in a Changing World. Registration open. 

Contact Us

 

Editor: Paul Wynne

 

The iiA team consists of Paul Wynne (United Kingdom) - Director and General Manager, Yves Henon (Thailand) - Deputy General Manager, John Newcombe (Secretary and Treasurer - United Kingdom) ). Representatives - John Woolston (United Kingdom), Gustavo Varca (Brazil) and Shamshad Ahmed (Pakistan)

 

The iiA board: John Masefield - Chairman (Executive Advisor Steris - USA), Andrzej Chmielewski (Institute of Nuclear Chemistry & Technology - Poland), Kenneth Hsiao (Dasheng - China), Joyce Hansen (Johnson & Johnson - USA), Byron Lambert (Abbott Vascular - USA), Scott Mcintosh (Nordion - Canada), Dave Meyer (Sterigenics -USA), Paul Wynne (iia - United Kingdom).


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