Nancy Kunkel

Miltec UV inside sales representative Nancy Kunkel and her husband Dan, often spend their evenings out in the bountiful fields and orchards on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, working with the Maryland Food Bank to harvest fresh produce for those in need.

The Maryland Food Bank works with a network of farmers on the Eastern Shore and throughout Maryland, who generously donate portions of their crops to provide hungry Marylanders with fresh, nutritious, local produce.  When the crops are ready, volunteers head out to the fields to pick corn, potatoes, apples, pears, cucumbers, watermelons and even pumpkins.  The gathered food is then delivered to the nearly 1,250 distribution partners, including soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters in Maryland. 

Nancy also volunteers with our local Food Pantry, sponsored through Haven Ministries, helping distribute the gathered and donated food, clothing, and household products to more than 100 families each month.

The website for the Maryland Food Bank is

Selecting the right wood floor can be one of the most important decisions you make for your home, since it’s often the one piece that ties a room together.  Not all wood floors are created equal and selecting the right wood floor isn’t just about picking out the color.  There are other factors to consider that impact the aesthetics and performance.


Throughout the world, there are more than 50 domestic and imported species of wood to help create the look you want.  Selecting the right wood floor depends on your lifestyle, budget, and personal preference, there is a wood out there for you. When selecting the right wood floor, the species of wood needs to be highly considered.  Some species of hardwoods are harder than others and — depending on your lifestyle — is something to take into consideration. The hardness of solid wood is measured using a system called The Janka Scale.  This scale will determine how well a species can withstand dents and dings by the amount of pound-force required to push a .444-inch steel ball halfway into the wood; the higher the number, the harder the wood. Other factors such as how wood is cut and what type of finish is applied to the wood can also affect the durability.

Below are various species that have been measured using The Janka Scale:


There are two types of wood floorings to choose from when making your flooring decision. The first to consider is an engineered wood floor. Engineered wood floors consist of multiple layers of wood, with a top layer made of high-quality wood.  The remaining layers are bonded together to prevent the floor from shifting during contraction and expansion stages (depending on temperatures).  Engineered wood is ideal for any room — including basements — because these floors expand significantly less than solid wood flooring.  These types of floors can sometimes be sanded and refinished depending on the thickness of the top layer.  The second option is solid wood flooring which is made of one piece of wood and can be sanded and refinished several times due to its integrity.

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Site-finished or pre-finished wood floors are options on how you can have your floors finished.  A site-finished floor simply means that the finish is applied to your floor once it has been installed in your home.  This offers the best customization and there is greater control over the stain and sheen applied.  The disadvantage is that it does require longer drying times, meaning you cannot walk on the floors immediately.  The other option is pre-finished wood flooring, where the finish is applied at the manufacturing plant and is ready to be walked on by the time it leaves the plant.  Customers know that the wood color they selected is the one they will receive from the plant.  Coatings and stains on wood floors are applied and cured using UV light, providing the manufacturer consistency in their finished products.  UV curing also allows manufacturers to be more efficient and increase production output providing less chance for backorders.  Customers will also see a benefit in pre-finished wood floors because UV curing the coatings and stains results in a more durable floor.

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Selecting the right wood floor also involves deciding what type of sheen you want.  There are a few different options to choose from.  The floor with the highest shine will be in the glossy group.  Glossy finishes offer the most reflection, although you will notice scratches much easier on this type of sheen.  The next step down in gloss would be a semi-gloss finish.  This finish still provides some shine but not as much as a glossy finish.  A satin sheen is the next one in line. This sheen provides a very low shine to the floor and reflects a small amount of light; it’s a good medium for those who want just a bit of sheen mixed with a bit of matte.  The last sheen offered is a matte finish.  These types of finishes offer an almost non-reflective finish and provide the best coverup for scratches. In the end, the less sheen, the less scratches and wear that will be apparent.


Selecting a strip, plank, parquet, or end grain are all different styles of flooring to choose.  Selecting the right wood floor involves one of these styles and will not restrict you on choosing the species of wood, color, or width.  It comes down to your own personal preference.  When selecting one of these styles, remember that strip flooring is approximately three inches wide, giving the illusion of more space.  Plank flooring is three inches or wider, providing a more casual or luxurious look to your room. Generally, the wider the plank, the more expansive the floor.  Parquet flooring can vary in sizes and creates a non-linear look to your room.  It displays several square and rectangular patterns in distinctive geometric designs, suitable for formal spaces.  Lastly, end grain allows you to see the wood grain along the top of the wood.  It provides a very distinctive look and one of the most durable flooring materials on the market.  It’s made by continuously cross cutting or slicing logs into blocks or rounds.  The annual growth rings from the tree become exposed in all pieces.  This type of floor is typically custom ordered and is a bit more complex to install.

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Taking the time and selecting the right wood floor can help ensure you end up with a floor that meets the aesthetics and performance you desire.  Taking these steps will lead you in the right direction:

  1. Select the right location in your home.
  2. Establish a budget.
  3. Review your lifestyle to determine what type of floor and style would be best.
  4. Find a professional that can help order and install your wood floor.
  5. Learn how to maintain your new floor.

Cited:  National Wood Flooring Association. “Real Wood Real Life.” The Homeowner’s Handbook to Real Wood Floors, February 2019

Capital equipment can be defined as equipment used for the manufacture of another set of products or components and depending on your industry can be valued anywhere between $5,000 to $2,000,000.

The purchase of capital equipment, is quite often an excellent indicator of the performance of our economy – often declining during signs of a recession and growing during recovery from one.

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In the ever-changing global economy and marketplace, capital equipment purchasing can be a daunting task for any engineer, procurement manager, or business owner.  In many industries, the sheer number of equipment suppliers, with varying levels of features, benefits, quality, performance, and aftermarket support is difficult enough.

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Complex and Involved Decision:

The decision to pursue new equipment or machinery is generally made based on the need to replace aging equipment, develop new lines of business, or improve efficiency in cost and space used on the manufacturing floor.   With a fluid economy, manufacturers also look for payback on their investment within two years or less.

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Complex and detailed analysis must be done, to fully understand the impact on your business, and make the decision on what equipment to source. This is generally a long-term process as capital purchases always involve:

  • Large investment
  • Technical complexity – understanding how one vendors equipment is better than the others
  • Commercial complexity – cost beyond equipment cost / features (warranty, installation, spare part costs)
  • Multiple internal decision makers – CEO, Production Manager, Maintenance Manager, Purchasing Manager, may all be stakeholders both resident at the factory level or corporate level.

With these factors involved, the engineer or manager being tasked with reviewing the case for purchase of new capital equipment, needs to take a disciplined approach understanding the upfront investment of the equipment and installation costs, and weighing them against the cost and benefits that result.

 Payback / Return on Investment – Consider it All!  –

It is not uncommon that in pursuing new equipment for replacement of existing machinery, short sightedness can prevail.   Many people commonly investigate only the obvious cost factors – reductions in direct labor, energy cost savings, and raw material reduction, while other cost saving factors and benefits are overlooked.

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It is important to review all factors that will either save cost OR generate income – stakeholders will be looking for it.  Consider this list when doing so:

  • Direct Labor – Operation – many manufacturing operations are done manually, and can be automated, or perhaps with aged equipment involve multiple people, which can be streamlined.
  • Maintenance / Downtime Labor – with older equipment specifically, unscheduled downtime is never fun. Often, with such equipment, repairs, upgrades, and addressing issues comes at a price beyond lost production – it’s called overtime.
  • Energy Costs – newer, often called “State-Of-The Art” equipment, can often operate more efficiently, using less electrical power or compressed air, with improved designs compared to old equipment.
  • Raw Material – current technology may offer the benefit of reduced raw material cost. For example, a higher performing UV curing system versus a less efficient system may allow you to use a less costly coating or less coating all together.
  • Scrap Reduction – can a properly operating system, not prone to failures of your current equipment, prevent you from producing scrap product or reduce it dramatically?
  • Floor Space Reduction – as with everything when technology develops – things get smaller. Will the new equipment be more compact and take less valuable shop floor space?
  • Training Reduction – many updated technology / machines provide user friendly operator interfaces, software, or in some cases apps, that can reduce your long-term training costs for operators when turnover occurs on your plant floor.
  • Productivity / Line Speed – if you are buying capital equipment, you are planning to increase line speed – not maintain it or go slower. Understand the value of additional capacity created by your purchase.
  • Lead Time / Changeover Improvements – new equipment design and efficiencies can improve the versatility of your operation and grow your customer base. Perhaps you shield away from short run jobs due to changeover time, which new equipment may solve.
  • Tax Incentive / Deduction – Section 179 – as most look for short payback period, it is always nice to write off a significant amount of the investment.  Investigate the tax benefit of what you are purchasing.  Check out this calculator online:
  • Market Share – does the piece of equipment you need to source offer you a competitive advantage over your competition, or allow you to diversify your product offering? For example, does a tighter tolerance system allow you to pursue aerospace markets you would have perhaps avoided?
  • Product Quality – does a newer machine, capable of improving part quality open new markets or change / improve upstream / downstream operations?

There are also a few intangibles that can be hard to measure the cost impact of.  Nonetheless – they may be the deciding factor in gaining approval from your decisions makers to proceed or not proceed with purchase of the equipment.  These include:

  • Safety Improvements – is current operation a safety concern? Can be hard to calculate cost savings unless someone is injured – then it’s easy!
  • Environmental – new equipment can be environmentally friendly or green (harmful emissions, dust generator, etc.).
  • Serviceability – ancient capital equipment and part availability can be frustrating (tired of scouring eBay or Craigslist for spare parts!). There is a cost associated with this with sourcing time and paying excessive prices for short supply parts.  New equipment should not have this problem.
  • Sustainability – probably the most important factor – does your equipment being purchased require knowledge of one individual to run it, or can anyone be trained to operate it. Also, does the supplier offer a sustainable supply of spare parts and service for the long haul. 
  • Improvements in Workplace Moral – we all know a happy employee, is generally a productive employee. An operator or maintenance person tending to an aged, failing system prone to issues, may be unproductive, or outright leave.    

In the end, it’s a simple dollars and cents decision to determine what is best for your business in the long run and the financial benefits of investing in new capital equipment compared to the continuing with the existing production process which can be costing your company excessive financial losses.

Purchasing capital equipment requires a substantial amount of research and analysis which can often extend the procurement process. Don’t get frustrated. Taking the time up front to consider all of the points above will help ensure that you can reap the rewards of your hard work.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year across the globe. People from all over the world celebrate a Christmas tradition that you may not have ever heard of. For several weeks, people’s spirits seem to lift and fill the air with joy and laughter as a result of a tradition.  As you read on, you will discover many Christmas traditions as well as Christmas fun facts you may not be aware of. So, let’s get started …

Philippines Giant Lantern Festival

This Christmas tradition is held every year on the Saturday before Christmas Eve in San Fernando. San Fernando is known as the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.” Eleven villages participate and they all compete to see who can build the most elaborate lantern. Years ago, this traditional competition was pretty simple. Lanterns were small — about a meter in size — and were made from Japanese origami paper.  Lanterns were then lit to show their beauty.  Today, the competition is fierce.  Lanterns are as big as six meters and made from a variety of materials.  They also illuminate the lanterns with light bulbs that have kaleidoscope patterns, rather than a simple candle.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken Dinner in Japan

Yes, that’s right, KFC for your Christmas Eve or Day feast! Japan has a relatively new Christmas tradition where the Colonel’s Kentucky Fried Chicken is the main course on Christmas Eve or Day.  Families and friends gather around the table and enjoy some good-old chicken.  It has become so popular that KFC will advertise a special menu soon on the company’s Japanese website.  The menu will focus on Christmas-themed standard bucket as well as a premium roast bucket.

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Germany’s Saint Nicholas’ Day

Don’t be confused, this is not Father Christmas, however this is Saint Nicholas.  He travels by donkey on December 6 and leaves special treats inside the shoes of good boys and girls.  Treats include things such as coins, toys, fruit, and of course, chocolate. In the Bavarian region of Germany, Saint Nicholas will also visit schools. He will give each child a small gift or sweet treat if they read a poem or sing a song to him; they can also draw a picture and present it to him if they prefer. During his visits, he likes to keep an eye on those children who misbehave.  Saint Nicholas always brings Farmhand Rupert, the devil character dressed in dark clothes and covered in bells.  He looks very dirty and will carry a stick or whip.  This character is just a reminder to the children to behave …

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The Cavalcade of Lights in Toronto, Canada

The Cavalcade of Lights is a Christmas tradition that took place for the first time in 1967 in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square to illuminate the new City Hall. Since then, Phillips Square is illuminated with more than 525,000 glistening lights that stay on from morning dusk until 11PM every night approaching the New Year.  During this time, the city has great firework shows and outdoor ice skating for those interested in wintry activities.

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 The Christmas Tree Tradition

Christmas trees have existed for as long as many of us have been around.  The question, however, is for how long?  The very first Christmas tree that was decorated and recognized as part of the Christmas tradition appeared in Alsace, France in the early 17th century.   After 1750, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote a novel called The Suffering of Young Werther, in which he included a Christmas tree.  The exposure of his novel resulted in people beginning to have Christmas trees all over Germany.  As time progressed, Christmas trees expanded the globe.  The first immigrants decorated Christmas trees in Pennsylvania in the 1820’s, and after Germany’s Prince Albert married Queen Victoria, he introduced the Christmas tree tradition to England.  As 1848 arrived, the first American newspaper printed a picture of a Christmas tree, and it was at that point that the Christmas tree became a Christmas tradition, spreading across seemingly every home in just a few years.

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We seem to have all seen or had those red, beautiful plants called Poinsettias during the holidays but where did they come from?  Who claimed it to be the “Christmas Plant”? Back in 1828, the U.S. had an American minister named Joel R. Poinsett, who brought back one of these red and green plants from Mexico to America.  Due to its deep, red beautiful colors, the American greenhouses began selling them to the public in the early 1830’s during Christmas.  It was then when these plants were given the name Poinsettias after Mr. Poinsett.  In 1870, the plant spread to New York. By 1900, the Poinsettia was a universal symbol of the Christmas holiday.  A new Christmas tradition was born.

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The Norway Broom Tradition

In Norway, people participate in a very old Christmas tradition on Christmas Eve with their brooms. People believe that Christmas Eve brings in the witches.  To protect them from these witches, they hide their brooms all over the house so that they are not taken for a midnight ride.  In addition, a bowl of porridge is left in people’s barns on Christmas Eve.  The porridge is for the gnome who protects the farm.

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The Ukraine Web

Once upon a time, a widow found a spider had spun a web around her Christmas tree.  The web then turned into beautiful threads of silver and gold.  Since then, the people of Ukraine hide a spider inside their Christmas tree. Whoever finds the spider in the tree is then said to have good luck.

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 Guinness for Santa in Ireland

You may hear kids chanting, “It’s time to leave milk and cookies for Santa,” on Christmas Eve, but not in Ireland, because Santa prefers a Guinness beer during his trip around the world on Christmas Eve.  This Christmas tradition instructs the Irish to tell their children to leave out a pint of this beer, as well as mince pies for Ol’ Saint Nick.

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Iceland Yule Lads

In Iceland, you will find folklore, with mythical trolls strolling the streets 13 nights leading up to Christmas.  These strange-looking — but well-liked — trolls are also known as Yule Lads or Yulemen. They each have unique names, such as Stubby, Bowl-Licker, and Doorway-Sniffer just to name a few. They will leave children a small gift or a rather rotten potato depending on whether the child has been naughty or nice that past year.

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 Roller Skating in Venezuela

 If you are in Caracas, Venezuela the morning of Christmas, don’t be surprised to see a strange site throughout the entire city.  It’s customary for the entire city to roller skate to mass on Christmas morning. During this Christmas tradition, vehicles will block off many areas of the streets in the early morning hours to allow roller skaters to skate safely to church.  Once they arrive at church, the roller skates are taken off prior to entering. There are, however, always one or two that enter the church and skate down the aisle.  At the end of mass, many will go out to eat tostados and have a nice cup of coffee.

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In the end, let this most wonderful time of the year bring you much joy with any Christmas tradition you like.  There is no right or wrong tradition, it’s simply what lifts your spirits high and brings you joy and laughter.

 10 Fun Facts:

  1. “Jingle Bells” was initially written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas.
  2. Rudolph was almost named Reginald when Montgomery Ward department store introduced him.
  3. Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  4. America’s first batch of egg nog was made in the Jamestown settlement in 1607.
  5. Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  6. Brenda Lee recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”when she was only 13 years old.
  7. Nova Scotia is the world’s leading exporter of Christmas trees.
  8. Almost 28 sets of LEGOS are sold every second during the Christmas season.
  9. In the world, there are two islands that are named ‘Christmas’– one is in the Pacific Ocean and the other in the Indian Ocean.
  10. In 1962, the U.S. issued the first Christmas postage stamp.

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QUEST Capstone Consulting Project Miltec UV

Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle ( partnered with the University of Maryland QUEST Capstone Consulting Project this past fall. Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) is a multidisciplinary engineering, technology, and management program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Honors students from the A. James Clark School of Engineering, College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences and the Robert H. Smith School of Business participate in a challenging course of study that focuses on quality management, process improvement, and system design. The QV Consulting team consisted of five individuals: Catie Den, Accounting, Jill Gelinas, Supply Chain, Government & Politics, Liam Mercer, Finance, Operations, & Business Analytics, DJ Sharma, Computer Science, and Noah Vernick, Mechanical Engineering.  The distinguished students analyzed Miltec UV’s current manufacturing processes and spaces in order to create an idealized design for the next 25 years. The goal was to optimize the flow of people and materials and recommend ways to reduce waste in their processes. These diversified students created manufacturing maps and flow charts to demonstrate efficient opportunities available through layout planning, restraint understanding, and projected production growth. The team completed their project by introducing ways to minimize distances traveled between various manufacturing areas, maximize flexible growth space, and advance production.“The program has given us a new perspective on how to lay out our facility as our business continues to grow. It has helped us identify the relationship between our material flow and manufacturing processes. We are looking forward to incorporating these new ideas” stated Max Gallade, Manufacturing Engineer at Miltec UV.

About Miltec UV:  Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 29 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems.  Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment, and custom UV systems designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, metal decorating, hardwood flooring, luxury vinyl flooring, automotive products, as well as many other industries.

On Monday December 17th, Miltec UV donated several bags to the Haven Ministries Clothing Drive. There was an overwhelming show of support with so many bags that they almost filled 2 cars! The donations included coats, clothes, toys and games. Haven Ministries will distribute the items in a variety of ways. The heavy sweaters, sweatshirts and coats will go to the Homeless Shelter and other items including decorations, toys and clothing will be taken to the Our Daily Thread Thrift store. Proceeds from the thrift store financially benefit other programs operated by Haven Ministries.

Haven Ministries provides hope to those in need in Queen Anne’s County by supplying shelter, clothing, food and support. Miltec UV is a silver level sponsor of Haven Ministries and has been supporting them for years through donations, volunteerism and the Run4Shelter. To find out more about Haven Ministries, go to

About Miltec UV:  Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 29 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems.  Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment, and custom UV systems designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, metal decorating, hardwood flooring, luxury vinyl flooring, automotive products, as well as many other industries.



Recent news stated that the earth has between 2030 and 2052 before their are disastrous levels of global warming, unless you reduce your carbon footprint. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030. If our planet continues to get warmer, we will be at risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and as a result, food shortages. Since the late 1800’s, our planet has warmed itself up 1 degrees C. To avoid going any higher, it will require significant and immediate changes worldwide. Several countries have already begun making big changes. Now let’s take a look at how YOU can reduce your carbon footprint.

1. Eat Less Meat
Meat and climate change have a distinct connection. The meat industry accounts for almost 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Factory farms produce an estimated 500 million tons of manure each year, more than three times the sewage the entire U.S. produces. The manure enters our waterways by using it as fertilizer (manure is not treated in sewage plants like human waste). Manure is not used scarcely, and our land cannot absorb that much waste. The runoffs of manure are polluting both surface and groundwater! Furthermore, almost half of the water used in the U.S. is also used in raising animals for food. To produce 1 pound of beef, it takes 2,000 gallons of water. Producing plant-based foods takes less than 200 gallons per pound, a huge difference. The next time you think about having meat for your meal, pause for a moment and think about it.

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2. Unplug Phone Chargers

Unplug your phone charger when it’s not in use.  Many of us only charge our phones at night but leave the charger plugged in all day.  Electricity is still being used when it’s plugged in, even though your phone is not being charged; this also goes for all appliances.  Following this practice can save you on your electric bill.

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3. Filter Your Own Water

Rather than buying packaged bottle water, consider filtering your own water to reduce your carbon footprint.  Plastic bottles filled with water travel wide distances to reach their final destinations, such as grocery stores.  You can purchase filtration water pitchers or install a reverse osmosis system under your sink.

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4. Use a Carbon Footprint Calculator

As a company, measure your carbon footprint using the Cool Climate Network calculator.  This tool provides an estimated amount of the Co2 you are using.

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5. Participate in the UPS Carbon Neutral Program

UPS now offers their clients the option to participate in a carbon neutral shipping program through the Carbon Neutral Company.

UPS customers who participate in the program support emission reduction projects that help the impact on climate when they send out their shipments.  UPS customers who participate in the program pay small incremental amounts when they ship to offset the impact on our climate.  Other companies who participate in the Carbon Neutral Program include AVIS, Eden Springs, Microsoft, Scandinavian Airlines, and SKY.

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6. Swap a Desktop Computer for a Laptop

Some of us have desktop computers as well as laptop computers.  Laptops use 80 percent less power than desktop computers, so if you can use one over the other, use a laptop

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7. Recycle

Recycling can reduce your carbon footprint in many ways.  You can set up recycling bins at home or work for paper, newspaper, magazine, books, drink cans, glass, printer cartridges, plastic, clothes, etc. Every time one of these gets recycled, it saves energy.  There are also programs that allow you to ship recyclables to them for free and even earn points in exchange for various items.

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8.  Recycle Old Computers and Other Electronics
If you have an old computer around or even a cell phone, take them to be recycled. Rather than having sit around the house or office collecting dust, drop it off to get recycled. Places such as Best Buy and Staples offer recycling services.

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9. Do Some Gardening

Planting a tree or other vegetation helps reduce your carbon footprint by filtering out harmful pollutants from our atmosphere.  The vegetation will actually put more clean oxygen into our air.  Leafy plants release the most amount of oxygen back into the air (about 5 milliliters per hour).  A yard filled with leafy trees is a good thing! Indoors plants such as Heart-Leaf Philodendron, Peace Lily, or Bamboo Palm do a great job in improving your indoor air quality.  In addition, the Areca Palm, Snake Plant, Money Plant, Gerber Daisey, and Chinese Evergreens are top ranked for the oxygen they put back into the air, whether it’s indoors or outdoors.

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10. Use Rechargeable Batteries

Next time you need to buy batteries, opt for rechargeable batteries. This will help reduce your carbon footprint, especially in a company setting where batteries can be used in large quantities. Imagine the amount of batteries that get thrown in the trash each year. According to the EPA, Americans throw away more than three billion batteries per year, approximately 180,000 tons.  If these batteries were placed end to end, they would circle the world at least six times.  Only about 14,000 tons of rechargeable batteries are thrown away in the United States.

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11. Use Hybrid/Electric Vehicles

If you are in the market for another vehicle, consider looking at a hybrid or electric vehicle.  There are several manufacturers that offer these models in their lineup with very attractive lines. These vehicles run much cleaner than vehicles that run on gasoline.

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12. Read Online

Rather than buying a printed newspaper or magazine, read your issues online.  Printing costs are expensive and use a lot of energy to produce newspaper and magazines.  Some of the largest online ebook/magazine stores include Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble Nook Books Store, and Kobo.  So go and find a comfortable spot and start reading online!

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13. Use a Ceiling Fan

Air conditioning units use a ton of electricity.  Rather than cranking your air conditioning temperature down, why not turn your ceiling fan on high?  You will be surprised by its ability to circulate and cool a room.  This simple act will help save you money and help you reduce your carbon footprint.

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14. Turning the Lights Out

This is a simple one: simply turn the lights off when you leave a room.  Even if you think you will be returning to the room momentarily, that doesn’t always happen, or we simply forget.  Remind others in your home to do the same. Come up with a catchy phrase as a reminder or say it in a different language (Turn out the lights=Apague as luzes-Portuguese).

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15. Your Driving Cycle

Take the time to slow it down on the roads.  Speeding and unnecessary acceleration can reduce your mileage up to 33 percent.  Keeping your tires properly inflated can also help improve your gas mileage by up to 3 percent. Maintaining your car with regular services will also help keep it running efficiently.

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16. Insulate Your Home

Reduce door and window drafts within your home by adding new caulk, insulation, and/or weather stripping.  This will help maintain a constant temperature inside your home. For those who need a quicker solution, try closing your curtains to retain your heat or to keep the heat out. The thicker the curtain the better! You can also simply close-up unused rooms, especially those that are not conditioned. Keeping doors closed will prevent cold or hot air moving into the rest of the house.

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17. Go Solar

There are many programs within each state that assist and incentivize home owners into using solar panels on the roof of their home . The upfront cost may be a bit more, but it pays off in the long run.  Some states even have programs where you can eliminate your electric bill and earn money by selling your electricity back to the local grid.

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18. Eat Locally-Produced Food

Eating food that is locally grown will help reduce your carbon footprint.  It’s estimated that 13 percent of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are a result of food that is transported throughout the nation. Some foods are in season during certain times of year, while others are not.  A seasonal produce guide will help you determine what grows, and when it grows.

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19. Using a Clothes Line

The history of the clothes line dates back to the 1830s in Australia  . Using a clothes line may not be the most aesthetically pleasing thing in your yard, but it does significantly reduce your carbon footprint.  A dryer uses five times more electricity than a washing machine.  By using a clothes line either indoor or out, you can save 1/3 of its carbon footprint.  Running a dryer for one hour is equivalent to 225 light bulbs. So maybe it’s time to by some clothes pins and put them to work.

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20. Use Less Water

Did you know that 71 percent of our earth is covered in water but 97 percent of that is salt water and not suitable for drinking?  Three percent of the earth’s water is fresh and 1 percent is available for drinking.  To top it off, 2 percent of that fresh water is locked in ice caps and glaciers.  We need to preserve and conserve our water as much as possible.  You can help reduce your carbon footprint by:

  • Turning off your water when you brush your teeth
  • Turning off the water when washing your hands
  • Fixing any leaky toilets, sinks, etc.
  • Re-using your pasta cooking water, drinking water left-over from dinner, and give it to your plants or pet (if it’s clean)
  • Taking shorter showers
  • Investing in low-flow toilets, efficient shower heads, and water sense appliances
  • Installing a rain barrel or bucket in your yard before it rains to collect water. Save the water to water your plants but be sure to monitor the water so that you don’t have a mosquito breeding ground.  Covers are available for rain barrels or buckets to prevent this.
  • Watering your outdoor plants in the morning or evening. They require less water since the temperature are cooler at this time of the day.

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21. UV Curing

If you are in the manufacturing industry and use conventional ovens to dry your inks, coatings, or stains, switching to UV curing will help reduce you carbon footprint. UV curing is a process where ultraviolet light and visible light is used to initiate a photochemical reaction that creates a series of polymers.  Manufacturers use UV curing equipment to cure UV curable coatings on their substrates.  For example, hardwood flooring manufacturers apply a coating to their wood flooring planks.  The plank is then placed on a conveyor and travels under an UV light for a second or two.  During that time, the coating is dried completely, and the planks are placed into their boxes to be shipped out.  No additional drying time is needed.  Unlike conventional drying ovens, this green method of manufacturing is free of VOCs, very energy efficient, and saves manufactures money.

Miltec UV is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems.  Miltec UV offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment, and custom UV systems. Our systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments including, but not limited to: optical fiber, metal decorating, hardwood flooring, luxury vinyl flooring, and automotive products.

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Now it’s time for you to make a change! Choose at least one way you can reduce your carbon footprint and act today. Then take a moment to forward this blog onto someone else and ask them to do the same.  The power of change lays in all of our hands, we all can make a difference.

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Miltec UV recently participated in the 2018 FEED A FAMILY program. FEED A FAMILY has been serving the less fortunate in Stevensville, Chester, Grasonville, Queenstown, and parts of Centreville, MD for 14 years. Any family who needs food for Thanksgiving can contact FEED A FAMILY to receive help. This is a program sponsored by local churches and community members in QAC. Their main focus is getting Turkey tags displayed, chosen, filled, and then deliver a Thanksgiving turkey box (includes a turkey and non-perishable items) to the families the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Food is collected for this program through donations collected in various locations throughout the county.  Any extra leftover food gets distributed to local food banks.  The program provides the opportunity for one to help a family out during the holiday season and to spread thanks and love.


Traditional food banks have successfully supplied food to families in need. Over the years, due to increased challenges, programs like FEED A FAMILY were established to help alleviate some of the strain on the food banks. A traditional food bank has operational costs such as food storage and refrigeration, rental facilities, volunteer management, water, trash, electric, and insurance expenses. The FEED A FAMILY programs do not have a set location to serve their community and do not have a lot of overhead.

This year the FEED A FAMILY program in Queen Anne’s County was able to provide nearly 450 Thanksgiving turkey boxes to families. Left over boxes were refrigerated and will be distributed to other local food banks and also given to a local Christmas program. This program helps many families in various situations that have ongoing difficult situations as well as families with short term unexpected situations.

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Miltec Employees Volunteer

As a company our Miltec UV employees came together in various ways to help the FEED A FAMILY program. Miltec UV put out the Turkey tags provided by the program for employees to fulfill. Each turkey tag required you to purchase a turkey and other non-perishable foods for the particular family listed on the tag. We had employees come together as individuals and teams to fulfill the tags. Our employees also contributed non-perishable food items to a collection box placed near our lobby. Items included instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, canned vegetables, cornbread mix, etc.  All of the items collected were used to help fill the Thanksgiving turkey boxes that were delivered to the families in need. Our employees also helped by volunteering their efforts after work at the FEED A FAMILY collection center. Miltec UV volunteers helped receive and organize all food donations dropped off at the collection center. Some of our employees went on to also help deliver the Thanksgiving turkey boxes to the designated families using their own vehicles the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  The following paragraphs are written by our employees about their first hand experiences with the FEED A FAMILY program:

Every year I say to myself “I am going to help others next holiday season” and every year I find some excuse to not get involved.  This year Miltec provided the boost I needed to offer a helping hand.  Through Miltec’s support of the Feed a Family Community Program and the turkey tags hanging in our office I decided to grab a tag.  I also signed up to volunteer on Wednesday, November 14th.  When I arrived at the Kent Narrows Center to deliver my turkey tag box I was greeted by a few very friendly ladies who were very thankful for my donation.  I then volunteered my services and began handling box after box of donations.  I realized that there are so many caring and giving families in our community and all around us.  As we were organizing boxes of donated blessings my coworker, Levi, said it best…Why just 1 day?  It made me wonder…why not every day?  Why can’t we give to those in need every single day?  It doesn’t have to be a monetary donation.  Time and love is all it takes.  Be kind to each other.  Reach out a helping hand to those in need.  Be someone’s saving grace.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

~Joyce McGinnis


God Bless the Feed A Family Program:  My boss and I put a box together for a family in the program and dropped it off Wed. The Volunteers there took care of everything and I thought Wow, this is really organized. There were so many other donations pouring in while I was there and leaving. They even helped get donation boxes out of cars.

Thursday was the day I committed to helping sort the boxes to get them ready for the families. I walked in and was immediately greeted and escorted back to the staging area. I worked through 3 tables of 10-20 families each. Looking through each paper to determine the family’s needs my heart felt heavy just knowing that all these families may have missed out on a Thanksgiving Tradition that every individual can be thankful for. As I filled and checked the boxes for each family I was overwhelmed with how much food was donated by my neighbors, friends and co-workers. The fact that we have so many families that need help and then having so many families willing and able to help them brings a renewed feeling of Community love and respect. God Bless the Feed a Family Program, It’s volunteers and most of all the families in need.

It’s funny, I laugh every time I hear the famous words of “It’s a Shore Thing,” an “Shore Proud,”, but I am so proud to call the Eastern Shore, my home for the past 40 years.

Have a blessed holiday.

~Kellie Todd


I’m proud to work for a company that partners with non-profit organizations; It’s clear they care about our community and residents.  I was honored to volunteer my time to the Feed a Family initiative, and packed meals for families who need help this Thanksgiving.  My experience last night left me feeling proud to support such an important project, happy to know people will eat this upcoming holiday, and grateful to give back directly to locals. Additionally, it’s heartwarming to see other adults and children joining in on the effort.  Since I am a recent transplant to Kent Island, this gave me the ability to get more connected with others that love doing service work and find additional opportunities to give back to our community. Lastly, working alongside my department and coworkers not only further strengthens bonds, but also builds trust.  I am grateful for the experience.

~Natalie Fisher


The experience that I had while volunteering was very humbling and a reminder that sometimes in life it is the small things that count. I took the time out to give back because it simply was the right thing to do in my own opinion, as a man I feel that it is of importance to step up where needed in the community. In today’s society it is more important than ever for men to step up and be a leading example to our youth, children, and women of strength, integrity, and leadership.

~Levi Stull


Involvement in Feed – A – Family was a fantastic experience. I volunteered to help organize food on Thursday evening and deliver turkey boxes with my son on Saturday morning. The whole operation was so well organized that it made volunteering easy. I was astonished by the magnitude of food that was donated and the overwhelming support of the volunteers!  Everyone was so helpful and enthusiastic and most of the volunteers I spoke with had been doing this for years.  The best part about the experience for me was showing my son the importance of being part of the community and giving back through volunteering. We chose 5 families in the Centreville area since that is where we live. My son and I were anxious to meet residents we didn’t know, and we talked about how we would always remember them. I know that we will both cherish this experience and we look forward to continuing this tradition for many years to come.  Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and grateful. Gratitude requires practice. Involvement in activities like this not only helps others, but it helps us see our situation in a new light and to be happy and grateful for what we have.

~Beth Mosner


FEED A FAMILY was truly an experience that touched my heart. I volunteered last week during two occasions. My first experience was with my son during their Youth Night. As we approached the building we were welcomed by an eight-foot-tall inflatable turkey. That simply set the mood and put a smile on my face. Upon entering the building, we witnessed at least 100 children volunteering. From ages 3 to 18, everyone was hands on doing as much as they could. I was shocked at how many children (and parents of course), came out to volunteer. We immediately began working and began filling up green bags with all sorts of non-perishable items. We left that evening with a feeling of happiness, a feeling that just made us feel good inside that we were able to help others. A few days later I returned with my son and husband to deliver turkey’s and other food items to the family’s homes. What an amazing experience! To be able to see such gratitude and hear their personal stories was so special to myself, son, and husband. Those will be moments that will never be forgotten. I am so grateful and blessed to have been able to help so many families and to be able to make just a little difference in their lives.


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Science of Work Instructions

Hands-on training in a Manufacturing environment is often the best method for measurable success, but what happens when reinforcement of said training must be made sustainable, accessible, and documented for posterity?

Enter Work Instructions.

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If you’ve ever worked in manufacturing then you know the importance of work instructions. Within most manufacturing ecosystems lies the need to streamline training processes, be it something as basic as properly packing units for shipping, or advanced — and potentially hazardous — tasks such as testing equipment in a high-voltage capacity.

Beyond the initial training administered by supervisors, Work Instructions eternally bridge the gaps in information, close divides in knowledge from one employee to another, and serve as a handy-dandy guidebook for those looking to follow the path of highest — and documented — efficiency. Be it Work Instructions for manufacturing, administrative, operational, or even engineering wings of a company, the collaboration between a Technical Writing team and hands-on experts ensure that the day-to-day production processes flow naturally, so that the next step can progress without issues.

But there is an art form in crafting the Work Instructions, which sometimes straddle the predominantly gray area between not enough information or too much information; too rigid or too flexible; tried-and-true methods or dated methods; and most importantly: too complex or not technical enough.

It’s essential to strike a balance in each process or task, but at the same time strike the proper chord with end-users. So, let’s delve a bit further into the world of Work Instructions, specifically of the Manufacturing variety, and take a closer look some of the dos and don’ts of crafting these guidebooks.

The Benefits of Work Instructions

Streamline production processes:

  • It’s important that the work is completed
    according to the scheduler, so that the overall process
    may be handed off to the next step without roadblocks.

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Standardize training and methods of production:

  • Knowledge within a Manufacturing environment should
    be both uniform and accessible. It’s important to note
    that employees will develop newer — and potentially
    more efficient — methods to complete processes and
    tasks, but a baseline must be established. Recognizing the
    training and acknowledging the administration of the
    training via documentation also creates accountability.

Reduce errors and scraps:

  • Streamlining the production processes and standardizing
    training and methods means less mistakes, which in turn
    limits scrap material. All of this adds up to greater all-around
    efficiency, whether it is due to time saved on the assembly
    floor or costs controlled via reducing scrap materials.

Outline clear and established safety protocols:

  • Safety is paramount in a Manufacturing environment. From
    high-voltage fixtures, to forklifts, to pallet jacks, to even a
    simple shop knife, understanding safe work methods and
    operation of tools and equipment could be the difference
    between a safe and hazardous work environment, and
    possibly the difference between life and death.

Work Instruction Safety warnings

Allow employees at all levels to aid in improvement of production processes and methods:

  • Manufacturing is a team activity: think of Work Instructions as a playbook, where the individual moving parts within a diagrammed maneuver ultimately lead to gains or losses. Work Instructions allow the players (supervisors, assemblers, etc.) involved in the playbook to pitch in suggestions, ideas, wrinkles, and changes to the product, just as an athlete would drop in their two cents on a scheme to potentially push his or her team to greater heights.

Work Instructions DOs and DON’Ts

Be consistent:

  • Similar processes, part numbers, references, etc. should appear similarly within Work Instructions, and where possible, uniform throughout the entire catalogue of Work Instructions. Establishing benchmarks, such as color codes, bolds, italics, and underlines for fonts, font sizes, and proper alignments of texts, tabs, boxes, and pictures creates consistency — and, more importantly — familiarity for the end-user. Below, a series of key words and processes have been circled in red to demonstrate similarities and importance.

Miltec Work Instruction consistent format

Mind proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation:

  • While an end-user with less than eagle-eyes may not catch seemingly mundane errors, a professional, well-written document will always stand out and be easier to edit down the road. In many Manufacturing environments, though the Work Instructions remain confidential and only for internal use, appearances are often the first impression, and professional polish on the documents further heightens the importance of the contents.

Partner with experts:

  • Engineers and Assemblers possess the depth of knowledge of the processes and methods to ensure just enough detail is included in the Work Instructions, not to mention proper tooling techniques, handling of delicate materials, and order of assembly, among many other variables. Partnering with experts ensures efficient processes and methods are being implemented.

Ensure end-user copies of Work Instructions are always the latest revision available:

  • Outdated and out-of-revision Work Instructions are about as good as the total absence of one. The onus of maintaining the printing and publication of the latest revisions of Work Instructions should ultimately lie with the Technical Writing team and or Manufacturing Supervisors. The end-user, however, should be checking for the latest revision before every use.

Centralize location of Work Instructions:

  • Be it a physical copy or digital file, Work Instructions should always be accessible when needed by end-users and editors.

Ensure changes are captured promptly:

  • Reconciliation of edits, or “red lines”, leads to the latest versions of Work Instructions being available for use. Typically, 30 days is the maximum a red line can appear in a Work Instruction before needing to change revision and once again become an official document.

  Miltec Work Instructions

Do not allow anyone other a supervisor to authorize changes and red lines:

  • The end-user is well within their rights — and responsibilities — to discuss and initiate changes, but a seasoned supervisor should have the final say in signing off on said changes.

Do not circulate multiple copies of printed Work Instructions:

  • At no time should more than one physical copy of any given Work Instruction be out in circulation. Following this practice eliminates the chances that an older and/or red-lined revision is not being utilized.

Do not misplace Work Instructions:

  • While this one can be difficult to enforce, it remains the responsibility of the end-user to ensure that physical copies of Work Instructions are never lost or misplaced. This ties in directly to having to print multiple physical copies of Work Instructions and everything that comes with the scenario.

While this is by no means an end-all, be-all, or extensive list of everything associated with Work Instructions, it sets many of the base guidelines and expectations regarding the crafting, editing, publishing, and maintenance of the documents. For more general information on Work Instructions, and their relationships to other critical documents, please visit the following websites:



Written by Ayman Alam, Miltec UV Technical Writer, Contact:

Be warned, these are true encounters with spirits and ghosts.  It’s up to you whether you choose to believe in the paranormal or not. For a fun Halloween blog, we decided to interview Miltec UV employees. We found many employees had a real-life ghost and spirit story to tell.  Here are their true stories…


Real-life ghost and spirit story encounters



This first, real-life ghost and spirit story was told by a Miltec UV employee, who was visited by her father about 10 years after his death.  The story began when she went to visit her mother.  As the day ended, she headed off to bed and began her peaceful sleep.  Sometime in the middle of the night, she was awakened by the voice of her father saying, “There’s something wrong in the living room”.  She sat up in bed, and heard his voice again saying, “There’s something wrong in the living room”. She proceeded to get up and go downstairs to the living room.  When she got downstairs, she discovered that a pipe had broken through the ceiling and was leaking water all over the furniture.  She knows it was her father warning her about the broken pipe and will never forget that night!

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The next, real-life ghost and spirit story comes from a Miltec UV employee who was personally visited by a spirit about 11 years ago.  When she was pregnant, her brother-in-law, Michael, passed away.  When her son was born, her sister-in-law gave her a rattle from Tiffany’s that came from Michael.  (Michael always gave silver rattles to friends and relatives that had babies, and her sister-in-law gave her one on his behalf).  She decided to keep the rattle in its box, on the second shelf of the bookcase in her son’s room.

One day when her son was a couple of months old, she set him on a blanket in his room with a few books.  (She believes he was crawling at the time, but he was not able to walk).  She was in the room next to his sitting on the floor, blow drying her hair, when she felt this presence pass by the door in the hallway.  The feeling was so strong that she got up and went into her son’s room.  There he was, sitting on the blanket playing with the silver Tiffany’s rattle.  As of this day, she truly believes that her brother-in-law visited them and took the rattle from the box on the shelf and gave it to her son.

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Actual photo of the rattle



With our next interview, we learned of a real-life ghost and spirit story that simply gave us the chills.  Our Miltec UV employee had just had a very frustrating and upsetting day with one of her family members. She was so upset that she could not fall asleep.  She laid there wide awake and listened to her husband snore next to her.  Her “nanny” (dad’s mother) had been a big part of her entire life and was always there for her when she needed her. She had, however, since passed.  She kept her dearly in her heart always.  That night, she was praying and “talking” to her in her head.  She wanted her to guide her and comfort her since she had such an upsetting day.  Moments passed, and she asked her if she could just give her some sign that everything was going to be okay.  Seconds later, she was tapped on her shoulder with one finger.  She clearly felt the tap (which was not too light and not too hard).  She looked over at the only other person in the house — her husband, who laid there sleeping and snoring.

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This next Miltec UV employee told of his son’s real-life ghost and spirit story just one year ago. Our employee’s mother Amy passed away when his son was six months old.  She met her grandson, but he was too young to remember her.  Throughout his three-year life, the little boy had never been told his grandmother’s first name (Amy).  One day at the age of 3, the little boy woke up and told his father that someone came to visit him while he was sleeping.  The little boy said her name was Amy and she had come to say hi.  Our employee was in shock when he told him her name was Amy.

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As our interviews continued, we found this real-life ghost and spirit story spooky.  Our Miltec UV employee was just a little girl when this happened to her. She loved to play with the toys she had in her bedroom. That night she left out her camper toy on the floor next to her bed. She was almost asleep when she saw the camper starting to move back and forth by itself.  It would move a couple inches forward and then a couple inches backwards and would not stop. She told “it” to go away but “it” didn’t.  She decided to cover herself up with her bed covers and remained there until morning.  There was no one else in her room that evening.

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The sixth real-life ghost and spirit story happened to a Miltec UV employee while she was touring St. Augustine, Florida in 2007, one of the most haunted cities in America. As she stood outside the local fort, she decided to take a photo because there were only a few people around and it would make a nice shot.  She went ahead and took her photo and discovered a ghost/spirit had been caught in the photo.  She clearly saw the two legs and feet of someone in tennis shoes in her photo.  The actual photo taken is posted below.

This employee’s story does not end here though, she has had a few other encounters at the local firehouse where she volunteers.  On random days, she has smelled cigar smoke in the firehouse, and has seen shadows go across the main hall.  These are believed to be previous firehouse volunteers from the past.  They have become frequent visitors and are greeted by name.

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Actual photo showing the ghost’s legs and feet



Our next, real-life ghost and spirit story involves another Miltec UV employee and her son.  The first incident occurred when one day her son came downstairs and said he could feel someone behind him every now and then inside the house.  He said he felt like it was “nanny.”  His mother asked why he thought that and he said because he could smell her near him.  She always had on a specific perfume and that was what he would smell.  The second incident, and ongoing as of today, involves Mrs. Stanley.  Mrs. Stanley lived in their home a very, very long time ago and even passed away there. They seem to always feel her presence in the home, as does the cat.  They will find their cat sitting at the bottom of the steps just looking up while the rest of the family hears footsteps upstairs.  Their last incident occurred with their son again, except this time it was with Mrs. Ward. Mrs. Ward lived in one of the many slave homes next door a very, very long time ago. This location was considered a slave community in the past. As our employee’s son, who was 8 years old at the time, sat in his house staring out the window to Mrs. Wards’s house, he said she stared back at him from her window.

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Actual photo of Mrs. Ward’s Home


As a bonus to this blog, an additional experience has been added, though it is one based on aliens, not ghosts and spirits.  Our employee cannot say this actually happened to him, he considers it more of a waking dream sort of experience.  We will let you decide:

“I watched too many scary movies as a child. As a result, I would sleep with my blanket covering up all parts of my body, because I was convinced a killer might come by and cut off anything that was exposed.  So, I would wrap the blanket around my head, with only my mouth exposed.  During this time, I had reoccurring experiences where an alien would visit me in my sleep. They were like waking dreams, occupying some strange space between reality and fiction.  Sometimes, it would hover right next to my head.  As mentioned, I covered my eyes when I slept, and so the only evidence I had for this was a sense of presence — perhaps, a sense of electromagnetism and heat from a nearby body.  One night, I ‘woke up’ and saw it at the foot of my bed.  Its fingers were placed on the end, pointed at me.  They were long and spindly; their dexterity reminded me of surgical instruments.  In that moment, I stared, incapable of moving.  By some unnatural force, those fingers elongated, though the base of its hand remained at the foot of my bed.  They stretched forward, past my feet and ankles.  By the time they reached near my knees, I threw the blanket over my head.  I heard and felt nothing more, and never was visited again.”

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As our interviews come to an end, we are amazed at the number of incredible stories.  We are thankful for our employees sharing their experiences and allowing us to share them with you.  Whether or not you want to believe in ghosts or spirits, it’s a fact that all of the above encounters are true and DID happen to real people.

Written by Ana Hetzel and Beth Mosner, Miltec UV Contact:

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Miltec UV’s applications lab allows prospective customers to test drive Miltec’s equipment and products.  Miltec makes premium UV Equipment and products with various options.  The test drive helps clarify what options and upgrades are needed and which are not.  It also helps the customer to fully integrate the equipment into their process.

What makes Miltec UV’s application lab special is its ability to tackle curing problems and simulate the customers process.  The applications lab is not only staffed with knowledgeable PhD chemists, who are experienced in thousands of UV applications, but it is also equipped with a variety of application and testing equipment.

The various systems Miltec UV has available for customers to use when they visit the applications lab are listed below. Customers often visit the lab with their chemistry supplier so that they can work on solutions together and tweak the chemistry on the fly. The knowledgeable and experienced Miltec UV chemists, engineers and sales reps are also available to assist and offer advice.


Our first workhorse curing unit in the application lab, the HPI Gloss Control UV Curing System, was developed for  controlling gloss for the wood and vinyl flooring industries and is also used in the metal decorating industry.

Miltec HPI Gloss Control UV System

This curing unit consists of three HPI (High Peak Irradiance) arc lamps that can be configured to run from 100-650 W/in and operated from -1 inch to 13 inches out of focus. Each lamp can be equipped with mercury, as well as a variety of specialty Miltec arc lamps.  The reflector liners can be swapped between dichroic cold mirror liners — for heat sensitive substrates — and polished aluminum reflector liners in a matter of minutes.  Each station can be equipped with quartz or cold mirror plates if needed for the application.  The conveyor itself has the capability of running from 10-400 fpm and has a belt width of 20½ inches.


Gloss on the HPI Gloss Control UV Curing System in the Miltec applications lab is adjusted by the selection of lamps, power, and focus.  Gloss swings of 20 gloss units is capable with these adjustments.  We have an additional IR conveyor for additional gloss swings (up to 30 gloss units combined) or to maintain incoming product temperature (simulating plant conditions).

Miltec UV Gloss Levels Applications Lab


To fully show customers the capabilities of Miltec equipment requires simulating the customer’s process.  The applications lab is equipped with both a roll coater and spray booth.  The roll coater can run both in direct and reverse doctor roll modes and is capable of coating thin vinyl as well as 1-inch thick board.



Another option in the Miltec applications lab is to sync our Panel Cure UV Curing Conveyor to the HPI Gloss Control Conveyor.   This allows us to UV cure objects such as kitchen cabinetry and wood molding using tilted lamps rather than without tilt.  The tilted lamps are designed to cure the sides as well as the tops of objects such as these.  Lamp height is adjustable to allow part clearances up to 13 inches and the belt width is 20½ inches wide.

The Panel Cure UV Conveyor has an additional top configuration: the Bulb Overlap Top.  Applications requiring extremely wide webs (>80 inches) string multiple lamps across the web.  This configuration allows the chemists and engineers to optimize the system to insure the cured coating has perfect uniformity across the web.


 Miltec UV Panel Cure System Applications lab



In addition to arc lamps, the applications lab is fully equipped to use microwave powered UV lamps.  We have conveyors that can run microwave UV bulbs in multiple configurations (up to 2 lamps wide and 4 rows deep).  It’s also possible to rotate the lamps 90 degrees towards the conveyor belt.  These systems run from 12-900 fpm and have a part clearance of 17 x 19½ x 6½ inches (lxhxw).  In addition, two rows of arc lamps can be run at the same time.


Miltec UV Microwave Bulbs



The applications lab is equipped with three web presses.  These webs run with either slot-die or flexo.  One of the webs can run in the nitrogen inerted mode and two of the webs have heating that allows them to run straight UV or water-based UV inks or coatings.


 Miltec UV Arc Lamps for Web Presses



Finally, the applications lab is equipped with Miltec’s latest conveyor, the Labcure Mini Conveyor.   This tabletop conveyor is used with chemistry formulators in their laboratories.  It can be configured with Miltec HPI arc lamps or Miltec MPI microwave lamps.  Microwave lamps can run parallel or perpendicular to the conveyor.  The Labcure Mini speed is adjustable 1-300 fpm. This system is available to use in our applications UV lab.


Miltec UV Labcure Mini Applications lab




Customers who take advantage of the Miltec UV’s applications  lab will find it well-equipped with a range of extras including:

  • Radiometers
  • IR guns, Tachometer
  • 60o Gloss Meter, Cross Hatch Adhesion tester
  • Various hand-held coating devices, including a variety of flexo aniloxes and hand proofers, wire-wound rods, knife-edge, and slot-die coaters
  • Fancy desktop applicators such as a Little Joe Letterpress, Orange Offset Laboratory Proof, and a RK Koater equipped with rods and a micrometer-adjustable knife coater with vacuum hold down
  • Air mixers, blenders, double planetary, off-axis Speed Mixer, Three-Roll Mill, and ball mills
  • Glove box and fume hood
  • Vacuum and standard ovens
  • Variety of scales and analytical balances, micrometers, calipers, grind gauges, and other measuring tools
  • Digital stereoscope for visual inspection of electrodes and photomicrographs
  • Rotary and Cone Plate viscometers
  • Tensile tester, plus 180o and 90o peel modes
  • Electrochemical test equipment
Written by Dr. John Arnold, Miltec UV Contact:

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Performance Review Time

And here we are again … the dreaded annual performance review process! As a Human Resources professional with more than 20 years’ experience, I’ve been chasing down this process for far too many years.  I should join my colleagues on the ledge, but to help them understand that the performance review process doesn’t need to be painful.  Since the early 1950s, when performance ratings hit the scene, we’ve allowed the inertia of our past to carry us into today.

Here are some facts about the process: 30 percent of performance reviews end up decreasing employee performance; 2 out of 3 employees with the highest ratings aren’t actually the highest performers; 70 percent of managers think reviews take too much time; there is way too much focus on the past and not enough on the future; they are too subjective and too infrequent.

HR Bias Terminology

Let’s not forget about rater bias.  The performance review process is fraught with bias, albeit probably unconscious.  There is coined HR terminology for this bias.  Let’s talk about some of these:

The Halo Effect: the tendency for a single, positive rating to cause other ratings to be inflated.  After all, if you are good at this, you must be good at that too, right?  Wrong.

The Horns Effect:  the tendency for a single, negative attribute to cause raters to mark everything on the low end.  Of course, the consequences can be detrimental and lead to unfair outcomes, including dismissal.

The Central Tendency Bias:  I call this the path of least resistance.  I’ll just rate everyone right in the middle — not great, not bad … this is the equivalent of a “C” grade.

The Leniency Bias and its evil brother, The Strictness Bias:  These are self-explanatory — either a rater is too easy going or too harsh.  How do these raters ever determine anyone’s strengths and weaknesses?

The Recency Bias:  This creeps in when a recent event clouds the memory of previous performance — the “good streaks” and the “bad streaks”.  Whatever the streak, this is an inaccurate way of rating.

The Similar to Me Bias: We see this in nature and in the Performance Review. After all, “birds of a feather flock together”. Isn’t it nice when everyone is perfect like us?  After all, when you review Suzie and say, “She is a great communicator”, what you are really saying is, “Suzie is a great communicator, like me … hell, I taught her how to communicate well”.  So, if you are rating someone on their height, whether you perceive them as short or tall depends on how short or tall you are.

The Adult Report Card

The performance review process has become a subjective adult report card!  Maybe we should stop doing them all together — I know that’s what you are thinking.  Or, maybe you just don’t do them at all until someone in HR threatens or bribes you, or kindly reminds you several times until you succumb.  I heard an interesting quote the other day: “No one ever rises to low standards.” It’s simple, yet profound.  Don’t we have an obligation to help our employees rise to standards that will move their careers forward?  Won’t this level of performance also move our business forward if outcomes are correctly aligned?

Making a Change

Get off the ledge!  The exodus is upon us.  More and more companies are radically changing their performance review process and it is starting to look like this:

Regular check ins/fluid systems with feedback from manager and peers/conversations and coaching/no numbers or ratings/forward-looking goals/self-reflection and professional development.

You may be thinking more feedback, regular check-ins, employees participating in goal-development, and being accountable to report and update progress — this sounds like more work. Well, it is certainly different from the traditional performance review, but it is not more work.  The time has come to simplify the process and get to the heart of what matters — strategic goal-setting and ensuring employee success.

Goal Setting

Goal-setting is the pinnacle of the performance evaluation process.  When you can measure a goal, you turn the subjective view into objective feedback.  When employees participate in goal setting, they are more engaged and likely to accomplish the goal.  When managers refine goals, ensuring the goals are SMART (specific, measurable, actionable, results-oriented and time-bound) and stretch employees, even ever so slightly, it serves as a motivator for ongoing development.

Linking goals to business objectives helps employees see how they individually contribute to the big picture.  This is where the accountability enters the picture as employees grasp the direct impact of their performance, e.g. what they have accomplished and how it has helped the business move forward.

Where businesses and the legacy performance review processes fail are setting the goals and forgetting the goals — only visiting them once a year.  Do a quick test with your employees: ask them very casually to tell you two to three of their annual goals.  My guess is that most would struggle to remember even one.  Or, someone may surprise you and say my goal is “XYZ”, but it is not relevant anymore because of “XYZ”.  Everything changes — as external and internal situations happen (what I call reality), we don’t stop to re-visit and tweak the goals.  Don’t get me wrong, a goal should not be a moving target; rather, it should be adaptable as the environment changes.

Keeping Goals Alive

Making goals visible and breaking them down into smaller tasks will keep employees engaged and focused and help them feel a sense of accomplishment.  Talking about these small accomplishments on a regular basis keeps the goals alive and front and center, for both the manager and the employee. These are condensed conversations, quick and succinct, in other words, updates.  How many of you have conversations on Monday morning about the Sunday football outcomes?  Why not take the same approach with performance discussions?

Finally, having an integrated Human Resource Management system can assist in making this process less cumbersome, more meaningful, and keep everything in one place.  When transforming your organization’s performance system, embrace a solution that provides the full array of tools to track performance, gather feedback easily, push out notifications and updates and keep the information accessible to employees and managers at any time in the cloud.  The system should also provide you with information to analyze data and trends — from comparing retention metrics to understanding employee engagement.

Help your employees know where they stand, and, it shouldn’t be on the ledge when it’s time to discuss performance! Begin having regular conversations with your employees.

At Miltec UV, we utilize BambooHR as our Human Resource Management System. BambooHR is a user-friendly, cloud-based system offering mid-sized and growing companies employee and candidate automation tools including applicant tracking, employee on-boarding, document retention, benefit tracking and other features which manage all aspects of the employee lifecycle. We are currently reviewing Performance Management the Bamboo way.

Take a look at what BambooHR can do to transform your Performance Review process: Performance Management Demo

Written by Karen McKernan, SPHR Miltec UV Human Resources Manager, Contact:

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The Dilemna

I have been reading so much lately about metal cans that I wanted to share my real life “quick dinner” experience relying on the canned food in my pantry.  This was my dilemma.  I had about four packs of ground turkey in the freezer — most likely bought when they were on sale at the ACME one week —  and I needed to figure out what to make for dinner.  I love the idea of Taco Tuesday®, and I was into it for a while, but honestly, the novelty has worn off.  How many tacos can a girl eat?  I will admit that I always have a box of taco shells in the pantry along with other canned food, but this week, I felt like something different.

The Pantry

In addition to Taco shells, IWhats in the pantry Canned Food also have several cans of tomatoes and lots and lots of beans in my pantry. You will also find other canned food such as corn, canned pumpkin (I just read canned pumpkin has even more nutritional value when it is canned) pineapple, canned tuna and salmon. I am making myself out to be a vision of health, which is not entirely true. We also have chips, goldfish, granola bars and OREO cookies. However, I do care about what I eat, what I feed my family and I also love to cook good food. I just believe that certain canned foods are acceptable, and others are not. I have always used and enjoyed canned tomatoes and beans, and they are probably the top “canned food” staples in my pantry. I used to buy canned broth, as well, but I have started buying the boxes because they’re larger.


I decided to make a black bean turkey chili with the boxed, jarred and canned food in my pantry. My family loves chili and I usually make it with canned kidney beans, but only had black beans available. So, I threw the following recipe together.  Here it is:

Beth’s Black Bean Turkey Chili Recipe (almost organic) 

  • 1 onion cut up and sautéed in olive oil.
  • 1 pound ground turkey – cooked (drain grease if there is any)
  • 1 jar of Newman’s Own Medium Salsa (Added bonus: 100% of the Profits go to charity)
  • 3 cans of Members Mark Organic Black Beans drained
  • Spices such as Smoked Paprika, Chipotle Chili, Chili Powder and Turmeric
  • Organic Beef Bone Broth – as much as you like depending on how thick you like your chili
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour or so. You can also make it in the morning and put it in the crock pot on low for 8 hours.

Canned Food dinner recipe

Acceptable vs Unacceptable

This is my perception of canned vs. fresh vs. frozen vegetables.  I always considered fresh the best, even if it was from across the country, followed by frozen and then canned food. Boy was I wrong!  Even though I have been educated about canned food, there are still certain vegetables I would never buy in a can. Broccoli, spinach, asparagus, onions, potatoes, and carrots to name a few. For broccoli and spinach, I prefer frozen over canned. (I’m not even sure they sell broccoli in a can?).  One of the problems I have with canned food is that I am concerned with the sodium content and the added ingredients. I was just reading two posts on the Refreshingly Real Facebook page @Refreshingly Real about canned food and I realize my perception is completely wrong.

Pro-Canned Food

Canned vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness and usually canned within 4 to 12 hours! The fresh vegetables are steam heated and preserved in airtight cans.  Most canned vegetables are NOT loaded with preservatives and salt and all you need to do is read the label if you are unsure.  The post I just read said that canned tomatoes contain more lycopene than fresh and canned pumpkin has more vitamin A than fresh. Interesting facts for those that are skeptical.  Cans are also lined to preserve the integrity of the can and its contents. The lining also protects the flavor of the canned food.  I once ate tuna that tasted a lot like metal but in hindsight, that could have just been the mercury in the tuna and not the metal (Ugh! Note to self – only eat tuna once a month!)

Can History

Napoleon Canned Food historyCans have been around longer than most people think.  The history of the can began in 1795, when Napoleon offered a prize to the person who could invent a way to preserve food for his navy and army.  Read about the History of the Can here.  They are inexpensive, portable, sustainable, and recyclable.  They are even selling canned wine now because it costs 40% less than bottled wine!  Steel food cans are also 100% recycled!  Here is a link to an interesting and entertaining video about cans produced in the 1950’s.   I really find cans interesting, and the more I read about how fresh and nutritious canned foods are, the more excited I am to expand the canned food options in my pantry.  Find out more about cans on the Can Manufacturers Institute website. Miltec UV supports the can and metal decorating industries by selling equipment that instantly cures (dries) the ink on flat metal sheets which are formed into cans.


Written by Beth Mosner, Miltec UV Contact:

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Is your UV curing system performing as it should?  Are you constantly replacing over-heated lamps?  Maintaining a healthy UV curing system is crucial for obtaining successful results in curing and saving money.  There are five main ingredients that make up a healthy UV system. These include proper cooling and airflow, power supply maintenance, light shielding, maintaining the reflector condition, and lamp maintenance. Paying close attention to each one of these will help solve or prevent any problems you may have with your UV curing.

Cooling and Airflow

Cooling and airflow are key to maintaining a healthy UV curing system.  UV lamps are required to operate at very high temperatures (800°C / 1,500°F) to maintain the plasma state. Modern UV lamp systems require a cooling system that not only maintains the lamp stability in that range but also protects the integrity of the metal structure that supports the lamp.

Most modern UV lamps are controlled by variable power ballasts, which deliver anywhere from 20% to 100% power to the lamp.  This means that the cooling system must adjust automatically to match the lamp power and heat load to maintain the stability of the lamp (not over-heat or over-cool).  Lamps that operate in an “over-heated” condition will result in shortened lamp life and possible lamp swelling or other distortions, which adversely affects the UV output.  Lamps that operate in an “over-cooled” condition will suffer from shortened lamp life as well as low UV output.  When a lamp is over-cooling, it cannot develop the correct voltage and the current (amps) remain high, putting adverse wear on the electrodes over time. Only when a lamp is consistently operating within the correct cooling parameters will its lifespan be maximized.

Maintaining a healthy UV curing system

Reflector Condition

A third way of maintaining a healthy UV curing system is by monitoring your reflector condition. Lamp reflectors are a critical part of the UV output and are responsible for about 65% of the UV energy, as seen by the substrate for most UV systems.  Some UV systems use replaceable reflector liners, either a coated silver liners or  cold mirror coated reflector material.  Other systems use a polished aluminum shutter extrusion as the reflector. If you notice that your reflector doesn’t look shiny and has a dull presence, that’s an indication that it needs to be replaced. Measuring your UV output with a radiometer will also help diagnose reflector issues and whether or not you are achieving the UV output needed.

Maintaining a healthy UV curing system

Lamp Maintenance

Microwave or arc Lamp maintenance is key to maintaining a healthy UV curing system. Most UV lamps operate in industrial environments, in less than ideal conditions.  It is important to try and keep the lamp as clean as possible to prolong its useful life.  Neglected lamps will age prematurely and suffer from low UV output. The simplest way to keep your UV bulbs clean is by cleaning them with a designated UV glass bulb cleaner. Some bulbs need to be cleaned often and others very seldom. The frequency of needing to clean the bulbs will vary depending on the environment.

Maintaining a healthy UV curing system

Power Supply Maintenance

Power supply maintenance is another important part of maintaining a health UV System.  The heart of any UV system is the expensive power supply which drives the UV lamp.  Whether a conventional iron core ballast or a solid-state power unit is used, filtered cooling airflow is critical to the health of the power supply components.  Power supplies operating in a dirty or over-heated environment will degenerate or fail, resulting low UV output or lost production.  Making sure you have a clean air filter will ensure you have clean, filtered air which will help keep your power supplies clean.  Air filters should be replaced as often as needed, depending on the environment.

Maintaining a healthy UV curing system

Light Shielding

The last ingredient for maintaining a healthy UV curing system is the light shielding. The primary purpose of light shielding is to protect personnel from any direct UV light exposure. Adequate light shielding in and around the UV housing, lamp module components and the associated production equipment is necessary to prevent any associated hardware from reaching unsafe temperatures or deterioration from direct UV exposure.

Maintaining a healthy UV curing system

In the end, the key to maintaining a healthy UV curing system includes proper cooling and airflow, power supply maintenance, proper light shielding, maintaining the reflector condition, and lamp maintenance.  For further assistance with solving your UV issues, please contact Miltec UV.  The Miltec UV team is committed to helping you understand UV curing and address UV related questions and issues.  Our service department plays an important role with our existing customers. We possess the expertise to answer questions and help solve problems.  Furthermore, we offer customized UV system training for our customers and cover material required for a wide range of training goals, including basic to advanced UV curing equipment maintenance, UV measurement, and microwave and arc lamp technology.

Written by Bob Malone, Miltec UV Contact:

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established in 1970 “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”  For OSHA to succeed in this mission, companies must be in compliance of its safety standards. Therefore, employers must have a comprehensive safety and health program that adheres to OSHA’s safety standards.  When OSHA’s standards are not followed then violations occur in the workplace.  Unfortunately, these violations often result in serious harm or even death to workers.

Each year OSHA records the top violations in chronological order.  It is very interesting to see that each year the top ten violations reoccur relatively close to the same order they occurred in prior years.  Below is a list of the top five top OSHA violations with tips on how to avoid them.

1. Lockout/Tagout – LOTO Safety Procedure

Lockout/Tagout refers to specific procedures to prevent injuries due to unexpected startup of machinery or release of hazardous energy during maintenance activities.  Compliance with LOTO standard (29 CFR 1910.147:  control of hazardous energy) prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. Make sure your practices conform to the site lockout/tagout procedure to safeguard against injuries.  All employees who work on machinery/equipment must be trained in lockout/tagout procedures.  Perform internal safety audits to verify the LOTO procedures are properly followed.

Violations often lead to gruesome results. BLR’s computer-based training program, Interactive CD: Lockout Tagout, tells of a 17-year old student working a summer job managing a conveyor dropping waste cardboard into a baler. When the belt jammed, he sought to dislodge the jam by climbing down into the baler. The belt suddenly restarted and the youngster was drawn inside, losing both legs in the process.

If someone had simply turned off and locked out the power before the repair was attempted, the accident would never have happened.

Safety Lockout Station Miltec


2. Machine Guarding – Safety Practices

Machine guarding are the practices that preclude moving machine parts from causing severe workplace injuries (crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, blindness, or even death).  Never bypass a moving equipment guard and always report damaged or missing guards.  Damaged or missing guards need to be replaced immediately for everyone’s safety.

According to OSHA, workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions and more than 800 deaths per year.

Miltec Safety Machine Guarding

3. Hazard Communication

Chemicals pose both health and physical hazards.  OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) ensures the availability and dissemination of information about these hazards and associated protective measures.  Employers should familiarize themselves with the SDS information of all chemicals that are in their workplace and make sure proper protective programs and training are in place.

Chemical manufacturers and importers must evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they use and prepare safety data sheets (SDSs) for employees and downstream customers.


4. Powered Industrial Trucks

Thousands of injuries related to powered industrial trucks or forklifts occur each year in the U.S,. and most also involve property damage.  Unfortunately, most injuries and damages are due to a lack of safe operating procedures, deficient safety rule enforcement, and inadequate training.  Employers must verify employees that operate PITs or forklifts are properly trained and follow correct operating procedures.

Forklifts cause roughly 100 fatalities and nearly 95,000 injuries each year, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates. One in six workplace deaths in the U.S. involve a forklift, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Safety Forklift Authorization


5. Flexible (extension) cord use

Before an extension cord is used, instruct all workers to inspect for external defects (loose parts, missing pins, damaged insulation) and evidence of internal damage (pinched or crushed outer jacket).  Replace cords that power “fixed” equipment with appropriate permanent wiring.  Also, practice running extension cords overhead or taping them down to prevent tripping.

Fact: About 4,000 extension cord-related injuries are treated in hospitals each year, about 50 of which result in death.


Damaged Extension cord safety


Now that we’ve discussed OSHA, the top 5 OSHA violations and how to prevent those violations, what else can employers do to ensure OSHA compliance?   Having a comprehensive safety and health program are key to a safe and healthful work environment.  These programs can substantially reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and illnesses, while reducing costs to employers.  Most successful safety and health programs are based on a common set of key elements.  These include management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and  program evaluation and improvement.  If assistance is needed, OSHA provides the web page. Please click here for the    “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs”.

Another means for employers to improve their health and safety program is to utilize OSHA’s on-site consultation program.  This program offers free and confidential advice to small- and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard work sites.  The on-site consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations.  Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing safety and health management programs.  More information can be found on the web at

Employers can also contact OSHA’s compliance assistance specialists for information about OSHA standards, short educational programs on specific hazards or OSHA rights and responsibilities.

Stay Safe.

Written by Randy Plunkett, Miltec UV contact:

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Whoever thought that reading a magazine called CanTech International could be so interesting?  The magazine includes articles about manufacturing metal cans and the metal decorating industry, which utilizes UV.  UV systems, such as our HPI, cure the ink on flat sheets of metal that are then formed into metal cans.

Maybe I found this specific article interesting because I know more about the markets we sell into now that I have worked here for a while, or maybe it is because I know more about why our customers use UV.  I suppose it doesn’t matter, but we can all relate to this article. “Has the bubble burst in soft drinks and can cans save the day?”  This one article talks about something we all (well, most of us) drink — carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) in metal cans.

Industry experts report that there are predictions that CSD sales volume will fall by 1% between 2013 and 2017. That may not seem like a lot, but it also means sales are not rising. Beverage can manufacturers are coming up with innovative ideas to bring the market back! (Did I mention that our HPI system is used by several metal decorating companies?) The article states that “the soft drink industry needs to drive value to consumers by staying relevant to them and to find new ways of delivering value to keep costs down”.

Brand Attraction

Specialty Metal Can Designs

The article proposes that innovations and new products may halt the decline the industry has experienced.  Caroline Archer, the Crown Bevcan Europe Marketing and Key Account Director, has a positive outlook.  She says attractive metal cans are an opportunity to add value and offer brands the ability to stay relevant in the market.  They distinguish your product.  The growing middle class makes decisions based on brands and their attraction to packaging designs.  There is a promising future for premium beverage cans such as Starbucks. They offer premium beverage products, which is the fastest growing segment of the $140 billion dollar global carbonation industry. If you know the brand and you trust that they make a good product, why not try something else they offer? Everyone has heard of Starbucks and everyone likes to splurge on a designer drink occasionally.

Healthy Alternative Cans

Another new product, which I have never heard of (probably because it is not readily available, although you can get it on Amazon) is 2B Sparkling, a naturally sweetened sparkling drink.  The beverage is sweetened by Purefruit, which originates from the monk fruit.  The monk fruit is said to have naturally occurring antioxidants and is sweet without the calories.  This healthier alternative to sugary sodas, nicknamed “Healthy Bubbles”, only has 8 grams of sugar, 30 calories per can and no artificial sweeteners. The beverage has been approved by the New York Department of Education and is currently being sold in 2,500 school vending machines in the state.  Additionally, Rexam, the 12 oz. can manufacturer, believes that 2B also benefits from the inherent advantages of aluminum cans, which includes portability, durability, and sustainability.  Did you know that aluminum cans are the most recycled beverage container in the world? It boasts a recycling rate of 67 percent in the U.S., more than double the rate of other beverage packages.

Interestingly, one online article I read on 2B Sparkling gave them a “boo” for can design — going back to the idea that many of us make decisions based on our attraction to the packaging design.  She stated that the can looks generic and boring.  The colors are drab and there is not much creativity in the design. I agree that this is not a can I would pick from the shelf and consider buying because it looks like a cheap, root beer knock off. However, I am attracted to the idea of a healthy alternative to soda, especially for children who seem to be pre-programmed to crave soft drinks.  (Unfortunately, I still haven’t tried 2B Sparkling and I am not sure of the success of this soft drink, although it is available at Whole Foods Market online).

Innovative Solution

Brands are also looking to providers for innovative solutions to help adapt to market conditions. One new innovation is the XO Reclosable end – a solution to reclosing the can tab.  I have never used one of these reclosable ends, so I am not confident that it will preserve my soda’s freshness and carbonation for future drinking pleasure. Still, it is a great idea and much better than stuffing crumpled up aluminum foil in the can top. The good news is that the beverage fillers are able to incorporate the reclosable end technology on their production lines without a significant investment.

Can these new products and innovative ideas save the CSD industry? John Hayes, CEO of Ball Packaging thinks not. He blames CSDs for softness in their liquid consumption business and questions whether new products and innovations can really arrest the declines in the industry.

Alternative Uses for Cans

I recently read an article on canned wine. That’s new to me! The success of wine in metal cans (which has grown over 50% in a year) is based on cost, portability, and recyclability.  The idea is to make wine approachable.  It doesn’t have to be as expensive if you are efficient in your processes and manufacturing.  Canned wine costs 40% less to package than bottled wine, and the savings can be passed on to the consumer.  Millennials are looking for high quality at an affordable price, and are willing to settle for alternative packaging.  Why not buy decent wine in a can that is portable and recyclable?

Just today, I read about Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors supplying those impacted by Hurricane Florence with canned water. Metal cans are not as fragile as glass and not susceptible to heat like plastic. Even if Carbonated Soft Drinks are losing popularity, metal cans are always going to be popular because they are recyclable and durable.

If can manufacColorful Metal Cansturers are skeptical, and don’t have faith in alternative uses or innovations in the can industry, maybe they should consider purchasing one of our UV systems to reduce their costs. Buying our system is a great solution to their problem! To find out more about our HPI system designed for the metal can industry, please visit our website.

Written by Beth Mosner, Miltec UV contact:

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Wafer Food Pantry is the largest pantry in Western Wisconsin, providing food for people in need.  With a simple mission statement — “Responding to God’s love, WAFER provides food and works to eliminate hunger” — WAFER has helped to address food insecurity in the La Crosse, WI area for over 30 years.  WAFER’s meager beginnings started near the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse campus.  WAFER then moved to a local church basement and then on to its current location in the heart of La Crosse, and continues to be challenged for additional warehouse space to serve our clients.  The current 13,000 square foot building is often bursting at the seams due to limited warehouse space.

WAFER food pantry LaCrosse, WI

WAFER volunteers

Since 1986, WAFER has been fighting to eliminate hunger by providing food for people in need.  Hunger does not discriminate.  It affects people regardless of age, gender, race, family upbringing, or social status.  WAFER clients come from all walks of life: single-parent households, the chronically disabled, homeless people, veterans, seniors, and two-parent, low-income families.  WAFER is committed to providing food for people in need and addressing hunger-related issues in La Crosse County, while treating each person with personalized service and dignity.  WAFER procures food, develops community resources, and collaborates with organizations and businesses to alleviate hunger and  insecurity.  Organizations like Walmart, Mayo Clinic Health Systems, and Channel One Food Bank (part of the national Feeding America Food Bank) donate and provide resources to WAFER.

WAFER served 40,000 people in 2017, and one in three was under the age of 18.  This number included 1,500 families that received packages to support their needs for four to five days for each person.  WAFER was utilized by 626 families last year, and distributes 1.6 million pounds of food each year.  Local businesses and community donations account for over 1 million pounds of donations, and Channel One Food Bank and Government commodity programs contribute an additional 400,000 pounds.  Through monetary donations and fundraising efforts, WAFER purchases over $100,000 in foodstuffs at reduced prices each year to distribute to our clients.

WAFER food donationa

WAFER – Food for people in need – has many different programs to serve various at-risk groups.

Food Package Distribution

Food packages are the core of WAFER’s distribution.  Clients receive four to five days of food one time per month.  The packages consists of canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, beans, tuna, cereal, peanut butter, soup, tomato products, milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, lettuce, onions, apples, bananas, melons, carrots, meat, and personal hygiene items.

Senior Share

This program provides WAFER’s normal food package to low-income senior citizens.  Meals are pre-packaged according to dietary requirements and delivered to 16 senior meal sites, apartments complexes, and community sites.

Food Fair

In partnership with Channel One Food Bank, a local partner of Feeding America Food Bank, we offer one additional giveaway each month.  Twenty-five to 35 pallets arrive and are lined up in the street for distribution to clients.  Participants bring their own bags and collect about 50 pounds of goods.  The options include meat, bakery items, canned goods, cereal, produce and crackers.  In 2017, Channel One provided an extra 225,000 pounds of food to 5,000 households through this monthly fair.

Nutrition Education and Tools Program (NET Program)

Approximately three years ago, WAFER volunteers noticed that many of our clients did not know how to prepare what was available or did not have the appliances and cooking utensils needed for the preparation.  WAFER reached out to the dietetics programs at local universities and medical facilities to create a cooking preparedness program.  At least one time per month, cooking classes are conducted to educate our clients in cooking techniques.  Each attendee learns how to prepare and cook specific meals.  They also receive cooking equipment (crock pots, pans, utensils, etc.) to aid in their efforts to prepare healthy meals at home.

Student BackPack Program

Students in rural communities receive a backpack filled with food to bridge their needs over the weekend.  Each Friday, these children receive the backpack to take home to their families to ensure they have meals to eat over the weekend.  Parents and students alike are very grateful for this supplement.

WAFER’s latest accomplishment includes the purchase of a vehicle to create a “Mobile Food Pantry” to extend our service area to more distant and rural communities.  The retrofitted mini-bus has been making two-hour stops on a regular schedule throughout the county to reach residents who struggle to get to WAFER.  The handicapped accessible mobile pantry is stocked with healthy choices like pasta, canned fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, bakery items, fresh fruits and vegetables, and some personal hygiene items.  Suzi, one of our mobile pantry clients states, “I have not been able to get to WAFER for the past four years because my vehicle broke down, and taking the bus was so difficult due to my physical challenges.  Thank you WAFER for helping me secure the food I need.”  Many other clients have commented that they are thankful for the mobile pantry, as they cannot afford transportation to WAFER.  The $120,000 investment in the WAFER mobile pantry is paying big dividends for the entire community, says Samantha, the Mobile Pantry manager.  People are just so grateful and appreciative.  Clients get to choose foods for their particular tastes, which makes it seem like regular grocery shopping, adding dignity to the entire procurement process.

Mobile Food Pantry

Mobile Food Pantry WAFER

Refrigerated Food Pantry

WAFER is a United Way, non-profit organization, serving the La Crosse area.  WAFER is holding an Open House in October to recognize and show appreciation for our local donors, benefactors, and volunteers.  Music, food trucks, beverages and tours of the WAFER facility are planned.

WAFER volunteers donate over 12,000 hours per month to ensure that WAFER meets the needs of our community.  They help sort, stock, clean and provide compassionate service to all of our clients.  WAFER could not survive in its mission without these unselfish volunteers.

Miltec UV is preparing to provide food for people in need within our community by participating in a volunteer program called Feed A Family.

WAFER Volunteers


For more information about WAFER please email Mike Voss, Miltec UV Contact:

Manufacturing companies that invest in UV have many decisions to make along the way, whether they are changing a process from conventional drying to UV, or if they are simply upgrading an old UV finishing line with new and more powerful UV equipment.  The decision of selecting UV equipment and which UV equipment manufacturer to work with, cannot be taken lightly.  There are many UV equipment manufacturers available to choose from, with a wide variety of UV system designs, configurations, and options.  Choosing Miltec UV is one of the best decisions you can make. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that all UV equipment is virtually the same and decide to purchase the least expensive one.  Not all UV systems are created equal, therefore by choosing Miltec UV, manufacturers get what they pay for: a world-class UV system.  A cheaply built UV system will cost you more money down the road in higher maintenance and upkeep costs, more downtime, and lost production.  To maximize your profits, it is critical to choose the UV equipment manufacturer that will offer you the best opportunity for success.  It should be a manufacturer that will guide you in the right direction in terms of specifying the correct UV system configuration for your production and process needs, and then building you a user-friendly, high powered UV system tailored to your exact specifications.  More companies are choosing Miltec UV for their UV equipment because Miltec has become widely recognized as a company that builds relationships with their clients, provides high quality UV solutions. Additionally, Miltec continues to provide the before-and-after sales support necessary to ensure the customer is pleased with their return on investment and remains satisfied for years to come.  Miltec UV has focused its attention in four areas to achieve this level of notoriety:

  1. Providing personal attention to its customers
  2. Manufacturing the highest output UV system in the industry
  3. Manufacturing a user friendly and maintenance friendly UV system
  4. Providing prompt and efficient technical support

Choosing Miltec UV_Our Team

 Personal Attention

It all starts when you make that first phone call to Miltec.  Choosing Miltec UV means you will always be greeted by a person.  Miltec does not believe in a “voicemail system.”  When you call, you will be directed to the appropriate person who can assess your UV needs.  Miltec UV is a company that has developed a reputation for having UV experts guide customers through the entire process of selecting the proper UV system for their production facility. From the initial idea or concept of adding UV, to the specification of UV system configuration, and throughout the engineering/manufacturing/installation.  One crucial step in the process is determining the UV system configuration and lamp orientation required for a customer’s specific application.  Miltec has a well-equipped UV lab along with a team of experts (including chemists, engineers, and application specialists) to perform UV cure testing with customer participation.  The test results will then allow us to process a quotation for a customized UV system designed especially for that production process.

One of several UV conveyors in the Miltec UV lab


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Proposed concept drawing of an 18-lamp UV system


Our quotations are comprehensive with photos, graphics, and specifications so that the customer has an accurate concept of the UV solution. Once the order is placed, our engineering team kicks off the project with direct involvement from the customer.  Customer-site meetings and Webex meetings are held with the customer on Day 1 and throughout the engineering and manufacturing phases to ensure the customer is kept informed of:  the design of the customized UV system, our project milestone dates, and tasks that the customer can perform to prepare for an efficient and proper installation.  At the completion of the manufacturing phase, customers have the option to visit Miltec UV to see the system in operation prior to shipping.  On-site start-up assistance and training is provided at every installation by Miltec’s team of service technicians.  Follow up by sales and service is always provided periodically for years following the installation to ensure the equipment is performing well.  The personal attention that Miltec provides its customers sets us apart from our competition and is another reason why more customers are choosing Miltec UV.

Highest Performing UV System in the Industry

When choosing Miltec UV, manufactures are offered two types of UV systems:  arc lamps and microwave powered UV lamps.  Miltec is the only UV equipment manufacturer in the world to manufacture both types of UV systems, each having its advantages.  Miltec has the benefit of determining which type of UV system is best suited for the application.  Regardless of the type of UV system, Miltec has designed both UV systems to produce the highest UV peak irradiance output in the UV industry.  High peak irradiance is critical when curing optically thick coatings/inks (such as dark pigmented inks), or when curing heavy lay-downs of coatings.  High peak irradiance can also be required to achieve specific surface cure properties, such as: surface hardness, scratch resistance, stain resistance, chemical resistance, and more.  On several occasions when comparing the UV output of a Miltec UV system to a competitor’s UV system, we have seen peak irradiance ranges 3 to 10 times higher with a Miltec UV lamp system.  A UV system that produces higher peak irradiance will cure more efficiently and typically result in fewer lamps required on the production line.  Less number of lamps equals lower energy consumption costs, lower maintenance costs, and less down time, which ultimately equals higher profits.

Choosing Miltec UV-HPI UV Curing

           Miltec’s HPI XR arc lamp UV system                      

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Miltec’s Xtrema and Xtrema Plus microwave powered UV system


Choosing Miltec UV_Peak IrradiancePeak Irradiance of Miltec’s HPI XR UV system vs. a competitor’s conventional arc lamp UV system running at same power level.  Graph shows two different bulb types (Hg Lamp and V lamp)


User-Friendly and Maintenance-Friendly UV System

One of the key ingredients to making a customer happy with the UV equipment is designing the UV system to be easy and intuitive to operate and maintain.  Miltec prides itself on doing an excellent job at this.  For example, Miltec’s arc lamp UV systems are controlled by a PLC and touchscreen control system.  Miltec’s engineering team pre-programs a series of different screens to allow the operators to navigate their way from operating the system to making system parameter adjustments, as well as easy-to-use, image-guided troubleshooting assistance.  The operator screen displays all important operating parameters of the system.  The lamp setup screen allows for quick and easy adjustments to lamp power, lamp height, conveyor speed, and more.  The troubleshooting screens enable personnel (even those with limited technical experience) to resolve virtually any fault.  This results in maximizing the run time and minimizing unplanned down-time for equipment repairs.  We frequently receive positive feedback from our customers.  Here is a testimonial from an Operations Manager, “I have been working with Miltec since 2001. Time and time again they have proved to have the knowledge, technical support, replacement parts, and UV systems we need to be successful. The purchase of our Miltec UV System has never been questioned. Changing lamps or cartridge components can be done in a snap with their quick-lock connectors. It’s reliable, low maintenance, and produces unparalleled peak irradiance. We trust Miltec!”

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               Troubleshooting assistance screens on Miltec’s touchscreen controller


Prompt and Efficient Technical Support

Miltec’s technical support team is the best in the industry.  Miltec provides 24/7 technical support by phone or VPN for our customers.  We can use the VPN connection interface from a remote location to access the PLC and touchscreen of a Miltec UV system at the customer site to assist with troubleshooting or repairs, download changes or upgrades to the software.  We not only provide technical support and troubleshooting assistance for Miltec manufactured UV systems, but we also assist our customers who use competitive UV systems.  We are here to help in any way we can, plain and simple.  The manager of our customer service team has 35 years of experience designing, building, troubleshooting, and repairing UV systems, which provides him a wealth of knowledge and the ability to help Miltec customers in a fast and efficient manner.  Most troubleshooting can be done over the phone or VPN, but we also send our expert technicians in the field to help resolve more advanced UV equipment problems.

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Here is a recent comment from a customer about our technical service team, “Thanks Bob.  Appreciate your team helping me get our unit back up and running so fast today! Fantastic support!”

 Call Miltec UV Today

As the word spreads about why businesses are choosing Miltec UV for their equipment needs and customer support, we are proud to say that our business is growing fast, and we look forward to continuing on this path of success. To reach Miltec UV and receive a quotation on your custom UV system, call us at 410-604-2900 and ask for a member of the Sales team.

Written by Miltec SE Regional Sales Rep, John Phillips. Contact:

Third Oldest Settlement

The signs of history are visible throughout the great state of Maryland. But, one of the lesser known signs appears right as you cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and onto the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Kent Island, the third oldest English settlement and the first in the state of Maryland, is the home of Miltec UV’s headquarters in Stevensville, Maryland.

The Third Oldest Settlement_Map of first three colonies

Jamestown, Virginia was settled in 1607, followed by Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 and then Kent Island in 1631. It’s amazing that more emphasis is not placed on the fact that this tranquil and beautiful island is the third oldest English settlement in the history of the new colonies. Neglecting to promote the historical significance of Kent Island is seen as a failure by many historians. So, let’s delve into some of the interesting facts and dates regarding the settlement on Kent Island.

Early Settlement Dates

Kent Island is said to have been inhabited for 12,000 years prior to English Colonization.

1627 – William Claiborne, the Secretary of State for Virginia, is given permission by the governor to explore the Chesapeake.

1631 – Claiborne claims a large Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay and builds a trading post on the southern tip known as Fort Kent. Claiborne settles this land as part of Virginia.

The Third Oldest Settlement_William Claiborne sign

1632 – King Charles I grants the Calvert family a charter to establish a colony in Maryland.

1633 – First formal complaint by Virginia against the Maryland Charter. The Maryland Charter said that Maryland was unsettled, when in fact it was settled by Claiborne of Virginia.

1634 – Claiborne builds a community on Kent island and a private residence, named Fort Crayford.

1635 – Series of Naval battles between Claiborne and Calvert take place. These were the first known naval battles on the Chesapeake.

1638 – Calvert apprehends the Island after years of legal battles, and it is settled it as part of Maryland

1642 – The only town on the Island is called Broad Creek. The town exists until the mid-1800s.

1649 – Annapolis settled at Greenbury Point; Cecil Calvert offers the Virginia Puritans land grants, trading privileges and — most importantly — freedom to worship, if they agree to move to the Western shore of Maryland.

1650 – Christ Church at Broad Creek, Kent Island built.

Third Oldest Settlement_Christ Church Sign

1658 – William Claiborne officially leaves Kent Island.

1706 – Kent Island becomes part of Queen Anne’s County as it is today.

1919 –  First Ferry runs from Claiborne-Annapolis connecting the Eastern and Western shores.

1930 – Four, separate Matapeake to Annapolis ferries begin operating.

1952 – Original span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens, officially named: Gov. William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge.

1989 – Miltec UV founded by Joseph Blandford, Jr.

Third Oldest Settlement_Miltec UV sign

Brief History of the Third Oldest Settlement and the Matapeake Indians

Kent Island was settled by Englishman William Claiborne in 1631. He named the location the Isle of Kent after the flat and marshy land of his home country. William Claiborne traded with the Matapeake Indians, of the Algonquin nation, that inhabited the land at that time. The Matapeake were a small, peaceful group of Indians that planted, hunted, and fished. They enjoyed bartering with the English settlers who provided beads in exchange for the pelts, which were taken back to England. The Matapeake Indians sold the Kent Island land to Claiborne for 12 pounds of “truck”, or trade goods.

Third Oldest Settlement_William Claiborne

William Claiborne settled on the land and built a fort on the tip of the island named Fort Kent, a trading post that was quickly destroyed by fire. By 1634, a community was formed on Kent Island that was surrounded by a wooden wall. The thirs oldest English settlement included a courthouse, grist mill, and a trading station. Claiborne also built a private residence that he named Fort Crayford. The Virginia settlement population grew to approximately 120 Englishmen by 1638.

Land records dating back to as early as 1640 reference two of the men that were with William Claiborne during the 1631 settlement. The names of the men were Thomas Yewell and William Medcalf. The land names referenced in the surveys were “Mattax Nech” and the “neck of land called Mattapax Neck”.  Matapeake is the historical name of the Native Americans that lived on Kent Island in the Mattapax Neck area. It is believed that they lived on the southeastern side of the island, and then migrated north as settlers arrived. They moved to the Mattapax Neck area and ultimately settled in the Broad Creek area, which is near the current Matapeake ferry landing. This is also the future home of the new, state-of-the-art Miltec UV facility.

Not much is known about the Matapeake other than that they were a small tribe and fought with the larger-than-life sized Susquehannock tribe. The Susquehannocks were giant-sized and “well-versed in the ways of war”. They believed most of the land on the eastern and western side of the Chesapeake Bay to be theirs. They raided lands and set fires, displacing and killing other tribes and local wildlife. Disease brought by the white men also diminished the small population of the Matapeake. Upon his arrival to the region, William Claiborne recorded that there were approximately 100 remaining Matapeake. The tribe, however, completely disappeared by 1641.

The First Maryland Settlement

Third Oldest Settlement_First in Maryland

Lord Baltimore, George Calvert, was the owner of the Maryland grant. He previously settled Newfoundland, however the weather there was too harsh, so he petitioned the King to settle land north of Virginia. Unfortunately, he died in 1632 before King Charles I approved the charter named Maryland (“Terra Mariae”).

Cecil Calvert, the eldest son of George, took over the charter for his father. Cecil, the second Lord Baltimore, heard about the valuable land on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake and wanted it for Maryland. He had the Crown revise the Maryland land grant to include the Eastern Shore as far south as the Potomac River. The new dividing line between Maryland and Virginia was demarcated across from the Potomac River.

In 1638, seven years after Claiborne first settled on Kent Island, the Calvert family finally seized the land for Maryland. Cecil now had to establish and govern the new colony of Maryland, a refuge for the Roman Catholics of England. English law considered the Roman Catholic supremacy of the Pope treason to the King. The Calvert family persuaded new colonists by offering religious freedom and the promise of land. Cecil stayed in England to govern and protect the colony and sent his brother Leonard to Maryland and appointed him the first governor.

The legacy of the Matapeake is kept alive by the surrounding community and the Kent Island Heritage Society. The Matapeake name is perpetuated on Kent Island today with the naming of an elementary school, the Matapeake State Park, and Matapeake Beach. The recently renovated Matapeake Clubhouse at Matapeake Beach is the original location of the Matapeake-Annapolis ferry landing. Miltec UV has plans to building a new facility on the property adjacent to Matapeake Beach by the year 2020.


Written by Beth Mosner, Miltec UV Contact:

When you arrive in downtown Annapolis, it’s hard to not be struck by the sailboats and yachts. But, this is just one port of call. Annapolis, the sailing capital of the U.S., is filled with history and home to some very special landmarks. Boaters love anchoring down and exploring the history or attending the various annual events offered within the city. The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the U.S., and provides boaters easy access to downtown, Annapolis as well as calm inlets to explore. Transient slips are available with reservations, but if you prefer to drop anchor at a mooring ball right in front of the United States Naval Academy, the Annapolis Water Taxi can provide you a ride to the Annapolis City Dock. It’s here where you can visit local shops or sit down for some casual dining with a great view of Ego Alley. Ego Alley is a small, dead-end, water alley where boaters like to strut their boats. Here at Miltec UV we appreciate what we are surrounded by and the fact that Annapolis is less than 30 minutes away.  Our employees have the opportunity to incorporate an abundance of history and the opportunity to attend many fun-filled events in Annapolis throughout the year.

The Sailing Capital_Ariel Annapolis MD


Annapolis is home to three of the world’s largest in-water boat shows. These include the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, the U.S. Powerboat Show, and the U.S. Sailboat Show. The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show showcases the latest sailboats on the market from around the world. This is held every April at the Annapolis City Dock.  Annapolis has hosted the U.S. Sailboat and Powerboat shows since 1970. Each year, these shows bring in over 150,000 attendees from around the world. The shows feature the leading boat manufacturers and the latest in electronic equipment. The Sailboat Show is always held the first four days in October, followed by the Powerboat Show for an additional four days. The shows are held at the Annapolis City Dock, rain or shine.

The Sailing Capital_Annapolis Sailboat Show

Sailors love the Wednesday night weekly sailboat races that begin at the mouth of Spa Creek. Many spectators will watch by land or by boat, giving the finishers a crowd along various points within the Annapolis Harbor. The races have been known to include as many as 125 sailboats. Annapolis is also known for hosting the U.S. Sailing’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship in 2005, as well as being the U.S. Stopover in the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race.

Annapolis is also ranked one of the best cities in America during the holidays, and one of the star attractions is the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade. This winter event takes place in early December near the Annapolis City Dock. You will find boats from all sizes cruising Spa Creek with thousands of lights and designs on them, some choreographed to music. It provides a magical night for all ages.

The Sailing Capital_Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade


Annapolis is home to the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF), a non-profit educational organization located at the Annapolis City Dock. It is dedicated to preserving America’s sailing legacy and interacting with the next generation of sailors. The institution offers sailing classes and programs, exhibits, and special events. It also hosts sailboat races such as the Classic Wooden Sailboat Rendezvous and Race, where wooden boats of all sizes come together in casual competition. Boats arrive from all over the world to participate in the event.

The Sailing Capital_Annapolis Sailing Races


The United Stated Naval Academy, which occupies 200 acres on the banks of the Severn River is located in downtown Annapolis. This four-year, co-educational academy prides itself on being ranked as the top public school in the nation. The academy trains young men and women to be officers of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. On campus, you will find the beautiful Naval Academy Chapel, where the Father of the U.S. Navy John Paul Jones’ remains are buried. Guided walking tours are available of the United State Naval Academy.

The Sailing Capital_Annapolis Naval Academy


In the historic district of Annapolis, you will also find the William Paca House and Garden. This was once the home of William Paca, the signer of the Declaration of Independence and a three-term governor of Maryland. The home consists of two acres of lush gardens, recreated just as they were in 1772. Historic Annapolis oversaw the restoration of the home in 1970 and has continued managing the property. The home is available for tours or as a special occasion rental.

The Sailing Capital_William Paca House


The Maryland State House is the oldest State House in the United States still in legislative use, dating back to 1772. It is known for its wooden dome that was constructed without nails, which today is the largest and the only one of its kind in the United States. Presently, the dome is held together by wooden pegs and reinforced by iron straps. The Maryland State House also contains a lightning rod, which was originally constructed and grounded using Benjamin Franklin’s specifications. Now over 225 years old, the original lighting rod remains intact and continues protecting the State House. The Maryland State House is also known as the location where George Washington resigned his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Treaty of Paris. The State House is open to the public every day, except for certain holidays.

The Sailing Capital_Oldest State House In U.S.    The Sailing Capital_Maryland State Home Wood Dome

As I come to a close, I hope you have a more complete sense of what Annapolis has to offer. The great sailing capital of the U.S. not only offers historical value, but also many opportunities to attend events for all ages. From world-renowned boat shows to an abundance of calm inlets to explore by boat, Annapolis is a place for all ages and personalities. This also includes our furry visitors, of course — you will always find water bowls outside local shops or restaurants to welcome them.

Written By Ana Hetzel,

The Sailing Capital_downtown


You spend approximately 40% of your week at work. Wouldn’t you like to use that time and make a difference? One of the things our employees like the most working at Miltec UV is that they know that what we do makes a real difference every day, not just in our community, but around the world.  The systems we build are used to make hundreds, if not thousands of products used every day (even products you don’t see like optical fiber cables and semiconductor parts) by means of a green technology.

Make a Difference With Miltec

As a family owned business making a difference comes naturally. Most of our employees are residents of Queen Anne’s County. Our employees are active in the local school systems and support local businesses. We are a company built around our community, by members of the community and for the world at large. As such, it is our goal to make a difference both locally and internationally.


Miltec is located on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in the state of Maryland. Because we care about our environment we have recently become involved in the Oyster Recovery Partnership-Operation Build a Reef. As part of this project we have contributed 26,000 baby oysters. These baby oysters will help restore a 13-acre oyster sanctuary. When the oysters we have contributed become adults they will filter 1,3000,000 gallons of water each day.

The Oyster Recovery Partnership has also partnered with the Severn River Association.  The ultimate goal is to plant over 50 million baby oysters. This partnership is a great opportunity to provide positive results on human lifestyle and health in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The restoration of the oyster sanctuary will help lower harmful nutrients in our waterways and improve our marine environment.


For several years, Miltec has been involved with Haven Ministries, a non-profit organization that provides food and shelter for the homeless and less fortunate of Queen Anne’s County.  Working with Haven Ministries is a great way for our company and our employees to give back.  From their 5K run, to donating to their local thrift shop and volunteering to serve food at their homeless shelter, there are opportunities for our entire team to make a difference.

Within Miltec we have created a unique way to raise money for Haven Ministries. Miltec UV launched our First Annual Silent Auction in the Fall of 2015. Employees of Miltec not only enjoy donating a variety of home goods, jewelry and sporting goods but we also enjoy the competition of the bidding wars that ensue. We look forward to this year’s silent auction event where participants can bid online or in house.


Our involvement with the Oyster Recovery Partnership and Haven Ministries makes sense because our entire philosophy revolves around making a difference in the world. Our UV technology not only allows us to lessen our environmental footprint but also our customers’ footprint.  By using UV curing our customers can manufacture products without harmful solvents. Using less energy and parts provides a positive impact on our environment and helps our customers’ save money. In addition, using UV technology reduces the amount of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) released into the atmosphere.

Our environmental consciousness extends beyond our green technology into our internal green processes and procedures.  Here at Miltec, we strive to recycle all that we can including paper, aluminum, parts, and energy! Our entire team works under the 5S organization method

  • Sort
  • Set in Order
  • Shine
  • Standardize
  • Sustain

The 5S method helps us to eliminate error and waste, saving time, energy, and money.

Miltec’s commitment to making a difference shows through everything we do, whether it’s helping local environmental programs, giving back within the Queen Anne’s community, or helping create a green earth for the future to come.  Many of our employees chose to work at Miltec because of our philosophy of giving back and making a difference. We pride ourselves in helping others and our employees can say the same.

While many employees participate in the opportunities offered through Miltec, you will also find them volunteering outside of Miltec. Our employees run marathons for charity, participate in local beach clean ups, promote and participate in Earth Hour, distribute food to those in need, help restore our oyster population in the local waterways, mentor local students and much more.

If you want to make a difference where you work, contact us


Stevensville, MD- Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle ( is pleased to announce Oliver Hamann as its new Director of Operations. Oliver joined Miltec on June 11, 2018 and brings over 20 years of extensive knowledge in Systems Engineering, Opto-Mechanical Design and Manufacturing, Fiber Optics, Lasers, Microscopy, Computer Vision, Particle Characterization, and Spectroscopy. Oliver has his Master of Science in Physics from the Universitat Hamburg in Germany, his country of origin.  Miltec UV’s President Bob Blandford is pleased with the new addition and stated: “Oliver’s strong background in physics, optical engineering and leadership will help our organization advance to the next level in delivering high performance, high quality products to our customers and to the market place.”

Outside of work Oliver enjoys his family, home design, remodeling, and gardening.

About Miltec UV:  Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 28 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems.  Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment, and custom UV systems designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, metal decorating, hardwood flooring, luxury vinyl flooring, automotive products, as well as many other industries.



Miltec UV is a proud sponsor of the Oyster Recovery Partnership-Operation Build a Reef and has contributed 26,000 baby oysters to help restore a 13-acre oyster sanctuary in Maryland. The 26,000 oysters will approximately filter 1,3000,000 gallons of water each day as adults. The Oyster Recovery Partnership received funding from the state of MD to create Operation Build a Reef to put 40 million juvenile oysters into the river however they took it a step further. The Oyster Recovery Partnership partnered up with the Severn River Association and set a goal to plant an additional 10 million oysters.   Miltec UV states “This is a great opportunity to help a local program provide positive results on human lifestyle and health. It will result in lowering harmful nutrients in our river and bay which in result will improve our marine environment.” The sanctuary is located in the Severn River between the Severn River bridge and the Naval Academy bridge in Annapolis, MD.

View the first OPERATION BUILD A REEF Planting:

Operation Build a Reef: Severn River



Stevensville, MD- Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle ( is proud to announce that Olivia Blandford, the daughter of Bob Blandford (Miltec’s president), has been recognized as the winner of the Radtech Student Poster Competition during a special awards dinner held on May 8, 2018. Her poster will be showcased with Olivia’s name and school at the 2018 RadTech Conference in Chicago, IL May 7-9, 2018. The poster will also be published in the UV & EB technology magazine and posted on the RadTech website,

Radtech (a non-profit trade association for the ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technology) partnered up with TAGA (Technical Association for the Graphic Arts) to offer students cash prizes for the creation of a poster that represented UV and EB technology. “Students are vital to our mission at TAGA and the future of our industry. We have been delighted by past student involvement in this competition and look forward to engaging new students and sharing their creations” stated Wandee Poolpol, the Executive Vice President of TAGA.

About Miltec UV: Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 28 years and sustaining its global leadership in manufacturing for both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems.  They offer standard UV equipment and custom designed systems to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines.



Stevensville, MD- Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle ( announces that their R&D Battery Chemist Darius ‘Allen’ Shariaty has recently published an article as first author from his undergraduate research position at the University of Kentucky. In this position at UK, Allen’s work centered on the design, synthesis, and implementation of a self-healing polymer used in lithium-ion battery silicon anodes.  A provisional patent was filed for these materials, and an article was recently  published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, entitled Application of Cross-Linked Polyborosiloxanes and Organically Modified Boron Silicate Binders in Silicon-Containing Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

The inspiration for the design of these materials was an innocuous one: Silly Putty. Allen stated that, when confronted with the issues inherent to implementing silicon anodes in lithium-ion batteries, the viscoelastic and self-healing properties of this childhood toy were what first sprang to mind. As this photo of him shows: the seeds for this work were sown a long time ago.

Allen stated, “One of my goals as a scientist is to develop novel, but industrially relevant strategies for solving the most challenging problems in energy storage. This can range from making devices simply work better, to what my focus is here at Miltec: developing a manufacturing process that, if adopted, can greatly limit the environmental impact of manufacturing lithium-ion batteries. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to pursue such lofty goals with the team here at Miltec UV, as well as for the opportunity and guidance granted by my mentors Yang-Tse Cheng and Susan Odom from the University of Kentucky.”

About Miltec UV: Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 28 years and sustaining its global leadership in manufacturing for both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems.  They offer standard UV equipment and custom designed systems to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines.


Miltec UV recently supported UNBOUND, a program that supports and helps strengthen individuals and families who live in poverty. Our generous monetary donation will go directly to help strengthen the programs they offer to children, students, and elders around the world.  In addition, the donation will provide emergency housing repairs, help with medical expenses, and support for mother’s groups.  UNBOUND believes the role of anti-poverty organizations strengthens local human support networks, not replace them. Replacing human networks creates dependency however nurturing human networks creates interdependency.  As a result, the programs have allowed:

  • 51% of sponsored children to stay in school more than a year longer than their peers
  • 77% of sponsored children to participate in the program through organized small groups
  • 90% of mothers believe they have the power to change the lives of their families

UNBOUND also provides the opportunity to sponsor an individual. They have found that individuals and their families make good choices when they have support and encouragement. They invest in the education of their children and become active community participants. Sponsoring an individual provides direct, personal support for them, encourages them, and allows them to develop their talent and fulfill their potential in life.

Overall, at the heart of the UNBOUND program are two concepts.  One, families make the best decisions about how to overcome the challenges they face and two, small groups of people work together to build lasting support structures for a community.

Our Sales & Marketing Administrator, Beth Mosner relishes in supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of the Team In Training.  Beth has run the Disney Marathon for the last 2 years as part of the team and has raised over $7,600.  She has a personal connection with the Leukemia Society because her niece was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in 2012 and was just recently declared a Cancer Survivor!

As part of the LLS Team in Training, Beth has an opportunity to give back to an organization that has done so much for so many battling cancer. Team in Training was started in 1988 by Bruce Cleland to raise funds for his daughter Georgia who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 1987. TNT is a program that prepares athletes for premier endurance challenges. The team provides it’s members with training and support in return for raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. TNT is the largest charity endurance training program in the world, powered by 650,000 athletes who have raised over 1 billion dollars.

This year was a very special year for Georgia Cleland and TNT as they celebrated their 30 Year Anniversary! Georgia chose this year to complete her first marathon as a way to say thank you to the employees, volunteers and athletes involved with the Team. Here is a picture of Beth and Georgia the day before the 2018 marathon.







Here is a link to Beth’s fundraising page.


Miltec UV is proud to support the local community and various programs that promote the well-being of the county. Most recently, we provided a monetary donation to support a child safety and drug awareness program that the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff initiated. The program provides child safety and drug prevention materials to children as well as their parents within the county.  The materials are exclusively designed by the National Child Safety Council, the oldest and largest 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to the safety of children in the U.S.   We continued our community support by providing donations for the Office of the Sheriff’s 2018 Annual Gala. The Gala is an awards ceremony and dinner which shows an appreciation to the men and women who serve Queen Anne’s County, MD. Lastly, we donated unique fidget spinner pens to the Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services.  The fun, interactive pens will be used by the staff and distributed to children visiting the office. Our hope is that the pens will bring a smile to their face and brighten their day!



Our HR Manager, Karen McKernan volunteers her time, knowledge and experience as a coach at her alma mater, Notre Dame of Maryland. She successfully completed the Leadership in Action Coaching course before beginning as a coach for the University’s graduate program. Her volunteer services support the Dept. of Business & Economics, specifically the Coached Leadership Practicum course. This course offers graduate students an individualized, real-world impactful learning experience which provides a hands-on opportunity to apply leadership learning in a business environment.  Karen volunteers with projects in the Human Resources discipline.

Her volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Communicating regularly with the coachee on an agreed upon schedule.
  • Attending the first class session and the final class session and video presentation.
  • Developing a professional relationship with the coachee.
  • Providing advice/counsel on the project plan and scope.
  • Providing non-directive advice/counsel during the execution of the project.
  • Availability by phone, email or in person as coachee requests or needs guidance.
  • Maintaining communication with the Program Director.

Karen spends approximately 4-5 hours per week helping her coachee learn, anticipate, predict, push back and deal with confrontation in a professional, respectful manner.  She reviews her work, reads her papers, offers suggestions, shares her professional experiences and HR connections and helps her gain confidence in herself and her abilities.

In December of 2017, Karen was recognized by Notre Dame of Maryland University for her exemplary service as a volunteer coach. The University frequently calls her to support their graduate students in this program. When asked why she volunteers, Karen said. “This is about giving back and willingly sharing my Human Resources knowledge and experiences with individuals just entering the field of HR. For me, there is nothing more satisfying than watching someone grow professionally”.

“We are all put on this earth to help each other in any way we can” are the thoughts of  Mike Voss and one of the reasons he dedicates himself to his community, as well as being an integral part of our sales team. He is a magnanimous person here at Miltec whose generosity of spirit is quite large!

In addition to being our Upper Midwest Regional Sales manager,  Mike is also the current Vice-President of the WAFER Food Pantry located in La Crosse, WI. WAFER distributes 1.6 million pounds of food to people suffering from food insecurity. That covers 39,000 people with 3 meals a day for 4-5 days with a total of 1,350,000 meals provided annually.  They also have a Mobile Food Pantry which distributes food to rural communities and an after school “Backpack” programs for community schools that provides children with food to eat over the weekend.  Nutrition Education programs are offered to educate people on how to prepare healthy foods at home. Lastly, they provide Senior Share food programs for the elderly who need diet specific foods. These are just a few of the programs they support! Mike states “We are all put on this earth to help each other in any way we can.  There is so much hidden need in all our communities. The WAFER Food Pantry affords me the opportunity to serve those who are less fortunate in our community.  Helping eliminate hunger benefits our entire community in so many positive ways.  Solving hunger issu es allows children to succeed in school, helps the elderly and physically challenged to gain access to healthy food and removes fear from people’s lives.  It makes me feel good to help people and see them lead healthier lives.”

In addition, Mike is on the Big Brother/Big Sisters Golf Committee which strives in reaching an annual goal of $15,000 to support youth mentoring programs as well as the United Way Fund Development Committee which develops programs to meet fundraising goals of the United Way in La Crosse, WI.

For further information on these organizations, please visit:

Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle ( has introduced a NEW revolutionary technology, the first of its kind. This new high-speed coating and curing technology is performed using Miltec’s new CX400 which reduces the cost of improving the safety performance of lithium-ion battery batteries in all lithium-ion battery applications including HEV, PHEV, and EV as well as consumer electronics and grid energy storage. The CX 400 is a compact, high speed coating and UV curing system specifically designed for precision coating of ceramic coatings on polyolefin separators. Its capabilities include:

  • Precision coating from 1-10 µm thickness
  • Water based proven UV curable binder
  • Up to 405 mm coating width
  • High speed coating and curing to 120 m/min
  • Can coat any separator films with a wide range of ceramic particles

The technology allows battery manufacturers to produce lithium-ion batteries at a much faster pace, with much less floor space and carbon footprint, therefore providing significant cost savings. Now available for commercial applications, Miltec UV will be taking their innovative technology and expanding to the US and international markets in 2018. Their advanced R&D lab also welcomes manufacturers for testing.

Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 28 years and sustaining its global leadership in manufacturing for both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems.  They offer standard UV equipment and custom designed systems to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines.

For information, you may contact Sales at 410-604-2900 or visit their website at

Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle ( welcomes Natalie Fisher as the newest member of their team. Fisher comes to Miltec UV with a strong background in customer service, sales, logistics, warehouse management and inventory management. She bring experience with importing and exporting, as well as an understanding of customs and foreign trade regulations. She most recently worked as a Facilities Property Administrator for a company out of Baltimore. Natalie resides on Kent Island with her husband and lovable dog Lucy.

Miltec UV’s Vice President, Charles Blandford said, “Natalie quickly learned our processes and procedures and has already taken steps to improve efficiency in the department. Her leadership and experience will help us as we grow”.

About Miltec UV:  Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 27 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems.  Miltec UV offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, wire, metal decorating, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.

Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle ( is pleased to announce that Steve Donohue joined their team on October 2, 2017 as Northeast Regional Sales Manager. Steve has worked in sales for the past 25 years and brings a wealth of sales experience to Miltec UV. His extensive experience includes capital equipment sales, technical sales, application engineering, business development, sales leadership and key account management. He is a graduate of Clarkson University in New York where he earned a B.S. in Industrial Distribution. Steve resides in South Glens Falls, NY with his wife and two children.

Bob Blandford, Miltec’s President, stated, “Steve brings a wealth of knowledge to Miltec UV and our customers by helping our manufacturing clients identify more efficient methods of utilizing their uv curing processes. “

About Miltec UV:  Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 27 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems.  Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, wire, metal decorating, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.

Dr. John Arnold, Research and Development Director at Miltec UV International, 146 Log Canoe Circle, Stevensville, MD announced the company’s launch of a new system to coat lithium ion battery anodes with a ceramic coating to significantly improve safety, reduce cost, and improve performance. The announcement was  part of Dr. Arnold’s presentation at the Electrochemical Society’s 232nd Fall Meeting 2017, at the National Harbor. Miltec UV has developed technology (patent pending) that will allow Lithium ion battery manufacturers to provide enhanced safety at a lower cost. The advancement is made possible by the use of binders that cure instantly upon exposure to UV light in combination with an application technique that just coats the very surface of the anode without plugging the pores.  Miltec UV has a commercial scale demonstration unit, the CX400, capable of coating and curing over 100 m/min on anodes up to 440 mm in width. The coating thickness is typically 2- 4 microns. The CX400 is 4 meters in length requiring minimum space for installation. “This innovation allows lithium ion battery manufacturers to offer batteries with improved safety without concerns over separator shrinkage” said Bob Blandford, President, Miltec UV.

Contact: Gary Voelker, Battery Project Director
410 604 2900 cell: 540 872 8023


Several Miltec UV owners, employees and their families, participated in the annual Haven Ministries Run4Shelter, Moonlight Edition. This year the inspirational event was held in the evening at a new venue, right down the street from Miltec on Log Canoe Circle. This year Miltec UV was a Silver sponsor of the run and they take pride in supporting and sponsoring this event each year. In addition to participating in the run, Miltec UV also held their 3rd annual silent auction which raised $309 through the generous donation of items and cash donations.

Haven Ministries is a nonprofit organization that provides shelter, clothing, food and support for the less fortunate of Queen Anne’s County by operating a Homeless Shelter, Our Daily Thread Thrift Shop, an emergency food pantry, a resource center and street outreach programs. The ministry raises funds throughout the year by organizing various events including the Run 4 Shelter, Trivia Night, a Tea & Luncheon and a Golf Tournament. The shelter is open from December 1st through mid-April and is operated by staff and volunteers from the community and area Christian churches. The ministry also provides year round transitional housing. Their goal is to help people get back on their feet. Miltec has been a sponsor for the last four years and looks forward to supporting Haven Ministries in all their outreach programs.


Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle ( welcomes Gene Shellenberger as the newest member of their engineering team. Gene joined Miltec UV on July 17, 2017 as a Senior Process Engineer. He brings over 20 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing and coating to Miltec UV. Prior to Miltec, Gene owned and operated Elkridge Coating Technologies. He resides in Essex with his wife.

Miltec UV’s President, Bob Blandford said, “Gene is very knowledgeable and we can already tell that his experience and technical expertise are going to be an asset to our engineering and service departments”.

About Miltec UV:  Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 27 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems.  Miltec UV offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, wire, metal decorating, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.

Grant Striegel earned his Eagle Scout Badge in March by building an Observation Platform at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville. Miltec UV supported this project by providing Grant with the use of their engineering software program and facilities.  Miltec is proud to be a part of this project, which will be utilized by many local residents and visitors to the area for years to come.

Question: Was this project a requirement for your badge?
Grant: Yes, I was tasked with constructing something that would help a local non-profit organization.

QuestionWho came up with the idea?
Grant: The environmental center. I went to them and asked them what they needed.

Question: How long did it take to build the platform?
Grant: Over 500 hours, mostly all day on the weekends for about 3 months.

Question: How many volunteer worked with you?
Grant: Four to five volunteers each day for a total of about 12 different volunteers.

Grant has worked for Miltec UV in both the manufacturing and shipping departments this summer. He plans to intern with Miltec in the future when he returns to the Eastern Shore from college. He is attending Penn State, The Behrend College this fall. His father, Brian Striegel is the Miltec Sales Engineer in charge of estimating and quoting all custom jobs, as well as project management. We are very proud of Grant’s accomplishments, dedication and hard work.


Miltec UV is fortunate to be located on historic Kent Island, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Our commitment to being an environmentally cognizant company extends to our staff.

Current staff member Nancy Kunkel volunteers with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s restoration projects, recently helping to build protective “Oyster Balls”.  A single adult oyster can filter approximately 50 gallons of water a day.   The sturdy habitats are designed to help repopulate the Bay’s declining oyster population by providing a safe environment for the oyster spat (baby oysters) to grow to maturity.

Nancy said she volunteers because, “As an avid kayaker, the Chesapeake Bay is an important part of both my life and those who live in and around the Bay.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation offers educational, advocacy and restoration opportunities to help us protect the irreplaceable natural resource.”

For more information on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, visit



The night before International Women’s Day, I found myself wondering what would happen if all of the women at Miltec UV decided not to come to work. What would “A Day Without Women” be like at Miltec UV? Fortunately, this was just a fleeting thought, as Miltec’s women are not exposed to the inequality and other prejudices that women across America gathered to protest on March 8, 2017. Rather, Miltec’s women in leadership and support roles are acknowledged as the glue that holds the company together.

Research shows that women are ideally suited for manufacturing leadership roles because they create the future and inspire innovation. According to a recent article in Industry Week, there is an irrefutable and verifiable link between women in leadership and improved business performance. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that women make up slightly less than 30% of the manufacturing workforce and females make up only 5% of the CEO’s in manufacturing. While Miltec strives to hire women, we do fall into this category with only 27% of our employees being female. We are proud to report we rely on several leaders, in addition to our CEO, all of which are females.
Miltec UV was a woman-owned company for 24 years, until 2012 when the founders and owners, Marilyn and Joe Blandford, decided to split their shares in the company with their two sons, Bob and Charles. Marilyn remains the CEO of Miltec UV, a global leading manufacturer of custom UV curing equipment and replacement parts. Marilyn was instrumental in the administration and organization of the company at its inception and has continued in that role.

Here is a summary of the Women of Miltec UV:

Karen Bruno is our Director of Human Resources. Karen is an experienced HR leader, responsible for recruiting, compensation, benefits, training, development and employee relations. She is committed to recruiting the most qualified candidates and supporting all employees at Miltec while balancing the needs of the Company. She has implemented several new programs and promotes enthusiasm and professionalism in all that she does.

Mary Yeager is Miltec’s Accounting Manager. She is responsible for budgeting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, commissions, custom invoicing, collections and reception. Due to her knowledge and attention to detail, her responsibilities branch out into all departments. Additionally, she is the accounting system administrator. Mary is a reliable and valued employee.

Lena Mazeina works for the Miltec Battery Division as a Ph.D. Chemist. She leads the development of cathode coatings used in Lithium Ion Batteries. Lena runs all of the electrochemical testing of coin cell batteries in the laboratory. Her expertise has been invaluable to the development of this project.

Joyce McGinnes is Miltec’s Materials Manager. Joyce began her career over 11 years ago as the purchasing manager of a one person department. As the company continued to thrive, she was promoted to Materials Manager. She is responsible for all aspects of direct material flow including procurement, planning, scheduling and inventory control. Her department has grown to 5 employees, including the Purchasing Manager, manufacturing planner, buyer and the purchasing expeditor. Miltec has such confidence in Joyce’s abilities that they have relied on her to act as temporary supervisor in both the Bulb Division and Shipping department.

Jennifer McCullough is our Manufacturing team leader and was just promoted to ElectroMechanical Assembler III. She is responsible for overseeing the work done by all of the assemblers in the manufacturing department. This includes, inspections, calibrations, Miltec consumable parts manufacturing, inventory control, and employee training. Jennifer is also responsible for testing all of the equipment we build. Jennifer has proven to be an excellent leader.

Connie Blandford is our Trade Show Coordinator. Miltec exhibits at between 4-8 International and Domestic Trade shows annually. Connie is responsible for all aspects of trade show management including registering for the trade show, ordering equipment and displays for the booth, securing accommodations, transportation and reservations for staff, determining arrangement for the exhibit, communicating show requirements and coordinating future trade show selection.

Beth Mosner is the Sales and Marketing administrator for Miltec UV. She is responsible for press releases, marketing material, literature, promotional items, trade show organization, product releases, website updates, intranet management, eMarketing, CRM database management, travel arrangements and communications with the outside sales representatives. Additionally, she handles several other administrative tasks as needed. Beth began her career with Miltec as the inside sales team leader and was promoted internally to Shipping Supervisor then Sales and Marketing administrator.

In addition to these women in management, Mitec UV relies heavily on several other key women that are extremely valuable to the company; Nancy Kunkel, Inside Sales, Terri Cornelius, Quality Control Inspector, Ashli Hardesty, Purchasing Assistant, Jamie Yeager, recently promoted to Purchasing Expeditor, Kellie Bose. Receptionist/Accounting Clerk, and Olivia Blandford, Marketing Assistant. Miltec also manufactures UV bulbs in our Bulb Division which is supported by several additional women; Linda Hilpert, Katie Frobish, Molly Mescher and Loretta Mattingly.

Organizations like Catalyst, whose mission is to accelerate the careers of women through workplace inclusion, and Women in Manufacturing are dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women. Miltec appreciates the importance of Women in Manufacturing and actually hosted a WiM event last year. Marilyn Blandford, the CEO of Miltec said, “I am proud of the contributions of each and every woman at Miltec UV. Each brings a special gift of expertise to the continued success of our company.”

Press Release
Miltec Corporation, 146 Log Canoe Circle, Stevensville, Maryland, USA,  welcomes Allen Shariaty as the newest member of their Battery Division. Allen joined Miltec as a R&D Chemist in March. Prior to Miltec, he worked as a Research Chemist at the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway and a Research Technician at the University of Kentucky. In these positions, he gained valuable experience in the application of binders in lithium ion batteries, as well as implementing spray coating techniques for the fabrication of battery electrodes.

Allen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky and is the primary inventor on a pending patent. The research he did at the University resulted in an opportunity for Allen to present at the 2016 International Meeting on Lithium Batteries, a premier international conference on the state of lithium battery science and technology.

Allen is relocating from Lexington, Kentucky and is looking forward to making Maryland his home. Bob Blandford, Miltec President said, “These are exciting times for our Battery Division and we are looking forward to learning from Allen and benefiting from his battery technology expertise.”

About Miltec UV:

Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 27 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems. Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems and services designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, wire, metal decorating, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.


February 17, 2017

Joe Blandford, VP of R&D for Miltec UV, has announced the CX400 pilot plant is now available for testing on customer’s substrates at their facility located at 146 Log Canoe Circle, Stevensville, MD, USA.

The CX 400 is a compact, high speed coating and UV curing system specifically designed for precision coating of ceramic coatings on polyolefin separators. The CX400 capabilities include:

  • Precision coating from 1-10 µm thickness
  • Water based proven UV curable binder
  • Up to 405 mm coating width
  • High speed coating and curing to 120 m/min
  • Can coat any separator films with a wide range of ceramic particles

This new high speed coating and curing technology can significantly reduce the cost of improving the safety performance of Lithium Ion batteries in all Lithium ion battery applications including HEV, PHEV and EV applications, as well as consumer electronics and grid energy storage. Miltec UV received a cost shared award of $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technology Office for the development and demonstration of this advanced technology.  This new technology could greatly impact the future, not only with electric vehicles, but with all Lithium ion batteries used on a daily basis. The company is currently scheduling potential customers that want to test materials or visit the pilot plant.

For more information please contact Gary Voelker, Program Director at or call 410-604-2900.


img_0013 (2)-1January 30, 2017

Miltec UV’s Bob Blandford Appointed to the IMDA Board of Directors

Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle proudly announces that Robert (Bob) Blandford was appointed to the IMDA Board of Directors on October 7, 2016.

Bob Blandford is the President of Miltec UV, a company he founded in 1989. For over 26 years, Bob has worked to broaden the company and its offerings through research and innovation. Bob has a vast knowledge of UV technology and has been instrumental in the development of new products in line with customer needs. His knowledge and expertise has enabled him to expand the company into over 30 different markets, with metal decorating being a major market.

In 2013, Bob was nominated as one of the top 10 International business leaders in the state of Maryland and was honored at the annual International Leadership Award dinner sponsored by the Maryland Trade Institute. In 2012, under his leadership, Miltec was awarded the IWF Challengers Award in Atlanta. The award recognizes companies that have developed innovative technology in products, services or manufacturing techniques that advance the wood industry.

Bob has been an active member of the IMDA for many years. He and Miltec UV participate in the annual IMDA conferences and he was most recently a session leader for the 2016 Conference. One of the primary objectives of the International Metal Decorators Association is to foster and encourage advances and improvements in the art of metal decorating. Bob has worked closely with several Metal Decorating companies to develop a technology specifically for the Industry.

Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV, USA. The Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration awarded Miltec UV owner and founder, Joseph B. Blandford, Jr. The Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award on November 26, 2016. Mr. Blandford was presented the award by Greg Travis of the FAA while surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. This award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. The award recognizes those who have exhibited aviation expertise, skill and professionalism for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as “Master Pilots”.

Joe Blandford’s love for aviation started at a very young age. Growing up, he lived very close to the Greenville Army Air Base in South Carolina. It was through the association with the base, and its personnel, that he was introduced to airplanes and various aspects of aviation. Upon entering Clemson in 1954, Joe signed up for the Air Force R.O.T.C. He took his first jet flight in a North American T-33 and was hooked. In 1957 he joined the Clemson Aero Club, a group of aviation enthusiasts, where he had his first solo flight on September 23, 1957. From the first solo, things progresses fairly quickly.

Joe continued to fly with the Clemson Aero Club until he entered the US Air Force in September 1958. He completed Air Force flight training in May, 1959 and was assigned to Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio. Joe was married to Marilyn Blandford on June 13, 1959 and they raised 4 children. He and his family ended up moving to Arnold, MD in the summer of 1968. Joe wanted a plane for business trips and met a gentleman that wanted to learn to fly, so in the spring of 1970, Joe and R.C. Preacher Whitner bought a Piper Cherokee Arrow, N3892T together. They had the plane until 1972. Joe continued to fly the planes of various friends including those of his Guardian Angel, Bob Busch, for almost 5 years.

In 1985, he purchased a Bellanca Super Viking, 17-30, N6658V and flew it until 1987. In November 1988 he bought a 1972 Bellanca 17-30A Super Viking, N1JJ which both he and his son Bob flew quite a bit until August 1992 when they traded it on a Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II, N1101X. They kept the Piper through 2 engine changes, until they sold it in February, 2016.

Joe decided to take up another phase of flying in November 1999, and joined the Rose City Soaring Association in Thomasville, GA. He added Gliders to his Commercial Certificate and his CFI Certificate in November 2004. Most of his glider flying has been giving instruction flights in the SGS 2-33A and K-13.

In late 2013, Joe became a pilot for Angel Flight, an organization that provides voluntary free air travel service to needy persons in need of medical, compassionate, disaster relief, and other types of transportation services. He has had some wonderful experiences with these flights.

Joe also went to Winter Haven, FL to get his Seaplane rating (this was a gift from his wife Marilyn). He spent the weekend flying with friends and in February 2012, they graduated with their Single Engine Sea Ratings.

Joe has thoroughly enjoyed his aviation career and has met many interesting people as a result of his involvement in the aviation community. He currently owns a Piper Seneca IV that he plans to fly for many years to come!

About Miltec UV:

Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for over 26 years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems. Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems and services designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, wire, metal decorating, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.


Miltec UV's Run4Shelter TeamOn Saturday, September 10th, several Miltec UV managers and employees gathered at the Kent Island HS track for the annual Haven Ministries Run4Shelter. Miltec was once again a Gold sponsor of the event, whose goal is to improve the lives of the impoverished within our community of Queen Anne’s county. By being a sponsor, Miltec UV supported and encouraged the participation of their employees in this community event. In addition to the sponsorship, Miltec UV employees raised $512 through payroll deductions, and a silent auction comprised of items donated by the employees.

The Run4Shelter is the largest fundraiser held in support of Haven Ministries each year. In addition to providing shelter, clothing and food, Haven Ministries has expanded to offer several new programs to the community. Street Outreach is a program where Haven Ministries staff visit the community to help those in need make connections to valuable resources. A daytime resource center located within St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centerville will also be opening to the public starting November 15, 2016. The center will provide meeting space, computers and office equipment to support educational programs and job training for Queen Anne’s County residents. Those in need will also be given access to the local laundry mat for their washing needs.

Miltec UV takes pride in supporting a community program as significant and impacting as this. They plan on continuing this support for years to come.


Jamie Lynn
For Immediate Release
August 5, 2016

Stevensville, MD- Miltec takes pride in the community involvement of our employees outside of the work place. When you call into Miltec you will most likely be greeted by our receptionist and accounting clerk, Jamie Yeager. Jamie has been involved with the Goldsboro Volunteer Fire Company since turning 13 in July of 2005. She is currently the chairman of the Craft Show committee, co-chairman of the bingo committee, and co-chairman of the hall and bar committee. In June of 2011 she completed the necessary courses to earn her EMT-B certification. She participates in over 100 fundraising functions a year including weekly bingo events, monthly shrimp feasts, bi-weekly poker tournaments, bartending for hall rentals, a yearly cash bash, a yearly craft show, as well as other various events.


About Miltec UV:
Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 26 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems. Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems and services designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, wire, metal decorating, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.

Media Contacts: Beth Mosner: (410) 604-2900 X21 |


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You may have called into Miltec UV and spoken with our Inside Sales Representative, Brett Wishart. We are so proud of Brett for his community involvement and doing his part to help conquer childhood cancer. Brett recently participated in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Head Shaving Event at Docks Riverside Grille in Centreville, Maryland. The event raised $8,500, which surpassed their goal of $7,500. Brett plans to continue with this tradition as he has for the past two years. “This is a cause that I strongly believe in supporting and I look forward to doing my part to help fund childhood cancer research in the future.”


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Miltec UV helps to build a stronger community by give back through volunteering. Miltec owners and employees donated the food and prepared dinner at the Our Haven Shelter. This is a rewarding opportunity to give back and one that they will continue. The Shelter is supported by Haven Ministries, a local non-profit, faith-based organization comprised of local church leaders committed to making a difference.

Our Haven Shelter is a temporary winter shelter serving the homeless of Queen Anne’s County and surrounding areas. The shelter is open from December into April and is operated by staff members along with a volunteer force made up of area Christian churches and community members such as Miltec UV owners and employees.


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Miltec UV gives back to the local community by sponsoring and participating in the Haven Ministries Run for Shelter each year. Haven Ministries is a local non-profit, faith-based organization comprised of local church leaders committed to making a difference. This group operates on the premise of showing God’s love to the poor within our community by providing essential services.

The Run 4 Shelter is the largest fundraiser held each year in support of Haven Ministries. Miltec has proudly supported the run since 2011, frequently forming the largest group of runners and walkers at the event. The Miltec Marvels form a fundraising team each year to raise money for the Shelter. The team raises funds through donations from co-workers, friends and family and through an Annual Silent Auction. The auction is a creative way to make giving fun, while allowing for 100% companywide participation.

The money raised and donated to Haven Ministries helps provide vital support for a number of programs in Queen Anne’s county, including Our Daily Thread Thrift Store, the Emergency Food Pantry, Our Haven Home, and Our Haven Shelter. These services are the result of the planning and support of Queen Anne’s County Christian Assistance, an alliance of churches working as on, to help those in need.


For Immediate Release
July 15, 2016

Stevensville, MD- The owners and employees of Miltec UV rallied together to solicit donations, funds and support from the local community for the victims of the recent West Virginia floods.

Several managers at Miltec UV have family located in Rainelle, WV who lost their homes and therefore, Miltec UV was directly impacted by this natural disaster. They felt compelled to help by gathering donations and becoming the donation center for the Chesapeake Bay Business Park in Stevensville, Maryland. Miltec UV was extremely pleased with the immediate outpouring of support from their neighbors.

Miltec UV’s accounting manager, Mary Yeager commented,
“Wow, the support that Miltec immediately offered to the town my Mom so loved, and where many of my relatives still live, is overwhelming! Thanks to their connection to the local business community and the loving, caring employees (really more like Family than co-workers) the donations came pouring in! In addition to organizing the collections, Miltec also graciously offered their truck to transport the items. My co-workers selflessly gave up some of their lunch time to help pack up the donations, and load the truck. All the help from everyone is VERY Much appreciated!”

Over a two week period, Miltec UV gathered over 3 skids worth of donations. They were in communication with the Rainelle community and purchased supplies based on the needs of the devastated town. The immediate needs ranged from bleach and bottled water during the first few days to boots, fans, shovels, hoses, air mattresses, sheets, towels, toiletries, clothing and canned goods. In addition, Miltec UV reached out to local companies for discounts, and through the help of a local bank, they made contact with a Disaster Relief Church in Nashville, TN. The church committed to supplying 6 tractor trailers full of much needed supplies.

If you would like to make a donation, funds can be sent directly to RCDC at the following address – please indicate that it is for disaster relief:

Rainelle Community Development Corporation
732 Main Street
Rainelle, WV 25932
Or online at:


About Miltec UV:
Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 26 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems. Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems and services designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, wire, metal decorating, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.

Media Contacts: Beth Mosner: (410) 604-2900 X21 |


For Immediate Release
May 31, 2016

Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV developed an HPI UV System with leading-edge Gloss Control technology that enables manufacturers to achieve an extremely wide gloss range using a single UV coating. Low, medium and high gloss levels are attainable, with repeatable results, using this innovative technology. The system stores recipes which allows for quick lamp adjustments to accommodate varying product gloss targets. Cost savings are dramatic with reduced downtime for changeovers and maintenance, less energy and parts consumption, fewer coating formulas, and improved quality and consistency. Return on investment will typically be less than one year. Additionally, the system is user friendly with touch screen controls and easy maintenance features. This technology is ideal for manufacturers of hardwood flooring, cabinetry, furniture, molding, panel/sheet, trim, windows and doors.

Please visit Miltec’s booth # 6912 at the upcoming IWF Show for a live demonstration!

System Benefits and Features:

  • Achieve specific gloss levels across a wide gloss range with a single coating
  • Fewer number of HPI UV lamps needed, lower energy and operating costs
  • Reliable performance with consistent UV output
  • Repeatable results with easy ability to make instant, easy changes to accommodate gloss levels and varying products
  • Easiest UV system to maintain with advanced operator interface/controls
  • Variable UV output from 40%-100% in 1% increments
  • Increased cure speed compared to UV systems currently used in production
  • Easy retrofit to replace old equipment
  • Made In USA


About Miltec UV:
Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 26 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems. Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems and services designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, wire, metal decorating, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.

Media Contacts: Beth Mosner: (410) 604-2900 X21 |


For Immediate Release
May 19, 2016

Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV partnered with the University of Maryland QUEST Capstone Consulting Project last December for a project that kicked off in January. They are proud to announce that the project is now complete. The honor students were tasked with developing a strategy to help Miltec UV choose a method of commercialization for their ceramic coating technology, a technique that is less expensive, safer and more effective than the current process used to manufacture lithium ion batteries.

The team tasked with providing Miltec UV with a real time innovative solution, to maximize profit with minimal risk, consisted of an Electrical Engineer, Katelyn Walter, a Mechanical Engineer, Austin Kendall, an Accounting and Finance honor student, Jessica Lewis and a Finance honor student, Tim Odukale. The diverse knowledge, skills, and perspectives of these students allowed them to evaluate the financial implications and risks associated with multiple commercialization options. The recommendation was a dual-sided approach that allows Miltec to maximize profits while providing the flexibility to customize the strategy based on the customer’s needs. The strategies were to partner with a coater who would coat the separator while Miltec UV maintains the customer relationship or licensing the coating technology to the customer, and providing the equipment to coat the separators.

Miltec UV executives are extremely impressed by the financial and risk modules presented by the team. Miltec CEO, Marilyn Blandford stated, “This type of research and business modeling would have taken Miltec a year to complete in-house. We were impressed with how quickly the students were able to create viable solutions for Miltec and produce deliverables that we will be able to use in the future. This initiate was a huge success and we will continue to utilize the Quest Program to help us solve business, engineering and technology challenges.”

About QUEST:
Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) is a multidisciplinary engineering, technology, and management program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Honors students from the A. James Clark School of Engineering, College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences and the Robert H. Smith School of Business participate in a challenging course of study that focuses on quality management, process improvement, and system design. The QUEST Program began in 1993 and was funded by a grant from IBM to establish total quality on university campuses. The University of Maryland has continued the program which has produced excellent graduates prepared to face the changing landscape of business, engineering, and technology.


About Miltec UV:
Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 25 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems. Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems and services designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, printing, metal decorating on cans, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.

Media Contacts: Beth Mosner: (410) 604-2900 X21 |

 For Immediate Release
March 31, 2016

Miltec Adds New Employees and Positions
to Support Growth

Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle recently added new staff members and positions resulting in headcount expansion and promotions.

Miltec welcomes the following new employees and announces promotion:

Bill Zlakowski –Zlakowski joined Miltec in December 2015 in Bill Z 3the role of Purchasing Manager where he will analyze and supervise the procurement of material as well as maintain and expand Miltec’s vendors and suppliers.  Zlakowski worked as a Procurement Agent and Material Analyst at Labinal Power Systems in Salisbury, MD for 10 years and brings to Miltec a vast knowledge of the supply chain function, utilizing Lean Manufacturing.  Zlakowski’s experience will assist Miltec in optimizing and growing the flow of products to customers. Zlakowski holds a BA in Business Administration from Rider University.

Ian Smith – Smith joined Miltec in March in the role of ElectrIan 1onics Engineering Technician. In this position, he will support Miltec’s Engineering, Manufacturing and Service Departments.  Smith worked as a Process Engineer at Labinal Power Systems in Salisbury, MD for nine years.  He has over 20 years’ of engineering experience in the manufacturing and product development field where he supported research and development, as well as customer service, installation and repair of equipment.  Smith has a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Tom Frobish – Miltec recently promoted Frobish into the new role of Industrial DesignerTom Frobish 1 after his three year tenure.  Frobish’s initial position of CAD Drafter, supporting the creation and revision of engineering drawings and work instructions, grew quickly into a designer role.  He now not only supports the design of new processes and tooling for manufacturing, but also creates visual concepts and content to support marketing and sales initiatives. In addition to his superb CAD drafting and graphics design talents, Frobish is also technically competent in the assembly and testing of Miltec’s products.  Frobish holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Bob Blandford, Miltec’s President, commented “these are exciting times as Miltec expands its’ products. We are extremely fortunate to be able to increase our headcount with talented and experienced staff to support our growth here and our footprint abroad, as well as the ability to keep jobs on Maryland’s Eastern Shore”.


About Miltec UV:
Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 25 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems. Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems and services designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, wire, metal decorating, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.

Media Contacts: Beth Mosner: (410) 604-2900 X21 |

 Miltec UV gives back to the local community by sponsoring and participating in the Haven Ministries Run for Shelter each year. Haven Ministries is a local non-profit, faith-based organization comprised of local church leaders committed to making a difference. This group operates on the premise of showing God’s love to the poor within our community by providing essential services.

The Run 4 Shelter is the largest fundraiser held each year in support of Haven Ministries. Miltec has proudly supported the run since 2011, frequently forming the largest group of runners and walkers at the event. The Miltec Marvels form a fundraising team each year to raise money for the Shelter. The team raises funds through donations from co-workers, friends and family and through an Annual Silent Auction. The auction is a creative way to make giving fun, while allowing for 100% companywide participation.

The money raised and donated to Haven Ministries helps provide vital support for a number of programs in Queen Anne’s county, including Our Daily Thread Thrift Store, the Emergency Food Pantry, Our Haven Home, and Our Haven Shelter. These services are the result of the planning and support of Queen Anne’s County Christian Assistance, an alliance of churches working as on, to help those in need.


For Immediate Release
January 22, 2016

Stevensville, MD – Miltec Corporation, 146 Log Canoe Circle reflected on Employee Success in 2015 and took an opportunity to recognize and thank employees, new and seasoned veterans, at its annual holiday luncheon.  There were several employees who celebrated Miltec Milestones in 2015 – specifically: one employee was recognized for their 25 year anniversary, followed by 4 employees who celebrated 10 years and 3 employees who celebrated 5 years with Miltec.  Miltec also recognized 12 employees who completed their one-year anniversary in 2015.  Miltec was pleased to announce several new employees who joined their team in 2015, some of those filling key management positions in Sales, Human Resources and the Bulb Division, while others joined Miltec in Research & Development, Purchasing and Manufacturing.

Each year, Miltec formally recognizes one individual who exemplifies Customer Satisfaction, Time Management, Safety, Initiative and Miltec’s Core Values. A committee of former recipients of the award collects nominations and ratings and selects the recipient of this prestigious honor. This year’s award went to Jennifer McCullough. McCullough, who will be celebrating her 4th year at Miltec, is an Electro Mechanical Assembler heavily involved in both of Miltec’s MPI and HPI products. She ensures high quality assemblies and provides on the floor instruction and training to co-workers. Quoting one of her peers, “Jennifer goes above and beyond for customers and Miltec employees making sure every single item is perfect before leaving Miltec’s facility.  She is kind, flexible and efficient”.

As Miltec approaches 26 years in business, Bob Blandford, Miltec’s President, took an opportunity to personally recognize and thank all employees recapping 2015 and sharing the exciting forecast for 2016.  Looking forward to 2016, Miltec plans to grow its employee population to support new business opportunities and the release of several new innovative products. In addition, Miltec will continue to train employees and partner with various Maryland agencies in support of training to promote business growth in the State of Maryland which in turn makes Maryland manufacturers more competitive and profitable.


About Miltec UV:
Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 25 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems. Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems and services designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, wire, metal decorating, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.

Media Contacts: Beth Mosner: (410) 604-2900 X21 |


For Immediate Release
December 23, 2015

Miltec Becomes a Project Sponsor for University of Maryland QUEST Program

Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle is excited to join the prestigious list of QUEST program partners as a corporate sponsor of the Spring Semester QUEST Capstone Consulting Project. This hands-on program combines diverse knowledge, skills, and perspectives of multidisciplinary student teams from the University’s Robert H, Smith School of Business, A. James Clark School of Engineering and The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. Students work with corporate sponsors for 13 weeks and provide 400 to 600 hours of consulting services offering innovative recommendations and solutions to an identified organizational challenge.

The program director and student scouts visited Miltec for a tour of the facility and overview of the business. Miltec’s team described several organizational challenges and business opportunities on the horizon in 2016. Together, a project was identified which will best utilize the skills of the students and their faculty advisors, as well as provide Miltec with a real-time innovative solution.

Bob Blandford, Miltec’s President, learned of the QUEST program from an alumna while flying home from a business trip. Bob was impressed with the individual’s business acumen and professionalism and decided to learn more about the QUEST Program since it is right in Miltec’s back yard. Bob said, “These young adults are smart and energetic. We will collaborate to make this a great learning experience for them and I know we will learn a lot from our student consultants as well”. Miltec’s QUEST project is scheduled for kickoff on January 27, 2016.

About QUEST:
Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) is a multidisciplinary engineering, technology, and management program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Honors students from the A. James Clark School of Engineering, College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences and the Robert H. Smith School of Business participate in a challenging course of study that focuses on quality management, process improvement, and system design. The QUEST Program began in 1993 and was funded by a grant from IBM to establish total quality on university campuses. The University of Maryland has continued the program which has produced excellent graduates prepared to face the changing landscape of business, engineering, and technology.


About Miltec UV:
Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 25 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems. Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems and services designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, printing, metal decorating on cans, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.

Media Contacts: Beth Mosner: (410) 604-2900 X21 |

Miltec’s Employee Success 2015 Press Release

Women in Manufacturing

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2015

Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle, hosted a facility tour and career presentation on Thursday, May 15, 2015 for a group of women members and potential members of Women in Manufacturing (WiM), a national organization dedicated to the attraction, retention and advancement of women who have chosen or are pursuing a career in the manufacturing industry.

The event kicked off with a presentation from Jane Seagraves, Business Development Director at APPI Energy in Salisbury Maryland, and WiM’s first affinity partner, providing electricity and natural gas consulting services. Highlighted in the presentation was WiM’s mission of supporting, promoting and inspiring women to pursue careers in manufacturing, along with information on several events that facilitate networking with industry peers.

Miltec’s event not only supported WiM’s mission but allowed for the networking among peers who attended to see Miltec’s manufacturing facility and operation and learn more about the UV curing process. The Women of Miltec described their job responsibilities and relayed real life stories of how Miltec provided them with a career path in Manufacturing.

Marilyn Blandford, Miltec’s CEO said, “I am proud of our women and feel honored to be surrounded by such strong women from whom I continue to learn every day”. Marilyn talked about her own career path, which began as an educator, and encouraged the group of women attendees to recognize their strengths, continue their education and understand that women’s skills are critical to the manufacturing field.

About APPI Energy:
The first affinity partner endorsed by Women in Manufacturing, APPI Energy provides data-driven procurement and consulting solutions to manufacturers. The APPI Energy database of daily supplier prices enables the firm to benchmark supply prices in every deregulated market, and deliver true apples-to-apples comparisons. The proprietary platform gives WiM members a competitive edge to make informed, customized purchasing decisions that reduce electricity and natural gas costs on an ongoing basis.


About Miltec UV:
Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 25 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems. Miltec offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems and services designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, wire, metal decorating, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.

Media Contacts: Beth Mosner: (410) 604-2900 X21 |