Technology

polymer-crosslinking-technologyYour business requires development of innovative products that outperform and are cost effective. You need a partner that can deliver customized solutions, technical expertise, and production capability to outpace the competition. E-BEAM Services is that partner. With a 25-year track-record as a trusted advisor, we uniquely combine experience and comprehensive services with a deep of understanding of each client’s needs to develop tailored solutions that meet and exceed their performance and profitability objectives.

How it Works

Electron beam processing effectively and efficiently creates beneficial changes in material properties and performance, such as polymer crosslinking, long-chain branching and chain scissioning. The process involves accelerating a beam of electrons to near light speed where it passes through a scan chamber and transitions to a curtain of electrons. Materials moving through the chamber on a high-speed conveyor system are showered with these high-energy electrons, which penetrate the material with a precise, predetermined dose. During this process, depending on the material being processed and the dose that is being applied, several different effects occur.

Benefits to You

  • Increased tensile and impact strength
  • Increased creep resistance,
  • Increased durability
  • Improved abrasion resistance
  • Improved environmental stress crack resistance
  • Improved barrier properties
  • Increased material strength
  • Increased material stability
  • Greater resistance to deformation
  • Resistance to chemical solvents
  • Shrink memory

E-beam crosslinking does not require any additives nor does it generate hazardous chemical by-products. This crosslinking method is energy efficient and the minimal amount of required exposure time to the e-beam helps ensure high throughputs.

Electron beam crosslinking is most frequently used for polyethylene and ethylene-based copolymers, but there is a growing amount of e-beam crosslinking of polyamides and fluoropolymers including PVDF and ETFE, in specialty wire and cable and molded parts.