Category Archives: Crosslinking & Polymer Modification

E-beam Crosslinking vs Chemical Crosslinking

  Crosslinked foams have improved physical properties over non-crosslinked foams and often go into more demanding applications, particularly where tolerances are more important, such as:

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Center for Electron Beam Excellence at E-BEAM Services Fuels Customer Innovation in Product Development

Harnessing the Power of Electrons to Differentiate Products in the Market Lebanon, OH – E-BEAM Services Inc., the largest contract electron beam service provider in the United States, is fostering innovation with its Center for Electron Beam Excellence designed to use the power of electrons to enable clients to discover new or improved products. Building […]

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What is e-beam technology?

  Electron beam processing is a technology with a broad range of commercial applications. It provides users with an effective and efficient means to bring about useful changes in the properties and performance of polymers and other materials. The technology is also widely used for the sterilization of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics.

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Crash Course Recap: Does e-beam make my products radioactive?

  One question we get a lot is: Does e-beam make my products radioactive? The short answer: No! The (slightly) longer answer: 

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How high-dose testing can be used to simulate radiation exposure for the nuclear industry

Nuclear reactors and radioactive materials play an important part in our society, such as the use of radioisotopes for medical treatments and the production of carbon-free energy. But using radiation in a safe and beneficial manner requires a deep understanding of the materials involved and their potential reactions to radiation. Shielding materials for medical isotopes […]

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How does crosslinking improve wire and cable insulation?

When wire and cable is irradiated by electron beam, the electrons crosslink the jacket, improving performance characteristics – such as higher tensile strength, chemical resistance, abrasion resistance, and improved thermal resistance at elevated temperatures – without changing the dimensional properties.

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Electron Beam Rheology Control

Does your PE or PP resin have the exact material properties you want? If you’re manufacturing a specialty film, bottle, foam, or other plastic product, the standard off-the-shelf grades offered by the big resin manufacturers don’t always meet your needs.

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What are some different types of ionizing radiation?

  Radiation with wavelengths shorter than 10–10 m is considered ionizing radiation, because it can ionize the molecules it encounters. Gamma, x-ray, and e-beam are examples of ionizing radiation, whereas microwaves, radiowaves, and UV are considered nonionizing.

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What is the difference between crosslinking, branching, and chain scissioning?

In the latest Crash Course, the E-BEAM team talks about the difference between three different types of polymer modification: crosslinking, branching, and chain scissioning.

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Crash Course Recap: The Polymer Dating Game

  Whether you need terminal sterilization or crosslinking, your product either consists of or is packaged in at least one polymer. How those polymers react to e-beam is extremely important. In the E-BEAM Crash Course: The Polymer Dating Game, we take a look at three common polymers, and how they react to e-beam.

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