Category Archives: Crosslinking & Polymer Modification

At home with electrons

At this point, if you’ve read through a number of our blog entries you might be thinking, “Okay, this electron beam thing is REALLY cool, but I’m not a medical device manufacturer or a resin supplier, so it doesn’t really affect me.” In actuality, you might be surprised to learn that products modified by electron […]

Also posted in Bioreduction, Chain Scissioning, E-Beam, Molded Parts, Property Improvements, Rheology Control, Sheet Processing, Sterilization, Wire, Cable, & Tubing | Comments closed

Capacity in two flavors

I have been asked a number of times how much available capacity we have. Here’s my usual answer: I have yet to see a customer’s capacity need that we couldn’t handle! Part of that ability is due to E-BEAM’s commitment to stay ahead of the demand curve by adding capacity (by upgrading our current facilities, […]

Also posted in E-Beam, Processing Capabilities, Processing Capabilities, Sterilization | Comments closed

How Does The Electron Beam Crosslinking Process Work?

What if you had a tool you could use to improve your existing plastic or polymer product? Or a tool that enables you to create a new specialty product? What if that tool could improve the temperature rating of your product or improve its chemical resistance or give it the low-temperature impact resistance your need? […]

Also posted in Cost, E-Beam, Molded Parts, Processing Capabilities, Property Improvements, Sheet Processing, Wire, Cable, & Tubing | Comments closed

Crosslinking vs Scissioning

When dealing with the electron beam processing of polymers, two terms you will often hear are crosslinking and scissioning. Although both of these things happen as a result of electron beam irradiation, they are two opposite processes. Both are used to enhance or reduce certain properties of polymers according to a company’s specific needs. Polymer […]

Also posted in Chain Scissioning, E-Beam | Comments closed

Crosslinked Foam and Its Application in the Automotive Industry

Did you know that electron beam processing is used to create crosslinked polyolefin foam? The extruded, unfoamed matrix is beamed at E-BEAM Services in an efficient reel-to-reel process. Later it can be foamed in a high heat process offsite. Crosslinked foam has increased heat stability, strength, and chemical resistance while retaining flexibility. These properties make […]

Also posted in E-Beam, Property Improvements, Sheet Processing | Comments closed

The Story of E-BEAM Services: Crosslinking

We are E-BEAM Services, we are committed to the power of electrons, and we are crosslinking. In the video below, you will learn about the history of crosslinking at E-BEAM and how we are the industry leaders in the changing the material properties of polymers in order to create a superior product.     Transcript […]

Also posted in Chain Scissioning, E-Beam, Molded Parts, Processing Capabilities, Product Qualification, Property Improvements, Rheology Control, Sheet Processing, Wire, Cable, & Tubing | Comments closed

5 Common Questions About Rheology

When you e-beam polyethylene resin pellets, won’t there be gels? This is often one of the first questions asked in regards to e-beam processing in relation to changing the rheology of polymers. The concern is that with the e-beam irradiation, crosslinking is occurring and therefore hard gels are being formed. However, at low doses, before crosslinking […]

Also posted in E-Beam, Property Improvements, Rheology Control | Comments closed

Molecular Structures in Polymer Crosslinking Chemistry

If crosslinking chemistry is like carpentry on a molecular level, then electron beam processing is like having a “secret weapon” in your tool belt. Instead of using time-consuming and complicated chemical crosslinking, let the electrons do the heavy lifting! When a polymer is showered with high energy electrons, the electrons kick off hydrogens and create […]

Also posted in E-Beam, Property Improvements | Comments closed

We put the “X” in PEX: The Movie

Also posted in E-Beam, Property Improvements, Wire, Cable, & Tubing | Comments closed

We put the “X” in PEX pipe

Polyethylene (PE) pipe goes through the e-beam process and becomes crosslinked (X). That is how we put the “X” in PEX. Polyethylene is the most common polymer we electron beam crosslink every day. We see it in different forms, from injection molded and thermoformed parts, extruded sheet, tubing and wire and cable. While there are […]

Also posted in E-Beam, Property Improvements, Wire, Cable, & Tubing | Comments closed