Category Archives: Processing Capabilities

What kind of delivery or turnaround can I expect from E-BEAM Services?

  What you can expect from E-BEAM Services is better than 98% on time delivery. This is measured against our commitments to our customers, tracked and documented each month with a rolling twelve month tabulation.

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How does an electron beam accelerator work?

There are several different methods to accelerate electrons to form a beam. The accelerators used by E-BEAM Services are direct current, which provide a continuous versus a pulsed beam. As an example, our accelerators operate in the same way as a traditional cathode ray television set.

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How do I know if my health care product is compatible with e-beam radiation?

Often, the first step in the qualification process is to determine the compatibility of your product with e-beam radiation. Some materials can experience a change in their properties with e-beam, so it is important to ensure the stability of your material and packaging at the beginning of the qualification process. Some initial guidance can be […]

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Why do companies choose electron beam irradiation to sterilize their products?

Electron beam radiation has been used for more than half a century to sterilize medical devices due to several key benefits, including: low cost, high reliability, turnaround time, safety, and relative ease of validation.

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Important Parameters of an Electron Beam – Understanding energy (MeV), current (mA) and line speed — and why they matter.

The key parameters to control an electron beam accelerator are the energy, current and line speed of the process. The accelerators used by E-BEAM Services are similar to the old cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions. However, instead of operating at about 25,000 volts, our industrial electron beams can operate at up to 5,000,000 volts. The […]

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Can e-beam really penetrate my product – I mean, isn’t it just a surface treatment?

I have been asked, or even been told, that e-beam is “only a surface treatment and can’t get through any more than a piece of paper.” Wrong. For decades, e-beam has been used to sterilize whole cases of medical devices, such as those in the picture below. Thousands of truckloads are contract-sterilized by e-beam each […]

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What does “pounds per square foot” mean to me when evaluating e-beam dose penetration?

You may hear the limitation of “up to 8 pounds per square foot” regarding the penetrating capability of a 4.5 MeV accelerator. What does that mean? Start with the image of your box of medical devices on a conveyor going through a shower of electrons raining down on it.

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