Category Archives: Property Improvements

Crash Course Recap: Crosslinkable Polymers

The last E-BEAM Crash Course tackled the subject of crosslinkable polymers. But just what are crosslinkable polymers? Ionizing radiation produced by the electron beam breaks bonds within the molecules of the polymers. With some polymers, these bonds reform in a beneficial way, which we call crosslinking. For example, polyethylene is a polymer that is relatively […]

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Increasing UHMWPE abrasion resistance with electron beam processing

Are you looking for a tough material with high abrasion resistance? The e-beam process can greatly improve the abrasion resistance of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene. Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene is also known as UHMWPE. It’s pretty cool stuff. As the name implies, it is polyethylene with really long chains. In fact, it’s molecular weight […]

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Throwback Thursday: Long-lasting barrier-resistant properties

With a show of hands, how many of you wear makeup on a daily basis? I myself never leave home (and actually rarely even walk around home by myself) without mascara and some form of gloss or lipstick. And in today’s world, a lot of us care a lot about what goes into our makeup. […]

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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 […]

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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? […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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We put the “X” in PEX: The Movie

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