Category Archives: Processing Capabilities

What is cold sterilization?

Cold sterilization may be essential for certain: pharmaceutical products medical devices tissue samples biologics For products that contain heat-sensitive ingredients and yet require sterilization or bio-reduction treatments, cold sterilization provides protection via low temperature molecular stabilization.

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Do I have to build a certain pallet load for the e-beam process?

  The quick answer is NO!Unlike other sterilization methods, such as EtO and gamma, the e-beam process unloads pallets and places cases of product onto conveyer carts in a single layer.

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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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What factors affect the price of e-beam crosslinking of cable jacketing?

  To answer this question we have to discuss some of the practical considerations in the e-beam irradiation process. In general, the cost associated with the processing of cable is time—the time it takes to process a reel and the time it takes to splice or change over to the next reel.

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What sizes of cable can be electron beam crosslinked?

E-BEAM Services can process many different cable sizes and constructions. We process thin gauge wire, down to 15 AWG (0.057 inch diameter), but also large cables over 2 inches in diameter. The thickness of the cable jacketing is also important to consider.

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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 […]

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What size of parts can I have e-beam crosslinked?

The first thing to consider is that the parts are transported through the e-beam on a conveyor system using carts with the beam shooting down and through the parts. These carts vary in size. In New Jersey the carts measure 60 x 48 inches and in Ohio they measure 98 x 52 inches. In addition

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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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