E-Beam Sterilization

Technology

How it Works:

 
The e-beam is able to penetrate medical devices and pharmaceutical products in their final shipping containers. The e-beam inactivates microorganisms either by causing microbial death as a direct effect of the destruction of a vital molecule, or by an indirect chemical reaction. Advanced electronics precisely control the use of electrons in the sterilization of medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

The process involves accelerating a beam of electrons to near light speed where it passes through a scan chamber and then transitions into a curtain of electrons. Materials moving through the chamber on a conveyor system are showered with these high-energy electrons, which penetrate the material with a precise, predetermined dose.

Advantages of e-beam over ETO (also referred to as EO, ethylene oxide, ethylene oxide gas):

  • E-beam provides quick-turn terminal sterilization with simple, clean, on/off technology. There is no carcinogenic gas needed and there are no residuals, so product is able to be immediately released for distribution.
  • E-BEAM Services is capable of handling any shipment size, from single boxes to multiple truckloads, and no expensive breathable packaging is required.
  • E-BEAM Services can provide step-by-step guidance for starting with e-beam, or the conversion from ETO to electron beam.

Advantages of e-beam over gamma:

  • E-beam provides quick-turn terminal sterilization with simple, clean, on/off technology. There are no radioactive sources needed, so there are no security, transportation or disposal concerns.
  • The supply of electrons will never be in danger of running out, unlike the source of gamma photons, Cobalt 60.
  • E-beam has a faster dose rate than gamma, so there is a reduced risk of product damage. E-beam can even be used on sensitive products like pharmaceuticals and tissue products.
  • E-BEAM Services can provide step-by-step guidance for starting with e-beam, or the conversion from gamma to electron beam.

 

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Why it Matters to You:

   Fast turnaround    Less material degradation than gamma
   Greater mixed lot flexibility    Uniform, precise, & controlled dosing
   No residuals or quarantine    Environmentally friendly
   Processed in original packaging    Expedited processing available
   Cost effective for low to medium density products    Refrigerated/frozen sterilization available
   Technical expertise and consultation services    Regulatory compliance (FDA, AAMI/ISO, GMP, EU GMP)