Electron beam processing effectively and efficiently creates useful changes in material properties and performance, such as polymer crosslinking and chain scissioning. E-beam processing is also widely used for medical device sterilization, cosmetics sterilization, and pharmaceutical sterilization.
This technology is not entirely new. Pioneering work in electron beam processing began in the 1930s. E-beam sterilization was commercialized in the 1950s; around the same time e-beam crosslinking was first used for processing wire insulation jacketing.
Since then, electron beam processing has expanded to include heat-shrinkable plastics, thermoset composite curing, semiconductor enhancement, food processing and others, while offering decided economic and environmental advantages.
Read more about e-beam basics.