M. Tyson, M. Rutherford, A. Testoni, J. Epstein
electron beams, clean industrial processes, energy efficiency, aseptic filling, aseptic packaging, curing of coatings
Advanced Electron Beams (AEB) utilizes an innovative design and manufacturing technology to provide compact electron beams as an efficient, clean and cost effective form of industrial energy. End users are replacing traditional thermal and ultraviolet light processes with electron beams in order to reduce chemical pollution, decrease their energy consumption, reduce raw material usage, and improve their overall productivity across a wide range of applications. Current applications areas include surface sterilization, curing of inks and coatings, and industrial applications, as well as high energy crosslinking for advanced materials applications. AEB’s technology can enable greener industrial processing while delivering equivalent if not superior products and decreasing energy costs. This paper will present three case studies that will quantify the cost and materials savings and emissions reductions in relation to energy use, water consumption, chemical process cutbacks, and pollution emission reduction and elimination. Further, the paper will evaluate the impact of these benefits on both the environmental footprint and bottom line of the companies adopting the technology and their respective industrial sector. The three cases will address aseptic filling of beverage bottles, sterile filling of pharmaceuticals, and the curing of coatings on metal packaging material.