Why Choose E-Beam Over EtO and Gamma

EtO | Gamma | E-Beam

Sterilization methods can vary such as Ethylene Oxide (EtO), Gamma irradiation using cobalt-60 or Electron Beam (E-Beam) irradiation.

E-Beam the Green Solution

Due to environmental issues such as toxicity of EtO, transportation, storage and disposal issues associated with radioactive cobalt-60 etc., governments around the world are looking at sustainable and “green” alternatives such as E-Beam. E-Beam is an environmentally friendly solution for medical device sterilization. It is a “switch on – switch off” technology.

Comparison of Sterilization Techniques

  • Electricity is the source
  • Majority of medical devices compatible with E-Beam
  • Extremely high product throughput (minutes)
  • E-Beam process can be customized to customer needs
  • Proven technology and worldwide applicability
  • Switch On – Switch Off technology

  • Toxic gas
  • Flammable, explosive and highly toxic carcinogen
  • Very slow process (days
  • High operations costs
  • Penetration difficult for some materials
  • Process leaves behind residuals

  • A radioactive isotope is the source
  • Environmental issues associated with transport, storage and disposal of cobalt-60
  • Slow process (usually about 6 hours)
  • Process cannot be customized for individual packages