PCT Now Offering Complete Integration Services
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Those of you who only know PCT as a supplier of electron beam equipment may be interested to learn that we also provide a wide range of engineering and system integration services. We find that many of our customers are looking to extend the life of older equipment as capital expenditures are delayed. Our team excels at providing innovative solutions for upgrading existing machines. Improved product quality, increased uptime, reduced energy consumption, improved safety and increased throughput are all outcomes that PCT has delivered. Contact Karl Swanson, KESwanson@TeamPCT.com to discuss your situation and how PCT can be of service.
Best Practices for Maintenance of EB Equipment
Every EB in operation will experience occasional foil failures. Obviously frequent failures are expensive disruptions to production. Therefore, diagnosing and correcting the root cause can provide significant benefits. This month we are pulling from Wayne’s toolbox to share his starting point or analyzing foil failures. "I recommend that every time a foil fails the location be marked on a 'map' of the window" says Wayne. "This way you can confirm if the foil is always failing in the same location. If so this could indicate a burr in the copper window. It could also mean there are beam focusing issues caused by cathode components being misaligned or damaged."
We are making the basic template "Window Foil Template" that Wayne has used for several years available for your use. The configuration shown is for a BroadBeam EP Series machine. Other templates can be provided upon request.
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Recent Articles and Presentations
Customer Interview and New Papers Available
Converting Magazine featured an article on the BroadBeam LE Series installation at Elopak. The full article can be found at EB curing teams with offset printing at Elopak's Montreal plant.
RadTech Report published an article by Dr. Steve Lapin, PCT's EB Application Specialist. "Comparison of UV and EB Technology for Printing and Converting Applications" is available from the PCT web site.
Dr. Lapin also gave a presentation titled "Electron Beam Technology for Converting Applications" at the AIMCAL Fall Technical conference.
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uv.eb West will be held February 17-18, 2009 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at LAX, Los Angeles, California. The conference and exhibition includes presentations and demonstrations by leading industry suppliers and users targeting the environmental, economic, energy savings and performance benefits of UV and EB. For more information go to www.uvebwest.com.
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