Our Facilities and Equipment
Located at Northampton Community College's Main Campus and Fowler Southside Center, ETAC's labs include a 2,800 square foot general industry and coatings lab as well as our 3,000 square foot printing and ink lab.
ETAC equipment can be used to apply and test various technologies for industry in the lab environment. Technologies include:
Infrared has unique characteristics in its ability to transfer energy directly to a product, without heating air. By selecting the proper wavelength, you can control the amount of heat the product absorbs, giving you precise control over heating, drying and curing processes. Infrared energy can be focused, directed and reflected the same as light, without introducing more heat into the workplace. Infrared ovens have a modular design that can fit easily into most production lines, take up less floor space than convection ovens and need minimal maintenance.
Industrial Uses of Infrared
Infrared technology is best used in processes that require selective, intensive heating. Industrial uses include:
How Infrared Technology Can Benefit Your Business
There are several ways that infrared technology can benefit your manufacturing processes including:
Industrial Uses of Microwave
Microwave technology is a quick, energy-efficient method of heating those materials that are difficult to heat using convection ovens or infrared technology. Industrial uses include:
How Microwave Technology Can Benefit Your Business
There are several ways that microwave technology may benefit your process or product including:
About Radio Frequency
Radio frequency uses electromagnetic waves in the radio frequency spectrum to dry nonmetallic materials. Energy is transferred directly into an object, which results in uniform heating throughout the entire object. Convection ovens heat material from the surface inward, so heating and drying does not occur at a uniform rate. Radio frequency drying is gaining favor in the textiles, food, wood products, and plastics/composites industries.
Industrial Uses of Radio Frequency
Radio frequency technology improves product quality because heat-sensitive materials are not exposed to high temperatures for a long period of time. Industrial uses include:
How Radio Frequency Technology Can Benefit Your Business
About Ultraviolet (UV)
Ultraviolet radiant energy is applied to decorative and protective coatings to initiate a photochemical process that cures them into a hard, solid film. Ultraviolet curing technologies are more environmentally friendly than their conventional solvent-based counterparts and have gained widespread use across many industries including wood and metal products, plastics, electronics and printing.
Industrial Uses of Ultraviolet
Ultraviolet energy is part of the electromagnetic spectrum between visible light and x-rays. Curing materials using UV improves wear, increases scratch resistance and improves the overall appearance of coated, printed or bonded products. Industrial uses include:
How Ultraviolet Technology Can Benefit Your Business
About Electron Beam Technology
New electron beam (e-beam) technology is compact, efficient, reliable and easy to operate and maintain. It can fit into many new applications, such as post-curing of inks and varnishes on flexographic printing presses. The e-beam systems are designed so that all the accelerator components are in one unit. The emitter is in a compact and hermetically-sealed enclosure without active vacuum pumps. This enables easy installation and provides the easy maintenance that industry requires today.
Industrial Uses of Electron Beam
Conventional e-beam technology is used for welding, melting, vaporizing and heat treating metals. New low voltage e-beam technology, available at ETAC, finds common application in polymerization and cross-linking of organic materials and coatings and sterilization. Industrial product applications include:
How Electron Beam Technology Can Benefit Your Business
Some of the many advantages that electron beam technology can offer your manufacturing products or processes include: