Where central lab vacuum systems fall short – Sustainability

The traditional approach to providing vacuum for science labs was a central vacuum system. Also known as “house vacuum,” these systems used one or more large pumps to send vacuum through copper tubing throughout the building from their location in a basement. The large central pumps typically operate 24/7, ensuring that vacuum will be available…

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Where central lab vacuum systems fall short – Renovations

Traditional lab building vacuum systems – commonly called house vacuum or central vacuum systems – rely on one or more large pumps in the basement to send vacuum through a network of large diameter copper or stainless tubing throughout the building to the labs. Because house vacuum systems are built into the infrastructure of their…

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Where central lab vacuum systems fall short: multidisciplinary science buildings

Teaching and research buildings increasingly combine scientific disciplines to encourage collaborative, problem-focused learning and discovery. While some labs in such buildings may benefit from a central vacuum system, others require more capable vacuum – or none at all. For example, chemists often need relatively deep, stable or electronically controlled vacuum, which a central system cannot…

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The Challenges of Supplying Vacuum for a Cleanroom

In certain industries, successful research, product development or manufacturing depends on the maintenance of a contaminant-free environment. Work on pharmaceuticals, medical devices and electronics, for example, may be compromised by particulates or airborne microbes. To protect these critical processes, cleanrooms are used to control airflows to achieve extremely low particulate loads. Operating the equipment needed…

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