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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Effective vacuum control for your lab – Part 2

In our last blog entry, we reviewed the challenges presented by using uncontrolled vacuum in the lab, and took a look at manual options for vacuum control. In this note, we’ll examine options for electronic vacuum control. Electronic vacuum control requires both detection and a control technique. The detection is provided by an integral vacuum…

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Here is how to keep your diaphragm vacuum pump in good operating order.

Effective vacuum control for your lab – Part 1

Success in a laboratory relies in large part on precision. Whether setting a temperature, mixing a solution or taking a measurement, control of the process determines the consistency of results. Even so, lab operators who require vacuum for their applications often default to simply “turning on” the vacuum, allowing the pump to operate at maximum…

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