Advanced Vacuum Control

Our most recent post addressed the benefits of proportional – only vacuum process control. Though this approach is well suited to many processes, in some cases more accurate (or precise) control of the pressure level is necessary. Under such circumstances, employing PI (proportional-integral), or full PID (proportional-integral-derivative) control algorithms are appropriate solutions. If a P-only approach…

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Proportional (2 Point) Vacuum Control

In our prior post, we talked about using variants of the classic PID algorithm in order to control vacuum processes.  In the simplest form, the PID control loop can be reduced to a P-only, or 2-point, algorithm.  For example, by using a PLC or other control module to read an accurate vacuum sensor and actuate…

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Approaches to Vacuum Control

Establishing good control over vacuum processes has numerous benefits, such as helping to improve process yields, achieve more repeatable results, and reduce process times.  And there are several options for controlling vacuum processes to achieve these various benefits.  This post will briefly review some of the more common approaches to vacuum control.  Subsequent posts will…

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School Lab Vacuum Installation by Parent Volunteers

In order to support a strong STEM program, DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD) renovated and modernized their science classrooms and laboratories in 2011.   Students and their parents participated quite actively in this project, donating their time and talents in order to help avoid cost overruns on this tightly budgeted project.  The school was fortunate…

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Operating Cost Benefits of Oil-Free Vacuum Part 2

In part 1 of this, we reviewed the general advantages of using dry, chemical-resistant diaphragm pumps for process scale-up applications.  In part 2, we will delve into the process of configuring the mini-plant in order to realize the benefits of oil-free pumps. MINI-PLANT OPTIMIZATION The processes conducted in DSM’s mini-plants are normally multi-step operations including rectifications, distillations,…

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