Facilities

Facilities departments are increasingly being pressed to maintain and even improve upon the capabilities of modern, cutting-edge facilities with progressively tighter budgets.  Research and teaching labs are some of the most resource-intensive spaces, with high maintenance requirements.  This makes them a natural place to look for operating cost savings and improved reliability that help to stretch tight budgets.

Low Maintenance

VACUU·LAN® local vacuum networks reduce maintenance by using chemical-resistant wetted materials and diaphragm pumps with typical maintenance intervals of 15,000 operating hours.  With typical use, this lets these in-lab vacuum systems provide reliable vacuum for years before maintenance is required.  This is a drastic improvement over the six month service cycles for central vacuum pumps, and helps save on labor and materials.

Low Operating Costs & Sustainable

VACUU·LAN systems yield energy savings of up to 90% over central vacuums by running on-demand.  With our VARIO® pumps, the systems respond to demand in real time, running only as fast as needed to meet the demand on the system.  And since these dry pumps require no oil or water, there are no oil changes to perform or water bills to pay.  Between power savings and eliminating the water usage typical of many central vacuum pumps, these local vacuum systems drastically cut operating costs.  These same savings make them a sustainable approach to lab vacuum – an important consideration in any LEED-rated facility.

See our white paper about the energy savings enjoyed by the University of Notre Dame.

High Performance & Flexible

The top priority of any lab facility is to provide the performance needed by the researchers or students that work in the space.  VACUU·LAN local vacuum systems are a proven, reliable strategy to provide deeper, more stable vacuum than traditional central systems.  Scientists and engineers around the world have come to count on VACUU·LAN networks to provide vacuum that is deep and stable enough that many point-of-use vacuum pumps can be eliminated from the lab.  This makes labs quieter and reduces building plug loads.  Learn more about the performance benefits of local vacuum networks here.

By virtue of the modular nature of local vacuum networks, they are readily adaptable to evolving labs.  They can be expanded, reconfigured, or even moved as needs dictate.  Local vacuum networks have even be used to extend lab vacuum capacity beyond the capabilities of previously installed, inflexible central vacuum systems.  Read about how York College did exactly this to meet the needs of their growing science program.

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