Lowering operating costs with budget reductions.
- Facility groups are increasingly required to do more with less. Operating budgets have remained below FY 2009 levels for colleges and universities and increased maintenance needs of aging campus buildings have compounded this budgetary strain. Since campus labs are some of the most demanding spaces for routine maintenance and overall operating costs, these are ideal targets for campus operating cost and deferred maintenance reduction. VACUU-LAN® local vacuum networks can dramatically reduce a laboratory building’s ongoing operating costs both for energy and water consumption. Dry pump technology and variable speed motor control provide facilities complete elimination of water and oil consumption found in traditional lab vacuum systems and up to 90% power use reduction.
- These vacuum network energy savings and water use reductions have a dramatic impact on building-wide green initiatives and may qualify institutions for local energy and water authority rebates. The on-demand performance of Vacuubrand’s VARIO® (variable speed motor) technology and the resulting direct energy savings also provides a significant reduction in heat load for the entire building.
Better performance for the scientists
- While the operating and maintenance savings are significant, it doesn’t matter if the lab vacuum supply does not meet the scientists’ needs. Fortunately, VACUU-LAN local vacuum networks supply deeper, more stable vacuum supply than traditional central vacuum supply systems. This means users do not need to supplement their vacuum system with additional point of use vacuum pumps allowing for more bench space and even lower plug load on the entire facility.
Safer to maintain/service
- VACUU-LAN local vacuum networks provide a much safer environment for routine maintenance. While most vapors that are pulled through a lab vacuum system are exhausted, some materials may accumulate within the system over time. By design, VACUU-LAN local vacuum networks mitigate these collection sites such as sealing liquids (e.g. in oil-sealed pumps) and receiving tanks (in large central vacuum systems) by using dry pump technology (i.e. no sealing liquid needed) and eliminating the need for large receiving tanks due to their modular design. VACUU-LAN vacuum systems also use small diameter PTFE piping that can be easily cut and capped without soldering and sawing and thus mitigate aerosol and combustion concerns during system servicing. PTFE piping is also more chemical resistant than traditional copper piping thereby reducing chances of pitting and subsequent system leaks.