Modern science practice requires an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. But what does this mean for the lab vacuum source, when individual researchers on these multi-disciplinary teams require different performance attributes of the vacuum system?
Those with a focus in the life sciences require a vacuum source that is isolated and protects against cross-contamination, but isn’t too deep. People using the vacuum system for small molecule pharmaceuticals or for chemistry labs require deep, stable vacuum to support distillations and evaporative processes. Still others may require vacuum from a specialized vacuum system, for example in physics research. Industrial research labs tend to have less intensive vacuum requirements, but at unpredictable times, while academic teaching labs have regular periods of intensive demand.
VACUU·LAN® networks are a modular, adaptable, and sustainable approach to lab vacuum that has the flexibility to support a wide range of typical lab vacuum applications. A single whisper-quiet pump can support as many as 20 users. The lone pump saves bench and cabinet space, and the 15,000 hour service intervals drastically reduce maintenance. On-demand vacuum generation reduces energy consumption by as much as 90% compared to central vacuum systems. And inter-lab cross-contamination risk is eliminated. Scientists and engineers benefit from vacuum that is deep and stable enough for even demanding applications. This reduces the need for individual pumps on the bench, freeing up space and reducing building plug loads. And because these networks can be expanded or modified as needs dictate, they meet the requirements for adaptability and flexibility that modern labs demand.
To assist lab design professionals in developing the best strategy for lab vacuum, we have created several resources that are available at your request:
- Our Lab Vacuum Guide provides an objective overview of vacuum technology and how it relates to various scientific disciplines, and a lab programming checklist to aid in lab programming.
- Learn how to specify a VACUU·LAN® network with this two-page document that succinctly covers best practices in using local vacuum systems as the basis of design for your next project.
- See our Continuing Education page to learn about our array of AIA- and GBCI-approved lunch & learns, each worth 1 LU/HSW for AIA members and 1 CE for LEED APs with GBCI BD+C and O+M specialties.