Vacuum equipment manufacturer Edwards has launched a new range of turbo pumping stations which provides users in laboratories and research centres with an easy-to-use ‘plug and play’ vacuum system with high pumping speeds of up to 400l/s.
The pumping stations can be ordered through a simple three-step process and arrive pre-assembled enabling users to integrate them quickly and easily.
As a standard feature, each station combines a turbo pump with a backing pump and a TIC turbo and instrument controller. Users have a choice of a backing pump to suit their application, with diaphragm pump, rotary vane pump or XDS dry scroll pump - all options are available.
The customised stations are easy to order: users simply specify the size of turbo pump, backing pump and voltage required. In addition, users can easily add instruments including active Pirani gauges, active inverted magnetron and active wide range gauges. The pumping stations are delivered already assembled and are ready to run after simple installation.
“We have extended our range of carts to include the nEXT turbo pump for the first time to give customers a wider choice of pumping speeds,” says Russell Coleman, Edwards product manager, Diffuse. “Previously carts were only available up to 220 l/s but we now have products available for larger sizes, offering a range of pumping speeds from 42 l/s to 400 l/s.”
“Each cart is tailored for individual needs and where the nEXT turbo pump is chosen, should users wish, they can change the oil cartridge and bearing themselves to increase the service life of the pump and reduce cost of ownership.”
The nEXT turbo pumps are easy to maintain and can be serviced by the end user on site. Users can carry out interim oil lubrication changes on site with minimum specialist tooling and typically in less than five minutes. A bearing change with minimal disassembly of the pump can also be performed in less than 10 minutes using basic workshop tools and an Edwards tool kit.
nEXT pumping stations are used to create the high vacuum environments required for many R&D applications such as particle accelerators, high energy physics and plasma research, UHV systems and beam lines. The stations can be wheeled around easily providing high vacuum pumping stations that create optimum vacuum conditions wherever they are required.