4 Things to Know About Modern Industrial Vacuum Technology
Many types of industrial vacuum technology are available on the market today. You should understand the parameters of your job and the scope of the role a vacuum pump will play in the manufacturing process before you invest in a vacuum pump for your facility.
The best way to ensure you are armed with the knowledge needed to select the most efficient vacuum pump is to familiarize yourself with the features, benefits, and operating principles behind modern vacuum technology.
Once you have gathered this information, you can then compare vacuum technologies to determine which would be the best fit for your manufacturing facility.
1. Basic Operating Principle
No matter what type of technology powers an industrial vacuum pump, the basic operating principle behind these pumps is the same.
A vacuum pump removes air molecules from a designated chamber. This reduces the air pressure within the chamber itself, creating a vacuum.
The more air molecules that are removed, the more difficult it becomes to remove additional air molecules from the chamber. Modern vacuum pumps are capable of operating over a wide range of pressure demands to ensure that your facility is capable of creating vacuum conditions on demand.
2. Pressure Range Variations
Modern vacuum technologies are typically designed to operate efficiently within a given pressure range. You must be aware of the pressure rating required to achieve your facility’s desired vacuum conditions before you can select a pump that will get the job done.
Some facilities find that using multiple vacuum pumps in stages can be an efficient way to achieve appropriate vacuum conditions. Multiple vacuum pumps work together to overcome specified pressure restrictions.
Using multiple vacuum pumps helps reduce the amount of wear and tear a vacuum pump experiences during the course of a day. This will help you extend the life of your vacuum pumps and save money on maintenance costs in the future.
3. Types of Vacuum Pumps
The most popular modern vacuum pump technologies can be classified as either gas transfer pumps or entrapment pumps.
A gas transfer pump relies on either kinetic action or positive displacement to remove air molecules from a vacuum chamber. Industrial facilities that need to create high compression ratios at low pressures will often choose a type of gas transfer pump to meet their vacuum needs.
Gas transfer pumps can be joined together to help provide a higher vacuum and flow rate over time. Entrapment pumps are the vacuum technology of choice when you need to create an extremely high vacuum as part of your manufacturing process.
Gas molecules within the vacuum chamber are captured by an entrapment pump, then move these molecules outside the chamber. Entrapment pumps have no moving parts, which means they are capable of creating an oil-free vacuum environment.
You have the option of pairing an entrapment pump with a gas transfer pump if you need to maximize your vacuum capabilities.
4. Wet and Dry Pumps
Vacuum pumps are further classified as either wet or dry. A wet pump is lubricated, while a dry pump operates without the use of oil. Exposure to oil during the vacuum process can contaminate the gas that is pumped by your vacuum technology.
Dry pumps do not create an oil mist while in operation, and they don’t require the disposal of spent oils like their wet counterparts.
You should consider all of the responsibilities and benefits associated with both wet and dry vacuum pumps before purchasing one for your facility.
Contact Compressor-Pump & Service, Inc. for help finding the right vacuum pump technology for your manufacturing needs. We look forward to your call.