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Leybold Designs New TURBOVAC iR Model Series

With the TURBOVAC iR variants, vacuum manufacturer Leybold is launching a new, complete turbomolecular pump series, technologically derived from the proven TURBOVAC i family. “The iR models replace the former TURBOVAC ClassicLine pumps and meet, for example, the requirements of our high-end research customers – such as the major research institutes CERN or DESY,” said the responsible product manager, Petr Lastovicka.

Leybold’s New TURBOVAC iR Model Series Vacuum Pump.

Accordingly, the TURBOVAC iR was designed for flexible remote operation from 3 meters to distances of one kilometer. In all aspects the products were also designed to resist the challenges which are present in environments with high to very high ionizing radiation. “For this, we offer special cable lengths of up to 200 meters, and also the option for the users to use their own cables,” said product manager Petr Lastovicka. According to Lastovicka, the iR models were developed using the existing material knowledge of the research community: As a result, the materials they contain have radiation tolerances of up to 1 million grays (Gy).

In combination with the ion getter and non-evaporable getter pumps, so called ultra-high vacuum pumps, “These attributes set them apart from standard market models, which are meeting the market requirements but not specifically those needed for the particular conditions encountered in research centers,” said Petr Lastovicka. This is different with the TURBOVAC iR product series: on the one hand, they were developed for the special requirements regarding cable length and radiation tolerance. “In addition, we can offer the TURBOVAC iR pumps combined with our ion pumps and NEG pumps, which other suppliers cannot offer as a package,” said Lastovicka. TURBOVAC iR fits perfectly well in the TURBOVAC i eco systems as other products such as accessories or the software LeyAssist can be utilized as well.

The bottom line is that the new iR models are designed to meet the technical requirements of the high-energy physics market. This makes them predestined for applications such as synchrotrons (particle accelerators), cyclotrons (circular accelerators), linear accelerators and free-electron lasers. “In these areas, users can remove the electronics and place them in areas where they are not exposed to radiation,” said Petr Lastovicka.

Another elementary condition in these application areas is the absolute purity of the pump: this core requirement is fulfilled by the oil-free operation of the bearing system of the new TURBOVAC iR series. The TURBOVAC iR also supports all relevant communication options of the TURBOVAC I, USB, 15-pin digital I/O and all serial and fieldbus options of the TURBO.DRIVE 500e. Another advantage: The integrated, new TURBO.DRIVE controller automatically recognizes the pump model and immediately adjusts to the specific operating modes.

The TURBOVAC iR range completely covers all existing members of the TURBOVAC i family with pumping speeds from 90 to 950 l/s. In parallel, Leybold will successively expand the accessories range of supporting controllers and cable options to meet customer needs for additional cable lengths and intelligent solutions. The intelligent Controller TURBO.DRIVE 500eC has been released and the TURBOVAC iR sizes 1350 and 1450 will together with the more powerful controller option to realize even longer cable lengths.

 
About Leybold

Leybold is a part of the Atlas Copco’s Vacuum Technique business area and offers a broad range of advanced vacuum solutions for use in manufacturing and analytical processes, as well as for research purposes. The core capabilities centre on the development of application- and customer-specific systems for the creation of vacuums and extraction of processing gases. Fields of application are secondary metallurgy, heat treatment, automotive industry, coating technologies, solar and thin films such as displays, research & development, analytical instruments, food & packaging, as well as a multitude of other classic industrial processes. For more information, visit www.leybold.com.