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Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum Celebrates 165 Years

For 165 years, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum has developed and supplied vacuum pumps, systems, standardized and customized vacuum solutions, and after-sales services for a wide range of industrial and research-based applications. In these fields of industry, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum offers low, medium, high and ultrahigh vacuum pumps, vacuum systems, measuring gauges and instruments, leak detectors, valves and fittings, as well as consulting and engineering for complete vacuum solutions.


Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum


In 1850, the company’s founder, Ernst Leybold, officially took over the enterprise as his own, paving the way for a comprehensive industrial use of vacuum technology. Even after selling the company again in 1870, his vision remained throughout the century to follow.

“Due to this positive development and long-standing expertise, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum possesses the most sophisticated technological know-how of application and processes,” explained Dr. Martin Füllenbach, CEO at Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum, Cologne, Germany. “As pioneers of vacuum technology for process industry, coating applications, analytical methods and applications in research and development, we belong to the four largest suppliers in the world. We are proud to assist our customers as specialists in the early consulting phases of new applications and processes. With our ample after-sales services and our global footprint, we are reliable partners for our customers.”

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum USA

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum USA is a division of Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum GmbH based in Cologne, Germany. The USA team offers a broad range of vacuum pumps, pumping systems, leak detection and after-market services, and can design and deliver the best total vacuum solution. 


Oerlikon Leybold’s U.S. Facility

Oerlikon Leybold’s U.S. Facility


Our long-standing experience in the design, manufacture and sale of vacuum pumps and related systems into analytical, industrial, and research and development applications has resulted in the standardization of dry-compression vacuum pumps and systems that offer users significant cost of ownership savings, along with environmental improvements over oil-sealed vacuum pump technology.


Standard and Customized Vacuum Pump Systems for Industry

The Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum DRYVAC® dry-compressing screw-type vacuum pumps are an environmentally friendly alternative to oil-sealed piston vacuum pumps. This innovative and robust vacuum pump line produces nominal pumping speeds up to 2945 cfm and 4 x 10-4 torr ultimate vacuum.

Available in four models, DRYVAC (Figure 1) features reduced maintenance, lower operating costs and improved environmental performance through reduced oil disposal, low energy consumption via optimized rotor geometry, and an innovative motor design. It also employs a purge gas into the compression stage to eliminate deposits, particles and condensates. A major advantage of the DRYVAC is the elimination of oil contamination into the process, as the need for lubricating oil in the pumps' compression stage has been removed. In conjunction with our RUVAC® line of vacuum boosters, pumping speeds can be significantly increased while achieving oil-free gas compression in multiple vacuum pump stages. The new Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum RUVAC WH series boosters can produce nominal pumping speeds to 5700 cfm when using the WH 7000 model.


Steel Degassing System from Oerlikon Leybold

Figure 1: Steel Degassing System from Oerlikon Leybold Featuring DRYVAC® Vacuum Pumps and RUVAC boosters


Alternatively, the Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum line of HTS vacuum pumping systems is a cost-effective, two-stage design available in a standard close-coupled arrangement. With nominal pumping speeds to 1450 cfm and 8 x 10-3 torr ultimate vacuum, HTS vacuum pumping systems (Figure 2) are loaded with many standard features, including: simultaneous starting of vacuum booster with pump that eliminates the need for a costly vacuum switch; an all-air-cooled design, quiet operation, internal exhaust oil filter with an automatic oil recirculation system; and an internal valve that isolates the vacuum pump from the process upon planned or unplanned shutdown.


HTS Line of Vacuum Pumping Systems

Figure 2: The HTS Line of Vacuum Pumping Systems


Target applications for the aforementioned DRYVAC, RUVAC and HTS vacuum pumping systems include heat treatment furnaces, metallurgical furnaces, industrial coating, food packaging and processing, freeze drying, automotive industry, electrical industry, space simulation and many others.


PHOENIX L300i Leak Detector for Industry and Research

The PHOENIX L300i Helium Leak Detector offered by Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum is a mobile helium leak detector suited for use in quality control labs, series production and service. The PHOENIX L300i (Figure 3) is qualified in industry and research applications where high vacuum engineering leak testing is required.

The PHOENIX L300i Helium Leak Detector

Figure 3: The PHOENIX L300i Helium Leak Detector


An optional sniffer probe allows for the PHOENIX L300i to be used as a sniffer leak detector. Further mobility can be achieved through the use of the optional RC310 remote control unit that allows for remote operation of the PHOENIX L300i within a maximum distance of 300 feet. RC 310WL offers easy, one-man, wireless remote control operation when leak checking large volumes. The PHOENIX L300i is available with internal oil-sealed or oil-free vacuum pumps. The customer may also use their existing main vacuum system.

The PHOENIX L300i is easy-to-handle, offering reliable measurement results, quick readiness for operation, fast response time and automatic calibration. The on-board LCD screen shows a trend mode, bar mode, universal display, vacuum diagrams and status information.


After-Market Services

The After-Market Operations at Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum USA are part of the Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum global sales and service network.

Most vacuum pump repairs are completed at the company’s USA headquarters in Export, PA, near the city of Pittsburgh. Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum also continues to expand its All Brands Repair program, enabling the company to repair most competitive vacuum pump models.

In addition, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum USA offers a comprehensive training menu through its Vacuum Academy series where customers can select from:

  • Fundamentals of Vacuum Technology
  • Total Pressure Measurement Technology
  • Fundamentals of Leak Detection
  • Maintenance and Repair Training

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum also offers the following Field Services for supporting our customers:

  • Start-ups, installations, troubleshooting
  • Leak detection services
  • On-site training

The Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum USA Export, PA facility is ready to support all your vacuum technology applications with its local engineering support, pump system design, sales and service personnel, and warehousing of pumps and numerous spare parts.


For more information, and to review our current Heritage Promotion as we commemorate 165 years, contact Mario Vitale, Sr. Manager, Marketing , Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum USA, tel: 1-800-764-5369, email:, or visit

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