When your cleanroom applications require vacuum support, the first consideration is the specific vacuum requirement. A very close second is avoiding contamination of the space by pump exhaust and the thermal load of multiple pumps. A central vacuum system could provide the vacuum, but the quality of central vacuum supply is notoriously modest and unpredictable (see our “Supplying Vacuum to Cleanrooms” article for more information).
In a biological containment lab, such as a BSL-3 suite, the vacuum need may be as critical, but the concern is the release of biological materials. That eliminates central vacuum; bio-aerosols may be transported out of the containment space.
Square footage in both of these critical environments is extremely expensive. An individual oil-free, diaphragm vacuum pump is a good choice if you have a single application. But what if you have several applications? Is there a more space-efficient option than multiple pumps?
Why not install a VACUU•LAN® local vacuum network!
A VACUU•LAN® local vacuum network offers the space efficiency of central vacuum, but the control and isolation advantages of individual pumps.
- One compact, whisper-quiet, oil-free pump serves up to 20 workstations. Pumps operate on demand, conserving energy and reducing heat load.
- For clean rooms, mount the VACUU•LAN® ports and tubing in the room and the pump outside. Vacuum line exhaust is removed from the room, avoiding particulate recirculation.
- For biological containment, install the pump and entire VACUU•LAN® network within the lab, and directing the single exhaust line through the lab’s HEPA filters.
- In-lab vacuum networks are entirely isolated from other space in the building.
- Choose manual or full electronic control at each port. —and adapt each port in minutes as needed.
- With pumps operating on demand, and first recommended service after 15,000 hours, service access requirements are minimal – typically measured in years.