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Pfeiffer Vacuum introduces new high-performance vacuum pumps: Roots pumps of the HiLobe® series set new standards

April 3, 2019

• Suitable for many low and medium vacuum applications
• Short pump-down times – ideal for load-lock chambers or leak detection systems
• Powerful and energy-efficient series – compact design, intelligent interface technology

ComVac 2019. Pfeiffer Vacuum, one of the world’s leading provider of vacuum technology, will be presenting new vacuum solutions at the ComVac, which will take
place at the Hannover Messe trade fair from April 1-5, 2019. The special highlight at booth D 16 in hall 26 are the new Roots pumps of the HiLobe series. For the first time, Pfeiffer Vacuum experts will present these innovative vacuum pumps – in addition to their extensive product portfolio – which can be used for numerous industrial vacuum applications such as electron beam welding, vacuum furnaces or freeze drying. The pumps of the HiLobe series are of particular interest for fast evacuations (load-lock chambers or leak detection systems). Furthermore, they are suitable for use in coating applications.

Compact and powerful Roots pumps
The compact Roots pumps offer a wide nominal pumping speed range of 520 – 2.100 m³/h. This is made possible through the new drive concept in conjunction with frequency converters. Thanks to their individual speed control, the pumps can be precisely tailored to customer-specific requirements. Thanks to this powerful drive concept, the HiLobe achieves approximately 20 percent shorter pump-down times than conventional Roots pumps. Rapid evacuation reduces costs and increases the efficiency of the production system.

Process-reliable and cost-efficient vacuum
The maintenance and energy costs of the HiLobe are >50 percent lower compared to conventional Roots pumps. The reason for this is a drive with energy efficiency class IE4 and the special rotor geometries of the pumps. The sealing concept also contributes to this. The pumps are hermetically sealed to the atmosphere and have a maximum integral leakage rate of 1 · 10-6 Pa m³/s. Dynamic seals are eliminated and, as a result, maintenance is only required every four years. Due to the innovative sealing concept in the suction chamber, the use of sealing gas is superfluous in most applications, which also has a positive effect on the operating costs. Since the operation of the HiLobe Roots pumps is possible even at ambient temperatures of up to +40°C with flexible air cooling, cost-intensive water cooling is unnecessary.

Control and communication are the essential factors for increasing system availability. The intelligent interface technology of the HiLobe allows very good adaptation and monitoring of the processes. This facilitates anticipatory and efficient work. By integrating such condition monitoring, information about the condition of the bvacuum system is always available. In addition, condition monitoring increases system availability allowing users to plan maintenance and repair measures in a useful and anticipatory way and prevent cost-intensive production downtimes. These advantages lead to a long service life and maximum operational safety. Depending on their suitability for the existing system, the HiLobe vacuum pumps can either be aligned vertically or horizontally. This allows maximum pumping speed and a more customized and efficient use of space at the customer’s production site.

“With the HiLobe Roots pumps our customers are able to reduce energy and operating costs and consequently make production more cost-efficient. For a sustainable reduction of energy consumption and operating costs, it is not enough to solely base it on the energy requirements of a vacuum pump. The type of cooling, the maintenance intervals and the control also have a decisive influence on the overall energy balance. We are proud to be able to offer our customers this holistic approach,” says Dr. Ulrich von Hülsen, CTO of Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG.

Pfeiffer Vacuum Roots pumps of the HiLobe series set new standards