.Vacuum technology plays a prominent role in most process industries. The more critical and technical the processes, the higher the requirements to the vacuum systems. Leybold Vacuum is a popular partner, where engineering know-how for individual solutions is challenged and not just solutions off the shelf. Vacuum technology frequently makes it possible to replace industrial processes that harm the environment with others that protect the environment. These processes include, among others, vacuum packaging of food evacuation and environment-friendly charging of refrigerators and air conditioners production of ultrapure high-strength metals evacuation of lamps and picture tubes manufacture of flat-panel displays
Vacuum packaging evacuates air from the package prior to sealing. Usually, the intent is to remove oxygen from the container to extend the shelf life of foods and, with flexible package forms, to reduce the volume of the contents and package. By reducing the oxygen residual contents, the growth of aerobic bacteria is limited and the shelf life can typically be extended by a factor of 5 to 10.
Vacuum is used, for example, on architectural glass as thermal insulation and/or to protect against the sun’s rays, on eyeglass lenses to prevent glare or scratching, on laser mirrors to intensify the reflection of light or radiation, on tools and ball bearings to prevent wear.
One of the largest and most complex segments of the market for vacuum components is the one for analytical devices that operate under vacuum conditions. These include the large families of surface analyzers, mass spectrometers and electron microscopes of various designs as well as helium leak detectors.
Designing suitable vacuum solutions for solar cell manufacture is one of the great challenges to the manufacturers of vacuum pumps. From silicon crystal pulling, to the production of solar cells, to the lamination of solar modules – these manufacturing processes are not possible without vacuum. Tailor-made vacuum solutions are key in photovoltaic production.
All industrial processes and technical achievements are preceded by an extensive and costly research and development effort. Everything that is later produced or applied on a large scale first has to be carefully researched, tested and developed.
The semiconductor industry is growing rapidly. Communication with our customers in that industry has never been as important as it is today if we are to be able to meet their fast-changing requirements for products and processes.