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What does vacuum pump maintenance and gambling have in common?

What does vacuum pump maintenance and gambling have in common? As Kenny Roger’s sang…”If you’re gonna play the game, boy You gotta learn to play it right… Every gambler knows that the secret to surviving is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep” Keeping up with industrial pump maintenance and being alert for poor vacuum performance will help you stay ahead of the game and not gamble its life away. Read on for easy steps for troubleshooting the performance of your vacuum system. No pump will deliver good results on a poor vacuum system, and the best pump

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Making Vacuum Gauges Radiation Tolerant in High Radiation Environments

Making Vacuum Gauges Radiation Tolerant in High Radiation Environments Electronics, when exposed to radiation, will degrade and eventually fail, but methods can be adopted to extend their life. A customer who was integrating one of our 801W units into a system required the device to pass a radiation life test.  It failed! Read on to see what we did to fix it… Most semiconductor electronic components are susceptible to radiation damage; radiation-hardened components are often based on their non-hardened equivalents, with some design and manufacturing variations to reduce radiation damage susceptibility. Under the effects of radiation, electronic components that aren’t hardened will:

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Push Technology: Real Time Notifications From Your Vacuum Gauge

Push Technology: Real Time Notifications From Your Vacuum Gauge Real-time notifications are a glimpse into the future of vacuum pumps Have you heard the news? Arguably, this is not big news. In an ever-changing digital world we expect to be updated on the latest event as it is happening right now, not what happened five hours ago or even yesterday. From politicians to journalists to attorneys, technology has allowed real time information to reach and shape the ways in which we communicate and share data, among other things. And how true this holds when it comes to a critical application,

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The Vacuum Terminology You Should Know

The Vacuum Terminology You Should Know Introduction: Vacuum terminology has evolved over time.  In order to describe what you are looking for, it is helpful to have a guide that describes what different terms mean so people from different industries can communicate with one another.  We’ll start from the beginning and focus on vacuum measurement and control. The term vacuum gauge has a meaning when talking with people in the scientific and industrial vacuum communities, and another meaning in the MRO market (Maintenance, Repair and Operations, such as HVAC).  In MRO, people are typically referring to fairly inexpensive all in

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Accuracy of Thermocouple Tubes Without Calibration

Accuracy of Thermocouple Tubes Without Calibration Unexpected sensor failures, breakage and contamination happens to all of us. Hopefully you have a spare on hand when a sensor breaks in the field. You quickly switch out your vacuum tubes and proceed without hesitation. Unfortunately it’s rarely that easy – there are small electrical differences between each sensor; thus, your backup sensors will produce different readings on different vacuum gauges without calibration.  Unfortunately, factory recalibration isn’t always an option at the time. This should raise some logical questions with technicians; how reliable and accurate are the readings produced by backup vacuum tubes? We set out

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Connect Your Vacuum Gauge And Smartphone

Connect Your Vacuum Gauge And Smartphone The Vacuum Gauge Smartphone app by DigiVac allows users to monitor, save, and share Bluetooth Bullseye Precision Gauge® Vacuum Gauge data via smartphone or tablet. A pumpdown curve is one of the most powerful tools you can use in order to understand, monitor, and troubleshoot vacuum systems or processes. With the DigiVac Vacuum Gauge App, you can gather data to create pumpdown curves even easier!  Let’s explore the possibilities. Accessing pressure versus time plot data is your 1st line offense in uncovering a problem with your vacuum system.  This data allows you to sort

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The Wireless Future Of Vacuum Gauges

The Wireless Future Of Vacuum Gauges You may have heard the saying, ‘the internet of things,’ but what does this mean and what does it have to do with vacuum gauges? This popular phrase means that everyday objects become much more powerful with network connectivity. Connected devices exchange data, and, in the process, change the way we use the device. A new symbiosis between humans and technology is now a reality, and the implications – along with the possibilities – are seemingly endless. Now, what about those vacuum gauges? Introducing the world’s first Bluetooth Vacuum Gauge, The Bullseye Precision Gauge

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3 Benefits of Vacuum Distillation in Low and Medium Vacuum

Vacuum Fractional Distillation 3 Benefits of Vacuum Fractional Distillation in Low and Medium Vacuum When the general public thinks about distillation, they are thinking moonshine or whiskey. In an industrial context, however, vacuum fractional distillation is a process by which vapor from a heated liquid mixture is condensed as it rises through a vertical column. Vacuum is a key component of this process. There are three key benefits of this method, and this post explains why, providing context in biomedical/biological research applications and in the methods used by oil refineries.  How Vacuum Fractional Distillation Works  The aforementioned column, through which

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6 Questions To Answer When Selecting A Vacuum Gauge

6 Questions To Answer When Selecting A Vacuum Gauge Selecting the right vacuum gauge may seem like a trivial task, but it can have big impact on your process and outcomes. Most people who are selecting a vacuum gauge are not sure which one to use. Often, they have to spend time studying the manufacturer’s product line to figure it out – who has time for that? If you know what kind of vacuum gauge you need for your work, this blog isn’t for you.  For anyone else, read on…. After several years of helping people find the proper vacuum

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Baseline Your Vacuum Pump to Make Troubleshooting Easier

Baseline Your Vacuum Pump to Make Troubleshooting Easier   Overview: Baselining a vacuum pump helps establish the basic criteria for how it performs in a controlled environment.  This baseline can be used to compare current performance with the originally installed performance.  This article covers the following key aspects of baselining: What do baselines and diets have in common? What are the downsides of not baselining a pump? What is the best way to baseline a pump? How can baseline information be used to solve problems? To start with… what do baselines and diets have in common? Diets and Pump Baseline

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