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A smart vacuum pump for mass-spectrometry applications

| By Mary Page Bailey and Gerald Ondrey

SmartVane (photo) is rotary vane pump with a hermetically sealed pump housing. The pump serves as a backing pump for mass spectrometers (ICP-MS, LC/MS), for applications in environmental and food analytics, as well as in pharmaceutical and clinical analytics. This vacuum pump is designed to ensure that no oil leaks occur, therefore preventing any contamination. Thanks to the integrated motor, no conventional seal is needed, which means that the SmartVane has longer maintenance intervals. The low noise level of the SmartVane ensures ideal conditions in the laboratory. With its typical operating pressure of less than 10 hPA, it is quieter than other pumps used for this type of application. The pump offers intelligent communication options and can be used as a plug-and-play solution in combination with existing devices. The SmartVane has an integrated energy-efficient IPM motor with a stand-by function. Its low power consumption automatically reduces the operating costs and CO2 footprint. — Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH, Aßlar, Germany