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Pfeiffer Vacuum

Keeping abreast of the latest news with your smartphone, seeing better thanks to high quality eyeglasses, and discovering the world independently while on the go in your car – these and many other conveniences of everyday living would be impossible without vacuum. Pfeiffer Vacuum offers comprehensive solutions that are indispensable for manufacturing these products.

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For 125 years now, our name has served as a guarantee for advanced vacuum technology, high quality comprehensive vacuum solutions, and first-class service. As the inventor of the turbopump we pioneered innovation and progress in the vacuum industry. Thanks to close collaboration with our customers and our continuous focus on their needs, we constantly optimize and expand our product line. Therefore, even in the future we will always be able to provide our customers with the best solutions for their individual applications.

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Our service program extends from vacuum pumps through measurement and analysis equipment right up to complete vacuum systems. Founded in 1890, Pfeiffer Vacuum is active throughout the world today. The company employs a workforce of some 2,250 people and has more than 20 subsidiaries.

The range of Pfeiffer Vacuum products and services

Vacuum generation:
• Rotary Vane Pumps
• Piston Pumps
• Diaphragm Pumps
• Pumping Stations
• Screw Pumps
• Side Channel Pumps
• Turbopumps
• Roots Pumps
• Multi-stage Roots Pumps

Vacuum analysis and measurement:
• Vacuum Measuring and Control Devices
• Helium Leak Test Systems
• Leak Detectors
• Mass Spectrometers

Vacuum Components:
• Components and Feedthroughs
• Manipulators
• Vacuum Chambers
• Valves

Training & Service:
• Application Support Technical Service
• Customer Training
• Worldwide on-site Service

VACATURE: Service Engineer

december 18, 2018

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Determining the Properties of Materials

december 14, 2018

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For countless production processes and different end products, it is enormously important to know exactly the properties of the materials that are used. For this reason, the materials used in manufacturing processes, such as in the chemical industry, in process engineering, in the food and pharmaceutical industry, in the geosciences and in materials research are precisely characterized. Properties that are determined include the density, particle size distribution, porosity, pore size distribution as well as the specific surface area or the reactivity of catalysts. Read more

HiPace® 700

november 27, 2018

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Maximum vacuum performance in a compact design with a pumping speed of 685 l/s for N2

Product description

  • Minimum footprint and maximum reliability
  • High gas throughput and high pumping speed
  • Suitable for industrial environments – Protection class IP54
  • Semi S2- and UL/CSA certification
  • Maximum reliability through monitoring of operating data

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Pfeiffer Vacuum opens new facility in Nashua, NH

november 2, 2018


Pfeiffer Vacuum, one of the world’s leading providers of high-tech vacuum solutions for the semiconductor, industrial, coating, analytical and R&D markets, opened up a new 27,000 square foot building in Nashua, NH, on October 25. This modern two-story construction will be the home of the North American headquarters for administration, sales, product management, marketing and customer care. Read more

Pfeiffer Vacuum presents new two-stage rotary vane pump Pascal 2021 HW

oktober 16, 2018

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With the new Pascal 2021 HW, Pfeiffer Vacuum presents the two-stage rotary vane pump with the highest vapor capacity in its class. It is optimally suited for all applications where water vapor is expected, such as low temperature sterilization and drying. An optimized design and gas ballast system allows to pump large volumes of vapor without condensation inside the pump. This prevents accumulation of fluid that would adversely affect the service life of the pump and the oil. Read more

Pfeiffer Vacuum opens new high-tech production site in Romania

oktober 3, 2018

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Pfeiffer Vacuum celebrated the opening of its new production location in Cluj, Romania, on September 26. The continuous growth of the Pfeiffer Vacuum Group and the ongoing demand for vacuum technology made the modern new building necessary. It was inaugurated with some 140 guests, including employees, suppliers and partners as well as the German and French ambassadors. A number of local representatives from the city were also present. Read more

Starter kits for turbopumps

september 13, 2018

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Our starter kits offer you a flexible selection of complete packages for all different types of applications. Each consists of a HiPace turbopump including all accessories necessary for operation. Simply select your starter kit according to the turbopump and you will receive a connection cable, air cooling, in addition to the display control unit with a suitable integrated power supply along with it. All starter kit components are designed for optimal compatibility and allow for installation in all positions as well as for easy commissioning of the turbopump. Read more

Quadrupole mass spectrometers – History, development, future trends

augustus 28, 2018

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Design, equipment, fields of application: Many things have changed with quadrupole mass spectrometers (QMS) over the last 30 years. They have become more compact, durable, versatile and digital. Initially used primarily in research, QMS are nowadays utilized in the semiconductor industry, freeze-drying or leak detection, for example.

Leak detection methods – part 5: Spraying test

augustus 18, 2018

Experience our new 3D series on the different leak detection methods and select the matching method for your application – ranging from leak localization over integral testing to sniffing and bombing testing. Part 5 shows the spraying test.

Starter kits for turbopumps

augustus 10, 2018

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Our starter kits offer you a flexible selection of complete packages for all different types of applications. Each consists of a HiPace turbopump including all accessories necessary for operation. Simply select your starter kit according to the turbopump and you will receive a connection cable, air cooling, in addition to the display control unit with a suitable integrated power supply along with it. Read more

Important regulations for leak detection and tightness control

juli 10, 2018

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Common standards and high quality levels for the leak detection and tightness control of materials can only be reached by internationally valid norms. In order to meet the increasingly stricter demands set on tightness control, many of the existing norms have been updated within the last years. Read more

Leak detection methods – part 4: Integral test at atmospheric pressure

juni 29, 2018

Experience our new 3D series on the different leak detection methods and select the matching method for your application – ranging from leak localization over integral testing to sniffing and bombing testing. Part 4 shows the integral test at atmospheric pressure.

Wireless steering of vacuum solutions

juni 21, 2018

Get to know our new “Wicon” software! It enables the wireless steering of vacuum pumps and pumping stations from Pfeiffer Vacuum. To make this possible, the pumps are connected with a Raspberry Pi. The Rasperry Pi is equipped with a software that allows the remote control of the pumps via other devices. The software is completely open source and it works with every device. Check out how you can control our pumps with your smartphone, tablet or laptop!

How heavy is a neutrino?

juni 13, 2018

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Neutrinos are one of the most fascinating types of elementary particles. They are the lightest particles in the universe. Determining their mass has stretched the limits of physics research for many decades now. Neutrinos are the key, in fact, to many as yet unsolved scientific questions – ranging from the microcosmos of elementary particles to the biggest structures of our universe. For neutrinos can be described as cosmic architects; they play a role in shaping the visible structures of the universe and also influence the formation and distribution of galaxies.

Leak detection methods – part 3: Integral test of helium filled parts in vacuum

juni 4, 2018

Leak detection methods – part 2: Sniffing test

mei 28, 2018

Leak detection methods – part 1: Integral test of parts under vacuum in helium

mei 25, 2018

Leak detector ASM 390 and 392 from Pfeiffer Vacuum in 3D!

april 5, 2018

Preventative product-related services

maart 30, 2018

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To ensure the reliability and performance of vacuum systems, regular service is essential. Precautionary, preventative maintenance and adherence to the intervals recommended by the manufacturer are thus important measures.

Pfeiffer Vacuum supplies vacuum solutions for the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator

maart 6, 2018

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Pfeiffer Vacuum has received yet another major order for turbopumps and turbo pumping stations from CERN. CERN is situated in Geneva on the Franco-Swiss border and is the largest center for particle physics research in the world. Its main business is fundamental physics – finding out what the universe is made of and researching the basic constituents of matter.

Functional principle of the PrismaPro quadrupole mass spectrometer

februari 27, 2018

Solutions for stationary flywheel systems from Pfeiffer Vacuum

februari 20, 2018

What would our daily lives look like without electrical energy? It is one of the most crucial resources of our time. To ensure the uninterrupted supply with energy, mechanical flywheels have proven themselves to be reliable energy storages. They would not work without vacuum technology.

ISO-K and ISO-F flange systems from Pfeiffer Vacuum

februari 14, 2018

Experience the design, components and functional principle of ISO-K and ISO-F flange systems from Pfeiffer Vacuum in 3D!

Solutions from Pfeiffer Vacuum in use – at the “Q” quantum system from IBM

januari 27, 2018

Check out the video below from the IBM YouTube channel.

Pfeiffer Vacuum acquires Nor-Cal Products for USD 68 million

januari 20, 2018

The Management Board of Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG (“Pfeiffer Vacuum”) today announces the acquisition of US-based Nor-Cal Products Inc. (“Nor-Cal”), effective June 22, 2017. With around 300 employees in the USA and Vietnam, Nor-Cal manufactures premium-quality vacuum components, chambers and valves for international customers in the fields of semiconductors, coating and displays as well as for leading universities and research facilities. Nor-Cal is currently benefiting from this industry’s very positive outlook and expects full-year sales of around USD 60 million at an EBIT margin around the level of the Pfeiffer Vacuum group. The agreed purchase price amounts to USD 68 million on a cash and debt-free basis. The transaction was mainly financed via a bank loan.

Checking coating systems for leak tightness

december 21, 2017

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Checking coating systems for leak tightness

After installing a new system or maintaining an existing one, leaks occur often. This is often due to joining errors or forgotten or defective seals. Correct handling of helium leak detectors is crucial for finding these leaks and controlling equipment for tightness. The more is known about the physical phenomena underlying the leak test as well as the optimization possibilities during testing, the easier it is to use helium leak detectors in practice. This also leads to more reliable measurement results. The following overview provides practical information on the correct handling of helium leak detectors and the successful implementation of leak tests on vacuum systems.

Sino-German strategic cooperation creates a new chapter for Pfeiffer Vacuum in China

december 13, 2017

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Pfeiffer Vacuum signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Lanzhou Institute of Physics (LIP) in Asslar, Germany. As one of the founders of the Chinese Vacuum Society, the Lanzhou Institute of Physics is a pioneer in vacuum technology in China. LIP is also one of the first institutes in China which has been directly engaged in satellite and spacecraft development and is therefore a part of the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) since 1968. Pfeiffer Vacuum and LIP will cooperate in research and development to create vacuum solutions for aerospace applications, vacuum metrology, vacuum calibration and other applications. 

Pfeiffer Vacuum welcomes Röntgen Award Winner

november 27, 2017


The Justus Liebig University Giessen is awarding its Röntgen Prize this year to PD Dr. med. Daniela Münzel. The Röntgen Prize is awarded each year at an academic award ceremony at the Justus Liebig University Giessen for outstanding work on basic research into radiation physics and radiation biology.

ISO-KF flange system by Pfeiffer Vacuum

november 15, 2017

Pfeiffer Vacuum developed vacuum solutions for European XFEL

oktober 26, 2017

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The European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser (European XFEL) is a research facility of superlatives: It generates ultrashort X-ray flashes: 27,000 times per second and with a brilliance that is a billion times higher than that of the best conventional X-ray radiation sources. The flashes are produced in underground tunnels and will allow scientists to map atomic details of viruses, film chemical reactions, and study the processes in the interior of planets.

Pfeiffer Vacuum and its new subsidiary ATC present a wide range of CCIT technologies for pharmaceutical packaging

september 13, 2017

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Since February 2017, ATC is a 100% subsidiary of Pfeiffer Vacuum, a global leader in vacuum and detection solutions. With this merger, Pfeiffer Vacuum can offer its customers a complete range of leak testing and leak detection solutions. At the Pack Expo trade show, Pfeiffer Vacuum and ATC will present a wide range of CCIT (Container Closure Integrity Testing) technologies for pharmaceutical packaging.

Opening of Pfeiffer Vacuum’s first Service Center in Malaysia

augustus 10, 2017

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Pfeiffer Vacuum has opened a new service center in Malaysia. The more than 6,000 square foot building will house administration, sales, and service departments. The main activities will be the repair of the dry backing pump range. Other products will follow in the coming months.
The service center is located within Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP) at Kulim, Kedah state, in northern Malaysia. KHTP was completed in 1996, as the first high-tech industrial park in Malaysia. It occupies a total area of 4,510 acres and is only 40 minutes away from the Penang International Airport.

Vacuum Technology exposes Doping Offenders

juni 2, 2017

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Faster, higher, further: The demands of competitive sport are growing relentlessly. Many athletes bow to the pressures of these expectations by turning to banned doping substances. Ever since the scandal involving Russian athletes who used prohibited substances in great numbers during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sotchi to enhance their performance, doping has moved well and truly to the forefront of public attention. Earlier still, a great stir was caused by the forfeiture of the Olympic gold medal awarded to the Jamaican 4×100-meter relay team during the summer games in Peking in 2008. More recently, numerous cases of doping have been uncovered in cycling and football.

Pfeiffer Vacuum presents leak testing solutions for a variety of applications

mei 17, 2017

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Leak testing plays a vital part in quality control in a wide range of applications. Reliable integrity of primary packaging is of crucial importance in the pharmaceutical industry to guarantee sterility and protect drugs from any microbiological substances, oxygen or moisture that may ingress. In the automotive industry, leak testing ensures that various components are operating perfectly, including parts guaranteeing the supply of gasoline.

Leak testing innovations from Pfeiffer Vacuum

mei 2, 2017

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At the ComVac, Pfeiffer Vacuum is presenting the ASI 35, a leak detector that is ideal for mechanical engineers, integrators and end users. It combines high performance, reliability and repeatability with extremely short cycle times. At the same time it provides maximum flexibility. It can use both helium and hydrogen as tracer gases. The leak detector is designed for sophisticated testing tasks with miniscule background signals and enables short overall throughput times. In addition, the sturdy iridium filaments ensure a long lifetime.

Pfeiffer Vacuum acquired 100% of the shares of Advanced Test Concepts, Inc. (ATC)

april 25, 2017

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On February 14, 2017, Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG acquired 100% of the shares of Advanced Test Concepts, Inc. (ATC), which is based in Indianapolis, USA. Pfeiffer Vacuum is one of the world´s leading providers of vacuum and testing solutions with over 50 years of experience in leak detection. In 1966 Pfeiffer Vacuum invented the first commercial helium leak detector. Only two years later Pfeiffer Vacuum introduced the counter flow principle which until today still is the basis for nearly all modern tracer gas leak detectors. Now this strong team is completed with the experts and products from Advanced Test Concepts, Inc. (ATC).

Interview mit Manfred Bender, CEO Pfeiffer Vacuum

februari 15, 2017

Vacuum solutions for Wendelstein 7-X

december 17, 2016

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The world´s largest experimental fusion reactor of the stellarator type, “Wendelstein 7-X”, has been in operation at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, Germany, since December 2015. This reactor is used to carry out experiments in which a hydrogen plasma is created that is suitable for the continuous operation of a nuclear fusion power station. In the long-term, the energy generated by nuclear fusion is supposed to be used as an alternative, clean way of producing electricity.

Pfeiffer Vacuum welcomes 2016 Röntgen Award Winner

december 3, 2016

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The Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) is awarding its Röntgen Prize this year to Dr. Markus Schöffler. The Röntgen Prize is awarded each year at an academic award ceremony at the JLU for outstanding work on basic research into radiation physics and radiation biology. It is named in memory of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who was a professor in Giessen from 1879 to 1888. The award primarily distinguishes the work of young scientists. Half of the prize of € 15,000 is donated by Pfeiffer Vacuum and the Dr. Erich Pfeiffer Foundation, and the other half by the Ludwig Schunk Foundation.

Pfeiffer Vacuum welcomes 2016 Röntgen Award Winner

november 30, 2016

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The Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) is awarding its Röntgen Prize this year to Dr. Markus Schöffler. The Röntgen Prize is awarded each year at an academic award ceremony at the JLU for outstanding work on basic research into radiation physics and radiation biology. It is named in memory of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who was a professor in Giessen from 1879 to 1888. The award primarily distinguishes the work of young scientists. Half of the prize of € 15,000 is donated by Pfeiffer Vacuum and the Dr. Erich Pfeiffer Foundation, and the other half by the Ludwig Schunk Foundation.

Solutions from Pfeiffer Vacuum for cancer therapy

november 12, 2016

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Vacuum technology gives patients hope

A cancer diagnosis affects approximately 14 million people around the world every year and changes their lives forever. Fast, targeted and effective treatment is then crucial in the fight against the disease. The treatment options are getting better and better and increase the chances of recovery. Particular
attention is paid to the ion beam therapy. This high-precision and very effective form of radiation can be used to treat cancer tumors and keep the distressing side effects of conventional radiotherapy to a minimum.

Virtual leaks: formation, detection, and avoidance

augustus 12, 2016

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A virtual leak is an apparent, unreal leak caused by the slow release of sorbed or occluded gases from the surfaces or bulk of material or from volumes partially trapped within the system. The key component of the definition above is the slow release of gases. This clearly identifies the effect of virtual leaks as gas sources that slow down a pumping process or significantly prolong the time to reach the desired base pressure.

Pfeiffer Vacuum offers solutions for stationary flywheel systems

augustus 5, 2016

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Vacuum for energy storage – Part 2

The short-term storage of energy has shortly been revolutionized by an innovative technology: mechanical flywheel energy storages. They are used as stationary or mobile systems in different applications. Part two of the series on “vacuum for energy storage” by Pfeiffer Vacuum focuses on stationary flywheel systems.

Pfeiffer Vacuum introduces the new, compact and high performance HiPace 300 H turbopump

juni 14, 2016

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Many applications in research, analytics and industry require a reliable high or ultra-high vacuum. Pfeiffer Vacuum introduces the new HiPace 300 H turbopump, the highest compression turbopump in the pumping speed class of 300 l/s currently on the market. With a compression ratio of 107 for hydrogen, it is suitable for producing high and ultra-high vacuum.

With vacuum in Einstein´s footsteps

april 23, 2016

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Detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO observatories: Pfeiffer Vacuum in an interview with LIGO co-founder Prof. Dr. Rainer Weiss

Turbopumps and diaphragm pumps utilized in laboratory technology, analytics and biotechnology

april 5, 2016

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Pfeiffer Vacuum, a leading global supplier of vacuum technology, will be introducing new turbopumps and new diaphragm pumps at the analytica show in Munich from May 10 to May 13.

Diamonds from the microwave

maart 18, 2016

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The most valuable gemstone in the world is produced in a special plasma source
Diamonds are typically produced under gigantic pressure and under enormous heat. Natural diamonds were formed thousands of years ago inside the Earth at a depth of 150 km and a temperature of 1400°C.

Freeze-drying of milk products

maart 11, 2016

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Pfeiffer Vacuum DuoLine used for the production of mare‘s milk granulate
The demands placed on preserving and extending the shelf life of food are becoming ever greater: the process should be gentle, should not alter or eliminate the ingredients of the food and should not require artificial additives.

Pfeiffer Vacuum has set standards in leak detection for 50 years

maart 3, 2016

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From miniature electronic units to large tanks, from escaping fluids and gases to gas ingress in vacuum systems – the requirements that leak detectors are expected to meet are every bit as varied as the spectrum of industrial products. The extensive range of leak detectors in the Pfeiffer Vacuum portfolio offers solutions for all these requirements.

Modular leak detector ASI 35

februari 13, 2016

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The ASI 35 from Pfeiffer Vacuum is a leak detection solution dedicated to leak detection machine builders, system integrators and end-users. This unit combines high reliability and repeatability with maximum up-time. The ASI 35 provides very good performance for tracer gases helium and hydrogen in integral and localizing test procedures or a combination of both. Therefore, it offers flexibility in testing of demanding samples with minimum signal background and crosstalk providing for fast overall cycle times.

Pfeiffer Vacuum presents innovative vacuum solutions at the trade fairs Semicon Korea and Semicon China

januari 18, 2016

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Pfeiffer Vacuum, a leading global supplier of vacuum technology, will be exhibiting at the Semicon Korea Trade Fair in Seoul from January 27 to 29 and Semicon China in Shanghai from March 15 to 17. Visitors to the booth can discuss innovative vacuum solutions with experts from Pfeiffer Vacuum.

Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH present joint doctoral candidate award

november 11, 2015

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For the second time, Pfeiffer Vacuum and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research) have jointly presented a doctoral candidate award. The recipient is Dr. Andreas Mooser who received the award for his dissertation on the high-precision measurement of the magnetic moment of a proton. Pfeiffer Vacuum funds the prize which is awarded annually. The GSI scientific director, Professor Karlheinz Langanke, and Dr. Ulrich von Hülsen, a member of Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH management, presented the € 1,000 award as part of the GSI colloquium on November 10, 2015.

New Pfeiffer Vacuum CenterLine total pressure gauges

oktober 30, 2015

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Pfeiffer Vacuum has expanded its product portfolio for total pressure measurement and added a new family of measurement instruments to the product program. In addition to the existing DigiLine, ActiveLine and ModulLine series, we are now offering new CenterLine gauges, which are compatible with existing active gauges from Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum (in short OLV).

Vacuum for life

juni 12, 2015

Vacuum technology can be found everywhere in our daily life – often without us being aware of it. Thanks to vacuum technology, using our mobile phone or wearing glasses to see better is natural to us. Even our groceries would not have the same high quality level without vacuum technology. Pfeiffer Vacuum offers comprehensive solutions that are vital for the production of these and many other products of our daily life.

HiPace 30 – the smallest high-performance turbopump on the market

april 14, 2015

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Pfeiffer Vacuum introduces the new and powerful HiPace 30 turbopump. It is currently the only turbopump on the market in its size class offering pumping speeds of 32 liters per second. Its small installation footprint and low level of vibration make this pump particularly suitable for integration into compact analytical systems such as benchtop mass spectrometers, small electron microscopes and leak detectors. Furthermore, weighing as little as 2 kilograms overall makes the HiPace 30 ideal for mobile applications.

Vacuum solutions as a new online experience

januari 5, 2015

Just in time for the new year, Pfeiffer Vacuum presents its new vacuum solutions website. Users can discover the wide spectrum of products and their functions in a real-life and practical setting.

Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology awards doctoral candidate

juli 14, 2014

For the first time, Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH have jointly awarded a doctoral candidate award. The laureate is Dr. Mohammad Shahab Sanjari who received the award for his dissertation on particle detection in storage rings. The award, which is endowed with a € 1,000 prize, was presented by Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG Management Board Member Nathalie Benedikt together with GSI Director of Research Professor Karlheinz Langanke in the course of the GSI colloquium on July 1, 2014. Pfeiffer Vacuum is the sponsor of the award which from now on is to be awarded annually.