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Dry Screw Pump Full Throttle for Vacuum - Dry Screw Pump Range Heads for Wire-to-Wire Victory

| Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

A product launch for a new vacuum pump on the Nürburgring racetrack? Motor racing and modern pump technology? How do the two go together?

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Fast and unfaltering to the finish line — Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum stakes its claim and sends its new vacuum pump to the starting line.
Fast and unfaltering to the finish line — Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum stakes its claim and sends its new vacuum pump to the starting line.
(Pictures: Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum, Fotolia; [M]-Rau)

Starting lights on red. Adrenaline level rising. Five-second countdown. Select gear, engage launch control, hold brake pedal. The race is about to start! The light goes green — full throttle!

It was full throttle for the vacuum at the beginning of March on the Nürburgring racetrack when “Team Dryvac” from Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum gave a fitting send-off to its new “runaway success”, the Dryvac dry screw-type pump. The spectators — customers who had been invited from all over the world — had come in droves with high expectations. After all, the slogan of the Cologne-based vacuum specialist was: “Time for a new champion”.

“Why have we come here? Why did we choose the Nürburgring racetrack to present our innovation?” asked Andreas Widl, CEO of Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum, coming straight to the point in his introduction and anticipating the questions in people’s minds. His answer: “Rally driving and motor racing have a great deal in common with our Dryvac pumps in terms of what they deliver.”

Robust and reliable

The new vacuum pumps have been developed to meet the specific demands of applications in the photovoltaic, coating and processing industries and “run” with extreme reliability, robustness and (in-process) stability. These are basic requirements for racing cars and vacuum pumps alike in order to avoid unexpected downtimes, which are no less of a nightmare for plant operators than unscheduled pit stops for Formula 1 pilots. And when a pit stop really is required, the maintenance work is reduced to a minimum.

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