Vacuum SourcesOilless Vacuum Pump & Vac Steal - Vacuum Source Stabilizer
Oilless Vacuum Pump
Headway's oilless vacuum pump is a precision rotary unit built of cast iron and steel. The HRI vacuum pump can be installed in any location where there is a flow of cool ambient air over the unit. The vacuum pump should be installed in a stable rigid operating surface to reduce vibration. Shock mounts can be used to reduce noise. The vacuum pump bearings are grease packed and should never be lubricated by the operator.
The following pumps are approximately 1/4 HP and will operate typically six to eight spinners.
The oilless vacuum pump can be used in conjunction with our Vac Steal vacuum ballast. The vacuum ballast is ideal whenever there is shared vacuum or when it is critical that a spinner operate on a continuous basis with no interruption. The Vac Steal serves as a buffer reservoir to provide high pumping capacity during peak requirements and catch up capability when requirements are lower than the pump capability. The Vac Steal is offered in three configurations:
Model #1: P/N 4-12508 - Ballast Tank
The Vac Steal can be used with all Headway Spinners
Vac Steal - Vacuum Source Stabilizer
Stabilize Vacuum Sources for Vacuum Chucks, Exposure Frames,
"Steal some vacuum when you can,
Vacuum source problems are aggravated by multiple users. Therefore, each user should have his own ballast. Each ballast is isolated from the source by a check valve. This prevents loss of vacuum when other users drag down the main vacuum line.
In some cases, the "down" periods of the source may be longer than can adequately be protected against with a ballast. A good solution may be a "vacuum booster" to come into play only when required. With the VAC STEAL, two kinds of boosters are offered. One kind is a compressed air driven vacuum generator (venturi orifice design) with auto sensor to turn on the air only when needed. Two models (sizes) are available to suit your needs. When sized adequately, they can act as occasional boosters, or as independent source vacuums.
The other kind of booster, or source, is an electrical driven vacuum pump which can be sized for most any application. A vacuum operated switch is available to control such a pump so that it runs only when needed to maintain the desired vacuum.
The basic VAC STEAL is a tank, a check valve and appropriate user connections.
The tank is simply a 2.6 gallon (10 liter) reservoir to trap a supply of vacuum. The trap is the check valve which will "steal" vacuum from the main line when the main line vacuum is better than the vacuum in the tank. If the main line vacuum falls below the tank vacuum, the check valve closes, protecting against vacuum loss from the tank back to the main line.
Being a passive system, the basic VAC STEAL creates no heat, sparks or fumes. It can improve vacuum line performance in a clean or hazardous environment without introducing problems which an additional motor driven pump could create.
The VAC STEAL also acts as a trap to catch and hold liquids or solid particles which could otherwise get into your main vacuum source and damage it.
An accessory clamping kit is offered for secure installation in mobile or high vibration applications.
Being a simple passive solution for intermittent vacuum problems, the original cost of the VAC STEAL is significantly less than adding additional vacuum pumps. Economy in operation is gained because no additional energy is required. Economy in service is gained because there are no parts to wear out with use. Economy may also be gained because no noise is created to shield against and no pollutants are generated to exhaust from clean areas.
Many process problems are caused by unrecognized vacuum deficiency because no convenient vacuum gauge is available. The VAC STEAL includes a gauge monitoring tank vacuum level so any deficiencies are immediately recognizable. Deficiencies may be related to the vacuum source or to leaks on the process side. The gauge simplifies the isolation of problems.
Instantly improves existing vacuum sources. Fluctuating vacuum can mean process failures or equipment stoppage. In processes requiring intermittent vacuum usage, the VAC STEAL will capture and hold the vacuum at the highest level attained. A built-in check valve ensures that no vacuum is lost from the tank back to the source when other users drag down the source. Additional VAC STEAL units can be added as required to give increased volume. Using existing vacuum sources only, there is no increased energy consumption.
Some quite adequate vacuum sources are severely hampered by restrictions such as a high impedance throttle valve tapping off to the user. The best solution is to eliminate the high impedance. If for some reason this is impractical, a VAC STEAL can quickly and easily resolve the problem by supplying high pumping capacity during surge requirements, downstream of the restriction.
Small vacuum lines in a machine can sometimes causes feedback from one portion of the machine, or process, to another. This is caused by common vacuum impedance feeding more than one vacuum usage point. Using a VAC STEAL to manifold several usage points directly into the main vacuum capacity, completely isolates one usage point from another.
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