Scientific vacuum systems are powerful machines. The importance of safety when operating these systems cannot be understated.
Understand the Safety Risks of Vacuum System Operation
Improper operation and/or maintenance of a vacuum system can contribute to a number of disastrous outcomes, such as:
- Personal injury to operators
- Hazardous material leakage
- Damage to equipment
- Damage to product or material being tested or developed
- Research delays
- Project cancellation
The type of experiments that require scientific vacuum systems often take years of planning and millions of dollars in equipment, materials and personnel. You cannot risk wasting these resources because of inadequate or poor safety procedures.
Follow Vacuum Operation Protocols
There are no vacuum system operation protocols that apply to every system or every application. However, every laboratory will have its own set of protocols in place. These must be followed to ensure optimal performance of the vacuum system and safety of the operators.
Perform Vacuum System Maintenance
Proper vacuum system maintenance can minimize safety risks and experiment failures. Proper maintenance should include:
- Instrument calibration—usually done on-site by laboratory personnel as part of an annual review
- System maintenance customized for the type of vacuum pump and components