May 8th, 2018 – Precision and speed are some of the most important features in optical
coating. Modern vacuum solutions are a crucial part for the success and economic viability of manufacturing processes and analysis. Apart from vacuum components and systems, on-time service and after-sales performance influence the decision for the installment of
optimized fore and high vacuum solutions. Leybold displays these solutions at the Optatec in Frankfurt, 15.-17. May, 2018.
Optatec focuses offers an international showcase for advanced technologies targeting on development and production, as well as industrial use of optical components, opto-mechanics, opto-electronics, fibre-optics, laser components and manufacturing systems. Many of these
applications require a reliable, clean fore vacuum and a fast, stable high vacuum. The modern vacuum solutions of Leybold are used in this wide array of technological applications. As vacuum systems are a core component of the manufacturing process, they require intelligent
maintenance strategies. Based on the monitoring solution, Leybold provides its customers with customized service level agreements (SLA), and guarantees the availability of service experts and warrants fast response times. The condition-based, predictive maintenance strategies offers a maximum plant availability and minimizes unplanned costly production downtimes. In optical coating processes, vibration monitoring systems for the installed pumps offer enormous potential. Increased wear on the pump is detected as well as influencing process conditions, such as deposit formation or particle entry. Maintenance measures can be initiated when the state of the pump actually requires intervention. Run times are maximized and maintenance staff can be deployed more efficiently. With regard to failure costs, preventive maintenance provides a high return on investment (ROI) and additionally supports a continuous improvement process for the entire maintenance management as well as for production.
In most cases, companies may not even need any additional installation of an expensive sensor. “In a first step, we use the data that our pumps produce anyway,” explains Thomas Zscheile, Vacuum Technique Service at Leybold. “However, additional sensors can be used to increase the predictability in more complex tasks.” However, it is not only condition-based or even remote monitoring which optimizes after sales. Fast and effective service done by highly trained service technician and the worldwide availability of original spare parts or kits, augmented by features like back-up pools or consignment management guarantee a customer specific service approach. Services such as in-house decontamination, electrical testing (ELSI), leak detection of installed systems and consulting at the customer’s site are also within the scope of Leybold’s offering.