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Operation & Maintenance of Vacuum Pumping Systems

Operation & Maintenance of Vacuum Pumping Systems

Course Objectives

  • Learn to operate vacuum pumping systems efficiently with minimum downtime.
  • Learn about preventive maintenance on pumps and pumping systems.
  • Understand leak detection in operating vacuum systems.
  • Learn to troubleshoot and test the performance of vacuum pumping systems.

Course Description

The major thrust of this course is to show how vacuum pumping systems can be operated most effectively, to achieve maximum performance while holding downtime for maintenance to a minimum. Typical procedures used for systems that employ oil-sealed rotary, Roots, vapor diffusion, turbo-molecular, sputter-ion, and cryogenic pumps are described. There are also discussions of possible variations in typical procedures that may be used in special cases.

Troubleshooting and performance-testing techniques are presented as well as methods of leak detection that are most effective for operating vacuum systems

Course Materials

Course Notes

Course Cost: $1120

Who should attend?

Those who want to learn how to properly operate vacuum systems themselves or are responsible for people who operate them. Knowledge of operating limits and general characteristics of pumps, gauges, and other auxiliary equipment used in vacuum systems is needed.


Tim Gessert
Managing Member, Gessert Consulting, LLC