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Neil Lavender Jones, Vice President High Vacuum,
Edwards, centre right, presenting the award to Sunil Patel, Vacuum Leader at
ISIS, STFC, centre left, with other employees from STFC, CCFE and Edwards
CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX, UK. (02 February, 2016) – Edwards has reached the milestone of supplying over 500 dry scroll vacuum pumps to the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) which is owned by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. Edwards’ nXDS and XDS dry scroll pumps are installed on many applications across STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, including synchrotrons and accelerators, and are also used for bespoke applications. The STFC facilities in the UK and Europe provide a range of research techniques using neutrons, muons, lasers and X-rays and are used by scientists across a huge variety of science disciplines ranging from physical sciences to medicine, the environment, energy and more.Neil Lavender Jones, Edwards’ Vice President for High Vacuum presented an award in recognition of the achievement and was shown around the facilities near Oxford. “We are delighted to be able to support one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and are indeed honoured to be a very small part of helping Britain to be at the leading edge of scientific research,” he commented. “We look forward to furthering our successful partnership in the future.”The nXDS dry scroll pump from Edwards offers a unique, oil-free, robust vacuum solution. Its advanced scroll-form and quiet operation, <52 dB(A), deliver best-in-class performance. The unique tip-seal design doubles the tip-seal life compared with Edwards’ previous XDS scroll pumps and it is easily field serviceable with a minimum of special tooling, giving class-leading maintenance intervals, less down time and a lower cost of ownership.More information about CCFE and STFC can be found at: www.ccfe.ac.ukwww.stfc.ac.uk
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CRAWLEY, (07 October, 2015) — Edwards has supplied Cook Medical, the largest private medical device manufacturer in the world, with nine EDP chemical dry pumps. The pumps are used to sterilise all US manufactured Cook products, in a process using ethylene oxide. All products manufactured in the US go to the Ellettsville, Indiana, facility to be sterilised, amounting to approximately $30 million worth of product sterilised each day.
Cook Medical selected Edwards to replace the old dry pumps they had been using on their sterilisation process in Ellettsville; these pumps had been obsoleted and support was weak so they looked for replacements. The high volume of products put through the process each day meant that high uptime was critical, so robust and reliable pumps were most important.
Edwards’ thorough application knowledge was also key to Cook Medical’s choice of partner; ethylene oxide sterilisation is an extremely dangerous process and Edwards EDP pumps are fully certified, and designed and tested for safety and reliability.
Art Harris, Sterilization Manager at Cook Medical, commented, “As a result of installing Edwards’ EDP pumps we have much higher uptime on the process. The new pumps are more reliable, with a faster pump down time. We now have better knowledge of the process, and especially appreciate the temperature control aspect from the indirect cooling.” Bob Campbell, Regional Market Sector Manager at Edwards added, “We are delighted that we are able to support Cook Medical with their sterilisation process; our proven EDP pumps are specifically designed for harsh applications like this, and were the ideal vacuum solution here.”
EDP pumps are tried and tested market leaders, with many years of process and industry experience and a large installed base. They provide consistent vacuum at high efficiencies and low costs of ownership. Specifically designed for harsh chemical industry applications, they are easily maintained and have low utilities consumption. The staged compression for optimum temperature profile within the pump means there are no extra requirements for cooling gas injection.
Geert Follens, President Vacuum Solutions Division at the Grand Opening
CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX, UK. (22nd September, 2015) — For Edwards, the Vacuum Solutions Division within Atlas Copco and a world leader in vacuum and abatement technology, today marks the Grand Opening of its manufacturing facility in the Qingdao High-Tech Development Zone, Shandong Province, China. The Qingdao facility is now Edwards' global base for the manufacture of rotary vane and liquid ring vacuum pumps, for applications in General and Utility vacuum.Edwards’ Qingdao site has been operational since September 2014, and the Grand Opening coincides with the one-year anniversary of the factory. In 2015, operations are being expanded to include four-shift high-precision machining, and single-shift vacuum pump assembly and systemisation. Currently, production complies with the official manufacturing standards of the UK. "The Qingdao site directly supports Edwards’ business strategy of further growing its business in key high-growth regions and developing markets," noted Ian Mackay, General Manager, Qingdao. "The new facility enables us to be close to our China customers while maintaining our vision of being the world’s leading vacuum and abatement solutions provider."Together with the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), Edwards conducted an extensive review of potential cities and industrial development zones in 2011. The selection criteria included the GDP of the cities under review; availability of craft and professional skills; and accessibility and logistics. The Edwards Board approved the Qingdao project in December 2011.Edwards is investing approximately US$40 million over three years in the new site, including land purchase and establishing a 9,000-square-metre factory, a 4,000-square-metre office space, and a set of application and development labs. The Edwards site occupies 31,000 square metres of land (47 Chinese mu), providing approximately 200 jobs.
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