By "industrial applications" we mean a wide range of production processes that require vacuum technology. The common denominator of these applications such as steel degassing, heat treatment, vacuum drying or helium leak detection is their use of pumps in challenging industrial type environments. They need to handle “more than just air” and must cope with this. Exactly what our industrial pumps are made for.
One of the drivers in the field of vacuum furnaces is the ever-increasing demand for high-quality metal parts from the aerospace and automotive industries. These sectors demand modern components that are capable of meeting the highest standards. These standards can usually only be achieved by heat treatment under vacuum.
Unexpected furnace downtimes cause high production costs, as the production steps are usually designed according to the just-in-time model. The various heat treatment applications present different challenges for the vacuum systems used.
Since 1850, our customers worldwide rely on our experience and expertise. Leybold offers the best vacuum technology for every heat treatment application.
Metallurgy / Steel Degassing
Secondary steelmaking involves refining of the crude steel coming from the primary metallurgy production steps. The various operations are normally carried out in ladles. In secondary metallurgy, alloying agents are added, dissolved gases in the steel are lowered, the carbon content is reduced and inclusions are removed or altered chemically to ensure that high-quality steel is produced after casting. Many process steps are performed under vacuum which is necessary to ensure highest steel quality levels.
The traditionally utilized steam-ejector vacuum systems are today more and more displaced by the clearly more energy saving and environmental friendly mechanical vacuum systems. By the development of extreme robust dry compressing screw vacuum pumps which are combined with Roots-type booster pumps, mechanical vacuum systems reached the required reliability level to enable highest steel production yields.
The energy revolution we are facing also poses a technology challenge. Green energy supplied by photovoltaic plants and wind turbines is often not synchronized with the current demand. Overrun energy requires high-grade temporarily storage solutions. Efficient energy storage solutions are also needed to make e-mobility more attractive by increasing the range per charge and reducing manufacturing costs. Therefore the current Li-Ion-cell technology must be enhanced. Bespoken vacuum solutions for vacuum assisted production steps are needed. Leybold products can support all vacuum related process steps in Li-cell manufacturing and in addition enable mechanical systems to store energy.
- Degassing of the electrode slurry
- Vacuum drying of coated electrodes
- Electrolyte filling and degassing
- Leakdetection of Li-Ion-cells
- Flywheel – Mechanical Storage technology