Operation & Maintenance of Vacuum Pumping Systems


8:30am-4:30pm, Monday and Tuesday, June 3-4, 2019, Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel, Albuquerque, NM

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

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.

Instructor:  Timothy Gessert, EPIR

Timothy Gessert is the Managing Member of Gessert Consulting, LLC (Conifer, Colorado, USA), and a former/retired Principal Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Tim received degrees in physics from University of Wisconsin – River Falls (B.Sc, 1982), Colorado School of Mines (M.Sc, 1984), and University of Wales – College of Cardiff (Ph.D, 1996).  His 35+ years of research includes synthesis and characterization for photovoltaic and other thin films including GaAs, InP, Si, CuInGaSe2, CdTe, and transparent conducting oxides (TCOs).  Interests also include mentoring graduate students from institutions such as Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, University of Toledo, Vanderbilt University, and University of Illinois at Chicago.  Tim has collaboratively published over 230 papers, 6 book chapters, and has over 30 awarded or pending U.S. patents.  He is active in developing and teaching short courses for various institutions and societies as related Vacuum Technology, Contamination Control, Transparent Conducting Oxides, and Thin-Film Photovoltaics.  Tim has been a long-term member of the American Vacuum Society (AVS), Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC), the Materials Research Society (MRS), the IEEE, and the Institute of Physics (IOP).  He has served on numerous Conference Committees and Editorial Boards, and is an Associate Editor of the scientific journal Thin Solid Films..

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Cost:  $1,020.00

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