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Vacuum Design Engineering

Whether your vacuum application is widely implemented in industry or if it’s unique to your business operations, you deserve the best design solution available. At Millibar, our commitment to intelligent vacuum solutions ensures that we bring an innovative approach to designing optimal vacuum systems. When you put Millibar to work you apply our years of experience in vacuum system design and product development to a wide range of automation and process control applications.

Our vacuum technology design services are perfect if you are faced with any of the following challenges:

  • Lifting and moving a unique or unusually shaped item
  • Grabbing an item in a unique location point
  • Retrofitting an existing vacuum application
  • Reengineering an existing system for improved performance
  • Switching from electric to pneumatic
  • Increasing the speed of processing, cycle time
  • Lowering or eliminating maintenance costs
  • Improving machine throughput
  • Lowering failure rate
  • Improving safety

Our Value

Process design engineers, system maintenance engineers, OEMs and distributors, and end users in all industries count on the Millibar team to recommend and design solutions, and to manufacture custom components when necessary. While some vacuum pump manufacturers focus solely on their own products, at Millibar, we focus on y our challenge. In addition to the Millibar product line, we work closely with other leading manufacturers and integrators to deploy the best off-the-shelf technology. As Millibar matures, we will offer a range of products that fit 60% of the standard needs for industrial automation and process control. The remaining 40% requires modified versions of standard products or a product design from the ground up.

Our Process – From The Ground Up

When we design from the ground up, we will ask a lot of questions to ensure that we understand the entire scope of the customer’s need.  We are always focused on design to minimize components, save assembly labor (both internally and within the overall system), and most importantly, a robust design.  With no moving parts, our designs provide trouble-free operation. However, as a vacuum source, our products are always ingesting dirt and debris. If for some reason, a large piece of debris enters the pump, we will design the system to be easy to clean out—often without the need for tools. A good example is a lightbulb factory where the vacuum pump is designed to remove air from the bulb during a quality check station. On occasion, the bulb breaks and large bits of glass make their way to the pump. Knowing that this is likely to happen, we designed a system that was easy for the operator to clean so that the machine did not require a maintenance person to be called.

Take A Bold Step With Our Design Team

Please contact us by phone or email and let us know as much as possible about your project or problem. Feel free to use all of the latest tools to help us understand. Cell phone pictures, 3D Models, 2D drawing, hand sketch and, of course, conversation with our engineers. If we believe we can help, we will begin the process of understanding your goals. If we can’t help or your application is outside of our scope, we will be happy to recommend someone that may have the product or where you might search. It gives us great pleasure to facilitate the problem solving process.

When required we will often ask for samples of the products that you want to handle if they represent a challenge such as a very uneven surface, flexible packaging, or a food item. If it’s something like a loaf of bread or a packaged item that you can find in a hardware store that we can pick up to conduct the test, we will often do that to save UPS and time.

Once we have the item in hand we will conduct tests and demonstrate via photo or video the solution that we propose.

The Details

When a custom solution is required we will triage the request to determine the amount of engineering time and prototyping expense, and provide you with a quote before proceeding to production. Having developed thousands of custom solutions, this process is very quick. Designs are often completed in a week or less, and prototype creation and testing are usually within 3 weeks, depending upon complexity.

Our primary CAD programs are Solidworks and Autocad. Pro-E is available as well. In situations where the solution is not evident and a clear understanding of the application from afar is not possible, Millibar engineers provide site visits. Travel expenses are quoted prior to the visit.

Pick Up The Phone Now… Or Inquire On-Line

Tell us what you are trying to accomplish with vacuum! If you are ready to bring in the experts, why not do so right now? We can help you realize performance gains that you may not realize are even available, and we can help you balance your costs and energy consumption.

Put Millibar to work for you now. We have the system design expertise along with proven skills to provide you off-the-shelf and custom solutions. Call us at 508-488-9870, or 
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