Busch vacuum pumps at "World Solar Challenge" in Australia
The "World Solar Challenge" is a 3.000 km race in Australia in which only solar operated vehicles are allowed to participate. One of the 38 participating teams was the Umicore Solar Team from Belgium. The team members are 14 former students of the International University College in Leuven/Belgium.
In order to be able to repair carbon fibre damages during the race, the team took a R 5 rotary vane vacuum pump with them.
With this vacuum pump the team was able to laminate and harden car body panels under vacuum after a crash.
R 5 vacuum pumps are worldwide the standard vacuum pumps in composites material processing.
Innovation awards for Busch
Busch received two international innovation awards this October: first, the "JEC Asia Award" in Singapore. This award appreciates the innovative activity of Busch in the nano technology and the development of composites materials. Just last week Busch received the "AVK Innovation Award" in Stuttgart for the same development.
Busch has not only been active in the plastics industry this fall. Busch also presented its vacuum pumps and systems at nine different trade shows in the following countries; Germany, USA, Poland, the Netherlands, China and Singapore.
The innovations in the nano technology segment were developed by our Swiss facility in collaboration with Huntsman. Huntsman is the leading manufacturer of resin systems based in Basle.
The new technology was used for creating a new generation of hockey sticks. At first sight, hockey sticks do not have much in common with vacuum pumps. However, the results of the research will be integrated into the development of new products in vacuum technology.
In Porrentruy, Switzerland Busch produces hockey sticks out of carbon and fiberglass. These are formed and afterwards resin, which was developed with nano technology, is injected.
Worldwide this is the first hockey stick which consists only of one piece. This production method also has the advantage that the hockey stick can be adapted to the individual needs of a hockey player. Therefore many international top hockey players use the Busch hockey stick in which they have influence on the characteristics such as flexibility and the geometric form of the stick.
Busch vacuum technique is used in other applications of plastics processing. This was demonstrated at the plastics trade show Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, which also took place in October. At the exhibition Busch displayed vacuum systems, which are used for material loading at plastics processing machines.
The wind blows on the coast, the vacuum comes from Maulburg
Last year, Busch supplied a large number of vacuum systems for production of wind turbines worldwide. The call for environmentally-friendly energy production is becoming louder, and this in turn means that there are more and more wind energy farms everywhere. Above all, so-called offshore wind farms, with increasingly large turbine installations, are currently being built off sea coasts.
Manufacture of rotor blades requires vacuum pumps produced by Busch, based in Maulburg, Germany. The rotor blades for wind turbines are made of plastic. This plastic flows into the mould in liquid form under vacuum and then cures. The rotor blades, measuring up to 60 metres in length, require correspondingly dimensioned vacuum plants. Busch produces these plants individually and according to customer requirements. In recent years, a number of firms have been established on the German North Sea and Baltic coasts that specialise in production of such offshore wind turbines. They all trust in the reliability of vacuum technology from Maulburg. The failure of a vacuum plant during the curing process, which lasts several hours, can cause a loss of several hundred thousand euros. The reason why all these companies have been established directly on the coast is obvious: due to their size, the up to 60 m long rotor blades cannot be transported on roads. They must be loaded from the production hall directly onto ships that bring them to the offshore wind farms. The plants are assembled directly on-site. Once the plants are assembled in the water, they have a height of up to 180 metres above the water level. Busch mainly delivers vacuum plants for these applications to Northern Europe, India, the Far East and North America. Busch engineers in the respective countries consult customers on site and provide technical support for the plants, and at the same time stay in close contact with the specialists in Maulburg.
Dolphin is "Best product 2008"
The professional journal Process has elected the liquid ring vacuum pump Dolphin to the "Best Product 2008". Reason for this award was the press release about both Dolphin liquid ring vacuum pump versions which was already published in May. This release received great feedback and that is the reason why it has now been published in the special edition "Best products 2008" again. Dolphin liquid ring vacuum pumps are available in different sizes and versions. They are mainly used in oil industry, pharmaceutical industry, chemical operations and plastics industry.
"iF product design award 2008" goes to Busch
Design prize for new vacuum pump
Maulburg. At the end of the year it was official: The Maulburg-based vacuum pump manufacturer Busch was awarded the international design prize "iF design award 2008" for a newly developed vacuum pump. This prize is awarded annually by an expert jury for new products that stand out on account of their excellent product design. The jury not only evaluates "beauty", but a degree of innovation, choice of material and processing as well. Further aspects of evaluation include environmental compatibility, functionality, ergonomics and safety. The prize will officially be awarded on the opening day of the computer fair CeBit in Hanover in March.
Busch's new vacuum pump was developed for the packaging industry. Developers and design engineers used a completely new approach. Their main priority was to create a powerful machine that is extremely easy to maintain and requires minimum space thanks to its compact dimensions. That they had managed to achieve this aim was proven in May 2007, when the vacuum pump was presented at an international fair for the first time in Frankfurt. In the meantime, the machine has been presented at trade fairs all over the world and has been met with great approval by trade visitors.
The special feature of this vacuum pump is that it meets the strict specifications of hygiene requirements in the food industry. It is the only vacuum pump in the world to meet these standards.
The "iF design award" has been a global, recognised trademark for excellent design for 54 years. The iF brand has long been established as a symbol for excellent design performances and now operates from Hanover, Munich and Taipei. 2771 products from 35 countries entered the competition. Of these, a total of 821 were awarded the coveted design prize. Most products are for private use, however. For example, consumer electronics, computer and mobile phones received awards, as well as furniture and household goods. The prize-winning vacuum pump will be on display at the "iF exhibition" on the Hanover Fair site for six months from March 2008. It will be on display during the major CeBit and Hanover Fairs.
For the Busch Group, this new product will further secure a successful future, remaining true to the ethos of the company's founder, Dr. Karl Busch, of always being better than the rest.
Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems
Uli Merkle • Marketing/Marketing Services
January 22, 2008