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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.
CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX, UK. (19 August, 2015) — Edwards is displaying a wide portfolio of both intelligent
dry vacuum pumping systems and cost effective oil sealed pumps for the coating applications
and touch panel market at Touch Taiwan, the world’s premier touch panel and
optical film exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan.
are delighted to bring a range of optimised vacuum pumping technologies to the Touch
Taiwan show this year,“ commented V. Rangarajan, Market Sector Manager, Industrial
at Edwards. “This demonstrates the range of different solutions which we can
offer with the low cost of ownership and environmentally friendly benefits that
are so important to our customers”.
display will be the ES300 single stage rotary vane oil sealed pump, which provides
a highly stable vacuum performance, making it ideal for coating and touch panel
applications. The optimised oil return system ensures there are none of the
pressure fluctuations that are often seen in single stage pumps thus improving
product quality and giving consistent process results. The pump mechanism on
the new ES pump has been refined to produce a better quality of vacuum whilst
maintain pumping speed even at lower pressure and extending the operating
The GXS160/1750 dry screw pump and booster
combination, also on the stand, incorporates innovative features which contribute to its smooth quiet running,
excellent vacuum performance and low running cost. The GXS provides a very stable pumping speed,
with reduced pump down times and ultimate vacuum of 5 x 10-4 mbar, which
results in improved product quality and increased productivity. With its
intelligent control systems the GXS is ideal in coating, lamination and
industrial applications, offering automated control of the process where
optimum throughput of end products is desired.
is also highlighting its STP-iXR1606 magnetically levitated turbomolecular
pump, with integrated power supply and controller, designed to deliver
significant savings for manufacturers of coating systems for display touch
panels, flat panel displays and solar panels. The absence of mechanical
bearings practically eliminates the cost of periodic maintenance and minimises
the downtime.The pump’s design maximises the allowable gas throughput while delivering
high vacuum and minimises the number of pumps required for these high flow
compact iXL120 and IXL1000 series of
mid-range dry pumps provide repeatable fast pump down times of smaller chambers
with extremely low power consumption. A Green Mode allows reduced utilities
usage during idle periods, lowering utility costs and helping to preserve the
environment. They are ideal for load locks, lamination and sealing systems and
in other touch panel processes and save valuable floorspace.
see the latest in vacuum innovation and find out how Edwards can give your
process a clear edge visit Booth J910/1F at Touch Taiwan.
Booth #J910Hall 1FAugust 26 - 28 2015Taipei world Trade CenterNangang Exhibition HallTaiwan
CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX, UK. (12 June, 2015) — Edwards is highlighting the reliability of their dry vacuum pumps at Achema, Germany, 15 – 19 June, and emphasising their expertise at providing an individually designed vacuum solution for their customers.
Achema is an international show for chemical engineering and the process industry which takes place every three years. This year on Edwards’ stand there will be several running dry vacuum pumps, a CXS, a GXS and an nXDS. There will also be service demonstrations on nXDS, turbopumps and rotary vane pumps on the stand. Experts from Edwards will be available to discuss any questions about vacuum, from the optimum vacuum technology for their application to the flexible service solutions available.
“Our dry vacuum technology can provide real cost benefits and environmentally friendly solutions to the pharmaceutical and process industries, and at Achema we are delighted to be showcasing our application knowledge and systemisation capabilities,“ said Dr. Don Collins, Market Development Manager, Chemical Sector, Edwards.
The CXS delivers exceptional vacuum performance and reliability in chemical and pharmaceutical processes, enabling users to benefit from the lowest chemical dry pump cost of ownership and environmental impact. Chemical industries globally increasingly demand ever more reliable, flexible and available on demand vacuum in ‘plug and pump’ systems. The CXS has been designed to address these requirements, being simple to install and use with up to five years between services.
Also on the stand will be a running GXS. The GXS range, with its innovative screw technology, enables users to maximise their productivity and performance with a low cost of ownership and small carbon footprint on non-flammable applications. The GXS provides robust and reliable operation even in harsh applications, and its long service intervals (up to 5 years) mean minimal maintenance is required.
The nXDS dry scroll pump is suitable for use on vapour handling processes even with corrosives and particulates, and so is ideal for use in chemical and pharmaceutical laboratories. The advanced scroll form and quiet operation of the nXDS, together with intelligent, easy to use controls, deliver best-in-class performance.
Booth F35, hall 8.June 15-19, Frankfurt am Main,Germany
Left to Right: Simon Cosham of St Wilfrid's Hospice, and Waleed Qader, Edwards
CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX, UK. (21 May, 2015) — Edwards, a global developer and manufacturer of vacuum products headquartered in Crawley, and with a facility in Eastbourne, has handed over a cheque for £2,000 to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.Edwards’ Eastbourne site is celebrating an impressive safety achievement with no lost time incidents due to injury recorded in the last 10 years. Atlas Copco, who acquired Edwards in 2014, have given Edwards’ Eastbourne a safety award in the form of a cash donation, to give to a charity of their choice. Staff in Eastbourne chose two charities, St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne and Dementia UK, a national charity. ”St Wilfrid’s was nominated by the majority of people on site as a cause close to their hearts,” said Dr Waleed Qader, Site Leader and Senior Operations Manager, Edwards Eastbourne. Simon Cosham, Corporate Fundraiser at St Wilfrid’s Hospice commented, “Without the continued support of local businesses we could not provide the specialist care and support to those who need us at their most vulnerable. We are extremely grateful to Edwards for this generous donation of £2,000 which will help us to continue helping others. Thank you.”St Wilfrid’s Hospice is a local charity based in Eastbourne providing skilled and compassionate care and treatment for people living with a life limiting illness. They currently care for more than 1,000 people every year and have been providing their services to the community for over 30 years, also supporting families and close friends during the illness and through bereavement. The hospice relies almost entirely on donations to run their services.
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