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To supply vacuum or compressed air, e.g. for the aeration of fermenters and bioreactors in biotechnological laboratories not equipped by central air and vacuum lines, LAMBDA has developed an innovative, microprocessor controlled, pressure-regulated compact and virtually noiseless air compressor and vacuum pump – the LAMBDA AeroSilento.
There are hundreds of air compressors and vacuum pumps available on the market. However, when an oil-free, compact, low pulsation and very quiet pump is required, the choice becomes limited.
The LAMBDA AeroSilento uses the scroll principle based on an almost unknown mechanism using two spirals. One spiral is stationary while the other rotates around the first one. This movement generates a series of closed compartments with gradually decreasing volume and increasing pressure. The transport of gas is smooth and progressive. Additionally, the multiple mechanical closures through the contact of both spirals results in a very good pressure stability. This means that the final pressure does not decrease with the flow rate, as it is usual in other compressor types. The scroll principle was invented about one hundred years ago. However, it could not be produced without the use of modern, numerically controlled machines.
The scroll-pump system has been selected because of its inherent high-quality features:
Use of the LAMBDA AeroSilento for pressure-regulated, oil-free air supply
The setup of the LAMBDA AeroSilento air compressor is very easy:
Both, the air compressor motor and electronics are over-charge protected.
Do not exceed the maximum pressure of 200 kPa (or 2 atm)!
The LAMBDA AeroSilento air compressor is not constructed for work with corrosive, explosive or flammable vapors.
Use of the LAMBDA AeroSilento as a vacuum pump
The LAMBDA AeroSilento can also be used as a low noise vacuum pump. In this case, connect the tubing to the air input hose barb at the front of the instrument. Disconnect the tubing from the air output hose barb at the rear of the AeroSilento low noise vacuum pump.
Under certain operating conditions, the vapors can condensate into the liquid phase inside or outside the compressor. Therefore, it is advisable to let the output air stream pass through a low temperature condenser or similar device. This will prevent the formation of condensate in the air supply line and possible damages to the connected devices, e.g. the mass flow measurement device of the MINIFOR laboratory fermenter/bioreactor.
An optional electronic Peltier cooling trap for the AeroSilento air compressor is available (art. no. 8091). It can be simply connected to the “Peltier cooling trap” socket on the rear side of the pressure-regulated air compressor.
Elimination of condensate
Because of the compression-expansion process, liquid water regularly forms in compressors and must be removed periodically.
The incorporated gas tank in the AeroSilento is heated and therefore the formation of condensates inside is unlikely. Should this still happen, the pump is so light that it is possible to remove the condensate easily: