All performance specifications stated, including but not limited to, pump-down rates and vacuum levels make the following assumptions:
The Vacuum Chamber is empty.
The Vacuum Chamber and other system components are clean and dry.
The System is being operated at Sea Level
The ambient temperature is 18°C +/- 2°C
All system components, including those not supplied by Abbess, are appropriate for the system and are functioning properly.
The specifications are not impacted by the properties of your product.
If you require performance specifications for conditions other than those listed above, it is vital that you make this known to Abbess Instruments in writing. Generally Abbess Instruments recommends choosing chamber and pumping system qualities capable of achieving a theoretical vacuum at least an order of magnitude better than the desired operational vacuum.
It is to be noted that a specification described as '10-5 Torr' is a range, and means the clean, empty, dry chamber system is capable of reaching some undetermined value between 1.0x10-5 and 9.9x10-5 Torr: The (clean, empty, dry) chamber is deemed compliant whether its As-Built base vacuum is 1.0x10-5 Torr or 9.9x10-5 Torr. It does not mean that the chamber is guaranteed to reach every level within that range.
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Abbess puts clear acrylic materials to use in a variety cube chamber
systems, both as attachments to aluminum or stainless steel frames and as
entire clear acrylic assemblies. These chambers lend themselves to both
process and test applications where constant user monitoring of the vacuum
cycle is crucial and the basic cube geometry is a practical requirement.
Used in concert with Abbess linear and rotary actuators and process
feedthrus, these chambers can serve as very practical tools for introducing
vacuum process advantages even to simple manufacture.