This is an Ideal Vacuum Products IVP, Ideal Vacuum Cube, Conductance Limiting Plate Coupler Kit for a 6x6 Vacuum Cube frame opening. The plate coupler is designed for two purposes: 1) Firmly hold any Ideal Vacuum conductance limiting coupler insert to the plate and 2) Create a sealed vacuum union between two Ideal Vacuum 6x6 cube frame openings, as illustrated in the middle diagram, above. This kit includes the following items:
1 Conductance Limiting Coupling Plate, 6061-T6 Aluminum
4 Vented Socket Head Screws, SS, 8-32
4 Ideal Vacuum Cube Frame Connectors
4 Thin Hex Nuts, 18-8 Stainless Steel
2 Viton 6x6 O-rings
1 Viton Orifice O-ring
At low vacuum pressures, a conductance limiting orifice restricts the free molecular flow of gases and particles to only those mean free paths reflected through the orifice in a straight line. It may be used for dividing a given volume under vacuum into differing (upstream and downstream vacuum pressure) regions through which a particle or focused light beam must be passed. Our conductance limiting orifices may also be used for extra fine calibration of precision valves and flow meters, as well as fine control of gas flow in spectroscopy applications.
Ideal Vacuum Cube Introduction
Our Ideal Vacuum Cube is a modular high-vacuum chamber system, conceived to enable creativity and design flexibility in vacuum chamber system construction. Cubes can be stacked together into various shapes and configurations, with interchangeable plates offering a variety of features for connections, windows, and feedthroughs. Plates include 1/4"-20 mounting threads on a standard 1" optical pattern for easy connection of hinges, posts, mounts, lenses, polarizers, and other accessories.
Durability and Versatility
The large inner dimensions and open design of Ideal Vacuum Cubes makes them perfect for many vacuum chamber applications and experiments. Vacuum Cubes are constructed of lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, allowing them to be easily transported around the lab and mounted on optical tables (unlike heavy stainless steel vacuum chambers). A patent-pending seal protective design, stainless steel thread inserts, and powder-coated outside plate finish help to make the Vacuum Cube a durable tool for even the most demanding use.
Patent-Pending Chamber System
Our Ideal Vacuum Cubes have a patent pending design which features our Taper-Seal technology. Unlike other vacuum flange designs, such as Conflat CF, KF/NW, or ISO-LF (large flange), which is easily damaged when set on work surfaces, our Taper-Seal design protects critical sealing edges and o-rings from contact which can cause damage or contamination.
Innovative Chamber Building Blocks
Ideal Vacuum Cubes can easily be stacked together to build a complex, yet lightweight vacuum system. The outer edges of each vacuum cube feature hardware mounting sockets for easy cube-to-cube connections. A cube coupling kit includes the hardware needed to connect two cubes together. This allows scientists to creatively construct long or odd-shaped vacuum systems in a laboratory.
Configurable Plates and Accessories
The Vacuum Cube can be configured with a wide variety of plates and windows with many options. A Vacuum Cube can be fitted with feedthroughs for electrical power, thermocouple temperature measurements, optical lasers light or imaging detectors, gas supply, or fluid flow for heat/cooling recirculation lines. Compatible standard flange styles include KF-16, KF-25, KF-40, KF-50, ISO-63, along with conflat CF 2.75, CF 3.375, and CF 4.5 inch flanged ports. Viewing windows are also available, and custom plates can be manufactured on request. An optional hinge kit can be ordered to convert any plate into an operable door.
Applications for Ideal Vacuum Cubes
Our Ideal Vacuum Cubes are designed to be incorporated into optics laboratories for quick installation in laser research applications. The modular design of our Ideal Vacuum Cubes makes them suitable for many vacuum chamber applications, including the following:
Vacuum Cube Pumping Performance
- Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) Devices and Experiments
- Thermal Vacuum Testing
- Altitude Testing
- Vacuum Degassing Chamber
- High Power and Ultra Short Pulsed Lasers Research and Development
- Ion Acceleration
- RGA (Residual Gas Analyzers)
- Helium Leak Testing of Hermetic Sealed Devices With Welded In Helium Atmosphere
- Leak Detection Of Pharma Packaging
- Molecular Ion Trap
- Cryostat Vacuum Chamber
The pump down curves for several Ideal Vacuum Cube configurations are shown in the graphs below. A single 6x6x6 inch Cube can be pumped from atmosphere to 1x10-5
Torr in 2.5 minutes and below 1x10-6
Torr in around 15 minutes.
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This was accomplished using a 68 liters/second turbomolecular pump backed by a 110 liters/minute (3.3 cfm) dry scroll vacuum pump.
We have also provided roughing pump down curves for popular Agilent Varian IDP-3 and SH-110 dry scroll pumps. The 6x6x6 Cube reaches base pressure of 300 mTorr for the IDP-3 (2.1 cfm) in less than 1 minute of pumping, and 50 mTorr for Agilent Varian SH-110 (3.3 cfm) in around 2 minutes.
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On special request we can offer fully anodized plates to help with absorption of scattered light in laser research and optical applications. Anodized components do not pump down as fast as bare aluminum metal surfaces.
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A single 6x6x6 with anodized plates required 1 hour of pumping to reach 1x10-5