What is a Vacuum Feedthrough Used For?

If you’re new to the contracting purchasing game, you might be wondering where to get started learning the basics. What do all of those things your engineers keep talking about actually do? There are many materials you need to know more about before you feel comfortable determining your company’s needs totally on your own. One thing we know for certain — learning the basics about electricity is an absolute must if you’re going to work as a purchasing manager, and this is true even if you’re never planning to strap on a utility belt. Because we understand how challenging it is to get started, we’ve put together a bit of information to help you understand a few things about working with electricity, including what a vacuum feedthrough does and when to use it.

Safely Conducting Electricity

Did you know that electricity travels at 6,696,000 miles per hour and, when uncontrolled, has the potential to cause serious harm? Vacuum feedthroughs play a critical role when it comes to safely conducting electricity through structures. They safely conduct electricity from outside to within vacuum chambers and are often used instead of bulkhead connectors. Put another way — electricians use vacuum feedthroughs to guide electrical wires and other energy-carrying modalities from a non-hermetically sealed environment to one that’s vacuum sealed.

Maintain Flow in a Vacuum Seal

These connectors are often used when it’s important to maintain current or amperage flow without interrupting the vacuum seal. They’re often found in medical imaging technology, military ordinance controls, flight simulators designed to emulate spaceflight and many other types of equipment where high-voltages are commonly found. Understanding why and how electrical engineers choose to design systems with these connectors is critical to understanding how to work with and maintain them.

The Benefits of Using a Vacuum Feedthrough

Using a vacuum feedthrough offers several benefits, including improved energy delivery and more. These setups tend to be ideal for high-voltage applications due to the low incidence of leakage. They’re compact and don’t require the space and electrical needs of a digital system. They’re particularly useful in situations where frequent current connection and disconnection are not common or undesired, since more connections tend to add to unreliability. Because they’re so simple and more reliable, they often expand the design possibilities available to electrical or design engineers. The increased design flexibility often results in lower cost outlays during production. They also tend to require less maintenance than alternative technologies and, as a result, often deliver cost savings.

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