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V.I.C. Gas Handling Systems to Combat Global Helium Shortages

Ronkonkoma, NY, Sept. 24, 2007 “Helium prices are expected to spike by 10-15 percent,” according to Chuck Wilkinson, Director of Marketing for Vacuum Instrument Corporation, world’s largest independent manufacturer of leak detection equipment and leak-test systems, “but industrial users may be even more concerned about spot shortages that can delay their own production lines. This is a good time,” he added, “for industrial helium-users to look carefully at the cost/benefit ratio that VIC can deliver with our proven gas recovery and recycling systems.”

VIC’s Helium Recovery product line features a group of high efficiency gas recycling systems that significantly reduce operating costs associated with Helium leak testing. “Our wide choice of standard models and custom manufactured products provides the flexibility to quickly meet varying capacity requirements while reducing tracer gas operating costs.”

VIC Gas Recovery Systems offer:

  • Recovery efficiencies up to 98%
  • Standalone programmable control packages
  • Compressors utilizing an oil-less piston seal prevents oil contamination of the test object
  • ASME coded and certified gas storage vessels
  • Continuous on-line gas concentration monitoring/feedback ensures proper tracer gas levels
  • Real time diagnostics
  • Automatic start-up operation, as well as a host of other design features to boost reliability

VIC offers complete solutions from product preparation to gas recycling, including Smart Charge™ — an advanced gas backfill and evacuation system, gas boosters, gas mixers and gas recovery systems.

Behind VIC's quality cost-saving products is a first class customer service organization. VIC provides complete turnkey leak test systems — something no other U.S.-based helium mass spectrometer manufacturer can offer. Their staff of application specialists can assist in determining product leak rate specifications, gas handling requirements and equipment recommendations.

About VIC Leak Detection
Vacuum Instrument Corporation (VIC) is the world's largest company devoted solely to research and design, manufacture, distribution, training and service of leak detectors and complete leak detector solutions. Founded in 1958 as Vacuum Instrument Corporation, VIC introduced the first portable helium leak detector in 1967, went on to develop the first fully automatic industrial leak detection system in 1978, and the first “sniff only” helium leak detector in 1990. In 1994 VIC was selected by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) to join a consortium of leading research laboratories and Fortune 50 companies to develop the next generation of leak detection technology. In 2000, Vacuum Instrument Corporation acquired the Leak Detection Division of Veeco Instruments Inc. (Plainview, NY). This division was reorganized as the Advanced Leak Metrology Division. VIC’s Industrial Leak Detection, Air Leak Testing, and Advanced Leak Metrology Divisions combine their engineering, manufacturing, and marketing resources as VIC Leak Detection.

VIC has the world's largest base of installed leak detectors. More than one billion products have been tested with VIC’s portable vacuum-type helium sniffers, general purpose helium leak detectors, mass flow and pressure decay systems, and complete turnkey leak detection solutions. VIC employs more than 120 people at its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities, located in Ronkonkoma, NY and Dayton, OH.

Factory direct sales and service are available worldwide

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24 Sep 2007


Vacuum Instruments Corporation is a pioneer in providing state-of-the-art leak detection solutions for diverse applications and industries. Our systems have ensured the safety and performance of countless products that we use in our daily lives from the cars we drive to the air conditioners in our houses, the pacemakers in our bodies, and the satellites we launch into space.
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