Glass act

Edwards has won an order worth over €1m to provide vacuum pumps for an in-line glass coater for Interpane, the German flat glass manufacturer.


Edwards has won an order worth more than €1m (£0.87m) to provide vacuum pumps for an in-line glass coater for Interpane, a German manufacturer of flat glass.



In addition, the West Sussex-based global vacuum company has secured a service contract worth €100,000.



Edwards will supply a total vacuum system, which includes 80 iXA2205 turbo pumps and two HV8000/607/IDX1300 mechanical pumps, plus 14 EH boosters and four GV dry pumps for turbo support of the process chambers.

The company had already worked with Interpane on a glass coating system for manufacturing architectural glass.



Edwards carried out an ‘onboard control’ development programme for the turbo pumps, and provided an STPiXA2205 beta with Profibus, which ran a successful trial on a production glass coater for a year, until September 2008.


Delivery for the latest contract will be completed by June 2009 and will be part of a system to be commissioned in December 2009.