When you are a company that works hard to maintain the highest level of quality and service it is not easy to meet pricing pressures and still hold that level of quality delivered to the customer. This year MHV has recommitted to maintain the highest quality levels we can achieve while adding value for our customers. Weunderstand that there cannot be multiple levels of quality which confuse the standard of quality and often end up sacrificing quality for profit. While profit is an essential component of any business, quality is a core value and an asset that helps our company compete in a market that continually seeks to find the lowest price. MHV’s approach is to provide our customers the opportunity to lower costs while providing competitive pricing, factoring in the overall cost. This philosophy requires that all aspects of an operation be incorporated into the calculations for cost and includes the often overlooked intangible items like durability, reliability, service support, technical support, quality of materials, and the attention to detail that are built into every product that we manufacture. This is the promise of quality we make to our customers and our commitment to them.
ISO 9001:2008 Certified Quality Management System
Last year MHV received our ISO 9001-2008 Quality Management System Certification. This year we are updating to the new standard; ISO 9001-2015. The new standard incorporates more formal planning that provides improved awareness of factors that can affect our customers, vendors and our own company. Overall, it is more rigorous in every area. For MHV, one of the greatest benefits of the certification process is acquiring and internalizing a discipline that improves our consistency. Institutionalizing the system and processes as part of our everyday activity makes us more aware and requires us to act on unpredictable events to bring them under control.
Watch that crud in your crude!
Oil is often thought of exclusively as a lubricant but in mechanical vacuum pumps oil serves a number of critical functions. Besides acting as a lubricant the pump oil provides a seal between close tolerance mechanical components that direct the movement of gasses for generating the vacuum. As in an automotive engine, oil flushes contaminants from the system and carries them to the reservoir where larger particles settle out isolated from vulnerable components. Additionally, oil inhibits corrosion, provides cooling and noise reduction. Some applications can be very demanding depending on the duty cycle of the pump and the atmosphere that is cycled through the pump. Due to the nature of vacuum pump mechanisms and applications, oil has to be carefully selected. It must meet a variety of specifications depending on the specific application; Viscosity, chemical stability, low vapor pressure, proper corrosion inhibiting qualities, lubricating qualities, compatibility with the atmosphere cycled through the pump and non-hazardous characteristics are all important engineering factors to consider. Regular preventive maintenance which includes changing the oil on your pump is one thing that you can do to extend the life of your unit and reduce down time in your operation. Integrating oil filtration is another option that reduces contaminants continuously paying back in longer rebuilding intervals. Regular oil changes are as important in a mechanical vacuum pump as they are in an automobile. OEMs like Edwards-Stokes recommends an oil change every 300 operating hours extended to 500 hours for clean processes, less if the process is dirty. Abrasive contaminants suspended in the oil that gain access to the bearing surfaces or closely fitting parts reduce pump life caused by wear of these critical components. Ultimately, it is the discretion of the operator to monitor oil quality and manage the pump life in their operation. MHV can assist your efforts by providing expert advice and lubricant products engineered to maximize your investment in vacuum equipment. Call Dave or Darel and discuss what you can do to increase the life of your equipment and keep crud out of your oil.
New Staff Announcement
We would like to introduce Christopher Estkowski, our new Chief Engineer. Chris has 30 plus years of engineering experience including product testing, product design, R&D, quality assurance management, machine design and executive management. He comes to us from the Safety Equipment Industry serving military and commercial markets. Chris will help continue MHV’s commitment to our customers and grow our engineering capability.
Metallurgical High Vacuum
6708 124th Avenue
Fennville MI 49408 USA
Chris email: [email protected]
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Darel email: [email protected]
Springtime at MHV
Springtime has always been a time of renewal and preparation for the growing season. Around our neck of the woods fields are getting worked, fruit trees are blooming and at MHV we are shaking off the winter and cleaning up around the shop and inventory areas to ready ourselves for additional workload and improved efficiency. The winter clutter is gone.
MHV continues to add...
...capability and expertise in rebuilding equipment. In addition to our part fabrication and rebuilding capability with the BeachRuss line of mechanical pumps we also have the same expertise in rebuilding the Stokes 16 inch Ring Jet Booster.
If you need parts for your pump MHV stocks many commonly consumed parts for various Mechanical Pumps. Contact Dave or Darel and they will assist you in identifying the parts you need.