• Vacuum systems customized specifically for Laboratory Applications
  • Packages that leverage proven Dry Claw and Oil Sealed Rotary Vane Technologies
  • Easy to use product guide with control panel options and product specification charts to help you find just the right product
Unit of Measure


Dimension A

N/A 38 in

Dimension B

N/A 93 in

Dimension C

N/A 72 in

Inlet Size

N/A 2 in

Outlet Size (X2)

N/A 1 1/2 in

Laboratory Lubricated Vane Vacuum System with Premium Controls

Air Flow at 19 inHg

N/A 52 scfm

Pump Power

N/A 5 hp

Tank Capacity

N/A 120 gal

Tank Orientation

N/A Horizontal


N/A 21676 Btu/hr

Noise Level

N/A 74 dBA

System Full Load Current (F.L.A) at 208 V

N/A 29.6 A

System Full Load Current (F.L.A) at 230 V

N/A 28.0 A

System Full Load Current (F.L.A) at 460 V

N/A 15.0 A

System Weight

N/A 1250 lb



N/A Powerex®


N/A Duplex

Warranty (Limited)

N/A 3 year

Electrical Panel Opening

N/A 42 in

Minimum Clearance for Ease of Maintenance

N/A 24 in

Motor Voltage

N/A 208 to 230 V460 V


N/A 3

Power Supply Frequency

N/A 60 Hz

Innovative Technology

N/A Laboratory Oil Sealed Rotary Vane Systems (with HMI, PBMI or Basic controls)

Control Panel Protection


Industry Standards/Certifications



N/A The Powerex® laboratory vacuum system is designed to create a suction system to remove unwanted fluids or gases from laboratory working areas. The laboratory vacuum system package is compliant with the NFPA 99 requirements for Risk Category 3 laboratory systems.

Each system is completely tested before shipment and includes:

  • Multiple vacuum pumps and associated equipment
  • ASME air receiver
  • NEMA 12 multiplex control panel
Each pump is factory piped to a common intake manifold. Vibration isolation pads are included with the system.

Rotary Vane Vacuum Pump

N/A Each vacuum pump shall be of the rotary vane air-cooled design. Each vacuum pump shall be direct driven through a shaft coupling by a TEFC electric motor. Belt drives shall not be permitted. The vacuum pumps shall be mounted on vibration isolators.

  • Each vacuum pump shall be air-cooled and have absolutely no water requirements.
  • Each pump is equipped with a 5 micron inlet filter for removal of particulates.
  • Lubrication shall be provided by an integral, fully recirculating oil supply that is filtered by an automotive-type, spin-on oil filter. Non-recirculating (once-through) or partial re-circulating oil supply systems shall not be permitted. Each vacuum pump is supplied with ISO100 PAO synthetic oil.
  • The oil separation systems shall be integral and shall consist of no less than three stages of internally installed oil and smoke eliminators through which the exhaust gas stream must pass. This system shall consist of bulk separation, oil mist elimination, and smoke elimination, and shall be capable of removing 99.9+ percent of all oil and smoke particles from the exhaust gas stream.
  • Each vacuum pump shall include a built-in, ant-isuck-back valve, mounted at the pump inlet, and three sliding vanes.
Each pump is initially filled with full synthetic oil for improved lubrication, longer life, and chemical resistance.


N/A The motor is continuous duty, C-face, TEFC, suitable for 208-230, or 460 V, 3 phase, 60 hertz electrical operation.

Air Receiver

N/A The system shall include an ASME rated air receiver. The tank shall be internally lined and come with a manual drain and sight gauge. Systems with Basic Controls are also equipped with a vacuum gauge. Receiver is plumbed so that system vacuum must pass through the air receiver prior to the pumps to provide additional protection for the pumps.

Premium NFPA Control Panel

N/A The control system provides automatic lead/lag sequencing and automatic alternation of all pumps in order to equalize the amount of usage among the available vacuum pumps. The Premium NFPA Control Panel shall include a gateway server card and all features listed below:

  • PLC controller and a 6" color touch screen panel which displays the operating status of the unit
  • Building automation communication gateway with BacNet® protocol and Web server features. Web server features include email notifications in case the system is in alarm or has achieved one its maintenance intervals and requires service.
  • Ethernet port for connection to BacNet® server or direct connection to facility Ethernet for viewing of system operations and status via device IP-address
  • UL508A listed control panel in a NEMA 12 enclosure. The panel door will include: the color touch screen, audible and visual alarms with an acknowledge button, and an HOA switch for each pump
  • Magnetic starters
  • Vacuum transducer for process control
  • Single point power connection
  • Redundant 120 VAC control transformers with fused primary and secondary protection
  • System overload trip, high temperature conditions, low vacuum or maintenance intervals for the pump will result in visual and audible alarms.

Why Powerex®


N/A Powerex® has an extensive network of trained sales and service dealers - over 220 authorized service centers throughout the United States, Canada, the Middle East, Central and South Americas.

In order to maintain a high level of service, we offer our distributors the chance to participate in our in-house training sessions to be up-to-date on our product offerings, installation and start-up procedures and troubleshooting solutions.


N/A Due to our vertical integration and full in-house engineering staff, Powerex® has the ability to customize both electrical control panels as well as the mechanical portion of the system to meet a wide variety of customer needs.

Thanks to our continuous process improvement policy and how easily our Sales, Customer Service, Engineering and Production teams can communicate with each other and our end customers, we are constantly figuring out ways to improve our current products and add new products to our standard offerings.


N/A Powerex® was the first company to package NFPA 99 compliant scroll systems. Today, we design and manufacture multiple NFPA 99 compliant product lines - Vacuum, Air, and Instrument Air.

We were the first company to utilize composite piston technology, now standard on all Powerex® reciprocating compressors. Powerex® also introduced the first dry scroll to the US oil-less compressor market in 1989. The scroll pump’s completely dry compressor chamber along with the low noise and minimal vibration is perfect for applications or locations not considered with reciprocating compressors.


N/A Powerex® is a highly integrated operation where we not only assemble systems, but we also manufacture many of the major components. From compressors, UL control panels, desiccant dryers, monitors to air receivers, we control quality at every stage of design and manufacturing. All of our facilities are ISO 9001 certified.

Unlike our competition, we have used the same compressor brand for decades and also retain the same company ownership since our inception. This allows us to maintain quality and provide consistency in our product offerings year after year.

The Latest Innovation from Powerex® Laboratory Vacuum Systems


  • Extremely reliable because of proven claw and oil sealed rotary vane technologies
  • Great for applications in the research field-from simpler applications like a high school chemistry lab to more complicated applications in biomedical research and everything in-between
  • Multiplex systems have built in redundancy capabilities
  • Systems built under same standards as all our medical air and vacuum life support systems
  • HMI, PBMI and Basic controls available
  • Optional auto purge control feature available with HMI or PBMI controls
Knowing the type of research, application and what process gases are being used are key in determining the best vacuum pump technology - lubricated vane or claw - to use for your laboratory application. Our sales team can help you select one of our standard systems or work with our engineers to design a custom a system to fit your needs.

Laboratory Vacuum System Design


  • Includes:
    • Vacuum pumps
    • ASME receiver
    • Control panel (HMI, PBMI, or Basic)
    • All interconnecting piping and wiring
    • Vibration isolation pads and flex connectors
  • Built in redundancy in multiplex systems
  • Manufactured in ISO 9001 UL certified facilities
  • Optional auto purge feature (air or electric) with HMI or PBMI controls

Control Panel Options

N/A Powerex® offers three different control panel options for our Laboratory Vacuum Systems - HMI controls as our standard and optional PBMI or Basic controls.

Standard HMI Control Panel


  • PLC controller and 6" color HMI (Human Machine Interface) touch screen displays the operating status of the unit
  • UL508 listed and labeled, NEMA 4/12 enclosure
  • Visual and audible alarms for:
    • System overload trip
    • High temperature conditions
    • Service intervals
  • Panel door includes:
    • Audible and visual alarms with an acknowledge button
    • HOA switch for each pump

Optional PBMI Control Panel


  • All features of the standard HMI control panel
  • Building automation gateway with BacNet® protocol
  • Email notifications for alarms and service alerts

Optional Basic Control Panel


  • UL508A listed and labeled,NEMA 12 enclosure
  • Power on light
  • Timed lead/lag pump alternation
  • Reserve pump in use alarm -visual and audible
  • Redundant control circuit transformers
  • Dry contacts for remote alarm monitoring
  • Horn silence and lamp test pushbuttons
  • Each pump provided with:
    • Externally operable motor circuit breaker
    • Hand/Off/Auto selector switch
    • Minimum run timer
    • Run hour meter
    • Run light



  • Compact Design
  • Capability to isolate each pump safely
  • UL508A Listed Controls
  • Alarms with dry contacts for remote monitoring
  • Inlet Filtration
  • Low Maintenance
  • Touch Screen digital display (for HMI or PBMI controls)
  • High temperature alarm
  • Lined tank
  • Tank sight gauge

Available Options


  • Powerex® Building Management Integrator (PBMI) controls
  • Air or Electric Auto Purge (with HMI or PBMI controls only)
  • Premium Warranty
  • Carbon Filters
  • 100% Synthetic Oil
  • Liquid Separators

How It Works

N/A A rotor is mounted eccentrically in the pump cylinder and contains several sliding vanes. As the rotor turns, centrifugal force causes the vanes to slide outward against the cylinder wall. Oil is injected into the pumping chamber to create a seal between the vanes and the cylinder wall and to lubricate the vanes for reduced wear. As a result of the offset rotor, a succession of variable volumes is formed in the cylinder housing creating the flow of air through the pump. Air is pulled into the pump inlet which is then compressed and discharged into the exhaust box. At this point oil is mixed with the air and is passed through several stages of internal oil and mist eliminators to remove 99.9% of the lubricating oil before the exhaust is released to atmosphere. The separated oil is then returned to the oil reservoir.

Optional Auto Purge Controls

N/A Optional Auto Purge

  • Provides extra protection for pumps by performing a fresh air flush before shutting down
  • Air or electric auto purge control options available
Auto purge controls are available as an option for those processes requiring a fresh air flush before shutting down the off load pumps. The minimum run and auto purge functions are combined in the control as appropriate. Pumps will run through an automatic purge cycle every 60 minutes (after alternation phase), to purge any gases from the pump to atmosphere. A 3-position switch is provided to select automatic purge, manual purge, or purge off modes. The screen shot to the left simulates a quadplex system, with pumps 1 and 2 making vacuum to meet demand, pump 3 purging and pump 4 in ready mode should demand increase. Auto purge features include:
  • 15 min. purge cycle per pump
  • Pump will be put away clean (after completed purge cycle) when it is not needed to meet demand
  • Low vacuum alarm which indicates high usage or service requirement for other pump(s)
Our standard auto purge option will use a pneumatic actuated valve. The electric auto purge option will use an electric valve.

Note: This option is available with our Premium NFPA Control Panel. It is not available on systems with Basic NFPA controls.

Systems with the auto purge feature will include:
  • Control and operation of air actuated and/or electric isolation and purge valves
  • 3-position mode switch (Auto-Off-Manual)
  • Pump Status (pump On, Pump Ready, Pump Off, Pump Purging)
Pumps will run through an automatic purge cycle every 24 hours (after alternation phase), to purge any gases from the pump to atmosphere. A 3-position switch is provided to select automatic purge, manual purge, or purge off modes. (Note: Pneumatic purge isolation valves require 80 psi compressed air to be field supplied.)


N/A This option is available for systems with Standard HMI controls or Optional PBMI controls. It is not available on systems with Basic controls.
Please specify which (air or electric) auto purge option you would like when ordering.

For Air Flow at 19 inHg, Compressor Capacity, System Full Load Current (F.L.A) at 208 V, System Full Load Current (F.L.A) at 230 V, and System Full Load Current (F.L.A) at 460 V values listed are with all pumps running.