The Fram Project is a perfect demo location for the Vacmobiles vacuum equipment. And so it went that Belgium A&B Yachts has taken over my Vacmobiles 20/2 vacuum pump for the application of vacuum infusion in their GT80 project, the construction of a 80 foot Peltzer designed stylish gentlemen’s yacht.
I’m sure that they will have as much fun using this pump as I’ve had and I’m glad this pump continues in a serious boatbuilding project.
This transfer made it possible that, just on time for Christmas, the Santa Claus delivered the latest model vacuum pump, the Vacmobiles 20/2 Model 2010.
Compared to the “old” model the new pump is fitted with a solid glass lid for the resin trap.
Accepting that the catchpot capacity in the 20/2 machine is relatively small at 2 litres (4 USpints), the new glass lid is good for peace of mind when the machine is used to infuse larger parts. In conjunction with valves or clamps in the vacuum lines to the resin trap, it is now possible to see the resin level and empty the catchpot if need be during the course of an infusion, with minimal disruption to the process if the valves/clamps are correctly sequenced.
Another enhancement is that the previously used camlock connection between the main control manifold and the resin trap has been replaced by an O-ring sealed connection, which is easier to use and seals more reliably.
Further more the model 2010 has a tougher mounting for the resin trap. The resin trap body is now supported off the main handle upright. This is a much sturdier design and the bottom cap latches cannot be strained by impacts on the trap body.
Going now serious in vacuum Santa Claus also included an absolute pressure gauge in the Vacmobiles package. More about this later.
So with this now up-to-date vacuum equipment I’m completely ready for the New Year. If you want to see this vacuum equipment in action please contact me through the email link at http://www.fram.nl/