4 Ways That Technology Has Improved the Efficiency of Turbo Pumps


A Turbomolecular pump commonly referred to as turbopump is a type of vacuum pump that can be used to achieve and maintain a high vacuum.

Turbopumps use the principle of rapidly spinning blades to give momentum to gas molecules by propelling them in the desired direction through multiple stages of intensified pressure.

The history of turbopumps dates back to 1958 and was developed and patented by Dr. W. Becker. Early turbopumps that used oil lubricated bearings had a few challenges. The acids from the etch process would degrade the oil causing pumping failures in just a few weeks.

However, with new technology and the need for fuel-efficient power, turbopumps are fulfilling the economic benefit with cost efficiency and flexibility.

Turbopump applications include mass spectrometry, high energy physics, glass coating equipment, semiconductor manufacturing among others.

Let’s look at how technology has improved the efficiency of turbopumps.

1. Solar Turbo Pumps Will Power The Future

Burning fossil fuels to generate power is very harmful to the environment. The carbon dioxide and other environmentally unfriendly gases have greatly contributed to global warming. Thanks to technological advancements, solar power can be used to provide renewable energy and preserve the environment for future generations.

Turbopumps manufacturers such as Edwards, have embraced technology to produce photovoltaic cells through the process of capturing sunlight and converting it into energy. Over the last ten years, great technological developments have been achieved making solar energy more competitive and reducing operating costs.

2. Compact Size To Save Space

Compact size turbopumps are perfect for industrial environments. These pumps are specially designed for easy integration and save space especially for industries with stringent space requirements. The innovative TwisTorr technology has enabled industries to deliver high pumping speeds using the compact rotor design.

This in return has reduced power consumption and the system’s footprint. Additionally, turbo TwisTorr pumps have a dry lubrication suspension system thus eliminate the use of oil and the risk of contamination.  

3. Maintenance Free Turbo Pumps Have Increased Production Efficiency

Vacuum technology is an important element in the making of high tech products that we use in everyday life. In recent years, turbopumps have re-established themselves worldwide as a leading technological standard.

Today, it is not unusual for turbopumps to reach their maximum operating lifetime with a few scheduled interruptions. The absence of oil and the minimal to zero maintenance has improved productivity and resulted in maximum uptime.

4. Hybrid Bearing Support For High-Performance Technology

The hybrid bearing system is a combination of a ceramic ball bearing and a permanently magnetic radial bearing. A ceramic ball bearing is on the fore vacuum side while the permanently magnetic radial is on the high vacuum side. In this system, the rotor is levitated and there is no contact or wear at all. This technology makes the pump spring to action very quickly. The remote and sensor functionalities allow you to assess your pump data and improve pump availability.


It is safe to say that technology has resulted in efficient real-world performance. Optimizing the efficiency of your turbopump will reduce pumping losses and increase productivity. For all types of turbo pumps, talk to Provac and get yourself the best vacuum equipment.