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Our Capabilities

“For me motivation is a person who has the capability to recruit the resources he needs to achieve a goal" Arsene Wenger

VIL’s vast range of state of the art equipment, experienced staff and diverse technical expertise enable us to offer turnkey, bespoke and off the shelf solutions to clients needs. Take a look at some of our capabilities below.

Vacuum Interrupter Testing and Revalidation

Although VI are in fact incredible reliable if one does fail then the most common fault in vacuum interrupters is degradation of vacuum. VIL’s Revalidation Service enables us to test and inspect VI using original test data, detect vacuum levels whilst still sealed and thus re-certify old interrupters for a further period of service.

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Arc Control Design

The control of electrical arcs is fundamental to the vacuum interrupter and dominates the design of the device.

We have created a sophisticated laboratory which allows us to use 3D computer simulations of the arcing systems and high speed filming technology to film rapid prototype models of the contact geometries controlling and interrupting real currents of up to 40,000A.

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3 D Printing

VIL has invested a number of 3D printing units in order to assist our development of VI prototypes, components, and jigs for factory design.

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Computer Aided Design

With a variety of top specification and fully supportedCAD packages including Solidworks, Infolytica Autocad and Inventor, VIL is able to produce innovative design technology drawings and specifications to meet cusomers bespoke demands.

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Finite Element Analysis

VIL are experts in the use of Finite Element Analysis Software to predict the behaviour of vacuum interrupters including Electrostatics, Magnetic and Mechanical Fatigue Analysis.

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Forensic Investigation

When it comes to VI Failures, VIL has a forensic investigations team who are able to do forensic testing to identify root cause failure analysis.

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Microscopy

In the laboratory VIL has a number of digital and optical microscopes used for investigation work and forensic examinations

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Synthetic Short Circuit Testing

Our state of the art Synthetic Test plant will allow us to film using high speed camera technology to observe arc behaviour on all prototype technology.

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Clean Assembly

Our Horizontal Flow Laminar Cabinet, enables us to replicate the clean room conditions of a factory in our test environments.

Meeting ISO cleanroom classifications, the cabinet provides an environment for sterile manipulation and assembly of vacuum components to protect the product from airborne contaminants.

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Demountable Vacuum Chamber & High Speed Arc Photography

VIL has a laboratory dedicated to the development and optimisation of arc control systems using specially design demountable chambers together with solid state high speed movie camera up to 38000 FPS. This facility allows the VIL team to evaluate and confirm the modelling prediction of performance of the arc control systems by our electro magnetic finite element analysis laboratory

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Vacuum Furnacing

VIL has a Furnace capable of heating upto 1200 °C temperature and vacuum level into the level of 10-6 mbar using a completely dry (oil free) turbomolecular pumping system. In addition, the furnace has full instrumentation including residual gas analysis (RGA) and is suitable for vacuum brazing of components, vacuum seal off, and assessing the level of cleanliness of interrupter components 

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