MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions

Specialists in custom subcontract manufacture and precision engineering of machined components & electro-mechanical assemblies.


MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions provides custom subcontract manufacturing of components, electromechanical assemblies and analytic instruments for the scientific and semiconductor industries to Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) standards. Recent subcontract manufacturing projects include UHV vacuum chamber, vessel & housing fabrication, assembling vacuum systems & vacuum subsystems, and building scientific and analytical instruments.

Our facilities for precision engineering, clean assembly and testing, include a 2,900 square foot, Class 10000 (ISO7) clean room in a 42,000 square foot state-of-the-art factory, staffed by engineers experienced in the special demands of high vacuum manufacturing, clean room assembly and scientific/analytical instrumentation testing.

 
 

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions core competencies include:

  • Electro-mechanical assembly & testing
  • Ultra high vacuum (UHV) cleaning
  • Orbital welding
  • TIG welding
  • 4 & 5 axis CNC milling
  • Wire erosion
  • CNC turning
  • CMM Inspection
  • Polishing and finishing

Our primary markets include scientific & analytical instrumentation, semiconductor deposition control equipment, high precision gas delivery systems and vacuum equipment.

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions customers receive flexible, efficient and cost-effective engineering and manufacturing services on projects of any size.

 

About MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions began in 1990 as Telvac Engineering, a subcontract manufacturing company supplying machined and welded vacuum components and assemblies for use within analytical instruments and equipment, and later included instrument assembly and testing. In May 2000, Telvac became a UK manufacturing facility for MKS Instruments Inc.

MKS Instruments Inc. is a global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions.

Today, MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions provides custom subcontract manufacture and testing of industrial process equipment, vacuum systems, and analytical & scientific instruments for companies large and small.

Located In Telford, England at the centre of the United Kingdom's national and international distribution network MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions can provide fast delivery to anywhere in the world.

 

Contact MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions:

MKS Instruments UK Ltd. - MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions
Pegasus Court
Stafford Park 7 Telford TF3 3BQ, England
Tel: +44(0) 1952 200664
Fax: +44(0) 1952 200341
Email: cvssales@mksinst.com

 

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions Services

Expert Engineering, Custom Subcontract Manufacturing & Project Management

  • First tier custom contract manufacturing for all machining, assembly and test requirements
  • Strategic long term partnerships utilising our manufacturing expertise allowing our customers to focus on their key core competences
  • One-stop manufacturing, cleaning, assembly, and packaging solutions
  • Prototyping, part manufacture, subassembly manufacture, full instrument manufacture, inspection and test
  • Continuous improvement programs via customer collaboration to develop products that are efficiently manufactured while reducing lead time and cost
  • Flexible manufacturing systems to accommodate fluctuations in delivery requirements, ramp-ups, demand decreases and product mix variations
  • Procurement through customers' preferred supplier base and MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions-approved partners
  • Product life cycle support from development prototypes to full production and spares sales support
  • Electromechanical build and test
  • Intellectual property protection with confidentiality agreements
  • Engineers specialising in UHV manufacturing
  • Production control and traceability
  • Segregated manufacture and assembly
  • Compartmentalised cell building
  • Drawing models accepted in all standard file formats streamlining the programming of machining and turning centres
 

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions Capabilities

Whether it involves manufacturing components or complete analytical instruments, assembly for ultra high vacuum instrumentation on any scale, MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions delivers results with our extraordinary capabilities:

  • Electromechanical build and test
  • 2,900 sq ft Class 10,000 clean room facility
  • 5,600 sq ft Clean assembly areas, including Class 1000 Laminar Flow Benches
  • Segregated manufacture and assembly
  • Compartmentalised cell building
  • Fully equipped machine shop with latest CNC capabilities, programmable via a DNC link
  • 4 & 5 axis milling up to 1000mm x 850mm x 650mm
  • CNC turning up to 500mm x 1600mm
  • TIG welding
  • Orbital welding (BS EN 287/288)
  • Helium mass spectrometer leak detection <10-9mbar l/s
  • CMM Inspection
  • Automated aqueous cleaning process to UHV standards
  • Wire erosion
  • Polishing & finishing
  • Production control and traceability
  • UHV-qualified engineering
  • Client confidentiality
  • Procurement
 

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions Technology

World-class results require world-class technology. MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions offers a wide range of manufacturing technology to ensure your products are manufactured, assembled and tested in the most effective and efficient manner.

Instrument Assembly

Class 10,000 (ISO 7) clean room and dedicated clean assembly rooms with Class 1000 Laminar Flow benches providing mechanical, electrical and electronic build and test manned by fully skilled personnel

Inspection & Test

DEA Global CNC CMM
Cirris Easy Touch high voltage cable tester
Tesa Microhite 3D manual CMM
Deltronic DH-216 Optical Comparator
Bespoke electrical and electronic test equipment
A range of height gauges, vernier calipers, micrometers, plain plug gauges, screw ring gauges and screw plug gauges

CAD/CAM

Vero VISI
Vero PEPS
SOLIDWORKS
EasyCAD

CNC Milling

Mikron HPM1000U 5 AXis Machining Centre

  • AXis Travels: x1000, Y800, Z600, A360, C-30,+120
  • Max Spindle Speed 20,000 rpm
  • Max Spindle Power 66Kw
  • Max Spindle Torque 198n/m
  • 5 Pallets
  • 215 Tools
  • 70 Bar Thro Coolant
  • Blum Laser Tool setting & monitoring probe
  • Blum Spindle probe
  • Hilma Centric 5 AXis Workholding Vices
  • Microloc Modular Workholding

Mikron HPM800U 5 AXis Machining Centre

  • AXis Travels: x800mm, Y800mm, Z550mm, A360°, C-30°, +120°
  • Max Spindle Speed 20,000 rpm
  • Max Spindle Power 30Kw
  • Max Spindle Torque 1100n/m
  • 5 Pallets
  • 215 Tools
  • 70 Bar Thro Coolant
  • Blum Laser Tool setting & monitoring probe
  • Blum Spindle probe
  • Hilma Centric 5 AXis Workholding Vices
  • Microloc Modular Workholding

Mikron VCE600 Pro 4 AXis Machining Centre

  • AXis Travels: x600mm, Y500mm, Z540mm, A360°
  • Max Spindle Speed 10,000 rpm
  • Max Spindle Power 18.5Kw
  • Max Spindle Torque 176n/m
  • 24 Tools
  • 20 Bar Thro Coolant
  • Renishaw Tool Setting & monitoring probe
  • Renishaw MP10 Spindle Probe
  • Microloc Modular Work Holding System
  • Zero Point Work Holding System

Maho DMV103V 4 AXis Machining Centre

  • AXis Travels: x1000mm, Y600mm, Z600mm, A360°
  • Max Spindle Speed 8,000 rpm
  • Max Spindle Power 9Kw
  • Max Spindle Torque 85n/m
  • 24 Tools
  • Renishaw MP10 Spindle Probe
  • Microloc Modular Work Holding System

CNC Turning

Doosan 3100L CNC Lathe

  • Max Dia 525mm
  • Max Length Between Centres 1280mm
  • Max Dia Thro Spindle 102mm

Gildermeister CTx410 with Driven Tooling

  • Max Dia 250mm
  • Max Length 600mm
  • Max Dia Thro Spindle 65mm
  • Main Spindle Power 28Kw
  • Main Spindle Max Torque 32nm
  • Speed Range 25-5000 rpm
  • Renishaw Tool Setting Probes

xYZ Proturn 425 CNC Lathe with CNC Control

  • Max Dia 380mm
  • Max Length Between Centres 1250mm
  • Max Dia Thro Spindle 80mm

xYZ Proturn 555 CNC Lathe with CNC Control

  • Max Dia 500mm
  • Max Length Between Centres 2000mm
  • Max Dia Thro Spindle 120mm

Harrison Alpha CNC Lathe

  • Max Dia 160mm
  • Max Length 800mm
  • Max Dia Thro Spindle 40mm

CNC Mill/Turn

Doosan Mx2100ST

  • AXis Travels: x565mm, Y170mm, Z1050mm, C 360°, B±100°
  • Max speed main/sub spindle 5,000rpm
  • Max power main/sub spindle 22Kw
  • Max torque main/sub spindle 1370n/m
  • Max speed mill spindle 12,000rpm
  • Max power mill spindle 18.5Kw
  • Max torque mill spindle 81n/m
  • 80 tools
  • Max machining length 1020mm
  • Max bar diameter 65mm
  • Max machining diameter 540mm

Conventional Milling

Bridgeport, & Protrack Machines

  • AXis Travels: x750, Y380, Z400
  • Max Spindle Speed 4,000 rpm
  • Max Spindle Power 2.25Kw
  • Head Tilt Front to Back 45° to 45°
  • Head tilt Side to Side 90° to 90°
  • Quill Travel 127mm

Conventional Turning

Harrison & Colchester Lathes

Tig Welding

Miller Dynasty 220 Dx/350 welders, giving the ability to weld vacuum integral joints in both stainless steel and aluminum

Orbital Welding

Arc Machines Orbital welder. Full penetration and clean
Tig welds for demanding situations.

Vacuum Leak Detection

Pfeiffer HLT / ASM Leak Detectors to 5 x 10-12mbarl/s

Ultra High Vacuum Cleaning

PLC Controlled Ultrasonic Aqueous system (x2)
Chemical Cleaning to full UHV Specifications

Wire Eroding

Agie Classic 2S - 4 AXis Wire

  • Travels: x350, Y250, Z250
  • Max. Taper Cut 30°
  • Min. Wire Dia 0.2mm

Bench Fitting

Fully complimented bench fitting section to support vacuum chamber and equipment manufacture including bead blasting, wet blasting, tube polishing & linishing and TIG mop to remove weld burn.
Down draught bench for orbital sanding of aluminum and stainless components

 

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions Case Studies

High Definition Mass Spectrometers

The Challenge:
  • Manufacture and assemble high definition mass spectrometers typically used in drug development processes and research science.
  • High precision vacuum chamber machined to within 50 microns true position over 850mm.
  • Instrument assembly vacuum better than 10-9mbar l/s helium leak rate
  • Build and test of development and production instruments
  • Flexible production systems allowing fast reaction to customers changing demands of product mix on a daily basis
MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions Provided:

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions provided high precision stainless steel and aluminum component machining, management and control of customers preferred supplier base to achieve desired delivery and quality performance, Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) cleaning ensuring contamination free components, Class 10,000 (ISO7) clean assembly room to maintain product cleanliness, electrical and electronic testing to customer specifications, full packaging and delivery to customer's site using dedicated company transport

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions Results:

Initial delivery of first instrument within quoted time, on-going support of spare parts for life of instrument, service, repair, refurbishment and test of sub assembly and complete instruments.

Chambers & Manifolds

The Challenge:

Chambers and manifolds are manufactured to customer drawings and specifications from standard material used in vacuum systems

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions Provided:

Emphasis on weld preparation and cleanliness ensuring weld integrity and minimum distortion

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions Results:

Items are cleaned to UHV standards and leak checked to a helium leak rate <10-9mbar l/s and are available for use without any additional cleaning required by the customer.

 

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions Milestones

Recent Milestones at MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions

September 2014:

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions increases machining flexibility and capacity through the introduction of a Doosan 3100L CNC Lathe

Doosan 3100L CNC Lathe

August 2014:

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions increases machining flexibility and capacity through the introduction of a Doosan Mx2100ST Integrated Turning and Machining Centre

Doosan Mx2100ST Integrated Turning and Machining Centre

July 2014:

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions completes expansion of manufacturing facility extending factory space from 25,000 sq ft to 40,000 sq ft

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions Facilities

May 2014:

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions increases machining flexibility and capacity through the introduction of a Mikron HPM800U 5 AXis Machining Centre

Mikron HPM800U 5 AXis Machining Centre

January 2014:

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions improves material handling and control through the installation of a Kardex Remstar Vertical Carousel

Kardex Remstar Vertical Carousel
 

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions Quality

OHSAS 18001

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions also operates an OHSAS 18001 approved health & safety management system demonstrating its commitment to the health, safety and well-being of its employees, visitors and neighbors.

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ISO 9001

MKS Custom Vacuum Solutions is committed to surpassing customer expectations and operates within an ISO 9001 certified quality management system.

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