Stefan Beierlein, Head of Product Management and Marketing
The growing relevance of vacuum technology in today’s medical industry cannot be overstated. From the manufacture of prosthetics and medical devices to its usage in magnetic resonance imaging and proton therapy, vacuum technology plays a vital role in revolutionising modern medicine. And with the medical sector gradually shifting to embrace more advanced technologies, the use of vacuum technology is poised to become the next big thing in the medical device manufacturing industry, owing to its widespread applications.
Riding on this innovation bandwagon is Germany-based Becker, manufacturing state-of-the-art vacuum solutions that cater to a diverse range of applications like evacuation, extracting, or clinical gas recirculation. “Our efficient and safe-to-use vacuum pumps and systems make us one of the most recognised air supply solutions providers in the world,” says Stefan Beierlein, head of product management and marketing at Becker. The company’s vacuum pumps, compressors, and systems are aimed at the medical industry and original equipment manufacturers (OEM). Precise operating points of the airflow build the essential basics for medical applications, and Becker ensures reliable performance with and without variable frequency drive.
Founded in 1885 by two brothers, Robert and Otto Becker, the company initially built components and equipment for the chemical and textile industry in Wuppertal, Germany. With time, Becker grew its operations, manufacturing processes and products, to incorporate vacuum and pressure devices into its product portfolio. Since 1975 the company steadily focused on global presence, and opened new subsidiaries worldwide to expand its widespread international sales network and became an enterprise capable of producing more than 120,000 vacuum pumps and systems per year.
Our efficient and safe-to-use vacuum pumps and systems make us one of the most recognised air supply solutions providers in the world
At present, Becker has 16 subsidiaries covering every major market around the world, with its manufacturing plants in Wuppertal, Germany, and Shanghai, China.
The company offers diverse lines of standard and highly customized vacuum pumps, compressors and central systems. Besides, Becker’s oil-free vacuum pumps for medical technology are a true innovation, operating with virtually no dependence on time-to-time maintenance. Concurrently, Becker ensures seamless integration of its vacuum and blast air components with products offered by many OEMs. For instance, OEMs have integrated the Becker’s central suction system into their scope of medical gas supply systems to facilitate suction for surgery or anesthetic gas scavenging in clinics, respectively. At the same time, Becker also provides its slew of other vacuum solutions to hospitals directly through medical device tenders. “In addition to offering cutting-edge vacuum solutions, we comply with international medical standards and regulations,” informs Beierlein. For example, the company abides by the U.S. NFPA 99, European DIN EN ISO 7396, and British HTM 02-01 quality criteria.
Looking ahead, Becker plans to launch the second generation of its innovative VARIAIR speed flow (VASF) product line and leverage its modular setup to enable the use of VASF2 series in numerous industries. With its low voltage DC drives and suitable frequency converters Becker’s new VASF generation is the optimal solution especially for the medical sector. “We are on the path to improve and introduce more quality products with a modular design to enable seamless operation and customisation based on client-specific needs,” explains Beierlein.
With an ever-expanding international network of partners, today, Becker is a proud 134-year old family-owned business. The company’s extensive experience in German engineering techniques has given them the prowess to deliver vacuum solutions that ascertain profitability and energy efficiency. To conclude, Beierlein reiterates the ethos of his company and says, “We shall always strive to combine our vacuum solutions with latest technologies in order to create the best and innovative solution for our customers.”
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