Mechatronics Academy

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Since vacuum is unknown in daily life, no reference framework exists for those who are not involved in this technique. To acquire the necessary level of understanding the trainees will be introduced to the basic principles of vacuum technique as well as in the required design principles to achieve ultra-clean vacuum conditions.

Key issue is to become aware of the fact that the whole chain of design, machining, cleaning and the assembly of the components is an integrated process which is as strong as the weakest link in the production chain. 


  • If on-site training is not feasible, we will transition to a live, interactive online (virtual) or hybrid format. If this transition is necessary, we will contact you in advance for your approval.
  • The training is also available for in-company sessions.


During the course the trainees will acquire an understanding of the basic principles of ultra-clean vacuum and its implications for the production of ultra-clean vacuum systems.

Intended for

The course is meant for employees of BSc and higher levels who are responsible for the design of components to be implemented in ultra-clean vacuum systems.

Course schedule
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location Eindhoven
Duration 4 consecutive days
Course leader Dr. Adrian Rankers
(Average score of last 3 editions)
Price per participant € 2,385 excl. VAT. *
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Day 1            

  • Introduction
  • Basic principles
  • Interaction of gases with Surfaces (adsorption, desorption)
  • Flow of gases (viscous, molecular & intermediate regime)
  • Selected exercises
  • Dry backing vacuum pumps and molecular pumps
  • Total pressure measurement
  • Partial pressure measurement (residual gas analysis)


Day 2            

Part 1: Vacuum as a engineering aspect

  • Vacuum fundamentals
  • Pumping speed
  • Gas loads
  • Materials 
  • Joining techniques
  • Vacuum seals

Part 2: Mechatronic systems in a vacuum environment

  • Heat transfer
  • Tribology
  • Feedtroughs
  • Activators
  • Dynamics
  • Electronics/Sensors
  • Adhesives
  • Vacuum budgetting
  • Tips & tricks


Day 3            

  • Cases of construction in vacuum
  • Cases in design for UCV


Day 4            

  • Cleaning, work discipline
  • Leak testing
  • Exercises & seminar on questions students

Lectures, selected exercises & calculations, workshop.

Remarks from participants

"Nice introductory slightly advanced course. Good to get more confidence in what I was doing already."

Diederik Morsink - DENS Solutions

"It was a good training, very helpful for my understanding of vacuum design."

Bas Severins – ASML

"Good, fast, much information in a short time."

Frank de Groot - Tegema

"Most important items learned; Vacuum engineering, practical approach of vac-systems."

Frank Tacken - ASML

* Prices are subject to change. Price correction will be applied at the end of the year.