Meet Chef NOVADRY: The Vacuum Pump Made to Optimize Food Applications

By Pierre Lantheaume
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Vacuum as a Key Technology

The demands placed by manufacturers and consumers on the quality, shelf life, and resource efficiency of food and packaging processes are constantly increasing. This applies even more to perishable products like meat or fish. Vacuum is considered an enabling technology, contributing significantly to optimizing these processes. Therefore, Leybold developed the innovative NOVADRY, a new 100% oil-free, air-cooled pump, as a solution to support customers.


No Oil, Less Effort

Many users in meat processing and packaging cannot tolerate vacuum pumps emitting oil, and NOVADRY prevents such contamination. That is why Leybold designed a 100% dry vacuum pump following hygienic criteria. This increases safety in applications such as tumbling, filling, vacuum packaging, and thermoforming. An additional advantage of oil-free vacuum pumps is the lower cost of ownership, as less maintenance and spare part changes are required. In addition to the oil-free screw principle, Leybold has transferred proven components and principles from other vacuum pump series to the NOVADRY, including the bearing structure and the belt drive, which synchronizes the rotors in the NOVADRY.

Seeing is believing! Click the video below and discover the six ways NOVADRY can optimize your food and packaging processes. 

Air Cooling Reduces the Total Cost of Ownership

Typically, dry vacuum pumps are water-cooled, but the NOVADRY is air-cooled. This reduces operating costs by simplifying the installation and commissioning. As a result, the total life cycle operational costs of the NOVADRY are lower than for oil-sealed vacuum pumps, and this was a key driver during the pump development.

A Broad Range of Applications

The NOVADRY also stands out due to its long uptime and robustness. Some competitor products lose their end-pressure or reduce pumping speed due to wear of the inner coating, for example. The NOVADRY, however, achieves its performance over the entire pressure range and life cycle. This makes it ideal for simple applications, which emit low humidity amounts, such as the packaging of cold products. Moreover, the pump is also ideally suited for more demanding processes with large amounts of water vapor. For example, hot meals with temperatures of up to 95°C have to be quickly cooled down by evaporative cooling. In addition to the air/steam mixture coming from the process, the NOVADRY screw vacuum pump can also handle the anticipated contamination inside the gas flow very well. These are, for example, organic acids, spices, vinegar, or other residues.


Proven in Real Life

NOVADRY has successfully passed many qualifying field endurance tests in various food applications – tumbling, tray sealing, and thermoforming. In all applications, it shows excellent performance, and the users reached the fastest cycle times and low final pressure.

Related: Hear from valued customers and industry experts as they share their experiences with the NOVADRY. Then, click and visit our product page for Leybold Vacuum Solutions for Food Processing and Packaging


Forward-looking Vacuum Pump

At Leybold, we have succeeded in developing a forward-looking product that can set a new standard for the food processing and packaging markets. This is due to the absence of oil and the NOVADRY's quiet operation, robust design, and low lifetime costs.

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About Pierre Lantheaume

Pierre Lantheaume
Two words can sum up Pierre Lantheaume “Food & Vacuum” – so when it comes to expertise in applications across the food industry using vacuum to bring process and product improvements, there is no one better informed. After graduating in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon (INSA), he started his career as a Project Engineers at a food machinery manufacture, gaining extensive experienced in the design and operation of machines for mass manufacturing. Then in 2006 Pierre joined Leybold in Technical Support and his passion for all things vacuum began, joining his practical experience and application know with vacuum technology. In 2015 he stepped into his current Global role of Business Development Manager with a focus on the food market, supporting customers in the many different applications requiring vacuum. We are excited to have Pierre as a contributor to our blogs, training and videos, where he is able to share his insight and expertise based on real hands on experience and customer insight.

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