New Flexible Vacuum Controller from Varian, Inc. is Expandable and Easy to Use

Monday, September 22, 2008 General News
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PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 22 Varian, Inc.(NasdaqGS: VARI) announced today its new high-performance, high-capacityvacuum gauge rack controller that provides cost effective monitoring andcontrol of multiple roughing, high vacuum and ultra high vacuum gauges in astandard half-rack package. The XGS-600(TM) replaces Varian's widely usedcontrollers, the MultiGauge(TM) and SenTorr(TM) and requires from 50 to 75%less rack space than other controllers.

For systems and end-users that require multi-point measurement andtracking of pressure, the XGS-600 can operate, display and process readingsfrom hot filament and cold cathode high vacuum gauges (including UHV), as wellas convection roughing gauges. For both data logging and controlling otherelements of a system, the XGS-600 can instantly communicate pressure readingsand status via its standard serial communications and set-point outputs.

Three general groups of applications exist for the XGS-600 controller:laboratory environments where vacuum systems are used, large researchfacilities such as accelerators or synchrotrons, and systems or OEM equipmentthat employ vacuum systems within. Using state-of-the-art signal processingelectronics, the XGS-600 features fast signal response of less than 20 msecwhile still allowing users to simultaneously operate up to twelve convectiontype gauges or up to four hot filament or cold cathode gauges combined withfour convection gauges in one unit.

A programmable dot matrix LCD displays up to 8 gauges at one time and canbe configured to a font readable from 15 feet. Simple screen organization andnavigation make the unit so easy-to-use that it can be operated without amanual.

"The XGS-600 is a cost competitive solution for controlling a small numberof gauges, but it really shines when you need to add gauges," said SergioPiras, Senior Vice President, Vacuum Technologies, Varian, Inc. "When moregauges are run, the value of the XGS-600 becomes markedly advantageous.Adding gauge cards to an XGS-600 can be accomplished in a few minutes and at asignificant cost savings without having to worry about space and cablingrequirements for another controller.

For more technical information about Varian vacuum products, please visit

Varian, Inc. is a leading worldwide supplier of scientific instruments andvacuum technologies for life science and industrial applications. The companyprovides complete solutions, including instruments, vacuum products,laboratory consumable supplies, software, training and support through itsglobal distribution and support systems. Varian, Inc. employs approximately4,000 people worldwide and operates manufacturing facilities in North America,Europe and Asia Pacific. Varian, Inc. had fiscal year 2007 sales of$921 million, and its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global SelectMarket under the symbol, "VARI." Further information is available on thecompany's Web site: More Information, Contact: Public Relations Varian, Inc. 650.424.3845

SOURCE Varian, Inc.

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