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Leybold

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In the Loop
Leybold's technology is being used
in the realization of the Hyperloop
concept, which aims to transport passengers at ultra-high speeds through
a low-pressure tube. The technology, Brockmeyer notes, is similar to
placing a conventional train in a long
tunnel. Leybold's vacuum technology
helps to reduce the pressure inside
the tunnel that would otherwise resist the speed of the vehicle; allowing
the train to run much faster or at conventional speeds with reduced energy
requirements. "A simple example of
this is when you drive your car on a
highway and hold your hand outside
the window. You can feel a significant

impact of the wind pressure, which
actually slows your car down," Brockmeyer says.
"This is another example of how
Leybold plays a critical role in helping
realize extra-ordinary technical concepts," he says.

Enabling Greatness
The company has achieved its market
position by providing more than just
standard utility products. "It is much
more than your household vacuum
cleaner," he adds.
"With our technology, we enable
the processes of our customers, increase their production efficiency and
help them take their research to the
next level," he asserts.
For example, the 2017 Nobel
Prize for physics was awarded to re-

search that confirmed the existence
of gravitational waves. The optical
components that actually detect the
gravitational waves are placed in an
enormous vacuum chamber at a pressure that is one trillionth of that on
earth. "Our technology makes this
possible," he adds.
Leybold focuses on more than just
product innovation. "For the longest
time, people have only relied on having the best product," Brockmeyer
says. "But I believe today, this is not
sufficient anymore."
Instead, he explains, the company has to be an expert in its clients'
businesses so it can better provide
the solutions they need. "We can't
have our salespeople selling solely
on our product features and benefits," he says.

leybold created the
vacuum system for the
satellite's xenon
thruster testing.

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