In our latest interview we spoke to Peter Lambertz, a Business Development Manager in the R&D Market, and one of the contributors to the Vacuum Science World knowledge platform.
With over ten years of experience in the field of vacuum science research, we discussed his background, specific interests and the challenges he has encountered in the vacuum industry over the years.
Business Development Manager, R&D Market
Could you tell us a bit more about what your profession involves?
My profession involves identifying key applications and trends in the Research and Development (R&D) customer base. Understanding customer needs for future vacuum applications is essential to ensure products are created to spec and a good fit for target markets. This also means that market-specific knowledge and training are important activities, as well as supporting key sales and marketing activities, projects and customers.
How long have you been in vacuum science / the vacuum industry?
I’ve worked in the vacuum industry for more than 10 years.
How has vacuum science / the vacuum industry evolved over the years?
While the main technologies for key products have existed for many years, constant increases in pump performance and the development of new features have improved vacuum pumps significantly. Pumps today deliver higher performance, increased uptime, need less maintenance and are easier to install, operate and control.
How did you first get involved with vacuum science?
I’ve been involved with vacuum science since 2008, but my first real “touch points” were at universities. Back then it was mainly related to industrial applications, like aeration of water treatment plants with blower systems.
Why does vacuum science interest you?
It’s a very diverse industry and I learn something new every day. I work with some of the most exciting applications and customers on key R&D projects which really have an impact on the world.
What’s your favourite part?
In truth, broadening my mind by learning more about the technologies used and the projects we undertake.
What relation does your work have to vacuum science / technology?
My job involves partnering with customers to develop the right vacuum solutions for their applications.
Is there a particular area of vacuum technology you specialise in or a main focus?
My main focus lies in the scientific vacuum markets, particularly vacuum solutions for research and scientific applications. Typically many of these applications require medium to ultra-high vacuum conditions. Product-wise I focused on turbomolecular pumps, one of the key high and ultra-high vacuum product technologies.
What are the unique challenges you face on a day-to-day basis with regards to vacuum science / technology?
Understanding customer requirements and translating them into the right product features and benefits. Many of the applications in R&D also are very challenging in terms of the required product features, which often means that “standard” vacuum technologies are often not sufficient or applicable.
What do you think the future of vacuum science looks like?
It’s a difficult one to answer. I’m sure that vacuum technology will continue to play a very important role for many key technologies and gradually become smarter. In many applications the level of integration of vacuum pumps and equipment will increase, and new applications will require new vacuum products which can cope with specific challenges.
The website is meant to be a repository of information for both industry experts and those just getting involved with vacuum science – are there any resources or tips you would like to provide to help those people?
To anyone involved – or just getting involved – with vacuum science, my tip would be to share your experience and provide others with feedback. Sharing experience and feedback is great because it will help to not only broaden the knowledge of those you share it with, it will also help to improve vacuum technology overall.
Are you a researcher, engineer or scientist in the field of vacuum science? We are always on the lookout for industry experts to get involved and share their knowledge. Contact us to become a contributor today!