Setting standards over decades.
We have produced vacuum metrology in Germany since 1970. From the very start, innovative spirit was our driving force for exceptional technological achievements which repeatedly created new impulses in the vacuum measurement and control technology. Numerous patents proof the technological edge of our developments. What makes Thyracont special is a mixture of tradition and innovation.
Continue reading in order to learn more about our company history – from the beginnings to the latest innovations.
A childhood ambition - Already from an early age, enthusiasm for technology led to various handcrafted objects. This is, for example, how a machine in a sturdy cardboard box or a small VHF transmitter for the neighbourhood were made. After studying electrical engineering in Muncih and after six years of gaining professional experience as a development and consulting engineer, Dipl. Ing. Heinz Plöchinger founded the company Thyracont in 1970.
Start of production - A car garage, located at Mauth, Bavarian Forest, hometown of Heinz Plöchinger was the first “factory”.
Robust Pirani VSP21 - Opposite to common sensors with a stretched measuring thread, an elastic tungsten filament is used for the first Thyracont vacuum sensor VSP21. Beside the robust housing made from stainless steel, the filament contributes to a trouble-free use for decades. Users of our Pirani gauge profit from this idea even today.
Analog and indestructible - The fitting measuring bridge for the new Pirani sensors for vacuum measurement is also geared towards longevity.
Special vacuum controllers for freeze dryers - By means of inductive scanning of a aluminium banner on the long indicator, switching operations at the predifined nominal values can be released.
Vacuum gauge VSP122 - With small flange; controlled version with constant filament temperature.
Location Passau - Move to first own company building in Passau, Germany.
Combination controller CTV2 - For vacuum and temperature
Piezo resistive silicon sensors - For measuring absolute pressure in the rough vacuum range.
Distillation controller - For rotary evaporators, analog adjustment.
Micro processor controlled program controller PGR - For regulation of vacuum and temperature profiles and pressure increase measurement.
Eutectic monitor - Device for determination of the eutectic temperature in lyophilization applications.
First digital vacuum controller - For recovery of solvents - “Environmental protection that pays off”.
"Electronics instead of mercury" - Battery operated compact vacuum meter VD85 for fine and rough vacuum replace analog mercury manometers.
Precise combination sensor - Development and presentation of first combination sensor for fine and rough vacuum, with continuous transition of the output signals (Symposium Mikrosystemtechnik Regensburg 1993, later Achema Frankfurt)
Thermocouples - Transmitter and digital compact vacuum meter for thermocouple gauge heads.
First combi snesor up to high vacuum - Bayard-Alpert and Pirani.
Inclination and acceleration sensor - A sensor concept of Mr Plöchinger is awarded with the 1. AMA-innovation award and is product of the year of the journal „Elektronik“.
R&D-100 Award - Mr. Plöchinger receives the R & D 100 award in Chicago for an inclination and acceleration sensor.
Patent granted - Patent DE 19903010 for Pirani-pressure measurement arrangement and cmbination sensors is granted.
Patent granted - Patent DE102005029114 is granted; it describes a process to reduce measurement errors of combination vacuum transmitters due to optimized value harmonization.
Patent granted - Patent DE102004040003 for a new inclination and acceleration sensor according to thermodynamic principle is granted. The measurement of the acceleration is based on the change of power consumption in order to hold a steady convection zone.
VD8 compact vacuum meters - New, revised models are launched in a modern design and with new functionalities like a data logger functionality and a USB interface. → Learn more about our VD8 compact vacuum meters
First time top rating for Thyracont Vacuum Instruments GmbH - With an „A+“ according to Standard & Poors and „A1“ according to Moody´s rating Thyracont takes three steps at once upwards, based on a "1A- (according to DSGV) in 2007.
New Smartline Vacuum Transducers - The new generation of Smartline vacuum transducers for rough to ultra high vacuum is launched. → Learn more about Smartline
With Thyracont into orbit - All parts for space travel have to be tested in large facilities for space vacuum. After a successful audit, the Chinese space calibration institute chooses Thyracont Vacuum Instruments as their partner.
Industrielles Ethernet - Thyracont offers its well-proven digital vacuum gauges of the Smartline product family with a further interface option. Customers can now also choose EtherCAT additionally to the RS485 interface.
Profinet option for Vacuum Transducers - As a pioneer in the field of vacuum metrology, Thyracont now also offers a Profinet option. The Ethernet interface extends the well-proven Smartline product family which is also available with RS485/0-10 V and EtherCAT.
Patent granted - Patent US 11,175,253 B1 sensor arrangement with protection and heating function granted. The optimized sensor arrangement helps to decouple of environmental influences and enables an optimized, precise vacuum measurement.