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"Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought." Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

VIL prides itself on it’s commitment to constant Research and Development projects within it’s office and laboratory base here in Rugby.

This includes research into both VI technology and performance as well as the switching function itself, along with new manufacturing and test technologies essential for VI manufacture.

VIL then applies it’s knowledge in these areas to the development of new designs of VI, new improved manufacturing processes and in the design and supply of state of the art Special Electrical Processing, Inspection and Test (EPIT) equipment, essential to the VI Manufacturing process and the attainment of the highest quality products and procedures.


In late 2010 as part of it’s long term R&D Strategy, VIL expanded it’s premises to include a new laboratory with enhanced facilities.

Synthetic Short Circuit Testing

Our state of the art Synthetic Test plant will allow us to film using high speed camera technology to observe arc behaviour on all prototype technology.

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Clean Assembly

Our Horizontal Flow Laminar Cabinet, enables us to replicate the clean room conditions of a factory in our test environments.

Meeting ISO cleanroom classifications, the cabinet provides an environment for sterile manipulation and assembly of vacuum components to protect the product from airborne contaminants.

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Demountable Vacuum Chamber & High Speed Arc Photographic

Electrostatic & magnetic Finite Element Analysis