AP Tech, also known as Advanced Pressure Technology, is a manufacturer of gas handling components – primarily pressure regulators and valves. AP Tech’s forte is products to deliver specialty gases for high purity through ultra high purity applications. Starting from the source vessel to point of use and into the process tool or equipment itself, AP Tech products are known to deliver gases with uncompromising quality, performance and reliability. The company sets the ultimate standard for service and support, traits that are now synonymous with the brand – AP Tech.
The company was founded in 1987 by Rene Zakhour, an industry veteran. His goal was to build reliable products backed by service and support. Today, now a global leader in our primary markets of the semiconductor and electronics industries, AP Tech continues to strive for Rene’s goals under his direction and his urging to excel at what we do. It is that simple.
AP Tech’s wide array of regulators range up to 10,000 psig (690 bar) inlet pressure with delivery pressures from absolute to 10,000 psig (690 bar). Flow capacities also have a broad range from a few sccm to thousands of slpm. Whether manually spring loaded or pneumatically actuated, 1/8 inch through 1 inch connection size, AP Tech is the regulator of choice for high purity through ultra high purity gas delivery.
AP Tech manufactures a broad selection of diaphragm valves from ¼ inch through 1 inch line sizes. Operating pressures from low vacuum to 4,500 psig (310 bar) and a wide variety of manual and pneumatic actuation types, combined with a wide variety of connections, porting choices and monoblock configurations, AP Tech has the valve for high purity through ultra high purity specialty gas delivery.
A family of other devices compliment the pressure regulator and valve offering, which include:
Check valves: A device which protects against reverse flow of a fluid.
Vacuum generators: A venturi device which creates vacuum via flow of N2. A variety of vacuum generators are available ranging from a simple venturi to modules which combine the venturi with a N2 inlet valve and check valve.
Flow switches: A safety device which senses excess flow in a gas line.
Since its founding, SMC has been a leader in pneumatic technology, providing industry with technology and products to support automation. The guiding principle over the years has been one of “contributing to automation labor savings in industry”. Over the past 50+ years, SMC’s products have become established as a recognized international brand through sales, technical, supply and after sales services in the world market. Sales have grown to achieve a 30% global market share in primary products.
Subsidiaries and joint ventures have been established in a total of 53 countries. Production facilities are located in 29 countries. In addition, a sales network extends throughout 81 countries, with local service in 400 locations.
SMC offers technology accumulated through the years, engineers who bring this technology to life in new products, production capacity which can deliver a wide variety of products in a short time and an extensive sales network throughout the world.
SMC is a Japanese public company. The wide variety of products offered, over 11,000 basic types, were developed internally. AP Tech, acquired in 2007, have been the sole acquisition.