Monthly Archives: July 2011

Sorting Out Filtration – And Finally . . .

In this series on filtration I have not mentioned much about filter ratings other than to say that most filters are rated based on the minimum size of particles they will capture.  It is important to know that a filter rated … Continue reading

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Sorting Out Filters – Understanding and Meeting Challenges in Filtration

The most challenging applications for filtration often involve either very small particles or huge volumes of particles – sometimes both.  The filtration of buffing and lapping compound residues from solution is a good example of such an application.  There are a … Continue reading

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Sorting Out Filters – About Re-Circulation

For any filter to be effective, the liquid being filtered must circulate or re-circulate through the filter in an efficient way.  In a spray system, the cleaning or rinsing liquid usually returns from the filter directly to the spray head(s).  … Continue reading

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Sorting Out Filters – Plumbing Options and Tips

At first glance, plumbing a filter into a system doesn’t sound like a big deal.  In fact, it really isn’t, but there are right ways and wrong ways to do it.  Here are a few ideas. First, liquids should always … Continue reading

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Sorting Out Filters – Monitoring Filter Health

Filters do not last forever.  In the course of doing its job, a filter becomes progressively more resistant to the flow of liquid.  As this happens, flow is reduced and, as we’ve mentioned before, this process may even be accelerated by … Continue reading

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Sorting Out Filtration – Filter Types and Media Selection for Increased Filter Life

If a filter is doing its job, its life will be limited.  Eventually it will have filtered out and collected enough particles to be severely restricted or totally block liquid flow.  When this happens, the filter or filtration media must … Continue reading

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Sorting Out Filters – The Effect of Particle Characteristics On Media Selection and Filter Life

The useful life of most media filters is determined by the size and quantity of particles they capture.  Each filter has only a limited number of sites to trap particles.  Once a site traps a particle, flow through that site’s passage … Continue reading

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Sorting Out Filters – Particle Size and Shape Both Matter

One important step on the path to solving any problem is understanding the enemy and the risk it poses.  The enemy, in this case particles, come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.  A particle’s effect on the ultimate … Continue reading

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Sorting Out Filters – The Basics

Many topics can’t be covered in a single, one page blog entry.  For this reason, some of the more involved topics will be discussed in several sequential blogs with a common theme.  This is the start of one such series … Continue reading

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From Rags to Rinses

It will come as no surprise to anyone who is involved with industrial parts cleaning that rinsing is an expensive but important part of the process.  Although it may not reduce your wardrobe to “rags,” proper rinsing can put a sizeable dent in the … Continue reading

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