Solving the Top 5 Industrial Filter Cartridge Problems
Industrial filter cartridges are a critical component of many manufacturing and production processes, used to remove contaminants from liquids and gases. However, these filters can face several common problems that impact their efficiency and effectiveness. In this blog, we’ll explore the top five industrial filter cartridge problems and provide solutions for how to solve them.
1. Poor Filtration Efficiency
Poor filtration efficiency can result from several factors, including incorrect filter selection or installation, clogged filters, or damaged filters. To address this problem, it’s essential to select the right filter cartridge for the specific application and ensure proper installation and maintenance. This may involve selecting a filter with a finer micron rating or a different filter media, depending on the specific contaminants being removed. If it is not removing enough of the smaller contaminants then the micron rating will need to be moved down. If the contaminants or liquid damage the current media it will be important to change to another media. Regular filter replacement and cleaning are also key to preventing efficiency drops. If you are having trouble with filtration efficiency feel free to contact one of our experts at Global Filter.
2. Short Filter Lifespan
Short filter lifespan can be caused by excessive particulate loading, fouling, or chemical attack. To protect from chemical attacks it is important to ensure filter materials of construction are compatible with the current process liquid. To extend the lifespan of filter cartridges, it’s important to select a filter with a high dirt-holding capacity and consider pre-filtration options to remove larger particles before they reach the main filter. For example, if your filter at 1 micron continues to clog every other day installing a 10-micron in front of it can extend its life. Also, proper maintenance, such as regular cleaning and filter replacement, can help ensure a longer lifespan. Additionally, Global Filter offers filter cartridges with higher capacity, such as pleated depth filters, which can hold more particulates and require fewer replacements than depth filters. Depending on the application pleated depth cartridges typically outperform depth cartridges. Contact an expert at Global Filter today to learn if we can extend your filter lifespan.
3. Filter Bypass
Filter bypass occurs when fluid passes around the filter cartridge instead of through it, resulting in incomplete filtration. This can be caused by improper filter installation, damaged seals or gaskets, or high flow rates. Also, after multiple cleaning cycles filter integrity can be compromised if not changed out when recommended leading to bypass. To solve this filtration problem, it’s important to ensure proper filter installation and maintenance, including checking seals and gaskets for damage and adjusting flow rates to within the filter’s recommended range, while also following proper cleaning recommendations. If you are dealing with filter bypass and it is not due to installation, seals, or change-out recommendations contact a Global Filter expert to help solve the issue.
4. Contaminant Release
Contaminant release is a significant concern in industries such as pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and electronics manufacturing, where even small amounts of contamination can impact product quality and safety. It can lead to product recalls and even legal action. This filtration problem can be caused by filter media degradation, incorrect filter selection, or improper installation or maintenance. To solve this problem, it’s essential to select the right filter cartridge for the specific application and ensure proper installation and maintenance. Regular filter replacement and testing can also help detect any contamination issues early on.
5. High Maintenance Costs
High maintenance costs can be a significant challenge for industrial filter cartridge systems, with costs related to filter replacement, cleaning, and downtime. To reduce maintenance costs, it’s important to select a filter cartridge with a longer lifespan and higher dirt-holding capacity and consider pre-filtration options to remove larger particles before they reach the main filter. Proper installation and maintenance, including regular filter replacement and cleaning, can also help reduce maintenance costs over time. Sometimes all it takes to reduce filtration costs is a simple switch to another cartridge type or it can be as complex as installing upstream pre-filtration. If you are interested in reducing filtration maintenance costs contact Global Filter.
Industrial filter cartridges are a critical part of many manufacturing and production processes, helping to remove contaminants and ensure product quality and safety. By addressing common filter cartridge problems, including poor filtration efficiency, short filter lifespan, filter bypass, contaminant release, and high maintenance costs, manufacturers can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their filtration systems. Proper filter selection, installation, and maintenance are essential to solving these problems and ensuring optimal filter performance.