SHOULD YOU SERVE NANOFIBER WITH SAWDUST? A CHART FOR THE DISCRIMINATING FILTER HOST
Most everyone knows you can’t just go mixing any kind of filter with any kind of dust. After all, some of them certainly don’t pair well together. Fortunately, we here at Imperial Systems have put together a guide for the thoughtful buyer of dust collection filters. With this handy reference, you’ll never have to worry about showing up with the wrong filter for the occasion!
(NOTE: We DO NOT recommend that this be used as a substitute for consulting with an actual filter expert. Please call us At 800-918-3013 for important information that doesn’t fit in an infographic.)
A BIT OF CLARIFICATION:
- Filter bags, or sometimes cyclones, are usually used for materials that are large, fibrous, or big enough to damage a cartridge filter. Bags are also often used when the temperature or humidity is too high for a cartridge filter to handle.
- Metalworking or welding produce fumes. These are very fine particles and an 80/20 media is not efficient enough to catch them. Since many metal dusts are explosive, we do recommend a DeltaMAXX™ nanofiber FR, which is fire retardant. In some applications such as shot blasting, spunbond is used because it is very durable. If your metal fume or dust has grease or oil in it, you may need a special media.
- Dust from ANY of these categories can be explosive. If your dust is explosive or flammable, we will almost always recommend a DeltaMAXX™ nanofiber FR filter as part of an IDA system.
- Organic dust, like food products, may present some special challenges. Organic dust comes in different sizes, and may clump together, absorb moisture, or present other particular problems. Please consult with us about the characteristics of your particular dust.
- If your dust is oily, abrasive, wet, sticky, or otherwise likely to make a mess of a normal dust collector filter, there are a variety of special materials to help. PTFE resists having anything stick to it, while hydrophobic or oleophobic filters will repel water or oil.
AGAIN… THIS IS IN NO WAY MEANT TO SUBSTITUTE FOR TALKING TO A FILTER PROFESSIONAL. PLEASE CONSULT WITH ONE OF OUR KNOWLEDGEABLE TEAM MEMBERS BEFORE MAKING ANY QUESTIONABLE FILTER DECISIONS.
We hear it every day from customers. Aftermarket customer service from other companies that sell replacement filters is not always a pleasant experience. These customers come to us because they’re tired of automated phone menu systems, messages that never get returned, and questions that never get answered. If you’re ready for a better filter purchasing experience, Imperial Systems is the logical choice.
“Your customer doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. – Damon Richards
This could not be more true of our philosophy. While you know that Imperial Systems custom-designs and manufactures the best dust collectors in the industry, you should also know that we have a dedicated aftermarket team ready to assist you. Whether you need spark traps, replacement airlock parts, or new DeltaMAXXTM filters, our team will be with you all the way. From finding the right part to making sure you’re satisfied with your order.
When you work with Imperial Systems, you’re not just a number, you are a priority! One of our aftermarket customer service professionals will manage your account, and will make sure you always receive a prompt, personal, and helpful response to all of your needs. You’ll always know exactly who to call. You won’t have to explain what you need every time you call us because we already know who you are!
Here are a just a few of our aftermarket professionals committed to providing you with the best service in the industry.
Rebecca, Justin, and Patrick
When you call us for your filters or other aftermarket needs, one of us will be there, in person, ready to return your calls, answer your questions, and solve your problems with the kind of personal attention your business deserves. You treat your customers like they matter. Come and work with the aftermarket sales team who treats you like YOU matter. Call today at 800-918-3013!
At Imperial Systems, Inc. we know that checking up on your dust collector’s performance can often be a lost thought, unless your dust collector is consistently giving you fits. In order to make your life easier, we have manufactured the most cost effective, dust collector cartridge filter in the industrial dust collection industry. Our DeltaMAXX NanoFiber Dust Collector Cartridge Filters are designed to over-achieve while reaching maximum performance inside of your dust collector. Our goal is to sell you the best dust collector cartridge filter we can at a fair price.
Here are 10 reasons why DeltaMAXX Dust Collector Cartridge Filters will work for you:
1. With 99%+ efficiency on 0.3-0.4 micron particulate our cartridge filters provide maximum filtration resulting in the best performance in cartridge-style dust collectors
2. Compared to our competition, our nano-fibers are 50% smaller resulting in an industry high MERV 15 efficiency rating.
3. Our surface-loading technology with nano-size inter fiber pores allow caked dust to easily pulse off of the surface layer keeping the filter media clean.
4. Less pulse cleaning + Less Filter Stress = Longer filter life
5. Longer filter life means fewer filter changes and less downtime – saving you money!
6. Reduced Outlet emissions = Cleaner Air
7. Less compressed air consumption for pulse jet dust collectors.
8. Flexibility – nanofiber can be applied on all kinds of dust collector filter media including cellulose, spunbond, and synthetic media resulting in improved cartridge filter media.
9. DeltaMAXX Replacement Dust Collector Cartridge Filters are made for all brands of industrial dust collectors.
10. We carry a large stock of our manufactured DeltaMAXX Dust Collector Cartridge Filters resulting in timely shipping to your establishment.
Check out our DeltaMAXX Dust Collector Cartridge Filter webpage as well as our Case Studies and Testimonials regarding our cartridge collector filters.
Does having your dust collectors cartridge filters cleaned make sense? We have been interested in having our cartridge filters cleaned instead of replacing them with new ones. This has been a topic for discussion around here for a while since we not only use cartridge filters for our welding, plasma and grinding operations, but we also manufacture and market them as a product for most brands of dust collectors. At first glance the concept seems to make sense so we decided to have an open forum discussion about the differences and below is a list of questions and answers that we came up with regarding the topic.
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Q: Does cleaning your filters have an effect on the original filters emission throughput?
A: When we sell our filters we sell them with a manufactures guaranteed emission statement. This statement is based on the performance of new filters that have been tested in a laboratory. We cannot offer an emission statement once they have been mechanically cleaned outside of the original dust collector.
Q: Does the cost to clean the filters outweigh the cost to replace them?
A: It is hard for us to put a solid number on this question. Our concerns would be related to the following costs; freight, damaged filters from shipping and handling, labor, storage for a spare set of filters, clean up from excessive handling of dirty filters, pre mature failure to your HEPA filters from less efficient filters, etc… If you take a 10 cartridge dust collector and estimate the cost of new filters to be $2,000 and start subtracting the costs listed above you might have a hard time justifying it.
Q: Is there a danger that re-installing your cleaned used cartridge filters could harm your employees or cause a negative impact on your operation?
A: Most cartridge filters today are designed to work in the OEM’s dust collector with the original factory cleaning system. If you take the spent cartridge filters out and try to mechanically clean them you may jeopardize the integrity or the filter media. This can fracture the substrate especially if there is a NANO fiber treatment on the filter. With a damaged filter you are at risk of contaminating the air stream potentially causing harm to your workers and your process. This issue will show up very fast if you have a broken bag detector in line or a bank of HEPA filters after the primary filters.
Q: Is excessive handling dirty filters a good idea?
A: If you have ever changed out a set of filters on your own you will find that it can be a less than desirable job. Even when you have a simple tool free filter change out system like the CMAXX, it can be a lot of work. Besides that fact the no one likes to handle dirty filters, there is always a risk of putting a hole in one of the filters from handling. Not to mention that finding a filter with a hole in it can be a major job in itself.
Q: Will using cleaned cartridge filters meet my DEP / OSHA permits?
A: Our filter emissions are based on using new filters. If you remove our filters and clean them with anything othe r than the cleaning system that is supplied with the dust collector, our emission statement no longer applies and cannot be used for DEP / OSHA permits.
Q: Is it necessary to use a cartridge filter cleaning machine or have our filters cleaned by a third party if we have a built in cleaning system on our dust collector?
A: No. If you have a built in cleaning system on your dust collector and you are properly cleaning it there is no need. Most dust collection systems have the ability to do both “online” and “offline” cleaning. Online cleaning is done while the system fan is running and can be either continuous or set to clean at a certain differential pressure. The offline cleaning feature is the most effective method of cleaning. This type of cleaning is done once the main system fan is shut down allowing the reverse air to purge the dirty filter for a given time or until the filter is clean. This is essentially what a filter cleaning company s or a filter cleaning machine does without mechanically shaking the filter. We manufacture a controller that can be added to any dust collector with a reverse pulse cleaning system to give you this added benefit.
About the School: Located in northern Texas, the Community College offers comprehensive two-year educational programs – including welding technology. The school offers Associate of Art, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
Challenge: The Welding Technology Program was interested in more cost effective cartridge filters for their Lincoln Statiflex 6000 dust collector.
Solution: In the summer of 2013, while making daily cold calls to businesses in the industrial realm, the Imperial Systems aftermarket member was able to strike a sale with the community college. While talking with the instructor of the Welding Technology Program, the aftermarket member found out that the school was shopping around for replacement dust collector cartridge filters for the upcoming school year. Due to the budget, it was a top priority that the filters were cost effective and reliable.
After reviewing the DeltaMAXX filter literature and cross-referencing the filters on Imperial System’s website, the welding technology instructor pulled the trigger and purchased four DeltaMAXX Replacement Cartridge filters for the upcoming school year.
Outcome: After running the filters in the dust collector for the fall semester, the welding school instructor was “really impressed” with the DeltaMAXX Replacement Dust Collector Filters.
“The System is running very smooth, not much back blow. When turning on the dust collector in the past we have had problems with smoke blowing out of the back. That problem went away when we installed the DeltaMAXX filters”, said the Texas welding school instructor.
“Imperial Systems’ dust collector filters are very durable and they are lasting much longer for us. My expectations were exceeded and you can count on us to be a returning customer.”