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Filters are a crucial component in many industrial environments, ranging all the way from healthcare to manufacturing. When both large or small pieces of machinery operate at high volumes, heat and pressure are generated within the equipment. Over time, the internal burden in the machines can lead to an increased risk of damage and even failure unless the device has a chance to breathe.
Filters are used by business leaders to support the longevity of their machinery, by allowing the intake of air, and preventing exposure to other dangerous contaminants like dust, debris, and even insects.
The question for many production teams is which screens or filters do they need to protect their investments.
Why All Industries Need Screen Filters
Almost every industry can benefit from reliable air inlet filters, bug screens and more. For instance, at Croft Filters, we support companies in sectors ranging from food and beverage production to the chemical, oil, and gas industry and instrumentation manufacturers. In the chemical industry, for instance, filtration solutions are often customised to ensure that the delivery of products is protected, and employees aren\t exposed to dangerous substances. An inlet bug screen or debris filter screen:
- Protects your products from contamination
- Minimises the risk of downtime due to machinery failure
- Reduces costs associated with replacing broken parts.
So, what kind of filter do you need?
Bug Screens or Insect Traps
A bug barrier filter is one of the most common screens used in industrial applications. These strong and durable mesh screens allow for maximum airflow in an environment where your devices need frequent aeration but cant afford to have insects crawling through the mechanisms. Inlet insect screens and bug traps come in many different shapes and sizes and are available in a variety of materials. Examples include Inconel, Incoloy, stainless steel 321 and SS 347 and brass . Some of the screens available to protect against insects, debris and dangerous components in the atmosphere include:
Breather filters are a form of debris filter screen that prevents contamination from insects and particulates. These filters are designed to defend the interior workings of a piece of machinery while allowing the tank to breathe during operation. Air breather filters allow air to flow to and from a closed chamber, where atmospheric pressure can be regulated. Breather filters also ensure that tanks do not collapse when emptied but allow for air to enter the cavity created by the removal of the contents.
Inline filters remove system contaminants in industrial systems. By trapping particles and working as an insect screen for bugs, these filters ensure that sensitive systems like sensors can continue working correctly. These filters are particularly popular in sectors like power generation, oil & gas, food production and more. At Croft, our inline filters are available in a range of different formats depending on the needs of the machinery. We craft filters that can either sit within a pipe or in its own filter housing. Inline filters can also be designed using a range of different materials. This means that theyre excellent for adhering to special circumstances in high-pressure environments.
Quick Release Filters
In an environment where exposure to outdoor contaminants is widespread, a bug barrier filter or debris filter may need to be cleaned and replaced regularly. Quick release filters are well-suited to this frequent pattern of maintenance, as there is no special skill required to apply and remove the screen, quick release inline filters are common in Marine, Food, and Chemical sectors, among others. Quick release filters are highly desirable, as they can be designed to fit perfectly within your existing machinery. At the end of a specific schedule, all you need to do is use the quick release clamp to clean away any build-up that may have harmed the machinery without the presence of a screen. Some organisations also use internal mesh filter discs along with their bug screens for higher levels of filtration. Multiple inline filters can be used in series for increasing levels of filtration and protection.
Finally, in many complex industrial environments, it may be necessary to create a custom filtration system for specific pieces of machinery. Many industries use custom filtration and screen filters, including the power generation sector, water treatment, food production and more. Because filtration requirements vary drastically from one company to the next, Croft specialises in offering custom systems specifically designed to maintain the integrity of the products our clients manufacture. For instance, clients in the Nuclear industry often require filters made with superalloys to protect machines in high-pressure environments. On the other hand, water treatment companies often deal with a larger range of debris and particulates which means that they require a wide range of mesh apertures to achieve their required filtration. Croft can supply many different sizes to suit a wide variety of filtration specifications.
Reach out to Croft Filters today to find the screen that will protect and enhance your business. Best Regards Neil