The Importance Of Industrial Filtration Systems In Manufacturing

The Importance Of Industrial Filtration Systems In Manufacturing

Manufacturing Technology Insights | Thursday, April 21, 2022

Industrial air filtration systems are required to collect typical contaminants, ensuring the integrity and safety of manufactured products in production environments.

FREMONT, CA: All through the pharmaceutical, food processing, and power generation industries, specialized equipment—vacuum pumps, blowers, compressors, and generator sets, for example—must be secured to ensure maximum uptime and high-quality outputs.

Filtration in the industry removes contaminated particles from the air and other gases. Numerous industrial operations require air filtration and separation systems to safeguard the equipment and the surrounding environment.

The following are some applications of industrial filtration in detail.

Keeping Equipment Free of Harmful Contaminants

Contaminants introduced during the production process can be particularly detrimental to machinery. Industrial filtration plays a critical function in capturing and removing these impurities and containing them until they can be appropriately removed and disposed of.

Vacuum pumps, for example, are frequently used in pharmaceutical manufacturing to remove moisture from a product and convert it to a powdered form. A small amount of moisture or powder particles may be discharged into the air flowing to the vacuum pump during this operation. This residue may clog the equipment and cause damage to rotating components. A liquid separator and a particle filter would be employed in this scenario to protect the vacuum pump from liquids and particulates, respectively.

In extreme cases, the manufacturing process may release hazardous aerosols and vapors, resulting in vacuum pump failure or a combustion event, depending on the chemical compositions. As a result, the industrial air filtering system must eliminate these hazardous residues to keep the equipment operational. A vapor condensing trap would be employed in this case to ensure that damaging vapors are condensed and successfully removed.

Contaminants Removal to Purify Air and Gas Streams

Industrial filtration is critical for pneumatic conveying, additive manufacturing, and landfill gas collection. It assists in maintaining contaminant-free air and gas during operations, hence ensuring the cleanliness of process outputs.

Air and gas filtration must be complete and quantifiable to ensure that dangerous or undesired pollutants are removed. Numerous procedures in industrial manufacturing require outputs to be clean and pure; even minor differences in contamination levels might result in useless goods.

One frequent difficulty encountered while manufacturing plastic components is the emergence of dust particles in the finished product. Pneumatic conveying is moving raw plastic pellets or powders from a storage bin to a piece of production equipment such as an injection molding machine using compressed air. The blower draws ambient air from the surrounding area and compresses it to force raw plastic ingredients through transfer tubes. Frequently, airborne dust particles in the intake ambient air cause entire batches to be rejected. An inlet air filter or a combination inlet air filter and silencer would be employed to protect the pressure blower in this application.

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