Monthly Archives: October 2015

Water Treatment Solutions: Building Sustainable Systems

In the world of water filtration systems, sustainable water filters were at one time prohibitive to operate and design. However, Filtra-Systems’ innovative approach to building sustainable systems has made adopting a replacement technology for a sand filter both cost-effective as well as efficient. Never before has it been so easy to ensure your industrial water filter system is as “green” as it can be thanks to Filtra-Systems’ STiR filter systems.

The STiR Innovation

Performing as a Continuously Stirred Tank Reactor (CSTR), our STiR technology is a patented process that has been mathematically proven to clean 100% of filter media during a single backwash cycle. The filter media itself is permanent – STiR industrial water filters use black walnut shell media, a media that is resilient, hard, chemically inert, and is a byproduct of the food processing industry. In fact, it isn’t necessary to ever replace the walnut shell media, as the typical life of our media under normal operation is 30-plus years.

More Than Just Sustainable Filter Media

While never having to replace your filter media again is a fine example of how the STiR is an excellent replacement technology for a sand filter, there are even more sustainable benefits to our patented design. Normal operation of our STiR Industrial Water Filter does not need any chemicals in order to operate, and our backwash method likewise requires no additives or surfactants.

The backwash volume generated by our STiR filter is also minuscule. Only one half of one percent of throughput is backwashed, something that none of Filtra-Systems’ competitors can claim. Combined with our high removal efficiency of 95% of suspended solids and 90% of oils and greases at 5 micron, waste is minimized – another way you can ensure your industrial water filter system is as sustainable as it can be. All of these reasons show why the STiR is an excellent replacement technology for a sand filter.

Are you interested in learning more about our line of STiR filters? Contact Filtra-Systems today to have all of your questions regarding how you can increase the sustainability of your water filtration system answered.

Protecting the Environment with Industrial Water Filters

Protecting the environment is one of the most important considerations for engineers, and the hazards of industrial water filtration must be contained by utilizing quality products and innovative systems that also have a positive impact on performance and efficiency. Filtra-Systems develops and ships products that are engineered to meet your needs while simultaneously protecting the environment by reducing pollutants.

Filtra-Systems prides itself on ensuring that our equipment minimizes the risk of exposure to workers and to the environment by creating some of the most reliable products in the industrial water filtration space. Our products include proprietary technologies to provide you with the cleanest water possible, and our products are customizable with current industrial water filtration systems.

Industry-Leading Products

Filtra-Systems provides industrial water filters such as the STiR Filter, unmatched among competing technologies. Using our patented fluidization technology, our industrial water filter is capable of cleaning 100% of filter media in the backwash cycle. We have used this filter in systems around the world to protect rivers and other natural watercourses from pollution. Our STiR filter’s dynamic backwashing system minimizes waste volume for added efficiency. Better yet, the STiR Industrial Water Filter is pre-assembled at the factory to lower freight and installation costs.

Protecting the Environment with Efficient Products

The STiR Filter is the perfect example of the engineering standards Filtra-Systems abides by. Compared to older and outdated purification systems, our products set a new standard for efficiency and reliability in the market. For example, the STiR Filter provides more efficient filtration, especially in the removal of oil, than filters that utilize traditional filter media such as sand. This filter can remove 95% of solid material and 90% of oil at 5 micron – all without the use of chemicals.

Learn more about our industrial water filters, including the STiR Filter, by contacting us today!

Advantages of the Verti-Press Over a Plate & Frame Filter Press

Filtra-Systems provides a number of products to improve upon existing systems. The Verti-Press, for example, is the most advanced dewatering filter press on the market. Many companies choose to completely replace their plate & frame filter press with our Verti-Press filter, which has several distinct advantages over the traditional technology.

Maximum Efficiency

The Verti-Press Automatic Tower Filter Press provides improved efficiency over plate & frame filter presses. For example, due to its plug flow wash design, the Verti-Press can wash the product more efficiently and isolate each chamber for individual operation using its innovative chamber design.

Minimized Chemical Exposure

Chemical exposure is a safety concern in all industrial processes, and inferior equipment can result in increased exposure through the chemical releases associated with the dewatering process. The chamber design of the Verti-Press minimizes this potential exposure outside of the tower filter press by utilizing a unique water-filled side seal design.

Increase Production Rate

The Verti-Press increases production rate by utilizing an innovative design as well as its increased washing capabilities. These two factors increase the rate of production substantially compared to plate & frame filter presses, which are often inefficient and prone to increased operator attention.

Learn more about how the Verti-Press Automatic Tower Filter Press can replace your plate & frame filter press and how to customize it to your needs by contacting Filtra-Systems. Contact us today to discuss the technical advantages of the Verti-Press!

Filtra-Systems’ Industrial Water Purification Methods

As a worldwide leader in the provision of custom-engineered industrial water and waste water filters for a multitude of industries, Filtra-Systems has installed more than 16,000 filtration systems around the globe since we were founded in 1979. Our industrial water purification methods have been proven time and again thanks to our skilled and experienced team of engineers and designers.

Custom Designed for Each of our Clients

Here at Filtra-Systems, we design each of our new industrial water and waste water filters to the specific needs and requirements of our customers. We partner with our customers from the initial stages of testing and design, through the engineering phase,  all the way to the installation of the water filtration system, it’s commissioning, and we also provide ongoing maintenance and service.

Part of this attention to our clients’ needs includes the the research and development of new water filtration technologies. Filtra-Systems has created over 35 different patented processes and technologies in order to push the envelope when it comes to efficiency, sustainability, and ease of use of waste water filters and industrial water filters.

Our Patented STiR Technology

The single advancement that epitomizes our dedication to providing high levels of efficiency as well as sustainability is our patented STiR technology. Industrial water filters built with STiR tech are modeled on Continuously Stirred Tank Reactors (CSTR) and can clean 100% of filter media over the course of just one backwash cycle. The filter media Filtra-Systems uses is a sustainable, permanent solution made from black walnut shells, and is projected to last 30 years under normal use.

Besides the use of highly sustainable filter media, STiR filters also have a very low backwash throughput of 1/2%. Additionally, our filters can remove up to 95% of insoluble solids and 98% of suspended solids, making our waste water filters and industrial water filters equipped with this innovative technology highly efficient as well as sustainable.

Want to find out more about Filtra-Systems’ water purification methods? Contact us today to learn about how we can help provide you with a safe, reliable, and efficient system for your specific needs.

Why You Should Replace Your Industrial Sand Filter

Sand filters have been used for water filtration since the early 19th century, and their success is mainly due to their simple design. Filtra-Systems has over 30 years of experience providing advanced industrial water filtration systems to our clients, and that has shown us that there are drawbacks to using sand filtration, especially in modern times, when companies have become increasingly aware of the need to conserve energy and lower overall water usage.

Filtra-Systems Understands the Drawbacks of Industrial Sand Filtration

Sand filters are often used in areas in which removal of suspended matter from water or waste water is required. Unfortunately, these filters also require frequent cleaning, which in turn produces large quantities of polluted rinse water that itself must then be cleaned and disposed of properly. This can create environmental issues and increased maintenance costs.

Additional problems can arise when the water source introduces oil into the sand filter. This can cause the sand bed to become clogged and uncleanable, even when treated with extended backwash cycles, and results in increased disposal costs and potentially unsafe water. Typical sand replacement is every 3-5 years, but the introduction of oil can dramatically decrease the life of the bed.

The Best Replacement Technology for a Sand Filter May Not Be a New Sand Filter

Filtra-Systems can help you to find a replacement for your industrial sand filter that provides improved water quality while reducing bed replacement costs and lowering backwash volumes. The solution we offer for replacement of sand filters is the patented STiR Walnut Shell Filter, which can decrease your use of chemical compounds while producing higher removal efficiencies, especially of oil and grease. Plus, the walnut shell media in the STiR never needs to be replaced.

So contact Filtra-Systems today to learn more about the STiR and other industrial water filtration systems that can save you money while improving efficiency.

How Advanced Filter Presses Increase Efficiency

As an industry leader, Filtra-Systems is dedicated to offering the most advanced filter presses ever to hit the market. Coming in a variety of different sizes in order to meet the needs of any organization, our automatic filter presses can easily replace a more traditional plate and frame filter. A number of companies have been able to increase their efficiency by using one of our automatic filter presses, all while improving their operational safety at the same time.

The Innovative Verti-Press Tower Filter Press

Our Verti-Press filter presses make use of a series of vertically stacked chambers that can each be isolated in turn when you need to form a filter cake from dewatered slurry. The Verti-Press filter’s individual isolation capabilities provide higher equipment availability levels, ensuring that your organization has extended flexibility in the event that maintenance needs to be performed on your filter. In addition, Filtra-Systems has pilot filters available, allowing for bench scale testing of our innovative vertical tower filter press.

Verti-Press Technology: Born from the Needs of our Clients

Filtra-Systems has a long history of working with several different business in  a variety of industries. We have been able to reduce not just initial costs for our customers through a combination of new enclosed chamber design and larger machine sizes, we’ve also been able to make it more efficient to operate our Verti-Press filter presses as well. With potential chemical exposure issues minimized by this new chamber design, equipment and operator safety is ensured. When you need either the highest wash efficiency for your filter cake, or you need your filter presses to provide high cake solids while also providing high levels of maintainability and reliability, Verti-Press filter presses are the best choice for your industry.

If you want to know more about our Verti-Press technology or any of our other filtration solutions, contact us today. Learn how Filtra-Systems can provide increased efficiency for your organization through the use of our innovative and cost-effective vertical filter presses.

Water Filtration Equipment Ensures a Smooth Operation

Filtra-Systems is a leading expert in the field of industrial water filtration solutions. With more than 30 years of experience installing waste water filtration systems, we know what it takes to ensure that our filtration systems operate smoothly without excess maintenance. We provide some of the highest performing waste water filters on the market, and we also ensure that you have a reliable source of bag and cartridge filters to minimize downtime.

We Have a Waste Water Filter Solution for Your Needs

Filtra-Systems makes use of some of the most advanced filtration systems, including our patented STiR technology, to ensure that the filter media in your systems is left as clean as possible after every backwash cycle. We also offer a walnut shell media filter option that separates suspended solids and oil from industrial waste water. Walnut shell media offers an advantage over other filter media such as anthracite, sand media, and activated carbon, as walnut shells are much more resistant to media fouling. Meanwhile, other filter media has a more difficult time completely fluidizing during a backwash cycle. The STiR has been proven to completely fluidize its bed during every backwash cycle.

A Wide Selection of Bag and Cartridge Filters for Every System

Filtra-Systems is about more than just offering cutting edge, high-performance waste water filters. Our complete line of bag and cartridge filters features a wide selection of different filter media to offer flexibility, and allow us to meet your water filtration needs. We offer polyester, polypropylene, nylon monofilament mesh, oil absorption, and activated carbon filter bags to polypropylene, nylon, and polyester cartridge filters available in several different micron ratings, our bag and cartridge filters offer the versatility you need for your filtration system. Additionally, our bag and cartridge filters are rated to as high as 338 F, ensuring smooth operation at whatever temperature your system requires.

Interested in learning more about our waste water filters or our bag and cartridge filter solutions? Contact Filtra-Systems today to have your questions answered about you can ensure that your own water filter system runs smoothly.

Improving Performance with Industrial Water Filters

Whether it’s an industrial water filter or a waste water filter, industrial water purification systems are crucial to any large-scale operation that has a need to ensure that large quantities of water are cleaned reliably and consistently. With more than three decades worth of experience in the water filtration industry, Filtra-Systems knows the value of high-performance industrial water filters – and our STiR walnut shell filter technology has what it takes to improve the filtration performance of your organization.

Patented Technology Proven to be 100% Effective

Filtra-Systems’ patented STiR technology has been proven to clean 100% of filter media during each and every backwash cycle. This is a marked improvement from other filtration technologies, such as carbon, anthracite, and sand media filters, as these filtration systems have a higher susceptibility to media fouling. Additionally, these types of industrial water filters neglect to fluidize media completely during backwash cycles. The STiR tracks the differential pressure as water flows over the media bed. Because it always returns to the same pressure differential after a backwash, we know that all contaminants have been removed.

STiR filters also feature increased effectiveness when it comes to disposal and maintenance costs. When other waste water filters like sand filters are tasked with cleaning oil from contaminated water sources, this often causes filter media to “mudball” to the point where it becomes largely ineffective, even when subjected to extended or additional backwash cycles. The end product is possibly unsafe water and increased disposal costs – as well as a heightened replacement cycle for the filter media. With Filtra-Systems STiR technology these risks are minimized, helping to control costs and increase the effectiveness of your industrial water filter system.

Innovation at Work for Improved Filtration Performance

Our STiR technology uses a vacuum pump to draw water through the crushed black walnut shell media bed. Contaminants captured by the filter system restrict water flow, which increases the differential pressure across the bed. Once this pressure reaches a set point, the backwash cycle begins. During this cycle, the filtration media is cleansed and any contaminants are eliminated through the use of an agitator, which mixes the contaminants and filter media together before pumping the waste water through a backwash pipe. The backwash screen allows the contaminated water to exit while the filter media remains behind for another filtration cycle.

Want to learn more about our patented STiR system? Contact Filtra-Systems today to see how we can provide you with a system that increases your filtration performance and saves you money.