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Filtra-Systems Receives Ford Supplier Achievement Award

Ford Excellence Award Photo
Filtra-Systems Vice President Keith Bratten receives the Supplier Achievement Award from Ford Executive Engineer

Filtra-Systems has received the Ford Achievement in Supplier Efficiency Award for Manufacturing and Engineering Excellence.

This is the culmination of a long working relationship with Ford, which has resulted in the delivery of many filtration systems around the world.

Featured projects that have been completed with Ford Motor Company can be seen here:
Aluminum Machining

 

 

Central Coolant Filtration Vacuum Filter

Advantages of a Custom-Designed Coolant Filtration System

Custom coolant filtration systems can help extend the life of both water and oil based coolants. This is significant, as it keeps the system cleaner longer and results in a healthy and long-lasting system. In order for customers to remedy concerns related to certain applications, custom solutions are developed based on the needs and regulations of the industry in question. There are various forms of coolant filtration solutions including magnetic, vacuum, and gravity filters. A customized filter can include one or more of the aforementioned filter types, and provides various benefits for customers with quality control issues, such as coolant not meeting cleanliness specs, or dirty parts coming off of the cutting machine. These customized filters help the system operate at optimum pressure, temperature, and efficiency.

Coolant Filtration Solutions in Several Industries

A custom-designed coolant filter provides an efficient solution that easily integrates with industrial processes and procedures. Filtra-Systems provides such solutions, offering state of the art technology and a wide range of equipment. Our custom-designed systems are made with the greatest care and attention. At Filtra-Systems, we strive to meet our customers’ needs through a unique central system design with the use of our coolant filters to ensure CNC machines operate with the right amount of pressure, coolant concentration, and at the necessary temperature.

Eliminate the Need for Multiple Coolant Filters

Effective treatment solutions are critical for treating contaminated liquids, and play an important role in removing materials that can impair production, or even damage cutting machines. A customized system will work to ensure proper flow and ciruculation to achieve optimum cooling with evaporative components. Advanced technology now allows for more efficient systems, eliminating the need for multiple filters. Check out our central coolant filter systems here.

Customers Save by Reducing Maintenance and Operation Costs

Today’s industries are under tighter environmental restrictions, which has resulted in increasing maintenance and operational costs. Due to these rising costs, companies need to ensure that they can use their coolant and other metal cutting fluids for as long as possible. To find out more about our custom coolant filtration systems, contact Filtra-Systems today.

Bag Filter Magnetic Inserts

The buildup of ferrous material poses a serious risk to not only coolant filtration systems, but to the quality of products produced by a manufacturer.  This unwanted material can damage cutting tools and compromise the quality of finished parts.  Many companies in a variety of industries turn to bag filter systems to help eliminate this material from their operations.  While bag filters are a great first step in combatting this problem, magnetic inserts offer significant benefits to companies that use bag filters in their factories.

Magnetic Inserts & Improved Performance

Magnetic inserts can improve the lifespan and effectiveness of bag filters.  A typical bag filter system would use just the bags to remove material from the coolant.  Unfortunately, bags have a limit to the size of particles they can remove (bags that are sized too tightly will remove important coolant additives in addition to waste).  On the other hand, magnetic bars do not suffer from this deficiency.  These bars are able to remove magnetic particles that would otherwise pass through the pores of bags.  To remove even the smallest particles, flow should be limited so that the fluid has the greatest possible contact time with the magnets.  To maximize fluid contact time, the system should always operate with a laminar flow.

Less Maintenance & Longer Lifespan

Bag filter systems that do not take advantage of magnetic bars solely rely on the bag to filter out ferrous material.  Naturally, bags that have reached the end of their useful life have to be replaced by plant personnel to complete the changeover.  Magnetic inserts increase the longevity of the bags by removing particulate before it even contacts the bag.  As a result, bags last longer, which directly translates to fewer man-hours that will be spent changing bags.

Cleaning the magnets is itself simple as well.  When bags eventually plug, simply removing the magnet from its frame and wiping it off is all that’s needed to properly maintain them.  Our magnets have a useful life that is practically endless, meaning that they do not need to be replaced over the life of the product.

ChangAN Ford Sigma Fox Engine Program – Central Coolant & Chip Handling Systems

ChangAN Ford purchased Central Coolant Systems & Chip Handling Systems for the Block Honing and Crank Machining and Grinding departments which produce I4 Sigma and I3 Fox Engines at its Chongquing, China manufacturing facility.

Filtra-Systems Company was selected by ChangAN Ford because of its expertise in providing multiple, full engine assembly production lines with custom engineered filtration and chip handling systems.  Past Filtra-Systems designed systems used in engine assembly line projects showed capabilities of being able to support a 20 year expected life cycle, which is expected to amount to 8 million engines.  This reputation of quality and experience was a major factor ChangAN Ford was looking for when awarding the project.  Filtra-Systems Company is also ISO 9002 certified.

The scope of supply consisted of the following:

For the Block Honing application for Sigma and Fox:
+++– One (1) Hydro-Vac Filtration System
++++++– Model HV-4D
++++++– Complete with two (2) 17-Bag Filters
++++++– Services 8 CNC Machines
++++++– Coolant flow rate of 100 m3/hr
+++– One (1) Hydro-Vac Filtration System
++++++– Model HV-4D
++++++– Complete with two (2) 8-Bag Filters
++++++– Services 4 CNC Machines
++++++– Coolant flow rate of 55 m3/hr
+++– Two (2) Magne-Tight FSMB-1.5 Magnetic Separator
+++– Five (5) Chip Handling Dumping Stations
+++– Nine (9) Chip Handling Carts (Dump Station compatible)
+++– Seven (7) Chip Handling Gondolas
+++– Temperature Control of Coolant
+++– Supply & Return Piping

For the Crank Machining & Grinding application:
+++– One (1) Double Hydro-Vac Filtration System
++++++– HV-6D
++++++– Complete with two (2) 23-Bag Filters
++++++– Services 24 CNC Machines
++++++– Coolant flow rate of 750 m3/hr
+++– One (1) Magne-Tight FSMB-10W Magnetic Separator
+++– Two (2) Chip Handling Dumping Stations
+++– Nine (9) Chip Handling Carts (Dump Station compatible)
+++– Seven (7) Chip Handling Gondolas
+++– Temperature Control of Coolant
+++– Supply & Return Piping

Filtra-Systems was able to deliver these systems as scheduled by utilizing both manufacturing centers located near Nashville, Tennessee (USA) and Suzhou, China.

Filtration training and service support was also provided to ChangAN Ford.  Dual language service and maintenance manuals were provided to the plant.

Filtra-Systems offices in Suzhou allow for convenient support for this facility, and will continue to provide filtration systems to companies in China, India and Asia.