Category Archives: Coolant Filtration

Mist Collection for Health Hazard Reduction and Cost Saving

Mist collectors are an excellent proven tool for metalworking shops to maintain both safe indoor air quality and a cleaner facility.

Mists are liquid droplets that are less than 20 microns in diameter. Mist collectors are air handling systems designed to separate the tiny droplets from a facility’s air.

Oil Mist Collection - Stealth - The EliminatorMist droplets are comprised of the water and oil coolants and cutting fluids used during machining operations.

They often also contain a number of chemicals that a machining operation may give off or generate. These may be things like carbon monoxide, acetone, benzene, methanol or ethyl alcohol, microorganisms, carcinogens, toxins or allergens and other irritants.

Unfortunately, once airborne, mists may be inhaled by workers. These droplets are smaller than a single white blood cell (about 25 microns). This means they are small enough to enter your alveoli which are the tiny passages in the lungs. This can pose a breathing hazard in the short term.

Prolonged exposure can result in chronic breathing ailments and respiratory disease. Metalworker-CoughingAdditionally, absorbing certain chemicals may cause cancer, toxicity or an allergic reaction.

Mists may be absorbed in other ways as well. Aerosolized droplets that settle on the skin, in eyes or on other mucous membranes can cause irritation and inflammation. They may also lead to contact dermatitis, skin acne or dermal infections.

Aside from direct contact, mists that collect on surfaces inside of a facility pose problems as well. Exposure to contaminated surfaces can causes not only injuries from slips and falls but also skin irritation through contact.

The risks of mists are not just human hazards.

  • Dirty machines, surfaces and ducts degrade operations over time.
  • Mist covered precision machinery may cause downtime for servicing and repair.
  • Dirty ductwork needs cleaning or replacement.
  • Dirty facilities transfer contamination onto products causing corrosion, fouling or part corruption.

The results. Lost time and productivity.

Mist collectors can remove mists before they become a problem.

A mist collector captures mists at or near their source and keeps them out of the circulating air.

Filtra-Systems-Stealth-X1 Mist Collection SystemThey can effectively reduce or eliminate worker exposure to mists and minimized the need to deal with mists collected on surfaces. Besides, mist collectors help ensure facilities meet OSHA sets standards for indoor air quality.

In addition to helping maintain clean and healthy facilities, mist collectors that recycle valuable cutting and cooling fluids also save facilities money.

Systems, such as the Eliminator by Filtra-Systems, are designed to separate contaminants from the mist and recycle fluid. This allows coolants to be reused continuously until the fluid breaks down. This reduces fluid consumption upstream. Downstream, it also reduces costs associated with disposing potentially of hazardous materials.

Mist collectors offer many benefits to metalworking facilities.

First and foremost, they reduce or eliminate human hazards due to mist exposure. However, they also help maintain a clean facility which minimizes service and housekeeping costs.

And, a huge added bonus is the cost savings realized with a mist collection system that recycles metalworking fluids.

To determine if a mist collection system is right for your metalworking facility, give us a call and talk to one of our mist collection experts. 248-427-9090

“Mist Collection for Your Safety, Cost-Reduction and Quality”

Stealth Oil Mist Collection SystemIn a manufacturing facility, mists are produced from machining and assembly operations.

Mists are very fine droplets of oil, particulates (like in smoke or dust) and coolant.

Mists can be problematic for workplace safety, facility maintenance and part contamination. These mists can be inhaled by workers, sucked into ventilation systems or end up deposited on surfaces. They can also foul the surface of production parts.

There are several types of mist produced in manufacturing facilities including smoke, oil/coolant and dust.

Welding and grinding produce smoke fine particulate mists.
Oil/Coolant mists occur during high-speed machining operations.
The pressure and heat from turning, milling and grinding create aerosolized oil/coolant emulsions.
Dusts are fine particulates. They may be produced in HVAC systems or from environmental sources and machine operations.

The liquids and particulates that make up mists are tiny – less than a micrometer in diameter. These mists are light and able to float in the air. The slightest amount of air flow can carry them long distances in your facility.

Inhaled mists are also hazardous to you and your employee’s health.

To protect your workers, the OSHA standard air contamination is set to below 5.0 mg/m3 for human safety.  European standards are even more stringent.

Equally as bad, mist can accumulate on floors and surfaces which can pose safety concerns for slips and falls. In addition, the accumulated mists on non-grab surfaces and in ducting must be regularly cleaned. This build-up increases cleaning, heating/cooling and filtration costs.

Accumulated mist is also a problem for facilities producing parts and assemblies for medical devices and instruments, aerospace and automotive, and engines and transmissions. These industries require low surface contamination. They often require production facilities to meet more stringent air quality standards than those of OSHA. These requirements can be as high as 0.1 mg/m3.

Given the problems caused by mists, addressing them before they are airborne is paramount.

Ultimately, mist reduction decreases health risks, improves facility costs and helps meet customer requirements. Installing a mist collection system is an excellent way to mitigate mists before they wreak havoc on health, facilities and parts.

Mist collection systems collect mist at the source. They capture droplets before they can be carried throughout the facility.

Mists can simply be captured and collected. However, systems like the Filtra Systems’ Eliminator and Stealth mist collection system also recover machine tool coolants for reuse. This is an additional cost savings.

The Eliminator, when installed on machines generating mists, the oil mist is coalesced and collected for reuse.  Then the Stealth system purifies the air in two stages for circulation in the facility.

Manufacturing facilities should consider installing mist collection a priority for worker safety, facility maintenance and parts quality.  Mist collectors can help keep manufacturers ahead of OSHA and European standards. More importantly, they help meet stringent quality requirements set for precision industries.

For more information about mist collectors, mist collection systems, the Stealth and the Eliminator mist collection systems, please call our mist collection experts at 248-427-9090, they love helping any way they can.

Why Coolant Filters Are A Must For CNC Machining Applications

There are many reasons why your shop floor would use the latest in CNC coolant filtration systems to help keep the coolant system working properly.

Most folks in the industry are well aware of how much money coolant filtration systems can save a company over the course of a year and the lifetime of each machine. But this is only the beginning because filtration companies such as Filtra-Systems move towards the creation of systems that are more effective and efficient using a wide range of filtration mediums.

Poor Filtration Costs Time And Money

The simple reality is that in today’s manufacturing environment of ever-tightening budgets, the use of a poor-quality CNC coolant filter can lead to a range of problems.

Among the worst of these are the risk of metallic fines ending up in the coolant and the growth of bacteria.

A buildup of metallic fines within the coolant not only reduces the quality of machined parts, but also leads to accelerated wear throughout the machinery, causing damage to the pump, nozzles, and potentially the machine tool.

Why Not Do Things The Right Way?

Today’s machine industry is running machinery that operates faster and is working with metals that are more abrasive than those cut in the past. All of this places a huge demand on the coolant, and therefore the CNC coolant filter system.

Quite simply, it has become more necessary for modern coolant filtration systems to provide extremely stable and reliable performance.

There was a time when a machining facility might be able to get away with a CNC coolant filtration system that was cobbled together using parts from a variety of manufacturers or systems. In today’s high pressure, high-speed machining environment where extreme precision is more important than ever, this type of system is no longer good enough.

At Filtra-Systems, we offer turnkey chip processing and coolant filtration systems designed to provide your facility with continuous operation.

The reality is, whether you are manufacturing engine blocks, camshafts, axles, or any one of thousands of other products, our CNC coolant filters are designed to provide your machines with the cleanest possible coolant at all times.

Your Company, Your Coolant Filtration System

At Filtra-Systems we understand that no two clients have the same needs. To guarantee that we meet your specific needs, we offer you both central coolant systems and stand-alone units built to meet your requirements.

All these CNC coolant filter systems can be customized to meet your needs using pressure, vacuum, magnetic, and bag filters to ensure every drop of coolant sent back to your machines is as pure as possible.

The way we look at it, we’re here to help you keep your operating costs under control by reducing the wear and tear on your machinery. We accomplish this by providing the highest level of coolant filtration possible at all times.

Call us now, 248-427-9090 and we’ll help you get the perfect CNC coolant filter system faster and easier than ever before.

Discover How These 3 Industrial Processes Benefit From Filtration

See how our industrial filtration systems can benefit your business in these three different situations where our products have made a huge impact on the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of particular companies.

We have found it very easy to make claims regarding the abilities of your products, but what really counts is the ability to prove that your products work exactly as described.

Eastman Kodak

Eastman Kodak has been one of the leading names in imaging for decades, going back to the original personal cameras. At the Eastman Kodak facility located in the northwestern US, the company produces chemicals that are used to process a wide range of health imaging films.

Eastman Kodak had been using a rotary drum filtration system to filter, wash, and dewater their products. However, the company conducted a study to find a more effective and efficient process. Their research found that a vertical tower filter press would make a major difference.

The one chosen was the Filtra-Systems Verti-Press because it offered far superior efficiency and the ability to operate with any arrangement of chambers offline (for maximum maintenance versatility).

The Modern CNC Machine Shop Floor

For decades the average CNC machine shop used a central coolant system that utilized trenches in the floor as a way to transfer contaminated coolant from the various machines to a central pit.

These filters were typically located at the end of a sloped trench. Not only was this highly inefficient, but in many instances, routine maintenance was very difficult and costly.

Today, CNC facilities are installing a centralized machine tool coolant filtration system that is located on the floor rather than under it.

Not only does this system do away with the need for trenches running under the floor, it also allows management to modify the number of filters. In fact, the entire system, as their facility or needs change.

The STiR Industrial Water Filter

Achieving the highest possible level of wastewater filtration is more important than ever because regulations have become more stringent.

By contrast, while industrial water filters using sand, anthracite, and carbon media have their uses, they have always been susceptible to media failure due to fouling. This leads to increased downtime and expense, as the filter media must be changed on a regular basis.

By way of comparison, our patented STiR technology has been tested and proven to remove up to 95% of suspended solids, and 90% of insoluble hydrocarbons from your wastewater.

More importantly, our STiR industrial water filters do not need the addition of chemicals to achieve these results. Individual units that can process fro 50-6,500 gpm, and will be happy to build you complete systems that are ready to be installed.

By the way, over the past 40 years, we have found that there is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to industrial wastewater filtration. That’s why we offer a complete range of custom water filtration systems which can be used to improve your business’ efficiency while reducing  your operating costs.

Contact us today, we’d love to help you to solve your toughest wastewater problems!

Why Your Company Needs A Mist Collector

From large machinery air quality, successful companies understand realistic safeguards are needed to protect their workers from the dangers that are inherent to industrial environments.

Oftentimes, these safeguards not only protect workers’ health, but they also have a significant positive impact on the efficiency of your process.

Companies that choose to invest in these safeguards help keep their employees safe and can make more money in the process.

Iron-Clad Ways To Improved Workplace Health

As is often the case, when coolants and oils are sprayed onto parts during cutting, honing, and grinding processes, oil mist is released into the air. If good mist collectors are not installed, this oily mist will leave the machine and escape into the air.

Don’t be mislead, this mist is not healthy for humans to breathe.

Limiting lung exposure to this byproduct of CNC machining has measured benefits for your workers’ health. In addition to the respiratory issues that can result from the inhalation of oil mist, long term exposure can cause skin disease.

The current OSHA standard for mineral oil in air is 5 mg/m3. Air passed through HEPA filters generally has 0.5 mg/m3 of oil mist, 10X below OSHA standards.

Mist collectors are regularly mounted to the cutting machine and prevent oil mists from entering shop air. HEPA filters can prevent this from happening by removing most particulate from the air stream.

Impressive Maintenance & Efficiency

Filtra-Systems has designed coolant filtration systems for industrial applications for almost 40 years, which is why we appreciate the need for robust solutions that require little maintenance to ensure optimum output with little downtime.

Systems that lack mist collectors increase maintenance problems because mist accumulates on the walls, floors, and machines. Just as importantly, systems that lack mist collectors must spend money on additional coolant to add to the system in order to make up for the volume lost to the air. Both of these issues can cost a company time, money and many other headaches.

Discover The Filtra-Systems Advantage

Filtra-Systems Gen II Mist Collectors have several distinct advantages over competing collectors. The vast majority of coolant can be returned to the machine because it is mounted directly to the CNC machine, before any ductwork. The centrifugal separator protects the disposable HEPA filter, minimizing the cost of replacement media and downtime during change-outs.

Designed with our customers in mind, our oil mist collector will improve your company’s bottom line and protect the health of your workers.

Contact us today and make your mist collection make an impact.

Central Machine Tool Coolant Filtration Systems Customized For Your Applications

As a world leader in industrial filtration systems, Filtra-Systems has collaborated with a number of clients during a business run that exceeds 38 years. When it comes to coolant filtration systems meant for industrial use, there aren’t many more relevant options than Filtra-Systems.

Designing, customizing and installing filtration systems over the years, we have gained the type of experience that all industrial leaders gravitate towards when it comes to their coolant filtration demands.

Filtra-Systems team of engineers simply enjoys helping you get the perfect coolant filter to fit your specific application. Some of these filters include pressure, vacuum, and magnetic filters.

We’ll also help you get your central machine tool coolant filtration systems, built to meet and exceed your required temperature, flow rate, pressure, and clarity solution

HISTORY

Traditionally, central coolant filtration systems were placed below the level of the plant floor, in galleries or pits.

Years ago, floor trenches were used to transfer the dirty coolant from the machine tool to the coolant filter, which by necessity was located in a pit, under the sloping trench’s end.

MODERN USE

Today, most central filtration installations are right on the plant floor. This installation method does away with the trench; the pit must also be lined and officially deemed a confined space.

In cases where a central coolant filtration system is located on the plant floor, managers have the option to arrange operations based on current needs.

DESIGN

In almost all cases, the design of a central coolant filtration system is entirely dependent on a series of client specifications, including the following:

  • Chip Load
  • Pressure
  • Flow Rate
  • Temperature
  • Clarity Requirements
  • Preference for In Floor or Above Floor Design
  • Preference for Vacuum or Pressure Filters
  • Preference for Permanent Media or Disposable Filters
  • Component Specifications

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind about Filtra-Systems’ central machine tool coolant filtration systems is that they are entirely customizable. No two coolant filter applications are designed the same; each is built to suit a customer’s specific needs.

With over thirty patented products designed and built over more than 38 years of business, Filtra-Systems understands the endless demands that come with coolant filtration, and we manufacture filtration products that will match your demands.

When you want to see how Filtra-Systems can help you get the right central machine tool coolant filtration systems, contact us here now.

An Overview Of Coolant Filtration Methods

Filtra-Systems has a position as a world leader in industrial filtration systems. What does this mean to you?  Well, it means we have worked with thousands of customers creating custom filtration systems for their specific needs. All these experiences with clients help us understand that each filtration solution is different depending on the location and type of application that is in place.

This is definitely why we offer a huge variety of coolant filtration systems to fit your needs, including vacuum, pressure, gravity, magnetic, and bag filters.

These central machine tool coolant filtration systems are designed to provide you coolant filters and complete central coolant filtration systems that perform at the optimum pressure, flow rate, temperature, and clarity that is required for your individual operation.

As a worldwide leader in the custom engineered industrial water and coolant filtration system industry, Filtra-Systems has installed over 16,000 filtration systems around the world since we originated in 1979.

These tested and proven industrial water purification methods have been successful time and again thanks to our skilled team of engineers and designers.

Designing each of our new CNC machine tool coolant filters to your specific needs and requirements guarantees you get the perfect system. We partner with you from the initial stages of testing and design through the engineering phase, all the way to the installation and continuing maintenance and service.

We are proud of the quality products you’ll get and always strive to make you and your company as successful and satisfied by our products as all of our current clients. Research and development is a huge focus at Filtra-Systems.

Contact us today to discover more about how you’ll get your safe, reliable, and efficient filtration system for your specific needs.

How A Custom Coolant Filtration System Can Improve Your Operating Efficiency

Every coolant filter application will be different depending on the application and client.

Filtra-Systems industry experience and wide range of clients have provided us the opportunity to work with a variety of manufacturers to deliver custom, optimized coolant filtration solutions that are easily implemented.

This experience has helped build our company into what it is today, providing you the broadest line of equipment in the industry. We handle applications from 50 gpm to 5,000 gpm, so you can be certain we will find a solution for your needs.

An efficient coolant filtration system can make a huge impact on how efficient your operation will be. And a custom coolant filtration system may provide you with an effective solution that is easily integrated.

Filtra-Systems engineers for you state of the art technology and a wide range of equipment.

Our custom made systems are designed by some of the most experienced team members in the industry. We strive to meet our customer’s needs through a central system design that is both unique and efficient.

These tested and proven coolant filtration systems supply the tool with the correct fluid pressure, coolant concentration, and at the necessary temperature at all times. All metal fines are removed at one location so there is no need to operate and maintain multiple coolant filters.

Your operating and maintenance costs are reduced and the quality of your product is greatly enhanced.

A coolant filtration system that is made specifically for your needs can help to increase the life of both water and oil based coolants. This keeps the system cleaner longer and results in a healthy and long-lasting system.

In order for customers to eliminate concerns related to certain applications, custom solutions are made based on the needs and regulations of the specific industry. Magnetic, vacuum, and pressure filters are a few of the coolant filtration system options that Filtra-Systems uses to keep your central filtration system as efficient as possible.

Contact a Filtra-Systems professional today and learn about how a custom coolant filtration system can benefit your process!

Using A Hot Oil Treatment Filter

One example of a modular system that Filtra-Systems uses is the hot oil treatment system. In order to filter various transmission oils to industry specific grades (such as ISO 15/13), Filtra-Systems uses a Packaged Transmission Oil Test Stand. Specific requirements for flow, temperature, pressure and cleanliness have to be met and these packaged oil treatment systems are designed for that purpose. They are used at world class manufacturing facilities, and allow for testing of oil fed into transmission systems to meet very strict requirements. They are fully automated systems and ready to be installed upon delivery.

Filtra-Systems hot oil treatment systems provide a number of advantages. For example, the fluid cleanliness levels always meet our customers specs. The oil is superior to new oil straight from the manufacturer. Our system is fully compatible with single or multiple test stations. The modular design allows the system to be easily assembled for plug and play operation. Modular units allow the customer the flexibility to use a filtration system in any way they deem necessary.

The Importance of Efficient Coolant Filtration

Filtra-Systems is a leader in industrial filtration systems. We have worked with thousands of customers to create custom filtration solutions for their needs. Because we have designed and built custom systems for clients in many industries, we understand that different solutions work better for certain applications. We offer different types of coolant filters to fit the needs of our customers, including vacuum, pressure, gravity, magnetic, and bag filters in order to meet our customers needs.

Our central machine tool coolant filtration systems are designed to provide coolant at the optimum pressure, flow rate, temperature, and clarity required for any operation. Numerous machining problems arise when coolant is not filtered properly. The proper coolant filtration equipment from Filtra-Systems will significantly lower the need to operate and maintain multiple coolant filters. This will result in an overall enhancement of product quality and reduce operating and maintenance costs.

Every coolant filter that a customer has serves a slightly different purpose. Our broad clientele and over thirty patented products allow us to make efficient coolant filtration systems for our customers to implement in their operations. We offer the broadest line of equipment in the industry, and can handle applications from 50 gpm to 5,000 gpm in every type of machining operation, with any type of cutting fluid. Coolant filtration systems are designed to operate at optimal temperatures in metalworking industries. The flow rates and clarities are specially designed for a metalworking atmosphere to ensure that the coolant is provided to the tool at the temperature and pressure necessary for effective operation. In order for you to optimize your system, custom technologies must be an option.

We offer custom designed and engineered coolant filtration systems made to your specific needs. Our experience and expertise in the industry allows us to design and install systems custom to your needs. Contact one of our professionals today to get started! We have over 30 years of experience that we would love to share with you as you search for the right product.