Eaton’s Filtration business launches new website!

Eaton’s Filtration business launches its new website today and reinforces its brand as an industry leader in filtration solutions. The new site, as the largest communications andmarketing engine, showcases Eaton’s broad product offering, strong filtration expertise, and high quality services.

 

The site also features a dynamic design that is easy-to-navigate and creates a positive user experience. Begerow depth filtration and Internormen hydraulic and lubrication oil filtration products are prominently featured on the site.

 

To further enhance the website, the EMEA version will launch later this year.

 

 

 

 

How to Easily Avoid Filter Installation Problems

Correctly installing your Eaton industrial filter is the first step in ensuring the life expectancy of your unit – as well as optimal performance. Incorrect installation can affect the filter’s systems, cause it to operate poorly or physically damage the equipment.

The following list is a brief collection of easily-avoidable installation conditions that may cause problems during filter installation:

Low System Pressure

Since DCF and MCF™ filters rely on a purge operation to clear captured solids from the filter, having enough system pressure is important to successful purging. Eaton  recommends a minimum of 30 psi of system pressure to ensure an adequate purge. This pressure may need to be higher when the process liquid has high viscosity or the solids are sticky. The Stealth Purge option with external water flushing is an alternate solution that is independent of system pressure.

Purge Line Plumbing

A common error when installing mechanically-cleaned filters is incorrectly plumbing the purge line. The best situation for a purge line is to make it short in length, placing it on a downhill grade from the filter, and draining it into a collection tank. Since typical purge operations are less than 1 second in duration, there is very little flow in a purge line due to system pressure.

If the line runs uphill, solids will collect in the line and never flush away. In addition, a water flush line on the purge header may be needed if the purged materials are especially challenging.

Check Valves On Filter Outlet Plumbing

Running an outlet line into long, head-high runs (such as uphill) is an uncommon, yet potentially damaging situation. When the filter purges, a water-hammer situation may develop if flow reverses from the outlet side of the filter.

In the worst case scenario, this may cause the elements to collapse. However, this situation is easily prevented by placing a flow check valve on the outlet line from the filter.

Filter Placement Around Pumps

Since Eaton filters are pressure filters, they should always be placed on the outlet side of pumps. Placing the filter on the suction side of a pump may result in erratic operation or damage to the filter elements.

Backpressure on outlet lines Eaton filters will always work best when there is some backpressure on the filter’s outlet. The worst performance scenario for a filter is when the outlet runs directly to an atmospheric tank. For this reason, we recommend the installation of a flow orifice or control valve on the outlet header of the filter. By providing a slight amount of back pressure, the system will operate much more evenly and avoid pressure blinding.

Backwash Filter Media

When your filter’s backwash outlet line runs to an atmospheric tank, Eaton recommends using a flow orifice sized to prevent excessive differential pressure across the filter media during the backwash operation. This will prolong the life of the filter media.

External Backwash Liquid

The fluid source used in external backwash filter systems should be clean – and have particles smaller than the rated retention of the filter elements in the system. If these conditions are not met, the backwashing process can actually plug the elements instead of cleaning them.


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Eaton Filters Curb Water Consumption, Feed Sustainability

Eaton Filters Curb Water Consumption, Feed Sustainability

The state of California was having a beef with a major meat packing company regarding the amount of water it was using. Perhaps more so than in any other area of the U.S., water is the lifeblood for social and economic wellbeing in this essentially arid state. Because of that, numerous legislative initiatives have been  implemented over the years to  better conserve water covering everything from the installation of more efficient sprinklers, the planting of draught-tolerant landscaping, to the upgrading of some 10 million public and private toilets.

Challenge
Flushed with the need to do its part to help curb water usage, the meat packing company sought recommendations from Eaton’s Filtration business on how to more efficiently reuse and recycle water at one of its facilities in central California. Engineers at the company and Eaton representatives eventually identified one area of the processing – known as a hide-on wash station – where water usage was especially high. Recycling the rinse water, they concluded, from the hide-on stations would significantly reduce consumption. However, recycling the rinse water required an especially robust filtration system due to the extremely harsh operating conditions at a hide-on station, where the filters had to dealwith high quantities of dirt, hair, fats and other impurities. High flow rates further complicated the formidable task.

Solution
The puzzle was soon solved with the installation of three Eaton DCF-1600 filters with twin pneumatic actuators. “We were asked to make a recommendation on the conditions we saw during a site visit,” says David Peterson regional sales manager for Eaton.

“Based on what I witnessed, no other filter was capable of handling the severe operating environment.”

Ideal for a variety of food applications, Eaton DCF-1600 filters are designed for the rigors of processing highly viscous, abrasive, sticky or otherwise hard to process substances. The filters, which operate at low differential pressure, easily accommodate a wide range of flow and retention requirements.

Additional features include:

• Elimination or reduction of disposable filter bags and cartridges for reduced operator handling, inventory costs and landfill waste.
• Reduction in product loss and more thorough containment purge in a highly concentrated waste stream.
• Reduction or elimination of operator intervention for safer operation.
• Virtually maintenance free with nearly 100 percent uptime.
• Compact design and lower capital cost to fit most installations.
• Stainless steel screens ranging from 15-micron slots to ¼-inch perforations to handle a wide range of filtration needs.
• Available with most popular cleaning discs.
The dual actuators on the DCF-1600 filters isolate the actuation mechanism from the filtrate with a bridged system resulting in a long operating life in just about any challenging condition.

Results

“The systems have been operating perfectly from the day they were installed,” says Peterson, “and the savings from water conservation have been huge.”
Because of the conservation, the company should also be safe if future restrictions develop for incoming water, which have occurred in California in the past due to ongoing water shortages. Meanwhile, discharged waste water has been effectively minimized with the reuse of recycled water.
Visitors from sister facilities have observed the DCF-1600 filters operating in California and have been impressed enough to investigate ordering their own installations, adds Peterson.

“Water reuse and recycling in the food processing industry is a recurring challenge,” says Peterson. “Thankfully, there are many areas where water can be filtered and reused with the right filtration system, including incoming water from wells, as well as water used in wash stations, cooling towers, storage tank cleaning and more.”

Less disposal of waste water also brings about important benefits to the environment, he notes.

Due to the flood of benefits still occurring today, accolades continue to pour in from all interested parties on the new beefy filters from Eaton.

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How Manufacturing Companies Can Generate Less Waste

The filtration of process water can play a critical role in optimizing production lines due to its ability to protect downstream equipment and piping; as well as its role in the quality and value of finished goods. The right filtration equipment can affect a company’s environmental impact through the reduction of emissions and waste generation. It can also safeguard employees by minimizing their exposure to hazardous materials. These factors, in turn, affect the company’s productivity and bottom line.

Despite its significance, many manufacturing facilities have not realized the benefits of optimized filtration for process water. This is because installing a filtration system — where none has previously existed — can be difficult to justify with tight capital budgets. In addition, decision makers face the same challenge when a filtration system is in place and operating. However, a careful look at key cost factors can quickly justify an investment that will generate a significant return — whether it is a new investment or an upgrade — with an up-to-date filtration system.

Important: When exploring water treatment filtration options there is a growing area of concern pertaining to water conservancy and water supply — especially freshwater. When this is combined with an increased emphasis on reducing the environmental impact from waste creation and disposal, it is important that all industries take a second look at their manufacturing processes, and determine if it is time to evaluate newer filtration technology. The cost reduction resulting from a new system may surprise you.

There are two ways to achieve this. One method is to use equipment that requires less fresh water. The second method is water reuse when the amount of water used is mandated by the process requirement. This trend is fueled by several economic benefits that can be broken down into separate and specific areas of cost savings:

  • Reduced cost for purchase and treatment of fresh water.
  • Reduced cost for heating process streams or money saved through energy recovery.
  • Reducing waste treatment costs.

Any decision regarding filtration of water should be weighed against the relative importance of each of these factors.

In addition to minimizing overall maintenance costs, other factors include labor costs, the potential costs of lost production, conversion, and recovery of valuable products during scheduled and unscheduled downtime. While much of this can seem intimidating, there are a few easy methods to determine whether your current filtration system needs an update to a more state of the art filtration system.

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Eaton Creates Waves of Innovation at ACHEMA 2012

Frankfurt … No, this isn’t a typing error in the heading! Let us explain. Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced it will be presenting its filtration products at this year’s ACHEMA at not one but two booths –both visually linked by a bright, rippling wave.

At the world’s largest trade show for chemical engineering, environmental protection, and biotechnology the company will be exhibiting a veritable firework display of technical systems for liquid filtration. Eaton’s filtration’s product portfolio has never been so comprehensive. By integrating the German companies Internormen and Begerow into the Eaton family, clients now have access to extremely diverse competence in filtration.

The focus will be on filtration applications for pharmaceutical technology, industrial process and utility, and the chemicals and fine chemicals industries in particular. Each application will have its own product display, where visitors are invited to come and talk shop with Eaton’s filtration specialists. The company will not only enhance the tactile experience of product presentation, but will also make use of modern media to answer questions on the technologies and products presented in full detail.

For the industrial sector Eaton has a number of innovative solutions that redefine operating times and set new standards in the classification and maintenance of hydraulic and lubricating oil liquids. These include unique complete solutions, measuring technology for analysis and diagnostics, and filter systems that guarantee that equipment operates with the maximum efficiency thanks to lower maintenance times and longer service intervals.

Eaton Begerow BECOPAD ThumbDepth filtration will be another topic at the trade show. The innovative BECOPAD product, the only mineral-free depth filter medium worldwide, and BECODISC stacked disc cartridges serve filtration applications primarily in the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries. Depth filter cartridges, membrane filter cartridges, and presentations of filter systems and housings of the highest quality round off our filtration portfolio.

Lastly, Eaton’s new pleated filter bag will be on display. This series of products is distinguished by its high dirt holding capacity and long service life compared to similar standard filter bags and cartridges. Eaton will also present a broad spectrum of application solutions and products for use in process filtration.

Experience the power of one with Eaton’s filtration business.

Eaton’s international filtration team is looking forward to plenty of interesting discussions.

ACHEMA 2012 from June 18 to 22 2012
Exhibition center (Messe Frankfurt) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Hall 5.0 | Booths D59 and D62

Why Spray Nozzle Protection is Important During Your Manufacturing Process

WHAT IS SPRAY NOZZLE PROTECTION? Spray Nozzles are specifically engineered for four critical functions: flow control, cleaning, coverage, and atomizing. It is important to filter solids from water, or any industrial liquid, before they reach your spray nozzles.

Unwanted and oversized particles can block the inside of an orifice, which in turn restricts water flow, impairs spray uniformity, and allows debris to pass through which in turn ends up in your process or on your product.

The proper filtration will help keep the nozzle clear of debris enabling them to provide uniform and consistent spray patterns.

For spray nozzle protection, careful media selection is essential. The primary factor to be considered is orifice size and shape of the nozzle opening. Other factors include solids content, type of contaminant, particle size, and shape, amount of contaminant to be removed, liquid temperature, and required flow rates.

For liquids other than water, knowing the liquid’s viscosity, corrosiveness, abrasiveness, and adhesive qualities are essential in specifying the nozzle protection filter.

EXAMPLE — FLUE GAS SCRUBBER SPRAY NOZZLE PROTECTION
To prevent fly ash and sulfur dioxide from venting into the atmosphere, flue gas scrubbers uniformly spray a sorbent into the dirty, hot flue gas. These sorbents, however, often contain oversized particles that can plug spray nozzle orifices. When this happens, the spray becomes uneven, and fly ash and sulfur dioxide can escape from the scrubber.

The key to spray nozzle protection is to filter the liquid before sending it to the spray nozzle. This eliminates the excess and oversize particles, which ultimately plugs the nozzle orifices. Once plugged, the spray becomes uneven, and the output quality becomes compromised. All at an additional and unnecessary expense to the bottom line.

The pro-active approach to this problem is to protect the spray nozzles, which is to filter the solution before it reaches this stage of the process. While there are many different filtration options, the most cost effective is to use self-cleaning filters. This is why incinerator systems manufacturers regularly contact Eaton to analyze their filtration methods in hopes of protecting their expensive spray nozzles while lowering their process costs.

A SELF-CLEANING SOLUTION
Eaton typically determines that the solution to this problem is twofold. To begin, many manufacturing facilities are throwing out more cartridges than necessary with disposable media. That is because disposable media are typically changed on a time cycle (e.g., once a shift, once a day, or once a week), regardless of whether the media needs replacement. To effectively filter when needed — and not when convenient — it is important to use automation when at all possible.

With the use of automation, the filters can be cleaned at precisely the right time, rather than when it is convenient. That is because the cleaning is controlled by the pressure differential between inlet and outlet headers as contaminants build up on the filter screen. When the pressure reaches a predetermined level, the screens are cleaned automatically — only as needed, and when needed.

The second problem was their use of processing liquids (sorbent) with unwanted and prior supposedly ‘filtered’ particles in it, which resulted in fouling and clogging of the spray nozzles. The consequence of this dynamic was uneven spray and fly ash/sulfur dioxide escaping from the scrubber.

Once identified, the incinerator systems manufacturer eliminated this problem by using Eaton self-cleaning filters. This meant less waste in the process. It also limited the unwanted particles in the process stream, which eliminated the spray nozzle clogging. Therefore, the process line did not have to be stopped to clean the nozzles.

RESULTS
The incinerator systems manufacturers are extremely pleased with the reliable operation of the filters, the elimination of spray nozzle plugging and fouling, as well as the fact that there are no spent cartridges to dispose.

–by Ask Filter Man

 

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How does Backwash Efficiency Affect Your Catalyst Bed Protection Filtration System?

Filtration systems are generally regenerated through a backwash cleaning cycle. The primary factors effecting backwash efficiency are • Available pressure differential • Backwash flow • Filter media characteristics  

Available Pressure Differential:  During backwashing, the backwash differential pressure (between the backwash source and drain) should ideally be three to five times greater than the differential pressure across the dirty media.  In a feedstock filter, the maximum dirty differential pressure should not exceed 15 PSID, meaning the backwash liquid should be delivered at 45 – 75 PSID to maximize the cleaning efficiency.

Backwash Flow:
A sufficient flow rate of backwash liquid will also be required to regenerate the filtering media. The required flow rate will be primarily dependent upon the type of media selected. Sufficient backwash flow along with sufficient backwash pressure will lead to hydro-shock cleaning effect and completely regenerate the media to its clean differential pressure.

Filter Media Characteristics:
The final component of filter regeneration is the media characteristics. By their very design, slotted wedge wire and woven wire mesh allow particles to be captured on the surface of the media, providing optimum particle release and media regeneration.  Sintered metal is multi-layered and can offer higher per-cake efficiencies, but can be difficult to regenerate.  This leads to shorter run times and increased downtime.

In summary, feedstock filtration is an important aspect in efficiently refinery operation.  Protecting catalyst beds from particulate contamination prevents bed plugging and increases catalyst life. Several factors affect filtration system efficiency and should be carefully considered when selecting a feedstock filtration system.

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