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.





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 Cleanable Media for Industrial Filter Processes is More Environmentally Friendly

Due to the new environmental regulations — and the costs associated with waste disposal — the manner in which industries filter to either recycle or eliminate filtration waste is constantly changing.

Selecting filtration equipment is the combined result of many considerations.

In addition to removing undesirable material from a liquid stream, the filtration method selected must also satisfy other requirement.

Installed costs must be weighed against operating costs. Waste disposal costs must be considered. Is continuous flow a requirement of the application, or can the filtration equipment be operated intermittently? Is worker exposure to the process liquid during filter cleaning or replacement a problem?

These and other factors must be weighed when choosing the right filtration method for a particular application.

Today, more than ever, self-cleaning filters (cleanable media) is the better methodology — and many times the right thing to do — for many reasons.

With cleanable systems, you enhance employee safety by minimizing worker and workplace exposure to process liquids.

You minimize or eliminate the unlimited cost and inconvenience of media replacement.

You minimize or eliminate the never-ending and ever-rising cost and hassle of media disposal.

You drastically reduce the labor costs to source, purchase, inventory, transport, change, and dispose of replacement media.

You increase the quality and consistence of filter performance and productivity.

To help reduce the confusion when you are evaluating different filtration methods/systems, I have compiled a list of questions you may want to consider:

Factors to Consider: When selecting a filter for a particular application, the following criteria should be considered.

1. How large is the process volume? What is the flow rate?

2. Is it a continuous or batch process?

3. What are the material characteristics of the solids being removed? How large are the particles? Is the material hazardous? Can the material being removed be recycled back into the process stream at another point?

4. What are the waste disposal costs? How often do bags or cartridges need to be replaced? Can the waste volume be reduced or eliminated by switching to a different filtration method?

5. What are the labor and downtime costs for filter or cartridge replacement? Can downtime be reduced or eliminated by switching to a different filtration method?

— Eaton Filtration

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Integration Update 2 – Eaton’s Internormen Technology

In our last issue we introduced you to Eaton’s integration website, “brands-update” as well as our Facebook pages to keep you informed about the Internormen integration progress.

We are pleased to announce the latest updates to the website:

  • High resolution, dual branded brochures are available for download only. Visit the literature library.
  • Complete “how-to buy” information. Visit the how-to buy page.
  • Internormen Product Line CD-ROM with Interactive Product Specifier is available upon request.

To order the CD-ROM, please fill out the form on the contact us page.

As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to call or email us anytime.

Magnetic Inserts for Fabricated and Standard Cast Pipeline Strainer Baskets from Eaton

Although a mesh lined Eaton strainer basket will catch and remove very small unwanted particles (down to 400 mesh), there are applications where microscopic iron or steel particles are present in the fluid. Because of their size they will often pass through the finest mesh screen. The problem is particularly prevalent whenever there is wear of iron or steel parts against each other in the system.

Examples are cooling or lubricating lines to bearings, liquids being processed on rolls or roller mills such as paint or ink, and any material passing through a gear system. A simple, cost-effective way to remove these damage causing particles is to install magnetic inserts in the Eaton strainer basket. All the fluid passes over the powerful magnets, which catch the fine steel or iron particles that may otherwise pass through the mesh lining of the basket.

The magnets are Alnico, guaranteed to retain their magnetism indefinitely, and so powerful they will hold metal several times their own weight. They are
completely encased and sealed in a 1/8” thick type 316 stainless steel shell— thus assuring freedom from contamination or corrosion.

Processing chocolate? Eaton’s filtration business has the perfect solution for you.

Did you know that Eaton’s filtration business has extensive experience with the processing of chocolate and other cocoa products.

Some specific examples include:

  • Milk, white and dark chocolate
  • Chocolate-based coatings and frostings
  • Chocolate beverages
  • Cocoa mass or liquor
  • Cocoa butter
  • Cocoa powder
  • Pectin for jams and marmalades

Water is introduced many times in the beginning processing stages to filter out shells, dirt, bugs and larvae. The water is recycled many times and then re-circulated – our filtration systems can help to make this process more efficient and more complete.

Our industrial filtration systems are used in a number of processes, a few specific examples include:

  • Harvesting
    Once removed from the trees, the cocoa pods are split open to release the beans that are embedded in a pulp. When the pods are broken the beans and pulp are sterile, but they become contaminated with a variety of microorganisms from the pods, laborers hands, insects, vessels used for transport etc.
  • Fermentation
    During fermentation complex chemical changes take place in both the pulp surrounding the seeds and within the seeds themselves, and the chocolate flavor is developed. The pulp surrounding the beans develops the color and flavor of the beans. Cleaning The beans are cleaned and can then undergo a form of thermal pre-treatment to separate the shell from the bean. One form of thermal pre-treatment uses infrared technology in which the beans undergo infrared radiation on a ‘ fluidized’ bed or vibrating conveyor. Water accumulates on the surface of the bean and bursts the shell.
  • Shell Removal
    The beans are then separated from the shells. Water is introduced many times in this stage to filter out shells, dirt, bugs and larvae. The water is recycled many times and then recirculated.
  • Grinding
    The nibs are ground to make cocoa liquor. There are two stages of the grinding process. In the first stage, the beans are ground using various methods and will produce liquid mass called cocoa liquor. There are two possible ways to continue to the second stage: either the cocoa liquor is further processed into cocoa butter and cocoa powder (usually only done with low-quality beans), or chocolate.
  • Pressing
    When the nibs are ground, the resulting liquid produced by the friction is called cocoa liquor. Giant presses squeeze cocoa butter from the liquor then refined.
  • Deodorizing
    Typically cocoa butter extraction is done through a solvent, then refined and deodorized. However, if it is extracted by any other method, a strong cocoa aroma will be present. If this odor is undesirable, the addition of a deodorizing process is necessary. This process is usually completed using superheated steam under a vacuum. The steam strips and distills volatile substances from the butter. This process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on the deodorization requirements.
  • Cooling
    The cocoa butter is cooled and filtered for any final particulate that might remain. It is then prepared for the storage drum.
  • Conching
    This two stage process (dry and liquid) involves the heating of the chocolate to a pre-determined temperature to add viscosity. It is also used to eliminate any unnecessary remaining moisture. Many times the following liquid stage necessitates the addition of cocoa butter.

We offer a wide variety of filters for Food and Beverage processes. Visit Eaton today to learn more about our Food and Beverage filtration products.


By: Eaton Filtration

Every so often we get a call from someone who has just purchased one of our stainless steel strainers and they want to know, “Is it really stainless?” Why? Because the strainer shows rust spots or is somewhat magnetic.

This is a problem which has plagued producers of stainless steel castings for years. Can something which is supposed to be type 316 stainless really be 316 and yet show rust and/or magnetism? The answer is “yes.”

Let us take rust first. It can (and frequently does} occur on stainless alloys of controlled composition and heat treatment as the result of surface contamination. Among the many sources of contamination, the following are the leading offenders:

1. An iron film left on the surface as a result of a machining or other manufacturing operation will tend to rust in the presence of moisture.
2. Microscopic scale particles left on the surface after pickling may become visible as rust under suitable conditions.
3. Pickling solution oozing from minute pores in the metal may stain the surface and oxidize to a brown rust color due to the iron which it contains.
4. The accumulation of the natural corrosion products of the alloy in corrosive service on a rough surface may cause a brown stain due to oxidation.
5. Discoloration may be caused by the accumulation of any extraneous processing material which is of such a nature as to cause a “rusty” appearance on a rough surface.

A smooth or polished surface will always stay cleaner and brighter under mildly corrosive conditions than a rough surface. Although it is true that stainless steel is at its best when highly polished, (it should be remembered that, under strongly corrosive conditions, this polish is soon removed. It is the inherent resistances of the alloy that counts and “rust” conditions such as those described are relatively harmless. They are the results of surface contamination and in no way reflect the composition of the alloy.

Now for magnetism. Users of stainless steel are accustomed to finding the wrought types of 304 and 316 practically non-magnetic. It Rust & Magnetism in S.S. Strainers comes as a surprise to many that castings of somewhat similar composition are often found to have considerable magnetism. The result is that such compositions are suspected of being improperly made, or outside specified limits, and lacking in proper corrosion resistance. However, such is not the case.

Stainless alloys, wrought or cast, are composed of elements like carbon, nickel and manganese, which tend to promote a non-magnetic austenitic structure, and elements such as chromium, silicon, and Molybdenum, which promote. a magnetic ferrite. The amount of non-magnetic austenite and magnetic ferrite varies with composition and can co-exist.

A stainless steel composition that is to be produced in the wrought form must be one that has satisfactory rolling or forging properties, while a somewhat similar cast composition is designed
to give the foundryrnan good “castability.” Hence, the wrought composition will be made with higher nickel and manganese than the comparable cast type.
This is particularly true of type 316, where to overcome the ferritizing effect of molybdenum, considerably more nickel is used, resulting in a composition that can withstand the rigorous rolling or forging operations. Such a composition is virtually non-magnetic.

The corresponding cast form is lower in nickel, because the hotworking difficulties caused by molybdenum need not be counterbalanced. On the other hand, the foundryrnan, to gain “castability”, will increase silicon. This change in composition tends to promote the formation of ferrite with an increase of magnetism in the product.

For process industry use, our interest is not in how much magnetism an alloy has, but how corrosion-resistant it is. Corrosion rates are related to the amount of each element present in composition. Chromium imparts oxidation resistance with increasing amounts of the alloy present. Nickel and manganese, within normal ranges, have little effect on corrosion rates but carbon and silicon tend to decrease corrosion resistance. Studies made of comparable types of wrought and cast alloys show that corrosion resistance is approximately the same, even though the wrought type is non-magnetic and the cast type magnetic.

There are other phenomena which affect magnetic characteristics. Heavy sections tend to be more magnetic than thin ones. The cause is “mass effect”, which means that different sections have cooled in the mold at different rates, promoting the segregation of ferrite. Since these ferrite areas are not changed by subsequent heat treatment, they remain in the finished casting.

It must not be assumed that this ferrite segregation is harmful to corrosion resistance. In some cases, it can be helpful because ferritic material- is less •susceptible to intergranular attack. It will trap chromium carbides that ordinarily would be precipitated• along- the- grain boundaries of a completely austenitic (and non-magnetic) composition.


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