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For manufacturers of specialty chemicals and intermediates, filtration is crucial for ensuring production of quality products and minimizing production downtime. While in process, contaminants may become deeply embedded in the media of filter elements, resulting in higher in line pressures, reduced effectiveness of blowdown systems, and compromised product quality. Effective cleaning of filter elements can mitigate the risk of reduced operational efficiency and contaminated products.
Carolina Filters works with a range of companies in the chemicals and intermediate industry including manufacturers of ammonia, fertilizers, pesticides, colorants, terpene oils, xylene, soy wax, polyols, solvents, silicon sealants, industrial gases, glycerin, and detergents. These manufacturers utilize candle and cartridge elements typically constructed of porous metal, sintered metal, or wire mesh. Due to the corrosive nature of many chemical manufacturing processes, the chemical resistance of steel is insufficient. For these processes, filter elements may be constructed of alternative metals like nickel and titanium to ensure in-line resilience. Manufacturers of these filter elements include, but are not limited to: Mott, Pall, Graver, Dahlman, Porvair, PTI, Maag, and Asco.
Metal filter elements in the Chemicals and Intermediates industry are used in a wide range of applications such as generation of catalyst filter cake, catalyst reclamation systems, and removal of debris from product streams. To accommodate the diversity of applications and processes, Carolina Filters maintains an equally diverse range of cleaning technologies.
When designing a cleaning profile for the manufacture of specialty chemicals and intermediates, many factors must be considered. Carolina Filters has various options for removal of surface contaminates. After these are removed, organic and inorganic contaminants will remain deep within the filtration media. Returning filters online without the removal of the deeply embedded contaminates will cause higher starting pressures and result in shorter filter life online. Carolina Filters has many different physical and chemical options for the removal of these contaminants.
Carolina Filters has a long history of assisting chemical manufacturers with resolving filter related issues. When one of the largest manufacturers of detergents in the world was experiencing high in line pressures, Carolina Filters was able to create a cleaning process to assist by designing a cleaning protocol to target the catalyst fines and fatty acids responsible for reduced filter performance. Through our treatments, their filters were returned to like-new performance and extended onstream life of the filters.
Ensuring the integrity and cleanliness of filters and components is equally important as the cleaning process itself. Carolina Filters offers a range of testing methods to guarantee the reliability of filters after cleaning, providing peace of mind to chemical manufacturing facilities.