Process Filtration

PROCESS FILTRATION

WHAT IS PROCESS FILTRATION?

Used primarily in the food and beverage industries, process filtration focuses on maximizing the quality of your final product. Here at F&H, we offer a large variety of process filtration options that will suit your application needs. We have process filters that will pick up the very finest of particles and contaminates. Our process filters are categorized into two groups: liquid filtration and sterile air filtration. Both of these types of process filtration are crucial for optimizing your system for the highest quality products. Contact a F&H representative today to see how we can help today!

AUDIT OR INSPECTION REQUEST

If you’re experiencing high cost or downtime from filter maintenance, we can help. F&H has helped some of the largest processing facilities in the nation to save money, lower lead times, and decrease downtime with filter maintenance. Before sourcing their filters from F&H, several of our now current customers were experiencing delayed shipments, damaged filters, and high maintenance costs. After reaching out to one of our F&H filter specialists, we were able to help in all three areas. We can guarantee safe, on time delivery, and the best prices available for all your filtration needs. To see how F&H can help reduce your filtration costs and downtime, fill out the form below.

LIQUID FILTRATION

Liquid filtration is the process of optimizing any liquid’s quality by filtering out solids and contaminates. We offer a variety of liquid filters for products with all types of flow rates and viscosities. We source all kinds of liquid filters for a variety of different applications. Check out the table below to see if we service your industry or application:

INDUSTRIES

  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Dairy products
  • Packaged foods
  • Food ingredients
  • Pet food

PRODUCTS

  • String Wound
  • Resin Bonded Depth
  • High Flow
  • Capsule Filters
  • Pleated Cartridges
  • Bag Filters
  • Meltblown Depth

APPLICATIONS

  • Removing treatment
    chemicals – Chlorine
  • Removal of bacteria from
    liquids that can be used as ingredients the product
  • Removal of organic matter prior to packaging – wine, beer, bottled water and juice
  • Removing particulate from
    liquids in a facility – Boiler feed water, RO membrane protection, CIP water 

INDUSTRIES

PRODUCTS

APPLICATIONS

  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Dairy products
  • Packaged foods
  • Food ingredients
  • Pet food
  • String Wound
  • Resin Bonded Depth
  • High Flow
  • Capsule Filters
  • Pleated Cartridges
  • Bag Filters
  • Meltblown Depth
  • Removing treatment
    chemicals – Chlorine
  • Removal of bacteria from
    liquids that can be used as ingredients the product
  • Removal of organic matter prior to packaging – wine, beer, bottled water and juice
  • Removing particulate from
    liquids in a facility – Boiler feed water, RO membrane protection, CIP water 

LIQUID FILTRATION PHASES

Producing a liquid-based product that is free of bacteria, microorganisms, dirt, and other contaminants is one of the most important parts in a food or beverage plant. Proper filtration is the best way to ensure protection against such contaminants. This involves multiple phases, including coarse and final filtration. See below for a list of the liquid filtration phases.

WATER SOURCES

Water coming from a well or municipal source should be passed through a coarse filter. The water sources will usually be seen when entering a plant.

CLEAN IN PLACE SOLUTIONS

Filtered feed water for CIP systems helps ensure the longevity and effectiveness of the equipment. This is needed for critical cleaning cycles.

PROCESS LIQUID

Any liquid that has indirect product contact but direct contact with surfaces that touch product, such as water. This water can be used for cleaning, heating, rinsing, or cooling equipment.

INGREDIENT LIQUID

Ingredient liquids are considered any liquid that is apart of the final product, and any other non-ingredient liquids that become part of the final product. This can be water used for washing, conveying, or recovering product.

FINAL PRODUCT

Processed beverages such as juice, wine, beer, and bottled water require a final filtering before being bottled. This is to ensure the highest quality, longest shelf life, and consistent flavor.

WATER SOURCES

CLEAN IN PLACE SOLUTIONS

PROCESS LIQUID

INGREDIENT LIQUID

FINAL PRODUCT

Water coming from a well or municipal source should be passed through a coarse filter. The water sources will usually be seen when entering a plant.

Filtered feed water for CIP systems helps ensure the longevity and effectiveness of the equipment. This is needed for critical cleaning cycles.

Any liquid that has indirect product contact but direct contact with surfaces that touch product, such as water. This water can be used for cleaning, heating, rinsing, or cooling equipment.

Ingredient liquids are considered any liquid that is apart of the final product, and any
other non-ingredient
liquids that become
part of the final
product. This can be water used for washing, conveying, or recovering product.

Processed beverages
such as juice, wine, beer, and bottled
water require a final
filtering before being
bottled. This is to ensure the highest quality, longest shelf life, and consistent flavor.

STERILE AIR & GAS FILTRATION

Unfiltered compressed air and gas can cause harm to your plant through contaminating or spoiling your final product. Sterile air is defined as air that is free from bacteria and microorganisms. To properly remove contaminants such as dust, pollen, water, oil aerosols, hydrocarbon, or other vapors, it is important to filter the compressed air or gas through several stages and filter types. This will assure the air or gas is properly sterilized and safe for processing. To effectively sterilize your air or gas, the following filter types are recommend:

  • A P highly porous sintered polyethylene particulate filter element (25 µm)
  • A S polyester microfiber fleece fine coalescing filter element (99.99998% efficiency at 0.01 µm)
  • An A activated carbon hydrocarbon vapor filter element (<0.003 PPM residual oil content)
  • A P-SRF V sterile air final filter element (99.9999998% efficiency at 0.02 µm)

Sterile air filtration products of the highest quality are required to meet the rigid purity specifications. To see a list of industries and applications that require sterile air, see the list below.

INDUSTRIES

  • Food and beverage
  • Pharmaceutical 
  • Bio-pharmaceutical
  • Biotechnology
  • Electronics/semi-conductors
  • Health Care

APPLICATIONS

  • Plastic (PET) Blow Molding/Cleaning
  • Tank Blanketing
  • Food fillings
  • Sparge air used in whipped products
  • Drying
  • Aseptic processing & packaging
  • Packaging
  • Air knives
  • Mixing tanks

INDUSTRIES

APPLICATIONS

  • Food and beverage
  • Pharmaceutical 
  • Bio-pharmaceutical
  • Biotechnology
  • Electronics/semi-conductors
  • Health Care
  • Plastic (PET) Blow Molding/Cleaning
  • Tank Blanketing
  • Food fillings
  • Sparge air used in whipped products
  • Drying
  • Aseptic processing & packaging
  • Packaging
  • Air knives
  • Mixing tanks

STERILIZATION IN PLACE (SIP)

To assure a completely sterile air filter element, maintain a safe processing environment, and produce high quality products, the P-SRF V filter element and PG-EG housing must be regularly cleaned in accordance to your application requirements. Without proper maintenance, the filter elements and housing can become covered in bacteria and eventually contaminate your product. 

The SIP process can help to properly clean your filter elements and housing without dissembling. Please remember that the steam used in SIP will also need to be filtered to assure it too is sterile. 

If you would like to learn more about our steam filtration products, give us a call at 417-881-6114! We have experienced industry experts who are here to help you!