Steam Filters

STEAM FILTRATION

WHAT IS STEAM FILTRATION?

Our high-quality stainless steel filter housings and elements provide excellent steam filtration. They also offer the purification of steam. As a result, this makes it necessary for culinary steam and clean steam applications. While steam is nearly sterile because of its high temperature, removing inert and particulate matter can help protect equipment and increase equipment efficiency. Steam filters can save you money by maintaining food quality, reducing energy usage, and preventing unexpected downtime due to inspections and repairs. Here at F&H, we offer a variety of steam filtration options that can suit your application needs. Contact a F&H representative today to see how we can help!

Similar to compressed air, steam is often thought of as another utility—both are often used to transfer energy, and both are often generated at a central location and then distributed to various points-of-use throughout the facility. Depending on the intended use, and whether or not they come into contact with the final product itself, both will require filtration in order to prevent contaminating their process. 

When it comes to the transfer of energy, steam provides some unique characteristics which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Has the ability to hold a great deal of energy, stored as heat, in a given volume.
  • Gives up its heat energy at a constant temperature, eliminating heat gradients associated with other forms of energy transfer.
  • Has a high rate of heat transfer, allowing for smaller heat transfer surface areas.

INDUSTRIES

  • Food processing
  • Beverage
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Chemical processing
  • Metal Processing

APPLICATIONS

  • Sterilizing
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Drying
  • Curing
  • Temperature Control

INDUSTRIES

APPLICATIONS

  • Food processing
  • Beverage
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Chemical processing
  • Metal Processing
  • Sterilizing
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Drying
  • Curing
  • Temperature Control

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.

SOLVENT CLEANING

Oil and other contaminants in the steam can cause particles to be retained on or within the filter media for some cases. To release particles, oil, and oil-like contaminants detergents and/or solvent cleaning might be required in these cases.

ULTRASONIC CLEANING

Ultrasonic cleaning can provide the most thorough regeneration. In this method, filter elements are immersed in a solvent or water bath. Next, ultrasonic vibrations loosen and remove particles embedded in the media. The resulting regeneration leaves elements close to their original state.

SOLVENT CLEANING

ULTRASONIC CLEANING

Oil and other contaminants in the steam can cause particles to be retained on or within the filter media for some cases. To release particles, oil, and oil-like contaminants detergents and/or solvent cleaning might be required in these cases.

Ultrasonic cleaning can provide the most thorough regeneration. In this method, filter elements are immersed in a solvent or water bath. Next, ultrasonic vibrations loosen and remove particles embedded in the media. The resulting regeneration leaves elements close to their original state.

TYPES OF STEAM FILTRATION

PROCESS STEAM

Process steam is a source of energy for process heating, pressure control and mechanical drives among others. It may come into contact with the final product or process.

CULINARY STEAM

Culinary Steam (Clean Steam) is used for sterilization of equipment, direct inject cooking and pasteurization, high temperature blanching, and product sterilization. Steam comes into contact with the product itself for many applications. Culinary Steam is also used to clean or sterilize surfaces, tools. and containers that are used in processing and packaging. For every case, steam is being generated and distributed in piping systems. These often end in small orifices or nozzles, and they can be easily fouled by contaminants in the steam. The filtration of steam is essential to avoid product contamination and equipment downtime. Rust, scale, dirt, and sediments carried over from the water source are all examples of particulate contaminants found in steam.

DRY SATURATED STEAM

In theory, achieving the above states of dry and saturated
steam simultaneously is possible. When systems are
optimized for generating saturated steam it is nearly impossible in practice. The actual level achieved is measured as the “dryness fraction.”

SUPERHEATED STEAM

Superheated Steam is when more heat energy is added to steam that has reached saturation. Additionally, there is no liquid water present to consume that energy through evaporation. As a result, the temperature of the steam will rise.

DRY STEAM

Dry steam is steam that consists of 100% water vapor in the gas phase.

SATURATED STEAM

Saturated steam is steam with energy at a given and constant pressure when the addition of more heat to the generation system results in more steam. Also, there needs to be no rise in steam temperature. As a result, the steam cannot hold more heat energy in a given volume unless pressure is allowed to rise.

CIP

Clean In Place (CIP) is the process of cleaning equipment where it is installed. This is as opposed to taking it
out of service and to a remote location.

SIP

Sterilize In Place (SIP) is the goal of sterilizing the hardware where it is installed. This is without disassembly.

PROCESS STEAM

CULINARY STEAM

Process steam is a source of energy for process heating, pressure control and mechanical drives among others. It may come into contact with the final product or process.

Culinary Steam (Clean Steam) is used for sterilization of equipment, direct inject cooking and pasteurization, high temperature blanching, and product sterilization. Steam comes into contact with the product itself for many applications. Culinary Steam is also used to clean or sterilize surfaces, tools. and containers that are used in processing and packaging. For every case, steam is being generated and distributed in piping systems. These often end in small orifices or nozzles, and they can be easily fouled by contaminants in the steam. The filtration of steam is essential to avoid product contamination and equipment downtime. Rust, scale, dirt, and sediments carried over from the water source are all examples of particulate contaminants found in steam.

DRY SATURATED STEAM

SUPERHEATED STEAM

In theory, achieving the above states of dry and saturated steam simultaneously is possible. When systems are optimized for generating saturated steam it is nearly impossible in practice. The actual level achieved is measured as the “dryness fraction.”

Superheated Steam is when more heat energy is added to steam that has reached saturation. Additionally, there is no liquid water present to consume that energy through evaporation. As a result, the temperature of the steam will rise.

DRY STEAM

SATURATED STEAM

Dry steam is steam that consists of 100% water vapor in the gas phase.

Saturated steam is steam with energy at a given and constant pressure when the addition of more heat to the generation system results in more steam. Also, there needs to be no rise in steam temperature. As a result, the steam cannot hold more heat energy in a given volume unless pressure is allowed to rise.

CIP

SIP

Clean In Place (CIP) is the process of cleaning equipment where it is installed. This is as opposed to taking it out of service and to a remote location.

Sterilize In Place (SIP) is the goal of sterilizing the hardware where it is installed. This is without disassembly.

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!