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3M’s compact high flow filters

 High Flow Filtration System

The system is designed for applications including industrial, chemical/petrochemical, food and beverage water quality control, reverse osmosis (RO) pre-filtration, and process water in electronics and pharmaceuticals.

The 3M™ High Flow Filtration System has a compact and easy-to-use design that reduces capital expense and minimises system requirements, whilst simplifying cartridge installation and removal.

A patent pending compound radial pleat design is at the heart of the 3M High Flow Filtration System, permitting flow rates of up to 113m³/hr (500 gpm) in a single cartridge. The result is 90 per cent fewer filter elements to accommodate flow requirements compared to traditional 2.5-inch pleated cartridges. This reduced filter usage minimises labour and disposal costs, product leakage, operator exposure and downtime for filter change-out. Furthermore, fewer elements combined with an ‘outside-to-in’ flow path means the cartridge housing takes up 33–50 per cent less plant space than competitively sized housings for a given flow rate, and at a lower cost.

The system’s filter media is specially embossed to produce a more uniform pleat pattern, giving greater media utilisation by evenly distributing fluid throughout the filter structure. This delivers consistent particle retention in a compact space-saving design. Additionally, each grade of the filtration system is manufactured from melt-blown Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliant polypropylene microfibre media, providing high particle removal efficiency with broad chemical compatibility. The raw materials composing the filters are FDA compliant in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21.

The 3M High Flow Filtration System is easy to use and maintain. An ergonomic handle simplifies filter change-out, without the need for special tools or hardware, and a simple ‘twist to lock’ cartridge seating mechanism ensures a positive seal.

Housings are available in sizes to accommodate one to seven filter elements in 40-inch and 60-inch lengths or larger on request, in horizontal or vertical configurations. Stainless steel external surfaces are glass-beaded for a consistent easy-care finish.

John Smith’s brewery in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, has installed a 40-inch 3M High Flow Filtration System as a technologically advanced ‘roughing filter’ for pre-RO water filter duty. Benefits included reduced cartridge inventory and increased production capacity by allowing up to 60 per cent higher water flow at a maximum level of efficiency. According to Brewery Team Leader Vinney Empsal, "The 3M system has provided significant advantages for us. It has ensured we have continued high-efficiency filtration to protect very expensive RO membranes."

To learn more about the 3M High Flow Filtration System :

Download our brochure High Flow System (pdf, 451.1kb)

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