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SUCCESS - Solving a Mystery of Random Filter Fouling

Posted by Critical Process Filtration Marketing on Feb 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

SOLVING REAL-WORLD FILTRATION CHALLENGES

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Our Technical Service Team helps customers solve filtration challenges and helps develop new filtration processes. Sometimes, though, the team is called upon to solve a mystery.

The customer called on our Technical Service Team and asked them to explain why filters used in a solvent solution were randomly clogging. 

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Topics: Filter System Design, Clarification and Prefiltration, Pharmaceutical Filtration, How-To, Problem Solving, Success Stories

Vent Filters - Protecting Pharmaceutical Water Quality

Posted by Critical Process Filtration Marketing on Jan 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

HOW DO I KEEP CONTAMINANTS OUT OF MY WATER STORAGE TANKS?

Most of the time, the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is true. Preventing an unwanted event is usually easier than doing remediation work to repair whatever damage is done if the event occurs. However, in virtually all water systems, including pharmaceutical water systems, it is safe to assume that BOTH prevention and remediation are needed to control bacteria and other contaminants.

For pharmaceutical water systems, prevention means not allowing bacteria to enter a system. Tank vent filters are an important part of the prevention process.

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Topics: Filter System Design, Pharmaceutical Filtration, Biopharmaceutical Filtration, How-To, Problem Solving, Filters in Water Treatment Systems, Pharmaceutical Water, Tank Vent Filters

Using Filters to Protect Pharmaceutical Water System Efficiency

Posted by Critical Process Filtration Marketing on Jan 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM

WHAT FILTERS SHOULD I USE TO KEEP MY PHARMACEUTICAL WATER SYSTEM RUNNING SMOOTHLY?

The goal of pharmaceutical water system operators is to produce water that meets or exceeds required purity standards and is bacteria-free. There are several treatment steps in water systems to reach those goals, and filters are used to assure that each of those treatment steps operates as efficiently as possible.

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Topics: Filter System Design, Clarification and Prefiltration, Pharmaceutical Filtration, Biopharmaceutical Filtration, How-To, Problem Solving, Process Water Filters, Filters in Water Treatment Systems, Pharmaceutical Water

SUCCESS - Removing Heat Resistant Mold

Posted by Critical Process Filtration Marketing on Jan 16, 2018 7:00:00 AM

SOLVING REAL-WORLD FILTRATION CHALLENGES

Our Technical Service Team will help customers develop new filtration processes when a new filter challenge arises, or new product manufacturing systems are being developed.

The team can perform a variety of tests, though most are routine analyses of the particle content of the liquid and "filterability" tests to estiate the life of the filters used in a new system.

An example of new process development happened when a beverage manufacturer changed an ingredient and found a new filtration challenge. 

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Topics: Filter System Design, Final Filtration, Bacteria Reduction/Removal, Sterilizing Filtration, Juice Processing, Beverage Processing, How-To, Problem Solving, Success Stories

Removing Spoilage Organisms from Wine

Posted by Critical Process Filtration Marketing on Jan 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

HOW DO I PROTECT MY WINE'S SHELF LIFE AND FLAVOR?

Winemakers are practical microbiologists. They use the alcohol levels, oxygen content, and pH in wine to promote the growth of bacteria and yeast that create a great wine – and inhibit the growth of organisms that can ruin the wine. This delicate balancing act takes place from the grape harvest through the fermentation and barrel aging of the wine. But then it is time to remove those bacteria and yeast and stabilize the wine for bottling.

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Topics: Final Filtration, Bacteria Reduction/Removal, Sterilizing Filtration, Wine Filtration, Beverage Processing, How-To, Problem Solving

Tools & Support Help You Choose the Right Filter(s) for Your Application

Posted by Critical Process Filtration Marketing on Jan 2, 2018 8:06:05 AM

Whether developing a new filtration process, or evaluating ways to make an existing process more cost-effective, the more tools and information available, the better.

For both new processes and process improvements, there are several pieces of information needed to support system design decisions. Of course, the chemical characteristics of the fluid to be filtered determine the types of materials that are appropriate. The viscosity of the fluid along with operating parameters such as flow rate, temperature, and system pressure will help determine the number of filters needed. 

Critical Process Filtration has a wide range of tools, information and services to support your system design decisions.

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Topics: Filter System Design, How-To, Problem Solving

Remove Bacteria From Soft Drinks With Filters

Posted by Critical Process Filtration Marketing on Dec 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

HOW DO I KEEP MY SOFT DRINK PRODUCTS SAFE?

Bacteria, yeasts, molds and other organisms can be found everywhere, even in soft drinks. They can find their way into the process through raw materials, sweeteners, the facility environment, even on packaging materials. 

Even though soft drinks might seem like a nutrient rich environment attractive to microorganisms, low pH drinks with high carbonation levels will kill most bacteria that get into the final package. A few bacteria may survive, but are usually inhibited from growing because of the harsh environment.

Soft drinks that are not carbonated and have less acidic pH levels, such as sports drinks or flavored waters, lack protection against spoilage organisms. Therefore, barriers such as filters should be installed to block contamination of the drinks by bacteria and other organisms.

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Topics: Final Filtration, Bacteria Reduction/Removal, Sterilizing Filtration, Beverage Processing, How-To, Problem Solving, Soft Drink Production

Bacteria Control in Bottled Water Production

Posted by Critical Process Filtration Marketing on Dec 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM

HOW DO KEEP MY BOTTLED WATER PRODUCTS SAFE?

Water entering a bottled water facility contains bacteria, no matter the source. Spring water contains bacteria. While these organisms are generally not harmful to humans, they can cause off flavor or even haze in the final product if allowed to enter the final packages and grow.

Bottlers use several technologies to either remove bacteria from the bottling process or prevent bacteria from growing. Filtration is an important part of the effort to remove bacteria and produce a safe, clean product for consumers.

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Topics: Final Filtration, Bacteria Reduction/Removal, Sterilizing Filtration, Bottled Water Filtration, Beverage Processing, How-To, Problem Solving

Application Consulting - Documentation & Implementation

Posted by Critical Process Filtration Marketing on Dec 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

All of the data generated during the process review (as discussed in a previous post) and the fluid and filter testing results (also in another post) are presented to the customer. The data and test results may lead to a simple change (like adding or changing a filtration step in an existing process), or support the design of a new process system. Of course, the amount of documentation will vary based on the complexity of the actions and the regulatory requirements of the industry, but all documentation is provided to the user.

Once the course of action is chosen, the system must be implemented.

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Topics: Filter System Design, How-To, Problem Solving

Application Consulting - Testing Fluids and Filters

Posted by Critical Process Filtration Marketing on Nov 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Getting expert help to solve filtration challenges, whether developing a new filtration process, or evaluating ways to make an existing process more cost-effective, means relying on outside help to provide actionable data.

For both new processes and process improvements, there are several pieces of information needed to support system design decisions. Of course, the chemical characteristics of the fluid to be filtered determine the types of materials that are appropriate. Operating parameters such as flow rate, temperature, and system pressure will help determine the number of filters needed. 

Critical Process Filtration can perform a variety of tests to help develop data you can use to support your system design decisions.

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Topics: Filter System Design, How-To, Problem Solving

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