If you are developing a new process, or just looking to make your existing processes more efficient, getting some help from experts in the field can result in better outcomes, in less time.
The first thing to do when evaluating how to develop or change a process is to review what is done now. If a process is new to the facility, asking what other facilities do is a good start. Obviously, if an existing process is being evaluated, detailed data on current performance is extremely valuable.
Critical Process Filtration offers, most of the time for free, the services of our Technical Support Team to help you look at existing or proposed processes to identify what filter(s) may be used to replace existing filter(s) or filtration options to test for inclusion in a new filter train.
We ask a lot of questions, like:
- What are the filtration goals? (particle reduction, bio-burden reduction, sterilization, etc.)
- What is the chemical composition of the fluid to be filtered?
- What are the known or suspected contaminants to be removed?
- What are the process conditions? (flow rate, pressure, temperature, etc.)
- Are there cleaning and sanitization requirements? (by chemical sanitizer, hot water, steam-in-place, etc.)
- What is the target batch size, or
- What amount of time or time or filtration volume is expected/desired between filter changes?
- What are the final testing and acceptance criteria for the filtered fluid?
After we understand what is being done, and what is expected from the filter system, we start testing. First, we test the fluid itself (a subject of another blog post). Then we propose filter options that can either be tested using various methods to evaluate real-world performance (another blog post subject). Then, finally, we provide documentation and, if requested, implementation assistance to create the most cost-effective system available.
Other information and support are available. Go ahead and click the links below to visit some popular pages on our website.
- Visit our Technical pages to learn about filter options for several common filter applications
- See all of the Technical Support Services we offer- most of the time for FREE
We look forward to seeing you often!