FAQ CATEGORY: Types of Cartridge Air Filters

Types of Cartridge Air Filters

What Are Dust Collector Cartridge Filters Made Of?

There are several types of filter media used for dust collector cartridges. Some of the most common types of dust collector cartridge filters include cellulose, spunbond polyesters, and cellulose-polyester blends. 

  • Cellulose cartridge filters are economical and typically have a MERV rating of 10-12. They are typically used for dry dust in standard applications. 
  • Spunbond polyester and cellulose-polyester blends are more durable and suitable for more challenging applications, such as high humidity/temperature or chemical exposure. 
  • Some cartridge filters have a layer of nanofiber over a foundational material such as polyester. Nanofiber has a high filtration efficiency for very fine or submicron particulate. 
  • Some air filter cartridges have specialized coatings, such as PTFE, for enhanced filtration efficiency and dust release. PTFE-coated filters are often recommended for moist, oily or sticky dust or challenging environments. (Note that dust that contains high levels of moisture or oil may require different dust collection methods, such as wet collection or an oil mist collector.)

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What Is a Nano Cartridge Filter?

A nano cartridge filter refers to a filter that utilizes nanotechnology, typically featuring a nanofiber filtration media, to enhance particle capture efficiency and air permeability. The nanofiber media is composed of extremely fine fibers, often less than one micron in diameter, allowing it to trap sub-micron particles effectively while maintaining lower pressure drop compared to traditional media. This technology is particularly useful in applications that require high-efficiency filtration, such as in environments with fine, toxic, or otherwise challenging-to-capture particles. Nano cartridge filters often offer superior filtration performance, especially in capturing airborne particles, fumes, and smoke, while also often allowing for extended filter life and reduced energy consumption due to the lower resistance to airflow.

What Are PTFE-Coated Cartridge Filters Used For?

PTFE-coated cartridge filters are utilized in applications demanding high-efficiency filtration while navigating challenging environmental conditions. The polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating enhances the filter’s resistance to moisture, chemicals, and oils, safeguarding the filter media and promoting longevity. The PTFE coating also promotes effective release of dust during filter pulsing for longer filter life, especially when collecting wet, hygroscopic, oily or sticky dust. Particularly prominent in industries dealing with fine, toxic, or oily dusts, these filters ensure optimal particulate capture and are advantageous where air quality and cross-contamination are critical concerns. PTFE-coated filters often provide lower pressure drop and thus can also contribute to energy savings within dust collection systems. Their robustness and enhanced filtration characteristics make them suitable for various industrial applications, including pharmaceutical, food processing, and manufacturing environments with moist or oily particulates.

What Are Antistatic Cartridge Filters?

Antistatic filters are designed to mitigate the buildup of static electricity within the filter media. They are predominantly used in environments where the presence of static electricity poses risks, such as in explosive or flammable atmospheres or for collection of static-containing or combustible dusts. The materials used in antistatic filters are either intrinsically conductive or are treated with an antistatic agent, facilitating the dissipation of electrical charges and thereby reducing the risk of spark generation. Industries like woodworking, grain processing, and any application involving combustible dust often utilize antistatic filters to adhere to safety regulations and to protect against the dangers of dust explosions or fires.