FilterPro’s Filter Bag Cleaning Program:
At FilterPro we strive to design our cleaning program around what works for your company. We understand that there are certain ways that your company conducts business, and the little quirks in the way this is accomplished. We try to accommodate your system and ingrate and design a program that will fit within the framework without interfering or causing additional work.
When you initiate your first call to FilterPro one of our specialists takes ownership of your account. Their job is to take ownership of your account, and to:
This does not mean that you can only speak with one person. We will all strive to answer questions, and provide solutions. We have just found it more helpful to have a point person on your team that understands the ins and outs of your collection needs, and various filter systems.
Bag Filter Cleaning Systems That Work
Perhaps the easiest way to explain the system is to examine some of the successful filter cleaning programs and how they are set up, and work.
Change out Cycles of Filter Bags in a Dust Collector
When and how a collector is changed can be the biggest factor in the cost of cleaning a bag filter. Watch your mag gage, and/or change your collector routinely based on a time interval. I know everybody wants the maximum life out of your filters, and nobody like to change out a dust collector. However, the most successful clients change their filter before wear and damage occurs. When the filters develop holes due to abrasion, or excessive pressure, it makes our job more difficult. Product will fill inside the filter bags making them heavy, and a bear to clean. When product has to be dumped out of each individual filter bag, the time requirements for cleaning increases, and so does your cost. Cleaning machines will not remove the dust from the inside of a filter making a manual situation. Change your filters prior to failure!
Initial Information and account set up
Yes it is a pain, and time consuming, but the more information you are willing to share with us, the better we can serve, and help you in the future.
Help us understand your dust collectors, the number of filters, and the size of the filters in each dust collector. When you call and say I need a set of filters for “XYZ” we will know exactly what you are looking for. This also helps double check each other on size and quantity eliminating errors. The easiest way is to send us print outs from your system and we will develop a spread sheet with our part numbers, cross referenced to your part numbers, quantity, and size of the filters.
If there are rejects on a filter cleaning order we can call you with that information to assure you have a complete set of filters to go back in the dust collector.
Shipping in of dirty filters:
If you have more than one collector, try to combine the orders you send in. Shipping costs are based on weight, and the more weight the lower the cost per hundred pounds. For more information on freight, and minimizing costs see the “Freight” section under the “Education” tab. We receive filters shipped by UPS, USPS, common carrier, and dedicated truck. The dirty filters can be input into bags, boxes, containers, bulk packs, or gaylords; whatever is easiest for you. Call us for any help or concerns.
Cleaning the Bag Filters:
If you remember from previous pages FilterPro does not run all bag filters using only one method. Similar filter bags are batched depending on filter material, dust type, and size of filter. For this reason it is very helpful if you keep filters from one collector separate from other collectors. Package in separate boxes, or place a piece of paper or cardboard between different sized filters. This will help us to be more efficient, prevent sorting, and keep our cleaning costs down.
Packaging your clean Filter Bags
Something as silly as packaging can have a big effect on your efficiency. We realize that usually most dust collectors do not have easy access. Up stairs, around other machines, up ladders, sometimes outside; It is not easy. We can pack your filters in a method that works for you. We do not used long 34” boxes as others use. They are way too heavy. 20” X 20” boxes are the most common filter packs. Several years ago we introduced a “bulk pack”. This is a large 36”x 36” box on a skid with the filters inside. The filters are bundled into small stacks by a strapping machine. The entire box can be lifted to work level with a fork lift or similar, reducing handling. Using a bulk pack virtually eliminates the trash boxes all over the floor, and the time to open and break down boxes. Other advantages of a “bulk pack” are:
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Bag Filter Cleaning Systems That Don’t work – (What not to do)
-Be smart, do not send in bags that are torn ripped or cut off. In most cases these cannot be cleaned or repaired cost effectively. (If it is an expensive filter call your staff to discuss prior to sending in filters.)
-Do not send in filters full of product. Dump them out on site. Otherwise you are paying freight moving dirt back and forth. Product on the inside of a filter will not come out in the cleaning process. They will need to be manually dumped out. (Please let us know if you want us to provide this service).
-Do not put extra dirt and dusts in the shipping container with the filters. Freight is expensive, and is charged by the pound.
- If putting the filters on a skid or in a Gaylord maximize your utilization. Freight companies charge by the pallet position. Do not load three skids one foot in height. Load filters in a box or crate and load them high.
- do not ship in small quantities of filters common carrier, as the freight companies charge high minimum shipment rates, and the cost per filter is high.