Cartridge Cleaning Program :

FilterPro’s Cartridge Filter Cleaning Program:
Our primary focus is to meet your needs. Spend some time with us to review your current system, and explain your company.  Explain the current process and help design a “Cartridge Filter Cleaning Program” that fits your company. Be sure to discuss different systems, filter life expectancy, your maintenance program.  Explain when and how you know when to change out.
Cartridge Filter Cleaning Systems That Work
Most users of filter cartridges have a set in the system, and a set they send in for cleaning.  Alternating in this way allows you to have a set on the shelf to meet regulatory requirements.
Our most successful customers are on planned intervals or watch the magnehelic gages.  As compared to bag filters cartridges filters are very expensive.   Damaging a filter by leaving it in the system too long is an expensive lesson learned.  Removing the excess dust from filter that has been left in too long takes us much longer to clean, and creates excessive waste, which becomes a disposal problem.  This will raise the cost to clean the filter.
                Cartridge Dust Collector Filters – What is the Biggest Reason for Rejects?
The logical answer is that the filters “wear out”.  The real answer may surprise you.  Depending on the media a cartridge filter will withstand 10-15 cleaning and uses.   ” Human error” is reason that we reject most of the cartridge filters.   Bent or broken end caps, or a broken inner core is by far the most common reason for a filter being rejected. Simply, poor handling, or dropping the filter from the collector destroys the filters integrity.  With new filter cartridges costing from $75 to 200 dollars each, it does not take long where we are talking about a significant amount of money in the trash.
Shipping in of dirty filters:
Cartridge filters are usually shipped in common carrier due to their physical size.   Some will put in original cartons, and band to a skid.   Some will put into a big box (Gaylord) and ship in on a skid.   When shipping in dirty filters be sure to use cardboard between layers (if the metal will come in contact with the media) to prevent the metal of one filter from rubbing on the media another filter. 
The shipping error most commonly seen is to ship in one or two filters at a time.  The cost to ship, and time required to ship make this a losing proposition.   When dealing with smaller quantities one of our smarter customers has a big box that is staged in the maintenance department.  As a technician changes the filter he puts the dirty into the box.  The box is sent into FilterPro for full for the reconditioning process on all the filters in the box.
Cleaning the Cartridge Filters:
Unlike bag filters cartridge filters are cleaned one at a time.  We still try to batch similar filters based on size and type of dust.   This reduces fixture, and solvent changes but the filters are cleaned one at a time in a multi-step process.
Packaging your clean Filter Bags
We try to re-use the same box whenever possible.  This is but one of the small steps to help us be more sustainable.  Another method is to use one large re-useable carton on a skid in which the dirty filters can be returned. If the container is dirty we will use a liner in the box. If you have special needs or other requirements please let your rep know.

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Cartridge Filter Cleaning Systems That Don’t work – (What not to do)
-Be smart, do not send in cartridges that are bent or broken.  Slight dents in the caps can many times be straightened.  If the filter (when set it flat on a table and gasket compressed) has light between the seal and the table chances are it is a reject.  Some small distortion in the pleats usually does not inhibit the filters ability to clean.  (If it is an expensive filter call your staff to discuss prior to sending in filters.)
-Do not send in filters full of product. Bang them out or dump them out on site.  Otherwise you are paying freight moving dirt back and forth.  Unlike a bag filter, if product gets on the inside of a cartridge filter we can still effectively clean the filter.
-Keep extra dirt and dusts out of 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 (as long as they will not smash the others).  It will also keep truckers from placing other heavy freight on top of your filters.
- 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.
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East Lynne, MO 64743-0225