Chemicals and coatings
14th Oct 2021

How to optimise the filtration process for inks and coatings

In the inks and coatings industry, it's critical that your filtration process is effectively managed and fully optimised. Otherwise, you could be setting yourself up for delays, higher production costs, and suboptimal process efficiency. 

In this blog, we'll look at the improvements you can apply to optimise the filtration process. So you can minimise waste, reduce costs, and achieve high-performance filtration. 

3 ways to optimise your filtration process

1. Implement a clean change system 

If you discard filters after every new batch, you should look to implement a clean change system

This allows the filter and bag to be removed from the housing and capped-off so you can reuse them on a later batch. For example, if you work in a high-value inks plant producing multiple colours in small batches, you can label and store the filter for the next time a particular colour is needed.

This not only reduces unnecessary waste but also improves the longevity of your filters. Plus, it limits operator exposure, as it provides containment for both the used filters and the product, so you'll benefit from better health and safety too. 

Explore four exciting innovations that are improving filtration for chemicals and coatings. View our infographic.

2. Switch to a depth filter for high-performance filtration

Many dye-based inks are targeted at applications where permanence is less of a priority than cost control. Likewise, when it comes to filtration of pigment-based ink, there is often a higher solids loading. This makes membrane filtration expensive and unnecessary.

By switching to a high-quality depth type filter you can keep costs to a minimum while improving ink classification. As depth filters are better equipped to continuously remove undissolved particulate, you'll benefit from a longer lifespan without the risk of premature blockage.

When used alongside the right ink range, depth filters provide: 

  • High filtrate quality
  • Lower manufacturing costs
  • Longer lifespan

3. Technical support from an experienced manufacturer

The quality of service and technical support provided by your filter manufacturer is vital.

If your chosen partner is notorious for slow response times, generic solutions, and inadequate advice, you're likely not getting the level of support you need to perform at your best. Great support will drive great results. So work with an experienced filter manufacturer that is flexible, responsive, and reliable. 

An experienced manufacturer will:

  • Provide ongoing technical support
  • Help you troubleshoot and solve production challenges
  • Optimise your filtration train for long-term value

The hallmarks of great service are speed, value, and quality. And your filter manufacturer needs to deliver all three. 

Get high-performance filtration solutions

There's always room to optimise your filtration process. With new solutions specifically designed for the chemicals and coatings sector, you can achieve high-performance filtration at lower costs. 

Take a look at our infographic to learn how innovations are making filtration cleaner, safer, and more efficient.

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