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So, you’re looking for a filter manufacturer. Maybe you’re no longer happy with the service you receive from your current partner. Or perhaps you’re looking to get greater value elsewhere – improved quality, cheaper prices, or faster turnaround times.
Whatever your reasons, your choice of filter manufacturer matters, because not all will offer the same value. In this whitepaper, you’ll discover the four most important things to look for in a filter manufacturer. And you’ll find out how the right partner can deliver expertise across your entire business, whether you’re in charge of procurement or managing the production line.
Filter manufacturers will often claim to offer an exceptional service.
Many don’t. But what does ‘exceptional’ look like?
The three cornerstones of a truly great service are:
Speed: Expect fast turnaround times. Even if what you need isn’t in stock.
Value: Your bottom line should always be top of the manufacturer’s mind.
Quality: Products should be built to last with the latest technology.
Ensure the manufacturer you choose can deliver on all of them.
Not all generic filter solutions will be suitable for you. For large or complex projects, you’ll need a filter manufacturer that can create bespoke systems to match your exact specifications.
Look for a filter manufacturer that will work with you to get under the skin of your business’s needs and challenges. They’ll use this knowledge to create a solution that’s tailored to your requirements.
Some filter manufacturers will try to differentiate themselves with lower prices. But you need a filter manufacturer that can think beyond those short-term cost savings.
You’ll get much greater ROI long-term from a partner that can provide bespoke, higher-quality solutions to match your specific needs. A solution that’s purpose-built for your process will require less maintenance and need changing less. This reduces risk and saves costs that would be wasted on downtime. And it will help you increase throughput, generating more profit.
If you have an emergency – or just a general query – your filter manufacturer should always be on hand to help. When choosing your filter manufacturer, check:
Your biggest concern is making sure that production doesn’t stop. If it does, it’s your responsibility to get it going again as fast as possible.
You need stable pricing and supply. And you’ve got to reduce filtration spend each year while ensuring the quality of the final product doesn’t suffer.
You’re protecting your reputation. Reducing risk is paramount. You need repeatable, consistent quality for your final product – guaranteed.
Your filtration solution must fit in seamlessly with the balancing act of budgets, timescales, resources, and stakeholder buy-in.
If a filter gets blocked, you don’t want to be left waiting months for a replacement. You’re counting on getting the right products delivered fast. An expert filtration partner will ringfence key stocks for you at their site, so they can ship them to you straight away.
To reduce risk to the process, filter changes must be fast and seamless. A filtration partner can help by providing designs for filter housings that are easy for operators to open. This makes extracting the cartridges simpler and quicker during production.
As a production manager, you need to know that your supplier always has your back. There are several channels you may need to call on for support at any time, from engineering to warehousing.
This is where a filter manufacturer with years of experience and an agile, collaborative working environment can add real value. If you need to speak to someone about a technical query, you’ll have someone to call who will know the answer. If they don’t, they’ll know who does, so your solution is only ever a swift transfer away.
An experienced filter manufacturer knows that no filtration process is perfect all the time. Occasionally, your filter specifications will go slightly out of sync with the materials you’re using to get your final product.
So, rather than provide a filter system that only caters for the perfect scenario, they’ll build in some leeway for you. If there’s an issue upstream in your process, you can rest easy knowing that the system can take it into account.
For procurement, knowing where a product comes from matters. You need assurance that the supply you’re getting for your factory is consistent and reliable.
Your filter manufacturer can help by making the source of their products clear and transparent. For instance, at Amazon Filters, we manufacture our filters and housings in the UK and Poland, so our customers know exactly where they’re getting their products from.
Having two manufacturing locations also means that our customers can rest assured that, even if a disaster affects one location, there are backup facilities in place to support you.
Reducing filtration spend is a constant challenge for procurement. Some manufacturers might look to achieve this simply by offering cheaper prices on filtration products. But a partner with the right knowledge and experience can
help you discover smarter avenues of generating greater long-term savings.
By letting your filtration partner audit your processes, they can find key areas for improving efficiency, increasing throughput, reducing risks, and more. As a continuous process, these improvements will lower your costs year-on-year far more effectively than buying cheaper products.
When procuring products, price isn’t the only factor. There’s also sustainability to think about. Environmental issues are becoming increasingly prominent, as businesses must think about how to reduce their impact on the planet.
An experienced filter manufacturer will help change process behaviours to get more value out of your products, so you waste less and reduce costs.
Maintaining quality of output is your priority. You need proof that your supplier has all the right checks and balances in place to show that they’ll deliver to the standards you expect.
At Amazon Filters, we provide quality assurance by demonstrating our full set of accreditations across the ISO spectrum. We’re accredited by the British Standards Institute, one of the most prestigious bodies, as key evidence of our quality systems.
Proof of performance goes beyond ISO accreditations. As quality control, you also need evidence that what your supplier promises of each product can be backed up with hard documentation.
This is where validation guides come in. A filter manufacturer can provide product validation guides for all the products they supply, from generic off-the-shelf products to high-end, high-specification membrane filters. These guides describe the validation testing that shows the product performs as advertised and is compliant with regulatory authority requirements.
You’re under increasing scrutiny from auditors to show the steps you’re taking to reduce waste and lower your carbon footprint.
An experienced filter manufacturer will already have these goals front of mind. They’ll be able to demonstrate the measures they take to make their processes and products as eco-friendly as possible, from reducing how much material they use to recycling waste production materials.
For process engineers, having access to filtration expertise is key. Work with an agile, highly experienced filter manufacturer, and you’ll have a full team of diverse and knowledgeable people that you can talk to and interrogate about your process.
They’ll help you understand what’s working, what isn’t, and provide validation and support for any changes you need to make.
If you encounter an issue with your filtration system, you can send used filters back to your supplier’s factory. They’ll run tests to identify the issue, establish if the filter specification is correct, and advise on process improvements to limit future problems.
Your filtration partner can also help by sending engineers to you. They’ll work with you to resolve the problem or make improvements on your site.
Working with a partner that offers bespoke technology is hugely beneficial to process engineers. Rather than having to choose from a selection of generic products and fit your process around it, you can request products built to your specific demands.
An experienced filter manufacturer can also provide made-to-order filter housings, designed to the exact space or port length you need.
Amazon Filters recently worked with a client that wanted to reduce their filtration spend. Initially, they were looking to achieve this through buying cheaper filters. But by examining their process, we found a better solution.
We discovered that the client was throwing away a filter after every batch, in line with standard operating procedures. That’s what they had always done and hadn’t thought to change it.
However, we knew that the client could get anywhere between five to ten more batches from each discarded filter. Re-using the filters also meant that they wouldn’t have to change them as frequently, reducing the environmental impact by reducing waste.
By helping them change their practice, not the unit price, we enabled the client to drastically reduce their filter cartridge use to a fraction of what it was and saved them significant expense as a result.
Within large organisations, the people involved in filtration cover a diverse set of roles. They often operate in different countries and time zones – and sometimes appear to work to conflicting objectives. For example, the head of production might want a high-end, long-lasting filter, while the procurement team are trying to buy the cheapest solution, not the highest quality one.
But none of these people work in isolation. They all touch the same process and have the same ultimate end goal: achieving total lifetime cost reduction by making year-on-year improvements.
As a flexible manufacturer with years of experience, Amazon Filters is dedicated to helping customers reach that goal by continually improving their processes. We work to understand people’s challenges across the business. Then, applying our expertise, we align everyone to the best solution that will deliver lifetime value.
For over 35 years, our team of experts has designed, manufactured,
and installed innovative filtration solutions to businesses worldwide.
Today, we’re one of Europe’s leading filter manufacturers, supported by years of industry knowledge, we deliver high-quality, reliable, and accredited filtration solutions to your exact specifications.
We help you focus on producing high-quality products and services,
and worry less about the filtration process.