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What micron rating is appropriate?

    When it comes to your system’s last line of defence, having an appropriate micron rating is pivotal. This fine metric measures a filter media’s ability to remove contaminants by the size of particles it can block and capture.

    But you might ask, “What micron rating should I choose?”

    The answer largely depends on the particulate sizes that are common in your application. Let’s dive deeper into this essential aspect of filtration technology.

    Understanding Micron Rating

    Microns or micrometres (μm), provide a practical unit for measuring tiny particles. To understand their scale better:

    • 1 inch = 25,400 microns
    • A human hair thickness ranges between 50 – 181 microns
    • Fine sand typically measures around 62.5 microns

    If something is rated at 7 microns, nothing larger than that will pass through the filter media under designed operating conditions. Lower micron ratings can be achieved through different methods of filtration, check out our Custom Filtration page. This threshold often represents the limit beyond which traditional last chance filters encounter difficulties in providing effective filtration.

    How Particulate Size Influences Filter Choice

    Monitored parameters such as working fluid nature, flow rates, temperature extremes and target cleanliness levels help in defining optimum filter solutions but often particulate sizing gets overlooked which can seriously impair performance in the long-term.

    Consider these generic steps when selecting micron ratings suitable for your application:

    1. Identify Typical Contaminants: Whether hydraulic dust or engine debris, there is bound to be typical dirt-particulates routine to operations within any specific environment. Be clear about most-common forms and other occasional potential threats contaminating system components.
    2. Assess Outcome Impactors: While certain applications may continue with marginal efficiency drops others may be severely affected even with slight variations in particle size. Decide upon desired system performance standards & permissible band of fluctuations to set a more realistic target in terms of particle sizes.
    3. Select Optimal Micron Ratings: Use the comprehensive catalogue detailing micro-mesh filters each against their tailor-made applications and ratings armed with insights from above two steps, one can easily pick the most suitable filter meeting all operational parameters without overshooting budgets.

    With the careful consideration of all the above, spec’ing the mesh of your last chance filter should hopefully become a little less daunting task at hand and, hopefully, we helped you to ensure optimal performance upon installation and span your filters’ lifecycles. If you need further help, please get in touch.

    If uncertain about making this crucial decision alone, get in touch.

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