The role of air filters in food processing environments

The challenges and regulations facing processors continue to intensify, with recalls of food contamination on the rise, all food processing manufacturers are at risk. The time has come that they can no longer ignore the effect that air quality has within food processing plants and the products within them.

Air and the contaminated particles carried within it can come in contact with products yet is often not properly considered or evaluated. Left unfiltered, dirty air basically becomes and ingredient in products. Removing unwanted particles from the air to maintain the safety of your product is but one of the many responsibilities food processing plants have to the public.

Camfil air filters reduce contamination risks and lower overall filtration costs. We design filters with 3 key attributes in mind:

  • Efficiency
  • Low resistance to air flow
  • High dirt holding capacity

A filter in a food or beverage plant must capture the very small particles which are too small to be seen by the human eye. Low priced filters use coarse fibres often produced with an electrostatic charge. This artificial charge quickly dissipates, causing a loss in particle efficiency and letting dangerous airborne contaminants bypass.

This is not an acceptable situation for a food processing facility. Camfil filters feature fine fibres with no artificial fibres added. These fibres maintain their efficiency for the life of the filter, continuously capturing small particles.

Our higher efficiency filters reduce the potential for contamination by reducing the amount of pathogens, mould spores or other unwanted particles in a given volume of air. Continue reading

Camfil recognised by Johnson Controls for a Supplier Leadership Award

Camfil is amongst global suppliers who were recognized for excellence in leadership by Johnson Controls at the 2014 Supplier Excellence Awards.

JOHNSONEarlier this month, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, suppliers to Johnson Controls were recognized for their commitment to quality, delivery of service, cost savings and leadership in their fields.

Eleven suppliers were judged to be the best of the best for their services, products and leadership in helping Johnson Controls exceed its customers’ increasing expectations.

Alex Molinaroli, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson Controls, said:

Partnerships with our suppliers are critical for the long-term growth and success of Johnson Controls and these companies deliver day in and day out on their commitments to support our strategy to be a market leader in the industries we serve.”

The Supplier Leadership Award, honoured suppliers for their contributions in the areas of Johnson Control’s values and objectives including innovation, sustainability, continuous improvement, global growth, customer satisfaction, shareholder value and quality. The recipients of the award were: Continue reading

How improving indoor air quality can protect health, improve productivity and save money

Why is improving Indoor air quality so important?

  1. Better IAQ increases productivity in offices by 10% thanks to higher air supply rate and appropriate filter maintenance.
  2. Polaroid managed to reduce sick leave by 35% and save 400$ per employee by upgrading buildings HVAC Systems, equalling close to 1,5Million $ total savings per year.
  3. According to an Australian study, improving IAQ reduces sick leave rate by 39% and costs by 44%.
  4. Better IAQ improves schoolchildren reading test results by 13%
  5. Improving by 1% productivity with better ventilation system can save between 20 to 60€/m2, with benefit to cost ratio of 9.4 (productivity/HVAC investment, Energy and maintenance cost). Payback time was less than 2 years

READ OUR QUICK FACTS DOCUMENT HERE.

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How to improve IAQ ?

1. Indoor pollutants source emission control

2. Appropriate ventilation system design and improvement

3. Air filter selection at air inlets according to EN13779

4. Additional molecular filtration or air cleaning for specific locations and pollutions Continue reading