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The Different Types of Industrial Water Filtration Systems in the USA
A Close Look at Industrial and Municipal Waterwater Treatment Services
January 22, 2021
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Automation of the industrial water treatment system

Water treatment has been an essential part of civilized societies and growing nations since the 19th and 20th centuries. The need for easy access to clean and reliable water is one of the major characteristics that separate first-world nations from third-world developing countries. Wastewater treatment impacts a society’s infrastructure, distribution, productivity, health, etc. The industrial sector also relies heavily on wastewater treatment, to not only help with necessary operations but ensure the proper function of heavy-duty manufacturing equipment. There are many ways that the manufacturing industries deal with their water filtration, we overview a few of the commonly used filtration methods.

What is Industrial Water Filtration?

When water is left untreated, it damages expensive and essential industrial equipment, often resulting in expensive repairs and gaps in your daily operation. Industrial filtration is essential for day-to-day industrial applications and manufacturing processes and the control of corrosion and water fouling issues. Many boilers, cooling towers, pumps, and other industrial equipment produce wastewater that, left unattended, will collect sediment and minerals that disrupt the function of this equipment by corroding pipes, reducing heat efficiency, and more. These systems help the manufacturing process become more efficient and cost-effective. We see the importance of industrial filtration systems in industries like: 

  • Automotive 
  • Food and beverage
  • Pharmaceutical 
  • Chemical and coatings
  • Construction or building services
  • Oil and gas
  • Nuclear systems
  • And more

What are the Roles and Benefits of Industrial Water Filtration System

When your equipment is functioning properly, everything else seems to fall into place:

Reduced Maintenance Costs

For many industrial processes and tasks, the need for treating wastewater is an essential function. Ensuring the right process in your industrial water treatment plant keep contaminants out of important equipment and ensures its proper function. This avoids costly repairs or major malfunctions that cost a plant or factory money. 

Reduce Energy Costs 

As filtration systems improve the way that plants and factories use energy. Upgraded filtration systems are constantly improving the way a plant can save money through the conservation of energy. Today, a plant’s energy usage directly associated with the treatment of wastewater has been reduced up to 95%. 

Plants today are far more effective in removing potentially hazardous chemicals. There are a couple of different ways this is achieved in the industrial setting:

Pipeline Basket Strainers

 The use of strainers is a common and very effective way of reducing harmful sediments and materials from wastewater. A strainer will usually refer to an enclosed compartment that has a special screen made of perforated plates or mesh. These unique filters are made with tiny gaps, even too small for the naked eye to see! As the baskets collect more and more sediment or waste, they must be cleaned or it will cause a clog. 

You have different types of strainers including:

  • Single strainer: Have a single basket and need to be cleaned out regularly. 
  • Duplex strainer: This has a double basket system because —as the name suggests— it is composed of two baskets. They are used for heavy-duty jobs. 
  • Y-Type strainer: These are known for removing unwanted solids from water or liquid mechanically. These are used, for example, in applications such as pipelines, control valves, or pumps to protect the equipment. 

Self-Cleaning Strainers

In some applications, it is difficult to constantly be removing the basket strainer. It’s why the development of self-cleaning strainers has benefited some industries. It works in a similar way; a screen traps sediments and particles inside. The big difference is that the system is monitored by a control that senses when the screen is getting overfilled. A flush valve is then open when it reaches a certain level. It controls flow and pressurizes it to remove the buildup and expel the sediment. The greatest benefit to this type of system is that there is no need to change the strainer out as frequently. 

Ultraviolet Purification 

UV light is quite effective in disinfecting. You might know this if you’ve ever had an HVAC tech install a UV light to help with your filtration system for your air conditioner. UV light penetrates microorganisms and destroys their DNA. Once a microorganism’s DNA is damaged, it can no longer function and or reproduce. When it can’t reproduce, it will perish. This system has plenty of benefits including the fact that it is quite environmentally friendly, safe, and effective. When exposed to the right concentration of UV light, nothing harmful survives. If you are working with certain systems, UV filtration will not help when needing to remove heavy metals, oils, or other substances. 

Get Industrial Water Filtration That is Effective 

Regardless of what industry you are in, keeping your equipment running is a major priority. Not only is a bad filtration system a health hazard, dangerous to your equipment, and a liability, it can also cause a disruption in operations that will affect your productivity. 


Need information about the latest filtration technologies? Call Clowe and Cowan today. 

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