Contamination Control for the Primary Metals Industry
Pall Corporation is the global leader in filtration, separation, and purification. With a broad range of products and services, Pall continually demonstrates its ability to solve contamination issues, improve fluid quality, and increase customers’ profitability by optimizing the performance and reliability of their plant’s equipment and enhancing their processes.
Metals Producers and OEMs Trust Pall as Their Solution Provider
Solid, liquid, and dissolved contaminants present in hydraulic, lube, and aqueous solutions can cause operating problems and increased maintenance in hydraulic, lubricant, coolant, and other fluid systems that are a part of primary metals processing. Left unchecked, these contaminants can increase operation and maintenance costs, decrease equipment availability, and affect the quality of finished products. Such issues can be resolved by the use of highly effective, reliable, and correctly applied filtration and separation technologies.
Process Improvement and Equipment Reliability
Metal producers are under constant pressure to reduce costs and improve operations and profits. To accomplish this, manufacturers must regularly seek new ways to improve efficiency while continuing to produce high-quality products at profitable prices. Pall can play a key role in this continuous improvement process by implementing a program of Total Cleanliness Management (TCM). Through TCM, Pall can help you improve your processes and gain a stronger competitive edge.
What is Total Cleanliness Management?
TCM is a program developed by Pall to help customers maintain specified fluid cleanliness levels throughout their manufacturing process. TCM is the integration of products and services that optimize productivity, reliability, quality, safety, and environmental protection to reduce overall operating costs and improve efficiencies.
Scientific and Laboratory Services (SLS)
Pall has built a global organization of over 150 scientists and engineers who are experts in their fields to supply specialized services to our customers around the globe. Our laboratories are equipped with the latest analytical equipment to support complex contamination and filtration concerns. Our SLS team constantly evaluates new separation technologies and products using industry-accepted standards.
Fluid Analysis Services
Pall offers scheduled oil analysis programs that are typically used by predictive maintenance departments. Our specialists will work with you to establish sampling frequency, cleanliness targets, and fundamental oil analysis requirements. Fluid analysis can be the single most effective tool to monitor the health of lube and hydraulic systems.
Equipment Surveys & Consultation
Pall routinely conducts plant surveys to understand the performance of existing equipment and to identify opportunities for process or equipment improvements. Our experienced personnel will document existing equipment, operating conditions, performance, and other relative data to determine if improvements or upgrades are needed. A technical report will be issued documenting our findings and recommendations for improvement.
Contamination Control Seminars
Pall can help improve plant personnel’s knowledge of contamination control and filtration through cost-effective, on-site seminars. In these sessions, Pall provides detailed descriptions of the impact of contaminants on system performance and reliability and supports its findings through data obtained by independent studies. Seminars can be customized to meet specific customer needs.
The purpose of a process audit is to understand the performance of existing equipment and analyze the ingression of contamination and its effect on the product or process. In today’s business climate, product quality and resource management is of vital importance. Plants are increasingly moving towards zero discharge and efficient utilization of natural resources is critical.
Commissioning and Flushing
Pall has an extensive network of distributors and customer service centers located throughout the world to offer customers support as needed. Pall provides flushing, monitoring, and consulting services during plant overhauls and system flushes on a regular basis. With Pall’s products, monitoring equipment, and field expertise, customers are able to get back online faster and more efficiently, saving valuable time and money. The result is greater output and operating profits.
Pall designs and supplies a wide range of products to remove contaminants from liquids and gases. Our products, along with our services and technical expertise, enable us to fulfill diverse fluid purification requirements throughout all major primary metals operations.
Contamination Control Products
Hydraulic and Lube Filtration
Ultipleat SRT Filters
Ultipleat SRT high pressure filters offer revolutionary filtration technology for hydraulic and lube applications. Features include smaller size, increased resistance to system stresses, high flow capability, and an ISO code cleanliness rating based on SAE ARP4205. Customer benefits include improved cleanliness control and increased equipment protection and reliability.
Water Removal from Hydraulic and Lube Oils
Vacuum Dehydration Purifiers
Water, gas and solid contaminants in hydraulic and lubricating fluids have a detrimental affect on system performance. In order to maintain the health of these systems, free and dissolved water and gases should be removed.
Pall’s vacuum dehydration purifiers are designed to remove 100% of the free gases and water (under steady state conditions), and up to 80% of the dissolved gases and water. Our purifiers are also designed to remove solid contaminants, utilizing high efficiency filters with a particle removal efficiency rating of 99.9% at the 3 micron size range.
Coolant and Process Applications
Melt Blown Filter Elements
Recognizing that different applications have different contamination loading and debris profiles, Pall offers a broad range of melt blown filter products to meet varying process requirements in lubrication, coolant, and other process applications. Pall’s family of melt blown filter elements are made using continuously extruded fine fibers to form a highly porous, high strength filter matrix with superior on-stream service life, low pressure drops, and consistent contamination removal performance.
Pall Aria Membrane Systems
Pall Aria industrial water treatment systems are specifically designed to produce potable drinking water that meets today’s stringent quality standards. Pall Aria systems use uniquely designed hollow fiber membrane modules to remove turbidity, bacteria, cysts and oocysts, iron, and manganese from ground and surface waters, as well as secondary wastewater effluent streams.
Wastewater & Alkali Solutions
Ceramic Membrane Systems
Pall’s ceramic membrane systems are used to treat spent oil emulsions and have proven to be effective in caustic degreasing in the metals industry. With this novel approach to treatment, fewer chemicals are used and discharge waste and sludge are minimized. Pall’s ceramic membranes and systems offer superior resistance to thermal and chemical degradation when facing water with extremes in pH and temperature. The membranes can easily be cleaned and regenerated providing superior service life and economy for the customer.
Rolling Mill Coolant Systems
Microfiltration (MF) Systems
Pall offers a range of microfiltration systems which are used to remove suspended solids from highly contaminated fluid streams. The robust nature of our hollow fiber membrane technology allows these systems to manage highly contaminated feed streams. This technology offers a new approach for treating many process coolant streams found in aluminum, stainless steel, and copper rolling mills.
Particulate Contamination Monitors
Obtaining accurate and reliable fluid cleanliness data quickly in order to detect abnormal contamination levels is a key factor in ensuring the required cleanliness for fluid systems. Pall provides portable devices that give plant operators the ability to measure the cleanliness of fluids simply, quickly, and reliably. Pall offers two types of cleanliness monitors — mesh blockage for emulsions and aqueous fluids and laser light particle counters for mineral, synthetic- and hydrocarbon-based fluids.
For optimal fluid contamination control, hydraulic or lube systems should be operated with minimal concentrations of water. Pall’s water sensorsdetect water in solution within the fluid, displayed as a percentage of the fluid saturation level at the measurement temperature, or expressed as parts per million (PPM), specific to each brand of fluid. Options include a handheld unit for a ‘point-intime’ reading or a permanent unit which can provide continuous or timed monitoring for contamination in metal industry applications.
Pall Fluid Analysis Services
Pall offers multiple levels of fluid analysis services to meet the varying fluid contamination control needs of our customers. That’s why our technology enhances contamination control in metal industry applications. Level I fluid analysis uses Pall’s portable fluid contamination analysis kit and fluid contamination comparator tool to provide rapid, on-site, real-time assessment of the health of lubricating and hydraulic systems. With this service, we provide approximate fluid contamination levels as well as particle size distribution and contaminant identification. Level II services provide quantitative fluid contamination analysis and can be custom tailored to meet individual plant requirements. Pall fluid analysis programs* can be a highly effective tool to monitor the health of lubricating and hydraulic systems in contamination in metal industry applications.
* Not available in all regions. Contact your local Pall representative