HEPA Filter Rapid Prototypes

Rapid prototyping is vital to the successful creation and implementation of custom HEPA filters. Through this process, you can test your custom filters in the field or the production line before committing to mass production.

Our design team begins the HEPA filter rapid prototyping process by developing an exact design based upon your specifications. Once the design is complete, we create CAD drawings of the filter in SolidWorks. CAD files are then programmed into a 3D printer, which produces the body or frame for the prototype filter.

The rapid prototyping process offers your company numerous advantages. It is a fast and economical way to create production-quality parts before investing in molds, machinery, or complex production processes for mass production. We can create a single or small number of custom air filter prototypes for testing and equipment and/or appliance performance evaluation.

As a manufacturer of equipment and/or appliances, you can test the prototype filter in real-world situations, at various temperature levels, with different airborne contaminants and other relevant conditions.

APC’s goal is to ensure your custom HEPA filter meets all necessary specifications and meets or exceeds your performance requirements before mass production.

Rapid Prototyping with APC Filtration

APC employs rapid prototyping in many of its custom air filter projects. This service is an essential component in our efforts to design, and manufacture and test air filters for every OEM of industrial, commercial and domestic equipment and/or appliances. A well-made prototype can be the difference between success and failure in a product launch.

We understand the vital importance of ensuring a custom HEPA filter meets your company’s exact specifications. This is something we pride ourselves upon achieving.

Before creating a prototype, we employ 3D fluid dynamic simulations in our filter design and filter housing process. This helps us understand how airflow and particle capture will interact with the filter before we develop your prototype filter.

Prototype filters are manufactured with precision and speed. APC has created prototype filters for client testing within 7 days. This fast turnaround helps our clients expedite equipment/appliance compliance testing, and allows us to provide faster production timelines.

As part of the prototyping process, we also test filters in our state-of-the-art filter testing lab. APC’s testing facility can analyze air permeability, filter efficiency, pressure drop, filter integrity, leak detection, along with a host of other testing services.

APC has built prototype air filters for biopharm, pharmaceutical, medical, transit, and off-road vehicle HVAC systems. Our combination of on-site filter manufacturing and laboratory filter testing provides our clients with a fast and effective product development timeline.

Client Case Study: Prototyping for the Transit Industry

A manufacturer of Tier 1 batteries contacted APC to design high performance air intake and exhaust filters for a roof-top mounted battery pack for Hybrid transit buses. The manufacturer had specific environmental conditions the filter must perform in addition to meeting pressure drop, level of filtration and filter life expectations. They also needed prototype filters in two weeks!

APC received a retainer from the prospective client to cover R&D and filter testing costs – with remaining funds put towards eventual filter production. APC’s engineering team had two prototypes ready for client testing within seven days.

Three months later after initial client testing and feedback, our engineering team fine-tuned the filters and created a third filter for further testing. APC produced 20 prototype filters to be tested in a fleet of buses in New York City, Arizona, and California with different altitudes, road elevations, air temperatures, pollution levels, etc… Over the course of six months our client was able to see how they held up in real world situations across a diverse range of climates and environmental conditions.

The Right Filter for your Company’s Needs

APC is dedicated to creating custom air filters that meet exceptional quality standards that our global OEM clients have come to expect. Our filter design, engineering, manufacturing, testing and prototyping capabilities have served our clients well, providing 98% client retention over the last 34 years.

To learn more about our rapid prototyping capabilities or any of our other air filter manufacturing capabilities, please contact us toll free at 888-689-1235, by email at inquiry@apcfilters.com, or from the APC Filtration Inc. website.

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Breathe Easy this Winter with a HEPA Filter

With winter approaching, it’s important to start thinking about air quality in your home.  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental dangers to the public.  Agency studies have found that the level of many pollutants may be up to 100 times higher indoors than outside.

From circulating germs and bacteria to potentially harmful toxins, maintaining indoor air quality is vital for the health of you, your family, and your work environment.

APC Filtration is a major supplier of HEPA filters to global manufacturers of home and office air purification equipment and appliances.  Our air filters clean potentially harmful contaminants from the air in your home or office, helping to keep your family or your staff healthy and happy through the long winter months.

Respiratory infections

A common misconception is that colds are the result of people getting physically cold.  It’s not really that surprising, considering that infections caused by rhinoviruses, picornaviruses and coronaviruses are popularly known as “colds.”

This is not, however, the case.  There is no proven connection between the common cold and temperature.  Rather, this viral infection is often the result of being in indoor environments with poor air circulation.

In this environment, it is much easier for viruses, germs, or bacteria to spread between individuals and quickly infect a home or an entire office.  We design our buildings to trap air and hold in heat in the winters.  This is great for our heating costs, but can be harmful to our health.

Wood burning stoves

Another potentially dangerous air quality factor during the winter is toxins emitted from wood-burning stoves.  In the United States, many people burn wood in the winter to heat their homes.  The fumes emitting from these stoves can cause respiration irritations and even serious medical conditions for some people.

‘Respirable particles’ or particulate matter released from wood stoves affects the health of many people during the winter.  Emissions from improperly vented wood burning stoves can cause bronchitis, asthma, cancer, and other respiratory ailments.

Every year, people across the country become sick from air pollutants released through their wood-burning stoves.  Even if you don’t become ill from these pollutants, they can still make your life uncomfortable through interfering with your breathing and interrupting your sleep.

Keeping the air in your home clean over winter

Home and office air purifiers that use HEPA filters can significantly reduce airborne pathogens.  High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters remove 99.97% of 0.3 micrometer particles from the air.  The HEPA filter uses fibres to trap very small particles, removing them from the interior atmosphere of your home.

HEPA filters clean harmful contaminants from the air in your home, including allergens, viruses, and toxins released from your wood-burning stove.  You protect your family from the elements with a warm house in the winter; make sure you protect them from potentially harmful pathogens indoors as well.

A HEPA filter is also essential in your office, as their removal of airborne viruses, germs and bacteria can reduce the spread of sickness and help you maintain a healthier, more efficient work space.  Every year, workplaces around the country lose work hours and money due to staff illnesses.  You will never stop every illness, but an office HEPA filter will go a long way to keeping your air clean and your staff healthy.

This winter, make the wise decision and add a HEPA filter to your home or office.

Visit www.apcfilters.com or call APC toll free at 1-888-689-1235.

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Air Scrubbers

Keeping your air free of harmful materials.

Air quality can impact smell, cleanliness of surfaces, and even health.  Foul odours are the result of particles from sewage, mold or other sources infusing the air around you.  Particles, chemicals or gases floating in the air can also blanket a room, creating grit and dirt, and impacting every exposed surface.  Most significant are the potential dangers to individual health from inhaling toxins in the air.

APC air scrubbers remove 99.97% of airborne contaminants. The air scrubber uses a vacuum-like function to draw air into the machine, where it is run through a series of filters to remove particulate matter and is then ejected back into the environment.  This air purification protects people, machines, surfaces, and creates a more comfortable environment.

While most day to day air impurities don’t pose a significant health risk, buildings that are undergoing restoration projects and manufacturing facilities and construction sites are areas where having an air scrubber is often necessary to protect occupants’ and workers’ health.

Heavy duty cleaning operations after fires, floods, or disaster cleanup can release significant amounts of potentially dangerous toxins into the air.  Cleaning operations can send mold particles, carbon, and other toxic elements like asbestos into the air, while the removing of carpet or walls can release years of accumulated dust or pet hair.  An effective air scrubber can remove these contaminants, which pose a danger to health, stain your walls and floors, and can affect a building’s heating system.

Industrial and construction operations can release dust, chemicals, metal particles, soot, and many other potentially harmful elements.  Managing dust is especially important in many workshops and job sites.  It can quickly cover every surface, clog machines, and choke workers. An APC HEPA air scrubber eliminates dust and other pollutants from the air, helping your jobsite remain safe, clean and healthy.

When an environment has a high concentration of these potentially harmful airborne materials, an air scrubber can play an important role in protecting the people and the surfaces in the environment. APC Filtration manufactures HEPA Filters and custom OEM air filters capable of cleaning a wide range of contaminants from the air.

Protect your machinery, your job site, and your workers’ health with an air scrubber from APC and bring our integrity, teamwork and innovation to work for you!

Visit www.apcfilters.com or call APC toll free at 1-888-689-1235.

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HEPA Filters

For more than 34 years, HEPA Filters represents our single largest investment in new manufacturing equipment and filter lab testing to design & test critical air filters for global manufacturers of industrial and commercial equipment, air handle systems and various types of industrial/commercial appliances.

APC Filtration Inc., is recognized by our clients as a leading manufacturer of high quality, custom made air filters designed specifically to improve the filtration performance of our clients air handling systems and/or equipment including the surrounding environment in which they are used.

“Dealing with so many unique and diverse applications has provided us with a library of intelligence to design, manufacture and test filters for any application our clients throw at us”, said Russell Kelly, President of APC. Being an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer to a global client base, APC must quantify filter design and testing to meet IEST-RP-CC001.5 test standards for North American clients and EN1822 for European and Asian clients.

APC Canada is the only filter manufacturer in Canada capable of testing to both standards whereas APC China is one of a few manufacturers certified to manufacture and test to IEST and EN1822 standards.

On April 1, 2015, APC Canada will be opening its doors to a new 30,000 square foot facility located in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. This new facility will be completely temperature and humidity controlled and designed for the manufacturing of sensitive HEPA and ULPA filters used aerospace, computer chip and other critical air filer applications.

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Box Style HEPA Filters

Box style HEPA filters, as they are commonly referred to, are used in a number of diverse industries and applications to provide the highest level of air contamination control and prevention of airborne bacteria and viral organisms.

Box Style HEPA Filters

Primary industry applications that require the use of Box style HEPA filters included asbestos abatement, electronics, food processing, hospitals, laboratories, and pharmaceutical processing to name just a few.

HEPA filters are designed to capture submicron particles to meet minimum filtration efficiency (FE) rating of 99.97% down to 0.3 microns size. To understand how small a 0.3 micron size particle is, this chart will provide you some perspective.

  • 0.1 to 0.3 micron = Atmospheric dusts, fumes and various allergens
  • 0.3 to 1 micron = Tobacco smoke, metallic fumes and bacteria such as staphylococcus
  • 1 to 5 micron = Fly ash, coal dust, paint pigments, insecticide dusts
  • 5 to 10 micron = Cement dust, mold, pollen, medium dust particles
  • > 10 micron = Plant spores, pollens, milled flour

In North America, the Institute of Environmental Sciences & Technology provides standards for HEPA filter testing and filter certification. Each filter is tested and if it passes, a certification label is applied identifying filter part number, airflow rating, pressure drop, FE and other trackable information as illustrated here.

Box Style HEPA Filters

Box filters are manufactured using a variety of wood, metal, plastic frame materials for different application requirements. APC’s engineering group created an efficient RFQ process to determine the correct materials for optimum filter design to meet cost and delivery timeline requirements. We provide our clients with innovative filter solutions.

View the attached PDF on our Box type HEPA and ULPA filters.

[Download PDF: Box Style HEPA Filters]

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Custom Air Filter Projects for Diverse Industries

APC Filtration does more than manufacturing air filters for industrial and commercial equipment and appliances. APC also provides unique, proprietary and/or patented air filter design along with laboratory filter testing and certifications to North American and European test standards, including equipment/appliance integrity testing for critical HEPA applications. APC has worked on many exciting projects with global OEM’s across a diverse group of industries.

Check out a sample of the diverse applications APC has developed custom filter solutions for:

Industry: Chemical & Biological Applications

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Project: ULPA Filter – Chemical & Biological Shelters
Application: Household Shelters

Early in 2012, APC Filtration Inc., was commissioned by a global manufacturer to design, manufacturer and test HEPA and ULPA filters for a series of chemical and biological shelters. These filters needed to capture and filter out various gases and submicron particulate in a variety of temperature and humidity environments!

Industry: Off-Road Construction Equipment

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Project: Washable Cabin Air Filter & Assembly
Application: Cabin Air Filter – Washable

Our client is a major HVAC systems supplier to Bobcat, Caterpillar, Hitachi, John Deer, Komatsu and Volvo. The function of this system is to filter outside air before it enters the operator’s cabin. The filter is designed to filter outside air and re-circulated air based on a 60/40 split of outside to inside air. APC played a critical role in developing a cost effective filter solution vs an expensive cabin redesign.

How can APC Filtration provide you with a cost effective and functional air filter solution?

Our engineering group created an efficient RFQ process to meet your cost and timeline requirements. APC provides it’s clients with innovative filter solutions to meet your needs.

Visit www.apcfilters.com or call APC Toll Free at 1-888-689-1235.

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Breathe Easy with HEPA Filters

Most of us have heard of HEPA filters used in household air filter systems for cleaning mold, pollen and dust mites out of the air. Even vacuum cleaners use HEPA filters. This is a huge benefit for people with allergies or asthma. But HEPA filters offer much more!

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are made with glass and/or synthetic filter media’s to capture submicron airborne particles that are invisible to the human eye. The filter media is so fine it can capture and trap bacteria and viruses.

HEPA filters aren’t new technology. They were used back in the 1940s to prevent the spread of radioactive contaminants. But today HEPA filters are of critical importance in a number of industries such as:

• hospital operating rooms
• scientific laboratories
• pharmaceutical manufacturing
• aerospace industries
• electronic microcircuitry
• nuclear facilities

Medical facilities need sterile conditions to protect patients from infection. Likewise scientific laboratories need sterile conditions to keep contaminants out and keep potentially toxic substances in. HEPA filters are essential in these environments.

Industries like aerospace industries, microcircuitry manufacturing and nuclear facilities need protection from particle contamination where the tiniest speck of dust could ruin millions of dollars of equipment—and even put lives at risk. HEPA filters are even installed on the International Space Station (ISS) to protect both astronauts and equipment from contamination.

Food production requires the use of HEPA filters to keep food production and processing areas clean and free of contaminants to protect consumers. In some cases, such as with live yogurt cultures, HEPA filters protect the product and allow it to culture properly in controlled conditions. This guarantees a high quality and safe product reaches your table.

APC Filtration Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008 certified air filter manufacturer providing over 34 years experience in air filter design, engineering, manufacturing, filter testing and appliance/equipment integrity testing for global OEM’s of industrial, commercial and domestic appliances and equipment. Visit them at www.apcfilters.com or call toll-free 1-888-689-1235.

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The Industry’s First UL-Certified Compostable Replacement Filter Bag for Commercial Vacuum Cleaners

COM-PTMV-4(5)A few months ago, we discussed the process of obtaining UL/EcoLogo certification for our compostable vacuum cleaner filter bags. If you thought the year and a half process of filter media research and product testing was the biggest challenge, you’re wrong—the UL certification was. We’re thrilled to (finally) announce that we’ve just received the industry’s first UL certified compostable vacuum cleaner bag that meets Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Green Guidelines.

Compostable vacuum bags will be sold under the Janitized brand, a premium line of high filtration replacement vacuum bags, and other types of filters that meet or exceed OEM specifications. Janitized is at the forefront of the JAN/SAN commercial cleaning industry and we pay close attention to industry trends and what end users want and are looking for. Over the last 8 years the demand for “green” products has grown significantly. The conceptualization process for a biodegradable vacuum cleaner bag began in 2010, and from there we moved into product development, pilot-runs of raw materials, product manufacturing, product testing and onward toward the certification process.

A standard household vacuum cleaner picks up relatively smaller amounts of dust from hardwood floors including carpet fiber and debris however commercial vacuums pick up so much more. Office and government buildings, schools and trade show halls, for example, have significantly more surface area to clean and contain all types of dust, dirt, sand, pollens, paper, staples and types of debris. Therefore, our commercial grade vacuum bags have to be designed to withstand more abuse yet still provide sustainability. Our compostable vacuum bags are designed with four (4) individual layers or ply’s of filter media to meet an Environmental Claim Validation to meet Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Green Guidelines.

We have received a very favorable response from distributors, dealers and end users and expect to expand our current compostable product offering later in 2014.

Interested in learning more about our compostable vacuum cleaner bags or other filter products? Head over to our website www.janitized.com or give us a call at 888-689-1235.

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HEPA Filter requirements for Biosafe Engineering, Pathological & Medical Applications

2stage-redundant-hepa-filterFor most professionals in the medical industry, the focus is on patient care—whether it’s before, during, or after surgery.  A sterile environment for health and safety is very important in the prevention of airborne contaminates to patients and hospital staff, which is why HEPA filters are used in hospital HVAC systems and operating rooms. The same focus on HEPA indoor air-quality applies to many other facilities and applications as categorized under the term biosafety.

Have you ever wondered what happens to human organs after they have been removed? In ancient times, Egyptians preserved human organs in canopic jars, but in modern times, it’s a little different. Today, these are considered major biohazards to public health therefore removed organs are placed into an incinerator and burned to ash killing all pathogens in the process.
While this process is completely effective in removing pathological toxins, a crucial step involves filtering the smoke before the air is exhausted outside from the incinerator. This is an essential part of the process that many hospitals and biosafety equipment manufacturers rely on APC Filtration’s expertise to design, manufacturer and test HEPA and ULPA critical air filters.

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One example of APC’s capabilities for a biosaftey equipment manufacturer is our two-stage filter and frame for a biological safety cabinet . This specific application was designed to meet Europe’s EN1822 test standard H14 which is equivalent to North America’s IEST test standard meeting a filtration efficiency of 99.995% down @ 0.3 microns. This non-toxic, custom-designed HEPA filter was rigorously tested using APC’s certified lab testing facility and exceeded customer expectations including third party lab verification testing. APC provides critical air filters for many other equipment and appliance manufacturers and research facilities where viruses are grown and tested for antibiotics.

Interested in more information on how our HEPA filters reduce pathological waste for biosafety applications? Visit us at www.apcfilters.com or call us toll free at 1-888-689-1235.

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Air Filtration Guidelines for Gun Ranges

Our last blog discussed the importance of air filtration in shooting range facilities, and we wanted to continue on with the topic to bring attention to another important point in that industry: government regulation.

While many facilities take advantage of how our products keep the breathing air safe, some might not realize the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict rules in place to protect the health of employees and facility patrons.

Just ask two workers at a gun range in Illinois, who “were exposed to airborne lead levels up to 12 times the permissible level,” according to an OSHA regional news release. For this particular case, more than 28 health violations resulted in proposed fines of $111,000, but others have faced more staggering costs for poor air filtration systems.

We want our products in these facilities—not just to grow our company, but we understand the value and importance of proper air filtration. We hate reading about health issues related to air quality when they could be so easily avoided, and we’re more than happy to work with and advise on the best possible steps to ensuring the ranges adhere to OSHA standards.

Reach out to us directly at 888-689-1235 or inquiry@apcfilters.com to discuss what our air filter manufacturing, design, and engineering solutions can do for your business.

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