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

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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]

Visit www.apcfilters.com or call us toll free at 1-888-689-1235 with your inquiry.

 

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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 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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Air Filter Solutions for Gun Ranges

gunrangeAcross the globe, shooting ranges serve as facilities to fire artillery in a controlled and heavily supervised environment. While it varies from country to country on the specifics, regulations and function of gun ranges, both military and private operations fire off hundreds of rounds per day. With all the contaminates that come from explosions in firearms, air quality and lead dust exposure is of great concern which is why air filtration is essential.

Shooting off heavy artillery—even small handguns—releases lead and other toxins into the air, which is why gun range facilities must invest in huge ventilation systems. The potential for toxic exposure is evident, which is why the National Air Filtration Association and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) have  guidelines and recommendations in place.

“Exposure to lead and fumes from a firing range can present a potential health risk to shooters as well as the employees of a firing range,” NAFA’s guidelines state. “Protecting the health and welfare of occupants in a firing range, while minimizing the environmental contamination from lead exposures, is an important element in the operational procedures for a firing range.”

We can’t agree more with NAFA’s guidelines, because at APC Filtration, we make air quality a priority. Our HEPA filters function in cabin air, submarine and many other applications, but these gun range air filtration solutions are a growing business for us. For questions on similar air filtration applications, visit www.apcfilters.com or call us toll free at 888-689-1235.

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No Boundaries: The State of Global Air Pollution

Fotosearch_k7681391The World Health Organization is just one example of an initiative that has long challenged governments to adopt stricter environmental standards, with the goal of improving healthy living conditions. But now, their message, along with many from other organizations, is made more urgent today as the estimated number of yearly deaths from air pollution rises.

New studies linking air pollution to premature deaths has brought the issue of air quality back into the spotlight.  A study published in Environmental Research Letters estimates that air pollution causes over two million deaths a year. Another study in “Climate Change” warns that global warming might increase that number to more than 100,000 adults per year.

According to the WHO, one way to reduce air pollution and mitigate global warming is by lowering emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels—and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aims to do just that. The organization enforces National Ambient Air Quality Standards to help protect the health of the public. Backed by federal law, these standards limit emissions of air pollutants from common sources such as chemical plants, steel mills and other manufacturing facilities. According to the EPA, the Clean Air Act “has a proven record of public health and environmental protection.”

The EPA continues to work with many forms of government to further improve air quality for citizens. However, the people most at risk for illnesses and death caused by air pollution are actually in developing countries with large populations, especially in East and South Asia.

China is a classic example. In 2010, the air quality index in Beijing hit 755—255 levels above what was supposed to be the top of the scale.  In comparison, the reading in New York City on that same day was 19.

Since then, Beijing has strengthened its efforts to control air quality by promoting clean energy autos, reducing coal consumption and closing hundreds of heavily polluting plants. It is an ongoing campaign that politicians admit requires long-term commitment.

As the EPA points out, “air pollution does not recognize state or international boundaries.” Polluted air from one country can travel thousands of miles to another country, damaging the health of all those who are exposed. The issue of air quality is thus a global concern that necessitates cooperation from countries all over the world.

APC Filtration’s business is all about air filtration. We work with a diverse, global client base designing air filter solutions to meet their equipment needs. For more information call us toll free at 888-689-1235 or visit us at www.apcfilters.com.

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Research and Regulations Target Proper Cabin Air Filtration Systems

apc-hvac069-arm_11080609In our last blog, we discussed the importance of cabin air filtration in heavy-duty construction equipment.  As dust and other containments are released into the air as machinery moves above ground, underground, sorts materials or digs into the earth, it’s important to keep equipment operators safe by cleaning the air they breath within the cabin.

Recently, OEM Off-Highway, a publication focusing on the off-road equipment industry, covered the dangers of poor air quality out in the field on their website. APC Filtration’s president, Russell Kelly, was interviewed by this publication to discuss what steps are being taken to improve worker safety and cleaner air requirements.

“Improved ventilation and air filtration is a growing part of this industry. APC is working with HVAC manufacturers on filter design to meet the filtration requirements for off-road vehicle cabin ventilation systems,” Kelly said.

The concern over air quality in these applications is increasing, and more companies are seeing the benefits of using high efficiency and/or HEPA filters opposed to standard air filters. As mentioned in a previous blog, HEPA filters are designed to meet and/or exceed a minimum filtration efficiency of 99.97% at 0.3 micron.

We’ve worked with a variety of different clients—both OEMs and HVAC manufacturers—to determine the best solutions for their needs. As stated in OEM Off-Highway’s article, “ensuring operator health will continue to be a key design factor for OEMs and their component suppliers as customers and government regulations alike pursue the importance of clean air,” and we can’t agree more. For more information on our cabin air filtration for off-road vehicles or similar applications, call us toll free at 888-689-1235 or visit us at www.apcfilters.com.

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