ULPA (Ultra Low Particulate Air) filters are required in sensitive areas that require the highest level of air filtration. An ULPA filter meeting North American and European test standards can remove from the air a minimum of 99.999% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria particles at 0.12 microns or larger. ULPA filters can also be used in conjunction with carbon filters to remove odours and VOC’s depending on the needs of the OEM and their application.
The air filter standards that ULPA filters are tested to make them ideal for sensitive applications where ultra-pure air filtration is a necessity. They are not required in commercial spaces, homes, or schools – usually, HEPA filters meet these application requirements. ULPA filters are often used in applications where airborne particles are dangerous to human health or essential in manufacturing or assembly operations of sensitive equipment.
What do ULPA Filters Remove?
ULPA filters can remove from the air a minimum of 99.999% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria particles at 0.12 microns or larger. These are particles that can pose a threat to sensitive assembly operations, people and the environment.
Where are ULPA Filters Used?
ULPA filters are often used in applications where airborne particles and pathogens are dangerous to human health or essential in manufacturing or assembly operations of sensitive equipment. They are also used in environments that require ultra-pure air to remove the risk of contamination.
ULPA filter applications can include:
- Medical research laboratories
- Pharmaceutical research and manufacturing
- Electronics manufacturing
- Biomedical air filtration and research
- Airline cabin purifiers
- Medical facilities, like hospitals
- Biological and chemical shelters
APC Filtration and Custom ULPA Filters
Each ULPA filter application is unique that requires custom-made filters designed to provide optimal performance and filter life. APC has over 35 years’ experience designing, engineering, manufacturing and testing ULPA filters for a variety of industries and applications.
APC was approached by a global market leader in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and medical supplies to develop an antimicrobial air filter for patient warmer devices in hospitals. Quality and efficiency of the air filter was of the utmost importance, as these patients are at a high risk of infection.
The filter needed to be capable of killing microbes on contact, including the dangerous MRSA bacteria, the leading cause of hospital staph infections which pose problems for countless patients. APC determined that an ULPA filter capable of 99.9995% filtration @ 0.12 microns to satisfy the client requirements and expectations. Prototype ULPA filters were created, tested, and approved in only 20 days – an example of APC’s efficient and innovative solutions.
If you need a custom ULPA filter for a unique or highly sensitive application, APC can help. Contact us today to get a quote for your custom ULPA filter!