Benefits of BallMatrix® Filters
- Increased efficiency of fluid process: Filters extend the life of a process system by greatly reducing magnetically susceptible contamination from your process fluid.
- Efficiency in operation: A model 22 uses 14 amps of power for normal operation. A typical backwash for model 22 uses 681 Liters (150 Gal.) of process fluid.
- Decreased maintenance: A filter bed is designed for a 40-year life and does not require any maintenance for the life of the filter.
- Lowered energy costs: Filters decrease downstream fluid quality equipment fouling.
How BallMatrix® Compares to Other Filtration Systems
Typical filters produce a magnetic field that collects particles using separator magnets to pull and remove ferromagnetic contamination from processed material. Once the process is complete, users can remove the filter, washing away the captured particles. Factors like the size and design of the flow chamber, flow path, and total surface area of the magnetic loading zones influence the separation rate, the size of particles being separated, and the total capacity of particles retained by the separator.
Our uniquely designed BallMatrix® filters offer long-lasting advantages and increased efficiency as compared to permanent magnet filtration. BallMatrix® generates multiple electromagnetic fields amongst the magnetized stainless steel balls rather than using a single stationary magnet. This allows BallMatrix® filters greater coverage, removing magnetic particles of iron down to 0.08 µ for 99% filtration. Permanent magnet filtration systems utilize a single large magnet that eliminates only 60 to 70% of particles sized as small as 10-20 µ. Using one magnet lowers the likelihood that material will come into contact with it for filtration. These systems usually require multiple processes with a permanent magnet system and magnetic filtering to remove iron particles, whereas with a BallMatrix® system, if a particle is magnetic, the filter will effectively remove it.
Permanent magnets require regular manual cleaning and maintenance, even with hydraulic scraping devices. This necessitates hours of system downtime, intensive labor, and budgeting for replacement parts. While using permanent magnet filtration is cheaper initially, constant maintenance needs and production loss can cancel out that budgetary advantage. Alternatively, the BallMatrix® system averages a two-year ROI and, as a faster, fully automated system featuring a back-flush function that requires less than two minutes for cleaning, no manual maintenance intervention is necessary. Also, BallMatrix® systems operate with little power consumption, around 16.5kVA.
As permanent magnets require manual cleaning and filter changing, workers must handle exposed magnetized components, which can result in injuries. BallMatrix® users simply handle a touch screen for process operation, with no documented cases of injury over the last 50 years in the industry due to the shielded magnetic field.