How to Counteract Sterile Gas Filter Failure in Dairy Applications

Within the dairy industry there are many different factors and processes that have to be working effectively and in tandem in order for the entire project to be a sustained success, with consistent levels of performance delivered. One area of importance that should not be overlooked is with the sterile air and gas filter application, as the failure of this can be potentially devastating for the dairy farm.

If a gas or air filter has failed, or a consistent problem with the filtration system has not been identified, contamination of a microbiological nature can occur. What this leads to is a decreased shelf life of the dairy product, recalls of the product in the worst-case scenarios, and expensive legal problems. All of these potential problems, allied with a non-conformance to strict health and safety regulations can cause major financial damage to a dairy production company, as well as damaging the reputation of the brand (sometimes beyond repair). This is why it is so important to have in place, the perfect filtration processes, equipment, and specific filters for the applications within your dairy farm.

A filter might fail for a number of reasons, but the primary causes are related to cycles of Steam in Place (SIP). For a gas filter system to continue to work effectively, it must be regularly sterilised along the delivery pipework. SIP is the industry-recognised method for achieving this standard of sterilisation. Unfortunately, this process can cause high stress levels to be placed on the gas filter due to the aggressive nature of the pressure and temperatures necessary during the sterilisation process. Alongside the sterilisation process, other processes where steam is introduced to the gas filter in the reverse direction, there could be the necessity for bulk liquid condensate to be drained away, having the potential negative effect of making the sterility maintenance difficult. Sterile filter cartridges may become damaged during this process, unless it is heavily and tightly controlled from start to finish.

The solution is to utilise the highest quality of gas filters for use within dairy applications. Development of gas filters for this type of application has ensured that there is now access to gas filter and filter systems that can withstand the heavy pressures and high temperatures associated with the sterilisation process, without the need for condensate management.

When working within the dairy industry it is important to have access to highly functioning, effective applications, utilising quality components (including gas filters) that allow you to perform to a consistent level. Choose a supplier of filters that has an enviable track record within your industry, but can also prove a trustworthy reputation across myriad industries and within a variety of applications and systems, from the very basic to more complex systems of applications and productions. With that level of expertise on your side you can ensure that the gas filters used within your dairy farm applications are working effectively and are unlikely to fail, causing damage to products, finances and brand reputation.