LifeTec(R) Filters For Food And Beverage Processing Are Custom-manufactured In Haan, Germany. Several Coca-Cola Plants In Europe Are Among Early Customers. (Photo: Business Wire)

Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI) has made important advances in food and beverage process filtration with its revolutionary new LifeTec® filtration line. The filters are engineered for higher flow rates, greater strength, and longer life than comparable products, with a variety of media options specially designed to remove everything from dirt to bacteria in sterile systems.

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Greater structural stability, 20% more filtration media, and high-performance materials make LifeTec ...

Greater structural stability, 20% more filtration media, and high-performance materials make LifeTec(R) filters superior to comparable solutions for food and beverage sterile systems. (Photo: Business Wire)

Following two years of development by a team of chemists and materials scientists, Donaldson is now custom-manufacturing the filters at a new high-capacity cleanroom facility in Haan, Germany. The first large-scale customers include several Coca-Cola plants in Europe.

Manufacturers of dairy products, bottled water, soft drinks, wine, and beer will benefit from three major technology advancements in the new line of process filters:
  • Greater structural stability: The rigid support cage structure resists deformation that leads to media failure, increasing reliability and reducing costs by maximizing the number of cleaning and sterilization cycles the filter can perform.
  • Increased filtration media: With up to 20 percent more media area versus comparable products, the filters deliver higher flow rates, lower pressure drop, and longer life.
  • High-performance materials: All component materials used are engineered for direct and indirect food contact to help satisfy regulatory standards and audit requirements.

"High-performance process liquid filters have to remain stable even under tough conditions such as hydraulic shock; no hairline cracks may appear," said Stefan Loebbert, Business Development Manager of Process Filtration for Donaldson. "The structure in our new cartridges reduces the danger of damage to the filtration media during installation and removal."

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