The invisible problem
Oil needs to be changed regularly. If not machine parts will continue to break down. However, if oil can be kept 100% clean then in theory your machine should never degrade or require changing.
Parts could be used indefinitely and the risk of breakdown and production stops would be drastically reduced.
Built-in online filters, which most machines are equipped with, provide protection against large particles, but these large, dangerous particles are few in number. Most of the particles in oil are however very small (70% of the total particles in oil generally consist of particles smaller than 1 micron).
Europafilter with high capacity
Previously it was thought that small particles were not dangerous for machines. Research has shown that these micro-particles bind together other contamination and accelerate oxidation in the oil. This causes oil to lose its lubricating qualities and leads to the formation of resins and deposits therefore eventually causing valves and moving mechanical parts to jam and seize up (85% of all breakdowns in hydraulic systems are caused by contaminated oil).
Modern machine issues
New machines are manufactured to far stricter tolerances and fault margins than ever before. The advantages of this is products are more uniform and of a higher quality. However, at the same time new machines are more sensitive requiring much cleaner oil and regular cleaning to ensure they are not affected by breakdowns during production.
A simple solution: Europafilter
The offline filter provides deep filtering of the oil during operation. As the flow through the offline filter is low it is possible to catch micro-particles that the online filter must allow to pass in order to operate effectively.
Every time the oil passes through the offline filter it becomes cleaner. When the cleaned oil then passes through the machine it cleans the system and removes sediment and resins. The oil is cleaned whilst the machine is operating. After a time not only the oil is completely clean – the machine is as well.
When the oil is ultra cleaned oxidation ceases. Without oxidation the oil retains all its desired qualities and in theory never needs to be changed.
Europafilter with high capacity
Europafilter prides itself on handling kilos (rather than grams). Up to 1.7 kg* contamination can be trapped in the filter insert EF500HY. This makes the Europafilter both cost effective and environmentally friendly.
*Testdust ISO12103-1FTD : 1755g, ≤ 3000ml of water, bound & free
Remove the water
Water accelerates oxidation and affects the quality of the oil. Europafilters cellulose filter has a high capacity for absorbing water from oil. The EF500HY filter can absorb as much as 3 litres of water before requiring a change.
The additives that are added to the oil to give it special qualities are not affected by filtering. As long as the additives are effective and fresh they are chemically combined in the oil so strongly that they cannot be filtered away. Only when they have done their job and have been used does the molecular structure change. The previously effective additives then become dangerous contamination that is trapped by the filter.
Better for the environment
Using Europafilter’s cleaning systems, oil consumption can be reduced by up to 90%. The amount of poisonous waste oil is reduced just as much when the clean oil can continue to be used.
By installing an oil cleaning system from Europafilter you will not only make an instant financial saving, but will also be taking positive environmental steps for the future.
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