Industrial air filters: which is the best for my workplace?

Here, we discuss industrial air filters to help you decide which is the best for your workplace

At R&B Industrial we supply many different types of industrial air filters. 

Designing, manufacturing and installing dust and fume extraction, industrial ventilation and filtration allows us, not only to supply high quality extraction systems to our customers, but also to provide consultancy and advice; working closely with our customers to advise what type of industrial air filter is best suited to your extraction system.

Industrial air filters: which is the best for my workplace?

As there are many different types of filters available, it is important to select a filter that is suitable for your specific application. The different types of filters and their characteristics are: 

Cartridge Filters

Cartridge filters can accommodate a larger area of filter media meaning that they are suitable for use with many applications including; welding fumes, wood dust extraction, powder coating applications and many more.

Cartridge filters are also available in many types of filter media including; Antistatic, PENF, high temperature, PTFE membrane, synthetic and a number of others.

Bag/ Sock Filters

Bag filters are available in a number of styles; single bags for single bag units, multiple filter bags in rows, envelope style (flat) bags or one or more multi-pocket bags (seen in many UMA and dust extraction international units).

There are different ways which your bag can be fitted into the unit; snapbands, double spring cuff, standard hem with jubilee clips, loops or mounted on a frame. 

Filter bags can be manufactured using different types of filter media (material) including; Antistatic, hydrophobic/oleophobic, PENF, aramid felt and a number of other options. These filter medias also come in different grams per square metre (ie. 350gsm, 500gsm).

This dictates how dense the filter media is and has an impact on the filter efficiency.

HEPA Filters

HEPA filters (High efficiency particulate air) filter smaller particulates from processes. These are often the particles which are most dangerous to workers health.

 Large particles are stopped in the respiratory tract whilst smaller particles penetrate deeper into the lungs causing chronic illnesses and conditions.

HEPA Filters can be supplied in a bespoke range of sizes and constructed from either metal or wood casing, depending on application. They are also available in the following efficiency ratings:

  • H10
  • H12
  • H14

The higher the ‘H’ number the smaller the particles are which the filter will be used with.

Filter Media Rolls and Spray Booth Filters

Filter media rolls can be supplied for use in many applications, including general air handling and applications where there is a requirement to capture larger particles.

Get in contact and ask us which is best for your application

Spray booth filters capture excess paint from a spray booth unit, we supply these in different variations. 

Panel Filters and Air Filters

Panel filters and air filters generally come in two different variations; pleated filters and standard filter media panels. These are generally used in air handling units in offices, schools, colleges and many other places of work.

Whilst there are many different types of industrial air filters available to suit different applications, it’s also important to note that, here at R&B Industrial Ltd., we offer bespoke solutions for suit customer needs. 


For more information or to for a bespoke quote, please contact us today.

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