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Oso product data in this way should allow users to easily compare the performance of purification products from different manufacturers and cost effectively meets the air quality requirements of their application. The ISO filter standard addresses this issue and establishes how manufacturers test and rate compressed air filters.

It should be capable of removing solid and liquid aerosols 0. An activated carbon filter, installed in series, is also recommended downstream of the coalescing filter.

ISO Standards – 12500 Air Quality

The ISO is designed to clear up this confusion and apply test standards to benefit air treatment manufacturers such as EXPEL by providing the means to commercially separate filter products through certifiable performance.

The playing field is not level and consumers have become very confused. The particulate filter will also enhance the service life of high performance coalescing filters by minimizing solid loading.

Using this, the end-user can make educated decisions as to the filtration performance required to generate a certain quality level.

The most scrutinized and often discussed contaminant classified by ISO Adsorption filters, utilizing an activated carbon medium, possess the polarity to attract hydrocarbon vapors from an air stream onto a porous surface. Of the primary utilities employed in the food-manufacturing environment, compressed air is the only utility generated by the end-user. To achieve the recommended ISO This may seem like a lot of particulate matter, but keep in mind, a solid particle 40 um in size is barely visible to the naked eye.


Particles may restrict flow through air jet nozzles used to clean food preparation surfaces or adversely affect the consistency of spray coatings applied on food products. ISO is a multi-part standard. Inthe International Standards Organization ISO established the compressed air quality standard to facilitate compressed air system component selection, design and measurement. The older ISO Air Quality standard 125001 serving the industry well by raising end user awareness of how to measure and define the quality of compressed air used.

Solid particulates, water and oil in both aerosol and vapor form are recognized.

When this ambient air is compressed to psig, the concentration of solid contamination will reach significant proportions. Depending on the location of the compressor intake, oil vapor levels in industrial areas may contain ppm of airborne hydrocarbon aerosols.

It is ultimately used to package, wrap, seal, palletize and label food products prior to storage or shipment.

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In a general industrial area, there are nearly 4, airborne particles 125000-1 cubic foot of air. Desiccant dryers- using activated alumina- will adsorb water vapor from the air most effectively, delivering ISO A high efficiency coalescing filter capable of removing solids and liquids is recommended.

In pneumatic control circuits, solids particles plug control valve orifices, affect accuracy of gauging and score air cylinders walls, causing leaks. The ISO Air Quality standard is serving the industry well by raising end user awareness of how to measure and define the quality of compressed air.

Compressed provides the energy source for pneumatic conveyers that transport liquids, powders and moisture sensitive product throughout the plant. Lubricated compressors are typically less expensive to purchase and have a lower cost of ownership. The standard defines critical performance parameters namely, inlet oil challenge, inlet compressed air temperature and pressure measurement techniques that will deliver certifiable filter performance information suitable for comparative purposes.

A well maintained scfm lubricated air compressor, with a conservative 4 parts per million carry-over, will add up to 4. In total volume, condensed water vapor represents the majority of liquid contamination in a compressed air system.


Compressed air systems serving the food processing industry must maintain dry, moisture free conditions mitigating the risk of micro-organism growth.

Using this, the end-user can make educated decisions as to the filtration performance required to generate a certain quality level. In most cases, end users select compressed air system components by comparing technical isi from various air treatment manufactures.

Three separate test laboratories were constructed, each equipped with stainless steel piping, state of the art instrumentation and contaminant measurement equipment. Since compressed air used in food processing operations may come in direct contact with the food, a compressed air dryer producing a sub-zero pressure dew point is required.

ISO – Filters for compressed air — Test methods — Part 1: Oil aerosols

Each is categorized and assigned a quality class ranging from class 0, the most stringent, to Class 9, the most relaxed. Food processors maintain a social responsibility for upholding the quality of their products and that accountability begins with the selection of compressed air system components. ISO provides guidance for the testing and methods for determining particulate filter removal efficiency, by particle size.

The ISO standard will continue to benefit end-users by defining air quality levels and methods to determine contaminants present in their air system. The adsorption process will continue until the activated carbon media is fully consumed.

An easy to understand ISO When properly treated, compressed air is regarded as a safe, clean utility, as compared to other energy sources. The challenge concentration selected shall appear in published technical data. The end user-user is responsible for defining the air quality required for their particular application or process.