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Publication Date: 10/2001
Pages: 3
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Filters slash downtime, swell savings

An absorbent polymer manufacturer replaces bag filters with sintered-plastic filter elements to reduce filter replacement downtime and cost.

Stockhausen, Greensboro, N.C., manufactures absorbent polymers -- swellable substances capable of absorbing many times their own weight of liquids by forming a gel -- for use in personal care applications, including diapers and toilet paper. The plant's annual production of 80,000 tons and 24-hour-a-day operation gave the plant's dust collectors a workout. Their bag filters had to be replaced frequently, which not only required shutdowns but spending a lot of money on replacement filters.

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