Filtersafe Down Under: Our Australia & New Zealand Office

You can now find Filtersafe down under! 

Filtersafe’s latest international office and support center, Filtersafe Australia & New Zealand has opened in Adelaide, South Australia, servicing the entire Oceana region. Our Australia office specializes in filtration for Agriculture, Aquaculture, Mining, Industrial and other related applications, and brings unique solutions to these applications to meet the Australian market’s needs. 

For example, agriculture is the largest user of water from the River Murray System. Filtersafe has years of experience filtering water directly from rivers, reservoirs, and other dynamic bodies of water for use in irrigation. Filtersafe offers extensive experience in a variety of agriculture and aquaculture applications, including high-flow filtration, filtering water sources with high loads of TSS and organic matter, and other applications so important to corporate farms who rely on filters that run smoothly and won’t clog. 

Mining is another important industry that requires robust, proven filters that can work in the harshest conditions. Filtersafe filters have and are currently being used for various critical aspects of water filtration in mining, such as de-dusting, reuse, and treatment before discharge, and can be found operating reliably in the toughest climates, from Siberia to South America.  

These industries provide challenging water for filters as the water to be treated will have very high TSS and debris that can threaten the integrity of the screen. Filtersafe successfully not just passed but superseded a test done for the ballast industry, but is applicable to all industries, showing that even at 2,450 ppm TSS the filters do not clog. 

The team is led by David Thomson, the CEO. After working in filtration for decades, David was excited at the opportunity to build Filtersafe’s presence in Australia. He explains, “It is not often that the mechanical filtration industry, which is quite mature, has a big advancement, but Filtersafe’s patents and systems are a game-changer.” In addition to his roles as CEO, David is focused on bringing Filtersafe’s revolutionary technology to the corporate agriculture sector.  

Jamie Pickford brings his years of experience to serve Industrial applications. Jamie himself has spent 30 years in the water industry, working in South Australia, New Zealand, Queensland, Western Australia and Indonesia. During that time, he served in various management roles focusing on large industrial pumping and filtration projects for municipal, mining, aquaculture, agriculture, and industrial applications and will continue to use his expertise to show potential customers in these industries the benefits Filtersafe can bring to their applications. 

For Technical Sales & Support, Ronen Leyson rounds out the leadership team. His expertise is helping clients find the best Filtersafe product for their needs and providing support when needed. 

For more information on the products and services Filtersafe Australia and New Zealand offers to the region please reach out to fsaustralia@filtersafe.net or fill out our contact form here and we will get back to you.  

Filtersafe 2.0: The filtration experts for challenging waters

As Filtersafe approaches 20 years in business, we decided to take a deep look back at what has made us successful, and where we want to be heading. Over the course of the past year, we took time to self-reflect and identify our strengths so that we can continue to utilize them and see where we have the potential to grow. At the same time, we reached out and spoke to our clients, vendors, partners, and employees to help us get alternative points of view on the same questions.

Amongst the responses, there were three recurring themes that stood out, and that we felt a deep emotional connection to that touched on the answer of why we do what we do. We took these ideals and forged them into values that don’t just represent who we are as a company but also as a commitment for the future, that Filtersafe is and will always strive to be:

  • Committed to relationships
  • Leading the with expertise  
  • Driven by challenges

To help explain how these values touch in our daily function as a company we put together the following story: 

While we are still at our core a seawater filtration company founded to help protect the world’s oceans, we have grown to become a leader in the filtration of challenging water across the spectrum (fresh, brackish, reclaimed, etc.). Today, over 4,000 of our systems can be found installed on ships, in mines, in municipalities, on farms, on oil and gas rigs across the globe, to name a few locations.

With this growth, we decided it was time our brand was updated to reflect our growth.

As a company that heavily invests in R&D, we have significant developments that will be introduced to our markets in the coming year. This rebranding is done to reflect these developments and journey we are going through. This visual change may seem minimal, but they reflect the new additions and improvements to our product lines and processes that we’ve been making, and will continue to make as we continue to solve critical filtration challenges, together.

Filtersafe’s NozzleX: An Innovation that will Save Your Filter Screen

Filtersafe's nozzleX, the only nozzle your filter will ever need

At Filtersafe, we understand that water filtration is essential to helping many industries run smoothly. However, we also understand that today’s filtration technologies can always be improved — which is why we strive to be a leader in the world of water filtration. Our engineers have decades of experience in the industry, and they’re dedicated to creating the top technologies for automatic filtration.

nozzlex nozzle head in filter

One such technology is the NozzleX suction scanner – an innovative tool that enables the cleaning of organic and inorganic material from your filter’s screen, without wearing down the nozzle or wearing out the screen. With a typical automatic screen filter, the nozzles sit on a bar called a raiser. The raiser moves the nozzle heads back and forth along the length of the screen, while also rotating the nozzles in a corkscrew motion. The nozzles scan the surface, and by using negative pressure, dislodge debris one square inch at a time. While this does help the screen filter water effectively in the short term, the force from the nozzle can damage the screen and shorten its lifespan.

NozzleX, by contrast, uses low head pressure (as low as 23psi) to clear off all the buildup on the screen without damaging it. First, the raisers move the nozzles in such a way that 100% of the screen is scanned and cleaned. Next, in contrast to other filters, NozzleX nozzles safely come into contact with the screen, utilizing gentle pressure to pull materials off of the screen without impacting the screen’s integrity. This results in improved performance and a longer lifespan for your ballast water filter or other filtration technologies.

 

Why It’s Important

The importance of a properly functioning nozzle is simple – a water filtration system only works when it’s clean. Whether you are filtering ballast water before filling your tanks, protecting your oil and gas exploration equipment safe from organic oceanic materials, or prefiltering water for desalination, each filtration system should have the same thing in common  a reliable nozzle to clean your screen.

 

How it Works

The NozzleX uses passive suction to remove organic matter like debris and sediment from the filter screen. Through an innovative combination of consistent force and passive pressure, whereby the nozzle both actively removes material from the filter while allowing the naturally occurring changes in pressure to carry it away, this nozzle makes cleaning your filtration system an easy and automatic process.

This patented system moves around the filter screen automatically, using as little as 1/32nd the force of typical cleaning nozzles to offer a thorough cleaning with minimal wear. Then, the nozzle disposes of reject water through the system’s flushing chamber, guaranteeing that buildup won’t remain on your screen.

NozzleX is part of Filtersafe’s Everclear cleaning system, which includes the Smartweave screen filter. Working together, these two technologies provide exceptional filtration power while minimizing space. This ensures that operators can use their filtration system as long as possible.

A Closer Look At Other Nozzles

NozzleX vs Dynamic Spring-Loaded NozzlesFiltersafe nozzle nozzlex force chart

While Filtersafe relies on its patented proximity nozzle to consistently clean the screen at any pressure, dynamic spring-loaded nozzles use brute force to ensure their nozzles clean sufficiently at low operating pressure. More force means that both the nozzle and screen wear out faster, in fact, some dynamic spring-loaded nozzles need to be replaced every few weeks!

Floating & Brush-Loaded Nozzles vs Patented Proximity Nozzle

Some nozzles ‘float’ along the screen, never coming into contact with the screen. This reduces nozzle wear but decreases cleaning efficiency and in fact allows dirty backflow to slip out of the nozzle back into the filter’s interior, since there isn’t enough pressure keeping the dirty water inside of the nozzle head and moving towards the flush valve. Brush-loaded nozzles are intended to provide more ‘elbow grease’ to the nozzle’s cleaning capacity. However, the bristles wear out incredibly quickly, leaving the filter owner with what is essentially the previously described undesirable floating nozzle. Even before the bristles break and deform, they can push particles into the screen.

 

The Patented Concept That Sets Us Apart

Our nozzle is one of the most highly engineered aspects to our filter. Let us explain how this simple yet unique design provides the most effective and durable nozzle available.

Efficient Design

Each nozzle contains just 4 individual pieces. The low number of moving parts reduces the opportunities for something to break. In addition, you will not find a spring anywhere inside our nozzles! While other nozzles use springs to force the nozzle head close to or onto the screen when there is low operating pressure, our patented nozzle design equalizes the pressure inside and outside of the nozzle head, allowing it to be on the screen without utilizing damaging force.

Optimal Screen Interface

Because the nozzle is always firmly on the screen with minimal force, it causes absolutely no damage to the screen. Firstly, the nozzle is always applied with minimal, gentle force on the screen at all pressure ratings, and always less than 350 g/cm2. This means that the nozzle does not push dirt and suspended solids into the screen. This is a not uncommon occurrence that not only reduces the filtration capability of the screen, but can also create holes and invalidate the promised micron rating.

 

Additional Benefits of NozzleX

In the world of water filtration, NozzleX is truly a revolution. This unique cleaning tool offers several significant benefits to an automated filtration system, which can make a real difference in the quality and longevity of a system. Here are just a few of the unique benefits you can get from using NozzleX:

Continual System Operation

Firstly, NozzleX runs as part of the automated filtration system. There’s no need to halt system operation and clean out your filtration screens; instead, NozzleX will clean your screens throughout the filtration process.

Minimal Surface Area

In addition to its consistent cleaning functionality, the NozzleX is exceptionally compact. The nozzle takes up a mere 1% of the screen area, which allows your filtration system to continue running even while it’s being cleaned, and without significantly hindering the flow rate. This will result in greater filtration capacity and greater overall efficiency for your system.

Improved Performance

Dirty or clogged filters can have a serious impact on a filtration system’s efficacy. In fact, Filtersafe testing has shown that some systems lose performance in as little as six hours due to a buildup of a ‘cake’ like layer of dirt. In that time, a system’s flow rate can drop 37%, but NozzleX maintains a consistent flow rate throughout its operations. With NozzleX, your system always fully recovers so you’ll be able to get the optimum performance from your filtration system all day long.

Zero Screen Wear

Finally, one of the greatest benefits NozzleX provides is the way it minimizes screen wear. Other nozzle-based cleaning systems use significant force to remove debris from their filters, which can lead to punctures and other damage that cuts the screen’s lifespan short. NozzleX, in contrast, equalizes system pressure to use far less force — around 1.6 Bar (23psi) of head pressure. This means your filter screens suffer next to zero wear, allowing them to operate much longer than other screens.

Filtersafe nozzle cleaning screen

Let NozzleX Clean for You 

NozzleX ensures that a filtration system stays clean throughout operations, thereby making sure that the system remains effective and efficient. As part of Filtersafe’s Everclear system, NozzleX will provide users with a completely clean filter screen — and that will help guarantee superior performance from your filtration system.

To learn more about the NozzleX cleaning technology, contact Filtersafe today. Our team will be happy to answer questions and help you find the system that best suits your industry and your organization’s unique filtration needs.

Advancing filtration standards in the ballast water industry

E Series Filter BS-804E

Filtersafe boosts filtration standards in the ballast water treatment industry by removing 316L grade stainless steel from its filter supply chain

 

Commitment is part of Filtersafe’s $10m market-feedback program and will see the company manufacture its filter screens with the more durable 904L grade steel

 

ISRAEL; Monday 15th February 2021:  Filtersafe, a world leader in automatic seawater filtration, has today announced the removal of 316L grade stainless steel from its supply chain for ballast water treatment system (BWTS) filters. The commitment will see Filtersafe switch to 904L grade stainless steel at its manufacturing facilities in Israel and Hong Kong, which produce filters for around 25% of the global BWTS market. Filtersafe’s pledge comes as the company introduces a plethora of technology upgrades as part of a $10m market-feedback program designed to boost the quality, durability, and turnaround time of BWTS filters – all without impacting filter affordability.

 

Founded with the aim of tackling the world’s most complex water filtration challenges, Filtersafe supplies filters to many of the shipping industry’s leading BWTS manufacturers including De Nora, Ecochlor, Group, Evoqua, ERMA FIRST, SunRui, TeamTec, Techcross, and Wärtsilä. The initiatives announced today mark a step-change for Filtersafe, as the company aims to enhance the agility of its maritime business in response to the shipping industry’s increasingly dynamic regulatory and operational landscape.

 

Until now, 316L steel has been widely used across the global maritime industry as the material of choice for BWTS filter screens. However, the alloy is prone to early pitting corrosion, which can compromise the overall effectiveness of the filter and the entire BWTS. In contrast, 904L steel is up to 82% more durable, meaning it can more effectively support the longevity of filter systems, as well as lowering maintenance costs. To guarantee the quality of steel used in its filters, Filtersafe has invested in two x-ray fluorescence (HHXRF) analyzers that will enable the company to carry out positive material identification (PMI) testing on every metal alloy that enters its manufacturing facilities.

In addition to the x-ray analyzers, other upgrades that form part of the $10m market-feedback program include an FS laser cutting machine designed to improve repeatability in the manufacturing process, thereby minimizing the margin of error and further reducing the possibility of filter screen corrosion. A newly digitalized warehouse system also brings additional accuracy to the manufacturing progress, adding an additional layer of quality assurance as well as optimizing the production line so that filters can be delivered in four to six weeks – the fastest lead time in the global maritime industry.

Commenting on Filtersafe’s latest initiatives, Mark Riggio, Head of Marine at Filtersafe, said: “With ballast water regulations maturing and the global maritime industry shifting its focus to operational compliance, the critical role of filters within overall the BWTS has really come to the fore – with ship owners increasingly understanding that a strong and robust filter is critical to overall system reliability.

 

“As the core material used to build filters, stainless steel should be viewed as a key factor in determining a filter’s long-term performance; it is the first critical building block from which ship owners can realize greater value from their BWTS. By being the first manufacturer to transition away from 316L grade steel, the typical steel used in maritime applications, to 904L we hope to elevate standards across the entire industry and deliver a more efficient balance between filter durability and affordability. At the same time, we’re making a huge effort to introduce new technologies and systems that instill quality across the entire filter supply chain, from start to finish, creating better value for BWMS manufacturers, as well as ship owners and operators.”

 

Commenting on Filtersafe’s decision to use 904L grade stainless steel to produce its filter screens, Marcie Merksamer, Vice President at EnviroManagement, Inc, said: “Filtersafe’s switch from 316L grade stainless steel to 904L is a step-change for the maritime industry. The move will not only increase the longevity of Filtersafe’s filters but also minimize maintenance and increase the run-time of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS). This, in turn, improves OPEX for both BWTS manufacturers as well as shipowners, as there will be less potential for system failures.

 

“Filtersafe’s investment in developing and improving technology demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing quality BWTS filters. With the implementation phase of ballast water regulations underway, shipowners need confidence their systems are meeting the requirements. New innovations, including the introduction of 904L steel, will play a key role in supporting compliance. With more data available to measure and drive progress, ongoing ballast water treatment research and development is more essential than ever.”

 

Following the introduction of the 904L steel and supporting technology at Filtersafe’s manufacturing facilities, the company is working on an industry outreach program that will see it work with BWTS manufacturers to assess the performance of filters currently in operation. Filtersafe intends to extract lessons learned and share them with others in a further bid to increase standards across the industry. The industry outreach program is underway now and is set to accelerate once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides and international travel mobility improves.

 

 

New Executive For Filtersafe Marine Division

Mark Riggio

Filtersafe Proudly Announces New Head of Marine, Mr. Mark Riggio 

Filtersafe today announced that Mr. Mark Riggio will be joining the company as the Head of the Marine Division, effective the 3rd of August. Mark will be leaving Hyde Marine, where he was the Senior Market Manager for over 9 years.

Mark brings with him to his new role his vast experience in the maritime industry, which will only serve to benefit the continued growth of Filtersafe’s efforts as a marine filtration expert and marine equipment supplier. His perspective on the maritime industry is unique, and one that few others can offer, as he has voyaged through the three distinct and critical parts of the maritime landscape: Classification, Port & Fleet Management, & BWTS Designer and Manufacturer. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his position at Filtersafe including:

  • A rigorous understanding of the standards involved in the marine industry from his time as a Senior Surveyor at the American Bureau of Shipping, where he oversaw hundreds of surveys and equipment installations stretching over four continents, and co-wrote the book on the ballast water regulations.
  • A deep insight into the needs of the most important stakeholder in this industry – the fleet owners/managers. The 6 years spent as a Port Engineer and Fleet Manager put him in the same waters as the end clients that he now works with.
  • Comprehensive view and experience of the ballast water industry from inside a market juggernaut, Hyde Marine, where he was the Senior Market Manager for over 9 years.

Filtersafe is thrilled to have a marine industry icon like Mark join the company in his new Senior Executive role. “I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” says Mark. “Filtersafe is poised not only to be the dominant player in the ballast water filtration market but they also have the personnel and product portfolio to tackle the broad range of challenges that ships face with contaminants in their process waters. Ballast water treatment is only the leading edge of this opportunity.”

“With Mark joining Filtersafe’s leadership team, we are reinforcing our commitment to deliver quality products and services to not only the BWT segment but the wider Marine industry,” says Miyan Mears-Dagan, COO at Filtersafe. “We have full confidence in Mark and his unique qualities to bring us to new heights.”  

 

About Filtersafe: A leader in the Ballast water filtration industry, that specializes in high capacity filtration. Filtersafe boasts over 3000 successful installations of its systems in a wide range of vessels. Filtersafe brings unrivaled value, effectiveness, and durability to even the most demanding filtration solutions.