Essential Factors to Consider When Choosing a Centrifuge Filtration System

Improve Reliability and Uptime with Centrifuge Filtration for Mineral Oils!


Are you looking to improve your reliability or uptime? Centrifuge filtration provides a proven impact on your equipment with realized uptime and savings. This blog covers everything you need to know about choosing the correct centrifuge filtration system for your application. This includes different types of centrifuges available, the various features to consider, and the top brands on the market.


What is a centrifuge filtration system?

centrifuge-filtration-systemCentrifuge filtration systems use centrifugal force to separate solids or liquids of different densities. This filtration method is particularly effective and efficient for separating solids (particles) and water that are difficult to remove using traditional filtration methods. This system typically includes a centrifuge machine, a centrifuge bowl (rotor), and a method for spinning the centrifuge bowl at high speeds in a circular motion.

The liquid phase is placed in the centrifuge bowl, and as it spins, the liquids and solids are separated based on their densities. The separated substances are collected and further processed or disposed of as necessary.


How does a disc stack separator work?

In a rapidly rotating centrifuge bowl, the gravitational force is replaced by centrifugal force, which can be thousands of times greater. The centrifugal force in the disc stack separator bowl can achieve in a few seconds, which takes many hours in a tank under the influence of gravity.



Centrifuge Filtration Systems for Mineral Oils


How does a centrifuge filtration system effectively clean fuel oils, lubricating, and hydraulic oils?

Improving fluid cleanliness means reduced equipment downtime, more reliable equipment, longer fluid life, and fewer maintenance hours. Additionally, it means a reduction in component replacement and repair expenses. A centrifuge filtration system maximizes your machinery uptime and saves money.

Oil Purification: Centrifuge filtration can be used to remove impurities and contaminants, resulting in a cleaner and more reliable product.
Particle Removal: Centrifuge filtration effectively removes fine particle contamination, such as dirt, sludge, wear metals, and other debris.
Water Removal: Centrifuge filtration can be used to remove water, which is important for maintaining its stability and performance.
Oil Recycling: Centrifuge filtration can be used as part of an oil recycling process, allowing used oils to be reused or repurposed rather than disposed of.
Filtration Efficiency: The separation efficiency of centrifuge filtration can vary depending on factors such as the size of the particles being removed, the density of the particles, and the viscosity of the oil.
Centrifuge Design: There are various designs of centrifuges that can be used for oil filtration, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Upgrading your filtration system to a centrifuge filtration system keeps your fluids cleaner, resulting in significant reliability gains. Centrifuge filtration systems allow you to filter usage and increase your uptime. 

What is required for the best centrifuge filtration results?

To achieve optimum separation efficiency, it is important to:
Choose the correct gravity disc corresponding to the current density, viscosity, and flow rate.
– Operate at a constant flow rate.
– Operate at a constant separation temperature.

different-types-of-separation-dutiesWhat are the different types of separation duties?

There are two (2) main separation duties for mineral oil applications: clarification and purification. 

Clarification (a clarifier centrifuge): A clarifier is a centrifugal separator for solid-liquid separation. A clarifier is designed to separate solid particles from a liquid phase. 

Purification (a purifier centrifuge): A purifier is a centrifugal separator for liquid-liquid separation. A purifier is designed to separate two (2) liquid phases (which may contain solids) with the main purpose of cleaning the light phase.

What are the key features to consider when choosing a centrifuge?

When choosing a centrifuge, there are several key features to consider. One crucial factor to consider is the type of centrifuge bowl that is used. Different styles of centrifuge bowls have their own unique features and capabilities. Another essential factor to consider is the flow rate of the centrifuge, which refers to the amount of liquid it can handle per unit of time (GPH).

Additionally, the viscosity and density of the fluid being separated can also impact the choice of a centrifuge. The fluid’s temperature should be kept constant throughout the separation process to ensure accurate results. Greater density differences between the two liquids make for easier separation. Ease of use and maintenance is another essential factor, as a user-friendly and easily maintained centrifuge will save time and hassle in the long run. Lastly, it’s important to find a balance between quality and affordability when considering the price of the centrifuge.


Top Brands of Centrifuge Filtration Systems for Mineral Oils

When choosing a centrifuge filtration system for your fuel oil, lubricating oil, or hydraulic oil filtration needs, make sure you’re investing in a high-quality product from a reputable brand. Here are some of the top brands to consider:

Alfa Laval

Alfa Laval is a global leader in the centrifuge market and separation technology, with a wide range of products designed for various applications. The company is known for its high-quality products and innovative designs. To learn more about refurbished Alfa Laval separators, visit our reconditioned Alfa Laval Separators webpage.

GEA Westfalia

GEA-Westfalia-SeparatorGEA Westfalia is a global leader in the centrifuge market and separation technology, focusing on the oil and gas, maritime, energy, chemical, and food processing industries. The company offers a range of centrifuges for various applications, including separation, clarification, and dewatering. GEA Westfalia Separator is a market leader in centrifuges and separation equipment. To learn more, visit our GEA Westfalia Separator webpage.

IOW Group

IOW-GroupIOW Group is a leading manufacturer of clarifier centrifugal oil filters. A clarifying centrifugal separator is used for separating solids from a liquid. The company is known for its high-quality products and innovative designs. Unlike the Alfa Laval and GEA Westfalia industrial centrifuges, the IOW centrifugal devices are engine oil pressure driven (or external pump driven). To learn more, visit our IOW Group Centrifuge Filter webpage.

By removing impurities and contaminants from the oil, you can improve its quality, ensuring the smooth operation of your machinery. By choosing a high-quality centrifuge from a reputable brand, such as Alfa Laval Separator, GEA Westfalia Separator, or IOW Group Centrifuge, you can trust that you’re getting a reliable and efficient product that will meet your needs. When selecting a centrifuge, consider the various features that are important to you, such as flow rate, particle size, and viscosity, to ensure that you get the best solution for your money.

With the right centrifuge filtration equipment, you can confidently and effectively purify your mineral oil and keep your lube oil and hydraulic systems running smoothly. Need help selecting the correct centrifuge filtration system for your application? Separator Spares & Equipment can help you develop a plan to achieve and maintain target fluid cleanliness. 


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