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From metalworking to manufacturing, manufacturing processes involving cutting, grinding, and machining produce oil mist. Oil mist presents a threat to worker health and safety, as well as problems for equipment and facilities. Dependable oil mist filtration systems are needed to collect and remove the oil mist particles from the air. To ensure the longevity and effectiveness of these systems, regular filter maintenance is essential. The following are key practices to keep oil mist filter collection systems running efficiently.

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Why is Oil Mist Filter Maintenance Important?

Absolent Oil Mist FilterOil mist filters play a crucial role in maintaining air quality by capturing oil mist particles and preventing them from being released into the surrounding environment. They protect your employees and assets from harmful particulates, and also keep your business compliant with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) regulations by reducing the risk of respiratory issues and potential fire hazards.

In order for mist collectors to perform effectively, the oil filter must be in good condition. Once a filter is no longer doing its job, it must be replaced. Otherwise your mist collector is simply moving contaminants around, and not actually cleaning the air. Filter maintenance is the best way to assure your filters are working optimally. Regular maintenance of oil mist filter offers the following benefits:

  • Enhanced filtration efficiency – Over time, oil mist filters can become clogged with accumulated oil and solid particles. Regular maintenance, including cleaning or replacing filters, ensures optimal filtration efficiency, maximizing the capture and removal of oil mist particles from the air.
  • Prolonged equipment service life – Neglected oil mist filters may premature equipment wear and tear due to excessive buildup. Routine maintenance helps extend the lifespan of the filtration equipment, reducing the need for frequent replacements and saving costs in the long run.
  • Compliance with regulations – Occupational health and safety regulations often mandate the maintenance and inspection of oil mist collector systems. Adhering to these regulations not only ensures a safe working environment but also helps businesses avoid penalties and legal issues.

What are the Best Ways to Maintain and Extend Filter Life?

The length and quality of the service life you get from your oil mist collection system will depend on the type of filters and equipment you choose. There are some steps you can take to get the most from your mist collector and filters:

  • Regular Inspection – Conduct routine inspections of mist collector filters to assess their condition. Look for signs of damage, excessive clogging, or oil saturation. Schedule filter replacements based on manufacturer recommendations or when filters reach their maximum holding capacity.
  • Cleaning Protocol – Depending on the type of filter, cleaning may be required. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for proper cleaning methods, using recommended solvents or detergents. Avoid using harsh chemicals that could damage the filter material.
  • Monitor Airflow & Pressure Differentials – Regularly check airflow rates and pressure differentials across the filter collection system. A sudden drop in airflow or a significant increase in pressure differential may indicate filter clogging or other problems. Address these issues promptly to ensure continued efficient operation.
  • Maintain Proper Ventilation – Adequate ventilation is important for preventing the accumulation of oil mist. Ensure the ventilation system is functioning properly and that air intake and exhaust vents are clear and unobstructed.

Count On Glacier for Dependable Oil Mist Filter Technology  

Successful oil mist collection begins with dependable oil mist filter technology. When it comes to choosing a mist collector, it is important to have a knowledgeable and experienced expert to guide you in equipment and filter selection.

Glacier Technology has over two decades of experience with successful mist collector installations in a wide range of machine shops. We are proud to be your source for Absolent’s innovative line of mist collection solutions. Filter life is guaranteed with our proprietary filter technology, in many cases two to three years. 


Our team is here to assist you with industrial mist testing, mist collectors, and replacement oil mist filters. Contact us today!

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