Croft Additive Manufacturing (CAM) has used additive manufacturing to create a novel filter for the pharmaceutical and food industries that prevents the build up of bacteria.
Warrington-based company, Croft Filters, has produced the filter which contains no bug traps, reducing the risk of material accumulation and potential biochemical contamination through a process of additive manufacturing.
When traditionally manufactured, a formed steel U-section ring is used to hold a disc of mesh in place, increasing its tension and providing added strength. This can often leave gaps between the steel ring and mesh, and the weft and warp strands of the woven wire, known as ‘bug traps’, leading to a gathering of bacteria and dirt.
With this new way of manufacturing, the filter can be cleaned more easily and meet much higher standards, reducing the need for replacement parts resulting in considerable cost savings to the user.
Croft Filter’s skilled team of experts work with a wide range of materials to produce bespoke mesh filters, filter elements and filter housings to help meet individual filtration requirements of each customer’s specific case use.
Founded by entrepreneur brothers Mark and Neil Burns in 1986, the company has 27 years of experience designing and manufacturing high quality filters to various industries over the world.