Cleanable filter eliminates disposal woes A complete line of full-flow, cleanable lubrication filtration systems (LFS) is available from Racor, a division of Parker Hannifin Corp. The fact that these filters are reusable enables fleets to reduce costs related to inventory, frequent replacement and disposal.
Racor notes that fleets using LFS will also improve their filtration effectiveness, as well as help protect the environment. According to EPA, 1.3-billion gallons of used oil are generated each year, and while 800 million gallons are recycled through recovery systems, some 500 million are improperly disposed of.
LFS contains a reusable, stainless-steel wire cloth filter installed inside a machined aluminum housing with a high-quality, anodized finish that will not rust or corrode. The filter traps damaging solids in the cleanable filter, the manufacturer explains, and through visual inspection provides an effective way to detect minor engine problems before they cause costly engine damage.
LFS can be used on lube, hydraulic, transmission, power steering and coolant oils and fluids. An integral service indicator light signals technicians when the filter reaches capacity and needs servicing. Clean-up of the wire cloth, Racor says, is easy: brush or ultrasonically clean the filter in an aqueous solution, solvent or with an aerosol-type cleaner, blow dry and then reinsert into the permanent housing.
The full-flow 700 series of permanent filters is available in configurations that spin directly onto existing engine mounting heads or in remote-mount models.
The Racor spin-on 700 series filter threads directly onto almost all engine lube oil heads, the company advises, and incorporates an internal by-pass valve for engine protection. Spin-on models are available for Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, Mack and International engines.
According to Racor, the remote-mount flat disc type LFS can be easily installed for convenient access on trucks, buses, off-highway and industrial equipment. The remote LFS unit features an electrostatically applied, powder-coated finish that protects against corrosive salt spray as well as abrasive solvents and cleaning agents.
According to Racor, about 8,000 Oshkosh MTVR trucks will be outfitted with the cleanable oil filter.