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Welcome to our New Education section of Commercial Filtration Supply. Here you will find articles & content related to the industrial liquid filtration industry. Topics will include product comparisons, how to choose products based on application and much more. All content is written by Commercial Filtration Supply's in-house experts.

Micron Ratings - A Better Understanding & Breakdown

micron ratingsAn important part of any filtration system is the filter’s micron rating. It helps determine the amount and size of debris that gets filtered or removed from liquids. Micron ratings can give important information in their number alone. Being able to effectively read and understand micron ratings allows you to easily decide between different filtration options. Below, we have provided information about several common micron ratings used in industrial strength filtration systems.

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Y Strainer Instruction - Installation & Maintenance

y strainerY strainers provide a more flexible option when it comes to straining equipment. Many products used for straining can be limiting but y strainers can be installed horizontally or vertically, adding to the potential placement possibilities. This feature allows for gas or liquid to be strained in virtually any location. However, like any other product, it is important to understand the details that make it work efficiently. Correctly managing y strainer installation, operation, and maintenance can ensure that your equipment works well for years to come. Below, you can find information about the installation, operation, and maintenance of y strainers.


Before installing, always make sure that the pressure rating of the y strainer matches the system. It is important to make sure that the filter leg is pointing down to guarantee that the filtered materials do not interfere with the main flow. This way, the flow will not be obstructed. This applies to both horizontal and vertical installations. If you are installing a large y strainer, pipe supports are suggested for the piping around the inner and outer connections. This helps prevent any breakage in the future. Every y strainer is different, so be sure to read the installation manual thoroughly to ensure that the system is correctly installed.

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Pleated vs. Wound Filter Cartridge – What’s the Difference?

pleated vs wound filter cartridgeHaving the right type of water filtration system in your home is essential to keeping your water clean, fresh, and drinkable. One of the main problems that newcomers to DIY filtration face is choosing the right type of filter cartridge. There seems to be an endless number of factors to take into account: the size of the filter, its micron rating, the material it is made out of, and what substances it actually filters from your water. This week’s blog post compares two extremely common types of sediment filters: pleated filters vs wound filter cartridge. After reading, you should have a better idea of what type of sediment filter is right for your water filtration system. Let’s get to it!

The Basics

Sediment filters, as the name suggests, are used to remove excess sediment from water that passes through them. These filters do not remove any chemicals or heavy metals dissolved in the water and do not affect the taste or smell of the water, so make sure you have a sediment problem before choosing to use one of these filters.

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Why Choose Titan Flow Control's Filtration Products

When it comes to liquid filtration, it can be tough to decide which brand is the one for you. With so many brands to choose from, it can sometimes become overwhelming trying to pick. There are many great options, but one brand consistently stands above the rest. At Commercial Filtration Supply, we are happy to bring this brand, Titan Flow Control, to our customers.

Titan Flow Control

About Titan Flow Control

In 2000, Titan Flow Control was founded by industry experts who, combined, had over 300 years of experience. Everything that they learned, both good and bad, went into creating a brand that customers could depend on first and foremost. The personal touch combined with their knowledge of the industry led to unparalleled customer satisfaction.

This American based company works out of southeastern North Carolina and the phrase “Made in the USA” is more than just a marketing slogan for Titan Flow Control. They are proud to be a part of the industrial movement that aims to bring skills and jobs to the United States of America. Their manufacturing facility includes state-of-the-art equipment from Waterjet Technology, CNC Machines, and more! Titan Flow Control engineers have even helped design specialty equipment to guarantee their products stand out among the rest. Titan Flow Control’s commitment to both community and customer is one of the main reasons that this company is a trusted name in the filtration world.  

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The Y Strainer – Purpose and Application

Y Strainer

When deciding which type of strainer to use, it is important to understand the specific purposes and differences that make a strainer unique. Y strainers are no exception. While this strainer option is more flexible when compared with basket strainers, the y strainers have a very limited installation. The y type strainer purpose is a specific one and that is exactly what makes them ideal for the applications where they can be used. This means that understanding the y strainer purpose and the applications that benefit from it are the best ways to get the results that you are looking for out of this strainer!

The Y Strainer Purpose

The y strainer purpose is to remove unwanted particles from steam, gas, or liquid using a straining element typically made of wire mesh. Using this mechanical process in pipelines helps to protect everything from pumps to steam traps. Y strainers are sometimes designed with “blow-off valves” to make the cleaning process easier.

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When to Change Liquid Filter Bag

Hayward Heavy Duty Filter Bags

If you have ever used liquid filtration equipment, you will know how convenient it can be! The ability to throw a filter in and have it work immediately is something that's easy to take for granted. When you forget about a filter bag, things can go wrong. From damaged equipment to slowed production, clogged filters can cause many problems. The most difficult part of bag filtration is knowing when to change liquid filter bags. In this blog post, we will discuss the recommended time to change liquid filter bags!

How Long Does Each Filter Bag Last?

While this is a common question, it is ultimately the wrong question to ask. There are so many factors that affect how long a filter will last. First of all, the type of filter bag you are using will change how long you have between changeouts. Different micron sizes will produce different results, as will each possible material available. Another factor that will affect how long a bag lasts is the job itself. Flow rate, particle size, and countless other variables will affect how long you can use a filter bag.

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Liquid Bag Filters vs Cartridge Filters - How to Choose

Understanding the difference between bag filters and cartridge filters is integral to the filtration process as a whole. However, the bag filter vs cartridge filter debate can sometimes seem a bit complex. While they do have some similarities, these two filter types have important differences that help explain the ways in which they can be used most successfully. 

cartridge filters

A bag filter’s capacity for holding dirt and its flow rates vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer. For this reason it is important to understand what you are looking to accomplish before you buy. For example, bag filters are a great low-cost option when it comes to filtration. They are the perfect choice for industries where the cost of self-cleaning systems would not be justified. Bag filters benefit many types of industries, from the mining and chemical to food and beverage production.

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What is the Difference Between Simplex and Duplex Strainers?

Simplex Strainer

Distinguishing the difference between simplex and duplex strainers is an important part of understanding the way that basket strainers work. While they both serve the same purpose, their individual designs set them apart from one another in significant ways.

Simplex strainers are used to remove foreign particles from pipe lines. They provide inexpensive protection to pumps, valves, and everything in between. When they become clogged or need to be cleaned, however, these systems must be shut off. Simplex strainers require that the full basket be replaced with an empty basket and only after this process is complete can the flow be resumed.

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Filter Bag Sizes: What You Need to Know


filter bagsFilter bags are the most purchased item for anyone who has a system with a filter. They are easy to replace, are generally inexpensive, and do their job well! The biggest problem with filter bags is how confusing and overwhelming it can be to find and choose the right one for your application. Between all the different bag & ring materials, sizes, and micron ratings, the options are endless! In this article we will focus on all the different filter.....

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Single Bag vs Multi Bag Housings - How to Choose


Single Bag HousingsIn the world of filtration, there are many different types of equipment you can get to filter debris out of a system. These include basket strainers, Y-strainers, duplex strainers, single cartridge housings, multi cartridge housings, single bag housings, multi bag housings, and more. Today we will focus on single and multi bag housings. Deciding on a filter housing can be difficult, since these can be expensive pieces of equipment. This blog post will look at the pros and .....

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