Selecting the right industrial filtration system can be the difference between a business that flourishes and one that scarcely makes it. But how do you know which industrial filtration system is right for your application? First, it’s important to understand some of the most common types of filtration equipment. Then, there are several factors to remember when selecting the system that works best for you. 

What Are the Types of Filtration Equipment?

Cartridge Filters

A versatile type of filter, cartridge filters can be used for several different applications, most commonly chemical processing and food and beverage production. Cartridge filters consist of a cylindrical cartridge containing filter media. 

Membrane Filters 

When achieving high levels of purity, like in pharmaceutical and water purification applications, membrane filters are ideal. These filters use a thin, porous membrane to remove contaminants from the material being filtered. 

Bag Filters

Bag filters are a popular choice in various industries because they require minimal maintenance and are cost-effective. They utilize a fabric bag to capture and remove contaminants. These filters are commonly utilized in liquid filtration and dust collection. 

Mechanical Filters 

Mechanical filters include screen filters and strainers. These types of filters physically block contaminants from moving through a barrier. Mechanical filters are designed to remove particles of a larger size and are often selected for manufacturing processes. 

Centrifugal Separation

Centrifugal separators utilize centrifugal force to separate particles from liquid or gas mediums. Often utilized in the oil and gas processing industry and food and beverage production, these filters are adept at eliminating fine particles and contaminants. 

Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting an Industrial Filtration System 

Operation Requirements 

The requirements of your operation are likely to vary somewhat over time and will impact the filter size, design, and service needs. Because process conditions will likely change over time, opt for a filtration system that will work well in the most challenging operation settings. Here are a few things to bear in mind when it comes to operation requirements: 

  • Will your filtration system be located outdoors and exposed to a range of temperatures and weather conditions?
  • What is the approximate maximum flow rate of your medium? 
  • Will you require temporary or continuous usage of your industrial filtration system?

Required Rate of Filtration

The volume of material a system must filter within a given time is an important factor when selecting an industrial filtration system. Systems that require high-volume production will likely require larger, more costly equipment that can efficiently handle significant quantities of material. 

Contaminant Type and Size

Before looking into filtration systems, make sure you understand the type of contaminants that need to be filtered and their approximate size. This will help determine the type of filtration and filter media your application will require. 

Required Purity Levels 

There are a variety of different standards when it comes to filtration systems, depending on the industry. Higher purity levels are required for applications working with pharmaceuticals or within the food and drink industry. On the other hand, construction and automotive applications may only require the removal of large particles to protect the machinery being used. 

Maintenance Requirements 

Routine maintenance is important to keep any industrial filtration system running smoothly. Knowing the maintenance your selected system will require is a good way to narrow your search. Systems that are easy to maintain and service may save money over time. 


When choosing which industrial filtration system is right for your application, it is important to remember the up-front cost of the equipment and the total cost of ownership. This includes maintenance and replacement parts costs, as well as energy costs. Opting for a higher quality system may cost more upfront, but it will save your business money in the long term. 


Every business will experience changes in production volume. Keeping in mind the changes in production that your business will have to keep up with, it may be beneficial to select a system that can help you adapt to those production changes by scaling up or down. 

Environmental Impact 

Environmental awareness and sustainability have become more important for businesses in recent years. Looking for a system that complies with all environmental regulations, minimizes waste, and limits energy consumption is a good way to ensure your business is doing its part to mitigate environmental damage. 

ESA Can Help Select and Install the Right Industrial Filtration System for You

Whether you need help choosing your industrial filtration system or simply have questions about system maintenance or repairs, the pros at ESA are here to help. Our team of experts has decades of experience with filtration systems and is available 24/7 to answer your questions. Call us today for a consultation. 

Arthur Pue

Arthur Pue is the President of Engineering Sales Associates. Connect with him on LinkedIn.