FILTRATION: ERLAB’S CORE BUSINESS
Particulate filtration technology
For over a century, activated carbon has been used for its exceptional adsorption properties.
There are many varieties of activated carbon that are currently used in different applications, such as treating water, air emissions and VOCs as well as solvent recovery.
Since 1968, Erlab has been the global leader in filtration technology to provide protection for laboratory staff. We put all our efforts into researching, designing, developing and manufacturing durable protection solutions.
Particulate filtration technology
Particulate filtration focuses on pollutants that take the form of particles, including dust, allergens, viruses and bacteria, which can be found in aerosols or smoke, for example. This filtration is carried out using high-efficiency filters (HELP/ULPA).
Particulate filters can work in four different ways, depending on the size of the particles to be filtered:
An optimal level of filtration
To guarantee a high level of filtration and thus ensure the safety of users of our devices, we use filters of at least HEPA* H14 classification, in line with the MPPS method (most penetrating particle size—see diagram below) as described in the EN 1822 standard. For this particle size, the minimum efficiency of a H14 filter is 99.995%. We also have ULPA* U16 filters, which have a minimum efficiency of 99.99995%.
Molecular filtration technology: Activated carbon
Molecular filtration focuses on pollutants in the form of molecules, including VOCs (volatile organic compounds), gases and vapours. Molecules are retained by adsorption, a phenomenon whereby solids allow certain gases to adhere to their surface.
For over a century, activated carbon has been used for its exceptional adsorption properties.There are many varieties of activated carbon that are currently used in different applications, such as treating water, air emissions and VOCs as well as solvent recovery.
Each application requires a specific type of activated carbon.At Erlab, we have developed a unique range of activated carbons dedicated to ensuring safe inhalation for laboratory staff.
Our very strict specifications determine a set of characteristics (particle size, apparent density, hardness, ash content, etc.) that allow us to select the raw materials and formulate them to guarantee the best possible adsorption rates across a wide spectrum of molecules.
These characteristics are rigorously controlled according to protocols described in international standards (ASTM).
However, activated carbon is not the only guarantee of filtration performance. The efficiency of a molecular filter is also dependent on its installation and use.
Thus, the conformity of our fume hoods to the AFNOR NF X 15-211 standard guarantees the performance of molecular filtration.
Benefits of Erlab Filtration
Benefit from 50 years of research expertise in the field of molecular and particulate filtration.
Our particulate filters are all individually tested according to current regulations and come with a certificate of conformity.
Each batch of activated carbon used in our molecular filters is analysed in ERLAB’s laboratory in line with current regulations. As such, each molecular filter is delivered with a certificate of conformity.
Our filters have a high retention capacity that guarantees high filtration performance.
Benefit from the most advanced molecular filtration technology in the world.
Zero emissions, inside and out.
Activated carbon traps pollutants indefinitely. What’s more, our filtration technology combined with our ductless filtering fume hoods save a huge amount of energy, allowing you to reduce your impact on both the environment and your budget.
the first multipurpose molecular filter for laboratory vapours and gases.
The result of Erlab’s latest research, GreenFumeHood 3 (see page GFH3) is equipped with the new generation of Neutrodine Unisorb filters.
Developed over more than five years by Erlab’s R&D laboratory, this new technology has undergone hundreds of tests, from initial formulation tests on the filtration materials to validating the performance of the new filters in real-life situations.
Neutrodine Unisorb greatly increases the retention capacity of most vapours emitted by laboratory handlings.
These are significant improvements when it comes to the molecules known to be the most difficult to retain with conventional activated carbon filters, such as polar VOCs with low molar masses and low boiling temperatures.
This research has been the subject of two new patents filed by Erlab:
Filter anti-settling system:
US patent number 7,563,301
Neutrodine Unisorb filter:
US patent application number 12/465,434
Improved performance compared to conventional filters.
Neutrodine Unisorb filtration:
Possibility to handle solvents, acids and bases simultaneously with the same filter.
Unprecedented retention capacity.
Unique formulation with no carbon mix.
No heavy metal impregnators.
The choice of Erlab superactivated carbon.
Scope of application, retention capacity, formulation:
Erlab's choice of overactivated carbon is available in 5 references.
vapours and gases
type BE +
acidic and organic vapours
For formaldehyde vapours
For ammonia vapours
Apparence : Granulés
Odeur : Aucune.
Couleur : Noir.