KINGSPORT, TN--April 23, 2013: Ahlstrom, a global high-performance, fiber-based materials company, has collaborated with Eastman Chemical Company to use its innovative Eastman Cyphrex microfibers in a new, best-in-industry fuel filtration media, Ahlstrom Captimax. The media is suited for fuel filters in passenger and commercial heavy-duty vehicles and off-road machinery. It is currently being evaluated for use in hydraulic applications. Ahlstrom Captimax will launch today at Booth 1539 at IDEA13, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Expo, April 23 to 25, in Miami Beach, Fla.
“This media can offer both high efficiency and high capacity. We've given our customers the ability to make filters to the specifications they need, allowing them to develop products outside the standard constraints from the media.”
By using Eastman Cyphrex microfibers, Ahlstrom created media for a filter that allows manufacturers to obtain optimum micron efficiency ratings and dust holding capacity without making compromises. Ahlstrom Captimax provides a balance of excellent small-particle retention and the potential for longer media life. The media also lets fuel filtration system suppliers maintain existing capacity levels but decrease the package size. In addition, the media can allow for increased efficiency with better options to filter fine particles to protect fuel injectors in vehicles and machines.
"Using Eastman Cyphrex microfibers in Ahlstrom's new diesel fuel filtration media changes the filtration landscape,' said Gary Blevins, vice president, marketing and commercial for transportation filtration, at Ahlstrom. "This media can offer both high efficiency and high capacity. We've given our customers the ability to make filters to the specifications they need, allowing them to develop products outside the standard constraints from the media.'
Ahlstrom Captimax provides high efficiency allowing engines to perform at their maximum. This capability has been proven with particle testing before and after fuel is filtered through the media. It can have the same dirt capacity and a reduced filter package. Or a filter can have a package of the same size with increased capacity. Adjusting capacity can extend the time between filter replacements to help keep vehicles and machines in operation longer or better align with the timing of other vehicle or machine filter replacements.
"The new media offering from Ahlstrom marks the first product to be brought to market with these microfibers,' said Mark J. Costa, executive vice president, Eastman Chemical Company. "Our collaboration will provide countless benefits for manufacturers and end users. We're confident the two companies will work together in the future.'