|The Air Filter Competency Center|
Sweden holds a strong position in air filtration and has many actors in the field, ranging from small companies to corporations which are world-leading in the business. Changes and new demands may lead to new questions, challenges and requirements from the industry and the business. The Air Filter Competency Center is to work primarily at the national level while maintaining an international network of contacts.
Main objectives for the Air Filter Competency Center
To create a national competency center for air filters focusing on textile materials and international penetration. The Air Filter Competency Center is to work primarily at the national level while maintaining an international network of contacts. Its primary activities are:
• Supporting the Swedish industry in developing innovative, marketable products.
• Creating economic growth through transfer of knowledge to and education for producers and users of air filters.
About air filters
Particles impact health negatively and, consequently, it is important to keep particle levels as low as possible. Separating other harmful substances may also be required. An air filters causes a decrease in air pressure and, thus, increase energy consumption. Therefore, it is important to develop products which affect air pressure less, while maintaining, or increasing, the level of separation.
Ventilation installations with air filters are used to achieve a good indoor environment. In 2011, a new version of the current standard for ventilation filters, EN779, will take effect. Proposals for energy labeling of filters has been drawn up and will take effect in the future.
Filters are also used in Personal Protective Equipment and in medical appliances where clean air is important. For industrial purposes, the main employment of the filter is to protect processes and products. Filters are used to protect canal systems and components in the ventilation system from becoming dirty. Purification of process air from heavy industry and waste incineration plants may also be performed with textile filters. Air filters are also used in several applications in vehicles, e.g. air filters for passenger compartments and for engines.
The Air Filter Competency Center is a collaboration between: