Donaldson Introduces Filter Forensics Service

September 22, 2016

Donaldson Company, a leading manufacturer of filtration systems and parts, will soon unveil Filter Forensics, a new service that identifies contamination and premature plugging issues in fuel and oil filters and recommends solutions to prevent future filter plugging and/or machine failure.

“Contamination happens,” said Scott Grossbauer, director of Donaldson Hydraulics and Clean Solutions. “Why it happens – and where in the fuel or lubricant pathway it happens – has not always been easy to isolate. So whether it is a Donaldson filter or a competitor’s, whether it is a filter on a bulk storage tank or on-board equipment, this new service gives equipment owners and operators a means to save valuable time and money.”

The Donaldson Filter Forensics service works like this:

Fleet owners and managers ship contaminated or plugged filters to a specialized lab for root cause analysis.

Filter experts cut open the sample filters and inspect the filter media. The engineers then analyze the filter media using state-of-the-art forensic chemical testing technology including liquid chromatography, mass spectroscopy, gas chromatography and scanning electron microscopes.

Customers receive a report that highlights the chemical compounds found in the sample and identifies the most likely root cause of the filter plugging, which can help isolate and solve the problem.

Finally, Donaldson engineers work with the equipment owner to resolve the contamination and premature plugging issue.

For additional information on Filter Forensics, visit Donaldson at MINExpo International 2016, September 26-28, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. On Tuesday, September 27, Donaldson will host a 1 p.m. press event in its booth (#5511, located in the Central Hall) to introduce the latest filtration products and discuss new technologies.