Camfil debuts new robust HEPA filter for pharmaceutical cleanrooms

The Megalam EnerGuard is a new terminal HEPA/ULPA filter for the life science industry

Camfil has launched the new Camfil Megalam Energuard HEPA filter, a filter for the life science industry. Kevin Wood, Vice President of Camfil USA, explained that Megalam EnerGuard is a new terminal HEPA/ULPA filter.

Released this year in the US, Sweden-based Camfil will release it worldwide in 2020.

Pharmaceutical medical device and drug manufacturers have certified HEPA filters in their cleanrooms to protect the integrity of their products throughout the manufacturing process. In the past, these cleanrooms would require installing a high-quality micro-glass media or PTFE media HEPA filter to adhere to the industry's strict air quality guidelines.

When a HEPA filter is installed in a cleanroom, the contractor would install the filters and a certifier would test for leakage to ensure that the room met certain ISO cleanroom certification levels so the integrity of the product being produced was not compromised by contamination.

Camfil has built a filter with a unique media, to decrease the chances of filter leaks and resultant room contamination in the cleanroom to avoid the expensive costs of a product failure during installation. The Megalam EnerGuard filter combines the best properties of fibreglass and PTFE filters and allows for better handling while still meeting required HEPA efficiency levels. Micro glass media HEPA filters have been used in cleanrooms for decades and have been the most desired option; this new robust filter has the power to become an industry-leading air filter for the cleanroom industry.

The new filter is aimed at overcoming installation errors in a new cleanroom or avoiding a costly room failure event in an existing cleanroom, after four years of R&D.

"There have been no significant changes in the HEPA filter industry since cleanrooms were conceived over 50 years ago. The Camfil Megalam EnerGuard will be the first major game-changer in 50 years," says Charlie Seyffer, Manager of Marketing & Technical Materials at Camfil, USA.

"EnerGuard has a 34% lower total cost of ownership (TCO) vs. traditional micro glass and a 60% lower TCO vs. ePTFE."

What Makes Camfil's Megalam EnerGuard so unique?

Robust construction

The filter failure rate at installation is significantly less than 1%.

The robust nature of the filter significantly reduces the chances of product failure and expensive cleanroom downtime. Robust filters have less of a chance of damage during transportation, installation, handling, and filter service that translates to cleanroom operating profits.

Long service life

The Megalam EnerGuard filter life is equal to traditional micro-glass media filters and lasts twice as long as other media filters.

Depth-loading media increases the effective area of particle capture substantially to maintain consistent low-pressure drop and increases the period between filter replacements.

Energy cost savings of 30% or more

Camfil's new EnerGuard media is specifically designed and tested to ensure the lowest possible energy consumption.

Efficiencies and offerings

EnerGuard efficiency is guaranteed to maintain rated values. They are available in H13, H14, and U15 efficiencies and in standard and customized pack depths.

Process safety - Certified for life sciences use

When you see the ProSafe symbol, you can be sure the filter construction materials, filter assembly and testing have been certified for use in processes with strict requirements for safety, traceability and quality control.

Client-tested

Product approved for multiple applications based upon customer location, on-site, in-facility testing.

To learn more about how the Camfil Megalam EnerGuard offers many other benefits for cleanrooms such as:

  • Lower installation cost
  • Lower total cost of ownership over 10 years of service life
  • Annual energy cost savings

Now facility managers, process engineers, life sciences teams, and anyone involved in cleanroom air applications, whether it is new or existing, can have a less than 1% efficiency failure event in the cleanroom.

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