Membrane filter presses have a great influence on the dryness of the solid by using membrane technology in the filter plates. A flexible, impermeable membrane attached to the carrier body compresses the cake in the chamber after the feeding process is complete.
The membrane technology not only offers the advantage of an extremely high degree of dewatering. Furthermore, the filtration cycle time is additionally reduced, on average by more than 50 percent, depending on the suspension through the membrane filtration. This results in faster cycle and turnaround times, which lead to an increase in productivity. Even with partially filled filter chambers, excellent dry matter results can be achieved thanks to membrane technologies. Even with abrasive media, for example, pump wear is decreased by reduced feeding pressure (6-8 bar depending on the suspension) without affecting the final result.
Depending on the degree of dewatering, different dry matter contents (dry matter content – percentage by weight of dry material in the filter cake) can be achieved in the filter cake by squeezing with membrane plates. The range of achievable dry matter contents extends from 30 to over 80 percent. In the standard version, squeezing is also carried out on both sides. Depending on the medium to be filtered, there is also the option of only using membrane technology for every second filter plate. The combination of membrane filter plates and chamber filter plates (mixed package) reduces the initial costs and also guarantees excellent filtration results. This type of filter press is called the chamber membrane filter press.