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Filtration Industry Analyst October 2004

Donaldson. “Our HEPA and breath, lung tissue damage,


MICRO AEROSPACE IFE filters satisfy this need, cancer, bronchitis, emphyse-
ELECTRONICS offering superior options for ma and influenza. And filters
improving air-quality and the that feature an additional
DONALDON’S reliability of entertainment layer of carbon also reduce
PALL DEVELOPS HEPA CABIN equipment on all types of air- unpleasant odours, harmful
CARBON FILTER craft.” gases and vapours, as well as
MONOXIDE particulate pollutants from
APPROVED the vehicle cabin.
PURIFIER Donaldson Inc has been AUTOMOTIVE “The reduction of parti-
Pall Corp’s Microelectron- granted OEM approval for cles and gases entering the
ics Group has developed a its High-Efficiency Particu- vehicle interior is obviously
technology to purify carbon late Air (HEPA) cabin recir- DRIVERS SAY important to maintain the
monoxide – an important culation filter for Boeing’s THEY WANT health and safety of passen-
gas used in key chipmaking 767-400, 767-200ER and TO gers,” Adam continued. “It
processes and in nanotech- 767-300ER aircrafts, as becomes even more signifi-
nology device development. well as for an In-Flight BREATHE EASY cant when 67% of respon-
Pall’s carbon monoxide Entertainment (IFE) filter Driven by the media, envi- dents to the study indicated
purification technology is for the Boeing 767-200 and ronmental concerns, and they either suffer from aller-
based on its AresKleen inor- 777-300. health issues, consumers gies and/or respiratory prob-
MARKET FOCUS

ganic purification media, first According to Donaldson, are becoming increasingly lems or live with someone
introduced in 2002 to meet the new HEPA filters improve aware of the quality of the who does. Cabin air filters
the semiconductor industry’s cabin air quality by filtering air they breathe, not only at can provide relief to allergy
stringent gas purification airborne contaminants such work and at home but also sufferers by filtering out con-
needs. as bacteria, dust, lint, pollen inside their vehicles. taminants which can trigger
“As device sizes shrink and smoke. The company And a recent research hay fever and other allergy
and new processes emerge, reports that the filter also study of US consumers con- problems.” And when it came
Pall is expanding the capabil- exceeds Boeing specifica- ducted for Freudenberg Non- to paying extra for the added
ities of its gas purification tions for Skydrol aerosol par- wovens’ filters division by value of having a cabin air
portfolio,” said Steve ticulate removal. The Dohring Co appears to filter, 82% of respondents
Chisolm, president of Pall And the new IFE filter back this up. It found that said they would be willing to
Microelectronics. “This latest can improve in-flight enter- 95% of respondents were do so. “The results of this
development applies the tainment equipment reliabili- concerned about certain air consumer study show that
advanced purification tech- ty by capturing airborne cont- pollutants within their vehi- vehicle buyers are strong pro-
nology found in our aminants that can damage cle. ponents of cabin air filters
AresKleen product to the sensitive electronic compo- “People are taking this and that they believe their
challenge of purifying carbon nents. They are designed to issue seriously because it is vehicles should be equipped
monoxide.” improve equipment reliabili- serious,” said Peter Adam, with them,” Adam said.
Carbon monoxide is ty and lifespans for in-flight vice president and general
widely used in semiconduc- entertainment systems. The manager, Freudenberg Non-
tor fabrication during plasma IFE filter and housing is wovens North American Fil-
What else did the
etch processes, which r mounted directly onto a purs- tration division. “Studies
survey find?
epresent a multi-billion dol- er station’s ventilation louver show that contaminants
• 91% of respondents
lar market. The gas is also assembly using push-button inside a car can be up to 10
would like to see cabin air
used in emerging nanotech- fasteners. With an estimated times more concentrated than
filters offered as a stan-
nology applications, specifi- element service life of 800 outside, due to the enclosed
dard feature by vehicle
cally in the synthesis of sin- flight hours, the IFE filter’s space and the ‘tunnel effect’;
manufacturers.
gle- and multi-wall carbon housing and elements are exhaust gases from the vehi-
• 83% of respondents said
nanotubes. designated for Boeing 777- cles in front are sucked into
that either: their next vehi-
Pall’s AresKleen material 200 and 767-300 airplanes the car as if someone is dri-
cle must – or should ideal-
reportedly offers sub-part per and meet all Boeing and Fed- ving inside a tunnel, which
ly – come equipped with a
billion purification for a eral Aviation Administration drastically increases the level
cabin air filter.
number of gases, as well as (FAA) performance and of unfiltered pollutants inside
• 85% of respondents are
carbon monoxide; the flammability requirements, the cabin.”
concerned about the
AresKleen inorganic media the company said in a state- Cabin air filters clean the
health effects of exhaust
captures and removes impuri- ment. air entering the passenger
gases and vapours while
ties like oxygen, moisture, “Airlines are always look- cabin of a vehicle through the
driving; and almost half of
carbon dioxide, and metal ing for cost-effective ways to air conditioning system,
the respondents are con-
carbonyls, contaminants that improve the overall flight reducing certain particulate
cerned about pollens,
are known to be detrimental experience for passengers contaminants that are associ-
allergens, germs, dust par-
to semiconductor and nan- and crew,” said Sheila ated with health concerns
ticles, odours and smog.
otechnology processes. Peyraud, general manager, such as asthma, shortness of