Extreme Performance Nanofiber
Baldwin Filters released its new line of Extreme Performance heavy-duty air filters featuring Baldwin's patented ProTura® nanofiber technology this week.
These new heavy-duty air filters fit common agricultural, mining and construction applications.
"We recognize that many customers using our filters operate their equipment in high dust environments where contaminant control is critical," said Farrell Calcaterra, Vice President Engineering.
Baldwin's Extreme Performance filters feature fibers with an average diameter of 90nm (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter). These ultra fine fibers bonded to cellulose media provide unequalled performance in removing submicron contaminants.
"The nanofiber technology used in the Extreme Performance filters enables us to manufacture a filter that more effectively removes submicron particles," Calcaterra said.
"Contaminant removal is crucial in high dust conditions. Extreme Performance filters allow users to capture higher amounts of the submicron contaminant, while providing better engine protection and longer filter service life," Calcaterra continued. "We performed field tests in tough mining environments. The filters in the field tests had excellent performance as expected based on extensive lab testing."
With the ProTura nanofiber media, the fine contaminants tend to load on the media surface resulting in higher initial contaminant removal efficiency and lower flow restriction, according to Calcaterra. Through normal use, the submicron particles tend to cake on the surface of the media then fall to the bottom of the housing where the contaminants can be removed by the dust ejector, increasing the filter's contaminant removal capacity.
Baldwin Filters Celebrates Expansion
Baldwin Filters recently celebrated the 110,000 square foot expansion of its Yankton, S.D. facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Baldwin representatives and South Dakota and local officials were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening.
"I couldn't be more pleased that a company with such a strong international presence decided to double its footprint here in Yankton," said South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. "Baldwin Filters has been a valuable member of the Yankton community since 1995, and I am looking forward to its continued success."
"We are happy and excited to announce the completion of the 110,000 square foot expansion to our Yankton, South Dakota, manufacturing facility," said Sam Ferrise president of Baldwin Filters. "The added space will allow us additional manufacturing capacity needed to meet the supply requirements we are faced with as a result of continued global demand for our heavy-duty filtration products.
"Baldwin Filters is proud to be part of the Yankton community. We currently employ over 180 employees from Yankton and the surrounding area and see this growing over the next several years," Ferrise said. "I would like to thank the state of South Dakota for their support of the project as well as all of our employees and the service providers who have contributed to the project's success."
Baldwin Receives Safety Award
Baldwin Filters' Gothenburg plant was recognized by the Nebraska Safety Council at its annual conference in Lincoln, NE, in early May.
Baldwin received the Safety Spirit Award for 2011, which the Nebraska Safety Council presents to facilities based on their training activities, safety committee activities, sustainability, current year statistics and the programs the facility has in place to achieve safety in the work place.
The Nebraska Safety Council is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and resources to promote safe and healthy work environment across Nebraska.
"This achievement could not have been earned without the efforts of all our employees and managers," said Brian Riley, Plant Manager of the Gothenburg facility. "Our Safety Committee, as well as the managers and employees of Gothenburg, worked tirelessly to improve safety in our facility over the past 5 years."
Representatives of Baldwin Filters accepted the Nebraska Safety Council Safety Spirit Award for 2011. Pictured are, from left, Brad Mailahn, Baldwin Filters Assistant Human Resources Administrator, Andy Benton, President of the Nebraska Safety Council Board of Directors, Travis Wilkins, Baldwin Filters-Gothenburg 2011 Safety Committee and Mike Richey, Baldwin Filters-Gothenburg 2012 Safety Committee Coordinator.
PTP Filter Supplier of the Year
Baldwin Filters was named the 2011 Filter Supplier of the Year by Professional Transportation Partners (PTP) in early April. This is the second consecutive year Baldwin has received the honor.
The award was announced at PTP's annual Shop Network Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. Professional Transportation Partners, a large truck stop shop organization with 60 member locations across America, has been affiliated with Baldwin Filters for many years.
Baldwin was selected as Filter Supplier of the Year for many reasons, including in-house customer service, order fill rate, response time and district manager customer support.
"This award is based on total customer support, which Baldwin offers to our distributors and to our end users. We are dedicated to supporting our customers in the same way they treat theirs," said Gary Kauffman, Baldwin National Accounts Manager.
"You don't get customers, you earn them. Baldwin has done this with this group and continues to look at better and more ways to offer total customer service to all our customers," Kauffman continued.
Baldwin Weichai Power Test Lab
Baldwin Filters testing lab in China recently received the designation of Weichai Power Test Laboratory. Weichai Power is a major manufacturer of diesel engines in the Peoples' Republic of China.
"Over the past number of years there has been considerable investment in upgrading the laboratory equipment," said Shaun Nel, Director – China Operations. "A series of correlation tests have been completed to ensure accuracy and reliability of results." Baldwin's lab in China is one of three the company operates within its worldwide facilities. Labs are also housed in facilities in the United States and Morocco.
"All of our labs are full service with equipment to test air and liquid filters," said Dan Arens, Baldwin Filters Lab Manager. "We continue to add capabilities to all of our facilities so we can respond more quickly to our customers needs and implement a faster product development cycle.
"This certification will play an important role as we move to the next step of applying for national laboratory testing center certification (in China)," said Nel.
"We are proud to achieve this designation and look forward to achieving the national certification," said Arens. "We continue to improve our capabilities to better serve our customers worldwide."