Stainless Steel Basket Strainer
A basket strainer is a device that uses a mesh screen to filter out foreign particles in a horizontal pipeline.
These particles are then removed from the strainer and will not make their way into downstream equipment like pumps, valves, and traps. The Stainless Steel Basket Strainer can be fixed to suction lines or nonreturn valves, to filter any large particles that may damage the components in chemical systems. These basket strainers are constructed of high-quality stainless steel.
Factors for Selecting the Right Basket Strainer
Each application could require a different basket strainer. Consider the unique functions of your pipeline before deciding on a strainer. Important factors include the pressure and temperature requirements of your line, the type of liquid flow (corrosive, abrasive, etc.), debris size, and the frequency of cleaning and maintenance. You may also consider a basket filter housing.
How to Maintain Basket Strainers
Unlike filters that must be replaced periodically, basket strainers can be used continually, as long as they are cleaned and maintained properly. In high-flow systems, maintaining pressure is key to a functioning pipeline. Installing pressure gauges on either side of the basket strainer can alert you to potential clogs in the line. Pressure building up in the strainer will indicate that the strainer needs to be removed and cleaned. Failing to maintain the strainer could cause a serious clog, requiring the replacement of the strainer, so be sure to monitor the pressure closely.
Regardless of pressure readings, regular cleanings are recommended to ensure the longevity of the strainer. It’s important to note that before you remove and clean a basket strainer, you must depressurize the line, as servicing a pressurized strainer could result in personal injury or damage to the equipment. Once removed, flush the strainer and soak in a cleaning solution. Scrub with a brush as needed, and avoid letting debris harden on the mesh. To avoid complete system shutdowns, you may want to have extra screens on hand to use during the cleaning process.
The advantage to Using Basket Strainers
Installing a basket strainer into a pipeline system ensures that equipment downstream is protected from unwanted and potentially damaging debris. Choose a mesh size slightly smaller than the particles you wish to filter, to ensure that any foreign particles are trapped in the basket. You’ll also want to consider other factors, like the temperature and pressure requirements, and the type of liquid or gas passing through the basket strainer. Be sure to maintain your basket strainer by checking pressure periodically and scheduling regular cleanings as well.