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Section:

Catering Equipment

Contact Details:

3M United Kingdom PLC
3M Centre,
Cain Road
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 8HT
Tel. 0044 1344 858437

Country:

United Kingdom

Company Profile:

3M Water Filtration offers a total solution for all water filtration and treatment needs, in the food service, home and vending sectors. We deliver Recipe Quality Water™ ideal for consistently producing quality, great tasting beverages, whilst also maintaining the efficiency and life expectancy of valuable equipment.

Company Website:

www.3M.com

Products:

3M™ HF60-S Water Filter Cartridge

The 3M HF60-S combines chlorine taste and odour removal with cyst, bacteria and sediment reduction, while reducing the effects of chlorine corrosion and scale for up to 133,000 litres. Perfect for ...

3M™ SGLP2 Reverse Osmosis Filtration System

The high-production 3M SGLP2 Reverse Osmosis system reduces the minerals in water that cause lime scale, thereby protecting your equipment from damage and associated maintenance costs. The system o...

3M™ ScaleGard Pro P165 Water Filter Cartridge

A disposable scale control system, designed to protect coffee and vending equipment from scale build-up which can lead to energy inefficiency, product downtime and service call outs. The P165 offer...

Product Categories:

Water Treatment/Filtration | Water filtration systems

Downloads:
3M Foodservice Portfolio Brochure
3M SGLP2 Reverse Osmosis Brochure
3M SGP Range Brochure
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Oct 28, 2015

Scale – The Enemy of Efficient, Long-Lasting Beverage Equipment

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Draw a line across the UK from Middlesborough to Bristol, and down to Lyme Regis, and much of the country to the south has hard water that can mean bad news for restaurant and café owners. Hard-working equipment such as coffee machines can consume as much as 30% more energy if scale is allowed to build up in pipes and on heating elements. Frequent servicing and extra downtime add further to the overall cost of ownership. The sensible answer is to fit a scale reducing filter system, but correct selection and maintenance are critical to ensure success.
It is important to choose the right type of filter, according to the hardness of the local water supply. However, it is just as important to ensure timely replacement at the filter’s end of life, to prevent running costs and equipment repairs returning to their original levels.

Informed Decisions
This calls for equipment service managers to take the time to understand the hardness of each location’s water supply. This information is vital to help choose the most appropriate filter and avoid the pitfalls of over- or under-specifying.
Where filters are being used, it is quite common for managers to base their replacement strategy based on the time the filter has been in service. For best performance, the capacity of the filter relative to the mineral concentration in the water supply should determine how frequently the unit should be changed.
It is important to know the concentration of minerals in the local water. Generally speaking, if mineral content (calcium carbonate) is less than 100mg per litre the water is regarded as soft. Slightly hard to moderately hard water range from 100mg/l to 200mg/l, and water containing more than 200mg/l is regarded as hard to very hard. In soft water areas a combination filter with slow-release scale inhibitor and built-in chlorine/sediment blocker, such as the HF Range of filters by 3M, is effective in prolonging the life of the appliance and stabilising water quality for better tasting beverages.
In areas of light to moderate hardness, equipment managers have the option to use the scale inhibitor type with chlorine/sediment filtration, or to choose an ion-exchange resin filter such as a ScaleGard Pro Filter by 3M if greater scale-prevention performance is required. The scale capacity of these filters ranges from 600 litres to 8400 litres at 180ppm. The filters also contain carbon post filtration for removal of chlorine and sediment.
In areas where the water is hard to very hard, a high-capacity ion-exchange resin filter provides the most effective scale prevention. Ion-exchange resin filters are the most common type used throughout Europe. It is important to note that these are typically more expensive than the scale-inhibitor type, and are typically not needed in soft-water areas. Over-specifying a filter in this way simply adds unnecessarily to operating costs.

When to Change
It is equally important to be sure to change the filter at the right time, before performance becomes excessively degraded. A scale-inhibitor filter usually has longer life than a resin filter, and should be changed when the carbon filter has become blocked or when the polyphosphate scale inhibitor is depleted. On the other hand, the effectiveness of a resin filter tends to diminish over time, which leads to inconsistent water quality and a reduction in the water-softening effect. A reverse osmosis (RO) filter such as the SGLP2 system by 3M, which flushes away reject water, is able to maintain consistent performance over its lifetime. Moreover, recombining RO-filtered water with a controlled quantity of mains water eliminates natural fluctuations in mineral content to ensure a consistent supply of recipe quality water for consistently pleasant-tasting drinks. The SGLP2 system can replace multiple filtration units supplying a number of back-of-house catering equipment.
If the filter can be replaced quickly with minimal disruption to the water supply or the connected equipment, this can make renewing the filter at the right time easier and less expensive. The patented Sanitary Quick Change cartridge by 3M requires just a quarter turn to remove or refit the filter, with no need for specialist tools or to turn off the water supply. Only basic maintenance skills are needed, which allows restaurant staff to take care of filter replacement thereby avoiding specialists’ call-out fees.
Choosing the right type of filter and ensuring timely replacement are key to ensuring proper protection against the damaging effects of scale build-up, and it starts with just a little knowledge about the local water supply.

Oct 21, 2015

3M Filtration Systems

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In hot drink vending machines, water can impact the taste and appearance of the beverage and can cause issues with limescale. This can lead to disruptive equipment downtime and increased maintenance costs, whilst threatening customer satisfaction and profit margins.

Diversified technology company 3M offers a wide range of scale control filters that cater for a variety of flow rates and lifetime requirements. This video shows how quick and easy it is to replace the filter cartridge here: http://youtu.be/k4wc6jlmTT4.

For hard water areas, the ScaleGard Pro H+ Scale Control System from 3M offers a high capacity filter including a fixed bypass selected to remove the right amount of hardness. This prevents hard scale formation in the heating coils of vending machines, ensuring maximum uptime and efficient energy usage.

The ScaleGard Pro P1175 Anti-scale Filter is designed to give vending operators a competitive advantage by offering increased hardness reduction capacity, at a cost-effective price. The filter is floor mounted and is available in four versions – fixed bypass models (P1175BN-E and P1175BH) and non-bypass (P1175E and P1175H).

For the ultimate solution there are Reverse Osmosis filtration systems, which are designed for the optimum reduction of total dissolved solids (TDS). Through the use of a blending valve, this allows control of more water quality parameters to be tailored to produce the best recipe quality water for the beverage.

Oct 21, 2015

Filtration Solutions: Vending & Water Coolers

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The type of water filter required in mains-fed water dispensers and coolers can vary, especially across Europe where drinking water quality can be quite different.

The key benefit of water filters is the reduction of chlorine, taste and odour and sediment that may be present in the water. Chlorine in particular can be one of the main reasons why some consumers find mains water unpalatable. For facilities such as hotels, bars and restaurants seeking to enhance their water offerings to patrons, the plumbed in option can be a cheaper and hassle-free alternative to bottled water coolers that require disposal and can be susceptible to bacterial growth. Use of modern carbon filter technology within mains-fed water coolers helps to reduce chlorine taste and odour as well as a range of other organic taints in the water which may be present. More advanced filters on the market can also offer other benefits such as cyst protection, bacteria reduction, heavy metal reduction (such as lead) and volatile organic carbon reduction (including pesticide and other organic molecules).

High quality water filters, such as the AP2-G Filter from diversified technology company 3M, make an even more convincing case, by reducing service and maintenance costs for cooler operators. This particular filter is highly compact with a Sanitary Quick Change fitting, small carbon block and it can be separated into components and sent for recycling.

In hot drink vending machines, water can impact the taste and appearance of the beverage and can cause issues with limescale. This can lead to disruptive equipment downtime and increased maintenance costs, whilst threatening customer satisfaction and profit margins. By using a high performance filter that ensures effective removal of scale-forming minerals, operators can ensure that their machines are kept up and running, and the beverages flowing. Since 95 per cent of hot beverages are made up of water (99 per cent in some cases) it stands to reason that the key ingredient for a great beverage is high quality water.

3M offers a wide range of scale control filters that cater for a variety of flow rates and lifetime requirements. They include a filtered by-pass through a one micron carbon block to ensure all the water is filtered to a high standard whilst allowing some minerals to remain in the water for optimum beverage taste.

For hard water areas, the ScaleGard Pro H+ Scale Control System from 3M offers a high capacity filter including a fixed bypass selected to remove the right amount of hardness. This prevents hard scale formation in the heating coils of coffee or vending machines, ensuring maximum uptime and efficient energy usage.

The system has a disposable cartridge that can offer lower investment and service costs than alternative systems. It offers higher capacities than the 3M standard range, utilising the same encapsulated design. The higher capacity provides protection of the asset, thereby increasing the life span of operator equipment with reduced filter change-outs. Its Sanitary Quick Change head facilitates rapid change-out, when required, with no expertise or tools and without having to turn off the water supply. Furthermore, there is no concern regarding contamination or leaks as new ‘O’ rings are changed with the cartridge. The new filters can be mounted inside cabinets or off the floor and are easy to connect to existing pipework.

The ScaleGard Pro P1175 Anti-scale Filter is designed to give coffee and vending operators a competitive advantage by offering increased hardness reduction capacity, at a cost-effective price. The filter is floor mounted and is available in four versions – fixed bypass models (P1175BN-E and P1175BH) and non-bypass (P1175E and P1175H). The non-bypass versions are designed for use in the steamer market, whilst the fixed bypass versions are designed for the delivery of consistent, quality drinks in coffee and vending machines. The ‘H’ range again provides a higher capacity option with a 40 per cent increase in capacity versus the BN/E option. All the models use an integral filtered and proportional bypass, which means all water goes through 3M advanced carbon block filter technology.

For the ultimate solution, there are Reverse Osmosis filtration systems, which are designed for the optimum reduction of total dissolved solids (TDS). Through the use of a blending valve, this allows control of more water quality parameters to be tailored to produce the best recipe quality water for the beverage.

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