Frequently Asked Questions

- What micron rating should be considered?
WaterShield Breathers should be fitted to prevent atmospheric contamination.

A breather should be designed to stop larger than 3µm entering the system.

WaterShield's high quality breathers have a micron rating of 10µm absolute (Beta 10©-1000) and will be effective in removing particles 3µm and larger when used as an air breather.

Working on the philosophy that prevention is better than cure, a WaterShield Breather is cost effective filtration for your equipment and reservoirs.
- How long does it take to service your breather?
Replacement of our breather can be replaced in about 30 - 60 seconds.

How Clean is Clean Enough?
- How Clean is Clean Enough?
How clean is clean enough? What if we told you that several of our customers have reduced the amount of oil related maintenance problems by 70%! While doing so, they have also decreased the amount of power required to operate their equipment!

This is in addition to the other, more obvious benefits of extremely clean oil. The fact is that oil cannot be too clean, but it surely can be too dirty. Only in the past few years have removal of particles smaller than 5 microns (half the size of a red blood cell) been considered as part of an oil cleanliness program.

The real small contaminants, which are measured in angstroms (one one-hundred millionth of a centimeter) are the problem children, causing restriction problems, and are the source of tars and varnishes in an oil system.

How about the larger sized particles? Well, contaminants in the 1 micron size and larger range do rapid damage in areas of close tolerance like gear pumps, hydraulic cylinders, servos, bearings and spool valves. When these large particles enter moving components, they break off machined surfaces and cause more particles.

There are several university studies, which document the damage caused by these particulates and the life extension achieved by having extremely clean oil. The long-term benefits of continuous filtration with Electrostatics, as the contaminants are purged from the system, will become evident through reduced downtime and maintenance expenditures, extended machine life and vastly improved (3 to 5 times) fluid life.

Coupled with a water absorber (standard equipment with ASL Systems) this product will protect the lifeblood of the oil system from three of the five major factors that contribute to fluid degradation.

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