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Middletown
CT, 06457
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Superior Solutions and Satisfaction. 

Since 1973, Shelco has used state-of-the-art research and development to design high-quality filters that increase performance and reduce costs.  Our proven single shell design has become an industry standard and today, our entire product line offers innovative solutions for each customer.  Our best-sellers include:

  • MicroGuardian - Industrial Filter Housings
  • MicroSentry - Industrial Filter Cartridges
  • MicroVantage - High Purity and Sanitary Housings
  • MicroVantage - High Efficiency and Membrane Filter Cartridges
  • MicroSentry - Bag housings and filter bags

We take pride in the fact that Shelco Filters and Cartridges are distributed and used the world over in a wide range of high-purity applications, including:

water
foods 
petrochemicals 
photographic solutions
paints and coatings
in-plant liquids 
beverages 
pharmaceuticals 
fuels 
plating solutions

gases 
chemicals 
cosmetics

lubricants

 

For additional or specific information on standard or custom applications, please contact Shelco's technical support staff at (800) 543-5843 or via e-mail:  info@shelco.com.

Shelco Filters offers one of the most extensive lines of filters and cartridges distributed and sold throughout the world. Our products meet the needs of countless industrial and high-purity applications, including water and other in-plant liquids, gases, foods, beverages, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, photographic solutions, fuels, lubricants, paints and coatings, plating solutions, and more. Shelco's product range includes industrial, high purity and sanitary filter housings, coupled with industrial, high efficiency and membrane filter cartridges. Additionally, we offer single and multi-bag filter housings and a wide assortment of filter bags. Need any help? Let our team of technicians discuss custom materials and design options, duplexing and multiple fittings and we'll find a solution that meets your precise requirements.

High Efficiency Filter Cartridges
High Efficiency Filter Cartridges
Shelco Filters' MicroVantage™ high efficiency filter cartridges are the ideal choice when high retention efficiency and outstanding value are essential. Our product range includes high efficiency and absolute rated melt blown depth and pleated filter cartridges to provide multiple options for the filtration process.
Membrane Filter Cartridges
Membrane Filter Cartridges
Shelco Filters MicroVantae membrane filter cartridges are the premier choice when high purity and absolute retention are prerequisites for the filtration process.
High Purity and Sanitary Cartridge Housings
High Purity and Sanitary Cartridge Housings
For demanding applications that require filter housings with high purity or sanitary construction, reliability and durability, Shelco's Filters' MicroVantage filter housings offer the perfect choice for critical process streams.
Industrial Single Cartridge Filters
Industrial Single Cartridge Filters
Shelco's Single Cartridge Housings have been a standard in the industry for more than 30 years. Constructed in 304L or 316L stainless steel, brass head with 304L stainless steel body or cast iron head and steel body; and available with wide variety of gaskets, our metallic housings are designed to be compatible with most fluids and work in a wide range of applications.
Multi Cartridge Housings
Multi Cartridge Housings
Shelco Filter's Multi-Cartridge Housings are recognized worldwide as the industry standard for high flow applications. Constructed of 304L or 316L stainless steel with either a clamp or swing bolt-style closures, these housings are the perfect choice whether it is a light duty or heavy industrial process.
Bag Housings
Bag Housings
High-quality bag housings and bags are essential to maximizing the performance of a filtration system. Shelco's heavy-duty Bag Housings are available in various sizes, materials of construction and custom features, making them the ideal choice for stand-alone, manifolded or duplexed filter systems.
Jumbo Housings
Jumbo Housings
Shelco's Jumbo Cartridge Housings accept a single cartridge that can handle flow rates of up to 150 GPM. Available in either band clamp or swing bolt closure, the housings are easy to use and offer a superior leak-proof seal. With all stainless steel internals and a positive compression top plate, there is no chance of fluid by-pass.
ASME Code Housings
ASME Code Housings
Shelco Filter's USB and USF filter housings are ASME Code certified. This new certification allows for worldwide distribution and follows globally accepted engineering standards, which ensures integrity, quality and durability in production and performance.

News Archive


Shelco Filters Completes 20,000 sq ft SF Expansion
31 October, 2017

MIDDLETOWN, CONN., (October 31, 2017) – In order to meet increased demand for its ultra-premium MicroVantage line of filters and cartridges, Shelco Filters has expanded its manufacturing facility by more than 20,000 square feet.  The expansion, which was completed this month, will be dedicated to the production and testing of the company’s pleating operation for the popular MicroVantage filter cartridges and other Shelco products.  

Shelco’s MicroVantage pleated cartridges, membrane cartridges and high-purity cartridges are designed to meet and exceed the demanding specifications of a wide spectrum of today’s industries – from food and beverage to chemicals, gases and paints. The line, which is sold directly through Shelco as well as in all major distribution outlets, includes sanitary filter housings and high-purity housings for critical and demanding applications that require maximum durability, ease-of-use and value.  

“By focusing on developing cost-effective and efficient filters that meet the demands of today’s growing economy, we were able to increase our business to such an extent that we outgrew our existing space,” said Robert LeConche, president and CEO of Shelco.  “We were fortunate that we could expand at our current location to create the additional manufacturing space and we look forward to a strong future making the best filters on the market.”

Founded in 1973, Shelco (www.shelco.com) offers one of the most extensive lines of filters and cartridges, distributed and sold throughout the world.  The company’s product lines meet the needs of countless industrial and high-purity applications, including water and other in-plant liquids, gases, foods, beverages, chemical, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, photographic solutions, fuels, lubricants, paints and coatings, plating solutions and more.  Additionally, Shelco offers a complete line of industrial cartridge and bag housing along with a complete line of disposable bags. 


Shelco Earns American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Code Certification for Housings
30 June, 2017

 

New Product Lines Meet Global Standards and Position Company for Expanded Marketshare 

In a move to better position itself as a global competitor, Shelco Filters has secured ASME Code certification for its USF Series and USB Series of filter housings.  The certification follows globally accepted engineering standards, which ensures integrity, quality and durability in production and performance.  Shelco’s new USF Multicartridge Housings and USB Bag Housings, which are entirely manufactured in the United States, will be identified as ASME Code products beginning this month.

Shelco began the rigorous certification process more than a year ago, in response to increasing demands for ACME Code housings from resellers and industrial customers, primarily in the petroleum and chemical sectors.  With this designation, Shelco is now able to provide its high-quality housings – along with its hard-working filters – to a wider customer base throughout the world.

“We have built a strong reputation for producing affordable, high-performing filters and heavy-duty housings with our standard product lines, and now we’ve taken that expertise to a higher level with the ACME Code stamp,” said Robert LeConche, president of Shelco Filters.  “This certification is strongly respected and required by many companies, so it opens up countless opportunities for Shelco.”

The company is already in talks with leaders in the petroleum industry in Canada, Alaska and Texas, among other places.  It also is reaching out to major players in the chemical industry who already rely on Shelco for its filters.

ASME (www.asme.org) helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.

Founded in 1973, Shelco (www.shelco.com) offers one of the most extensive lines of filters and cartridges distributed and sold throughout the world.  The company’s product lines are made in the United States, and meet the needs of countless industrial and high-purity applications.  This includes water and other in-plant liquids, gases, foods, beverages, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, photographic solutions, fuels, lubricants, paints and coatings, plating solutions, and more.  Addition to its new USF and USB housings, Shelco offers a complete line of industrial cartridge and bag housings, along with a complete line of disposable cartridges and bags.


Single Cartridge Housings - An Industry Standard
14 December, 2016

Shelco’s Single Cartridge Housings have been a standard in the industry for more than 30 years. Our stainless steel housings are constructed in 304L or 316L stainless steel, brass head with 304L stainless steel body or cast iron head and steel body.  Our metallic housings are available with wide variety of gaskets, and are designed to be compatible with most industrial liquids and work in a wide range of applications. Our plastic housings are constructed of FDA materials and offer a high-quality, economical alternative to metallic housings in applications with corrosives or sensitive fluids.

Single Cartridge Housings:

FOS, FOSBN & FOC SERIES

Single Cartridge Filter Housings with Bolt & Nut Closure for Double Open Ended Cartridges for Liquid Applications

FAS & FAC SERIES

Single Cartridge Filter Housings with Bolt & Nut Closure for Double Open Ended Cartridges for Air and Gas Applications.

RH SERIES

Single Cartridge Filter Housings with Ring Nut Closure for Double Open Ended Cartridges

CSF SERIES

Single Cartridge Filter Housings with Ring Nut Closure for Single Open-Ended Cartridges

FLD SERIES

Single Cartridge Filter Housings for Large Diameter (BB style) Cartridges

SPH SERIES

Plastic Filter Housings for Economical Applications

VPH SERIES

Virgin Polypropylene Filter Housings for High Purity Applications

For more information contact us today! 


The Importance of Filters, Cartridges and Housing as a Function in Manufacturing
13 June, 2016

UNMIXING WATER FROM WASTE:

In manufacturing, water and water-based solutions are regularly filtered for various purposes and outcomes – including for cleaning, cooling, and movement. The filtering process is crucial to quality, performance, and cost savings. With the wrong filter in place, pumps can be destroyed, liquid being filtered can become “unusable” for the intended purpose, cleaning solvents can cause harm to an item being cleaned, and final product can become contaminated.

Most manufacturers today are looking to maximize operations and minimize costs– while meeting a growing list of performance and regulatory criteria. Proper water filtration has proven to be an important asset that can protect machinery and pumps, ensure desired outcomes – such as taste and quality in food and beverage applications – and meet other goals and objectives.

How clean is clean?

First and foremost, the end user must identify the most desirable outcome – or end result – of the solution being filtered. In other words, how clean does the process need to be? Once this is determined, the process of selecting the proper filtration system comes down to four basic criteria: flow, pressure, temperature, and compatibility. If the filters are selected and sized right, they will produce the most efficient and economical solution for the process

What is the use of effluent?

To determine to what degree of filtration we must achieve, the end user must know where and how the filtered liquid is being used. For example, is it a coolant for a machine tool application? Is it to clean waste water before it goes to drain? Is it for a food and beverage application, or is it for an electronics or pharmaceutical application? While requirements are vastly different for the different segments of the market, they also can be very similar. 

For instance, coolant or rinse water in a machining application can range from taking out the nuts and bolts to protect a pump or downstream nozzles, to very fine filtration necessary to protect end line spray nozzles or high pressure orifices. Waste water may have to meet certain environmental objectives for parts per billion of contaminates before it is dumped or drained.

Food and beverage users must be conscious of how filtration will affect the quality and taste of the product. Electronics manufacturers must know to what degree the downstream effluent is to be cleaned so as not to contaminate the end part and render it useless – which can happen if a particle or bacteria is big enough to wipe out the process. In pharmaceutical applications, the filtering system must be efficient enough as not to let contaminates through that would aversely affect the results of cultured vaccines or medicines.

Know the flow

Once we have identified how clean the process has to be, the size of the filter is the next step in identifying the solution. We must now determine the flow rates that are to be expected for the application. In picking the right size filter, a manufacturer must balance expected results with efficiencies and economics. If a filter is too big, it ultimately may cost too much for the application. If it is too small, the filter will be overworked and will not be able to deliver the required flow. Additionally, the maintenance team will have to change the filtering media on a constant basis – adding costs and downtime to the production process. Therefore, it is important to keep the life span of a filter in balance with the overall capital and maintenance costs of the project 

Required connection sizes will depend primarily on the flow rate of the system and where the filter is being installed. For instance, if a building has 3-inch piping, the connection must match that size for maximum water flow and minimum pressure loss. To create the most efficient filter cartridge and housing system for that particular building or location, it needs to match the flow rate of the building and filtering media as well. 

As a rule of thumb, particulate removing cartridges rate at 5 microns or above will give a flow rate of no more than 5 GPM per 10-inch equivalent with a clean pressure loss of no more than 2 to 3 psi from the dirty side of the system to the clean side of the system. For example, for an established flow rate of 100 GPM you would need a minimum of 20 elements (10-inch) to effectively filter this requirement. For absorption-style cartridges such as carbon, the maximum flow would drop to 2 GPM per 10-inch equivalent. So that same 100 GPM flow would need 50 cartridges (10-inch). Every cartridge manufacturer has a flow graph of their particular cartridges, and should be consulted to determine the optimum flow per 10-inch equivalent for each cartridge.

What’s the pressure and temperature?

It is important to understand the pressure requirements of the filtration system, and use appropriately rated filter housings. Housings and cartridges are designed for very different pressure ratings and temperature ratings. This information will greatly affect the materials of construction of both the housing and the cartridge. It will also affect the design and type of housing and closure that will be available to the application. The wrong choice can create devastating results. You do not want the housing to fail due to over pressurization, or to dissolve or melt due to incorrect compatibility with the liquid or vapor.

Also, you do not want the cartridge to deteriorate or collapse because the solution is too hot, too acidic or too alkaline. Differential pressure must be maintained so as not to cause the cartridge to collapse inside the housing. An optimum range for differential pressure (the difference in pressure between the upstream side of the filter and the downstream side of the filter) should be between 1- 35 psi depending upon the type of cartridge. Conversely, if the housing is too big or over-designed it could add un-necessary cost to the project. There are compatibility charts available online (or from a filter manufacturer) that will tell you the most appropriate materials of construction for both the housing and the cartridge for almost every conceivable liquid or gas known.

Nominal vs. Absolute:

There are two basic types of cartridges. A nominal rated cartridge is one that can deliver cleaning efficiencies from 60% to 90%. This means they can remove up 90% of contaminates in the solution being filtered. Absolute rated cartridges can remove 99.98% to 99.9999999% of contaminates. For example, drinking water would require a nominal type of cartridge that would remove 80 - 90% of all contaminates bigger than 5 microns. A beverage application may require an Absolute rated cartridge that can deliver an effluent that is at a minimum 99.98% free of all contaminates bigger than the rated micron.

Housing matters

The filter housing serves a crucial purpose as well and must be compatible with the solution being filtered (alkaline or acidic). Steel housings are made to handle heavy- Page 4 duty applications. They are durable, with a wide range of compatibility (available in a many different sizes and configurations), and are able to handle higher flow rates. The material itself however makes this a more expensive choice than plastic housings. 

Plastic, on the other hand, is preferable when filtering corrosive liquids, or when working pressures are very low. Plastic is not as durable, which limits the temperature and pressure ranges under which they can work. In selecting the proper housing Additionally, there are limitations to the size a plastic housing can be. However, they are less expensive than steel housings, and are an exceptional housing option under the right conditions. There are also single open ended, single o-ring sealed cartridges that are more efficient and can be used when you want to match and inexpensive housing like a standard plastic housing with a more efficient style cartridge.  

The water filtration element of manufacturing is certainly a vital element of the entire production process. Essentially, the filter cartridge and housing system cleans the water properly so the manufacturing process can proceed as desired. Without proper dirt-holding capacity, correct sizing, and appropriate housing, the filter choice may not be optimal –and the entire production process will be affected. The filtration industry has responded by bringing high-quality filter cartridges and housings to the marketplace that are made from a variety of materials that can be matched to the exact needs of the manufacturer. The manufacturer stands to gain tremendously when it regards its filtration system as a valuable asset – and considers its function as a crucial part of the entire process.

By: Robert LeConche, president of Shelco Filters 

Robert LeConche is president of Shelco Filters (www.shelco.com), one of the leading manufacturers of high-end filter cartridges and housings. Based in Middletown, Conn., Shelco offers a complete line of industrial cartridge and bag housings, along with a full line of high-purity sanitary housings with absolute membrane, and high efficiency pleated cartridges.


Quality Filter Cartridges and Customized Housings
09 May, 2016

Shelco Filter's housings and filters are recognized worldwide as the industry standard for high flow applications. From industrial filter cartridges to multi-cartridge housings, Shelco is the right choice for most filtration needs.

Shelco Filters offers one of the most extensive lines of filters and cartridges distributed and sold throughout the world. Our products meet the needs of countless industrial and high-purity applications, including water and other in-plant liquids, gases, foods, beverages, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, photographic solutions, fuels, lubricants, paints and coatings, plating solutions, and more. Shelco’s product range includes industrial, high purity and sanitary filter housings, coupled with industrial, high efficiency and membrane filter cartridges. Additionally, we offer single and multi-bag filter housings and a wide assortment of filter bags. Need any help? Let our team of technicians discuss custom materials and design options, duplexing and multiple fittings and we'll find a solution that meets your precise requirements.