Solved: Air Filtration in Harsh Environments

Metal Mesh Air Filters Reduce Costs

Equipment overheating. Alarms triggering. Emergency maintenance deployed. For a major wireless carrier running high volume, critical communications systems, this is not a pleasant way to start each day. Yet, that’s what was happening when we arrived on the scene.

The RBS 6200 outdoor base station pictured here belonged to a major wireless telecom provider. The unit had been plagued by ongoing maintenance issues and the customer suspected the main culprit might be the air filtration system.

After examining the system, we noted the electronics inside the cabinet required forced air cooling for wattage dissipation and to keep the system operating at ideal conditions; however, the original system design did not include proper air filtration. As a result, the fans and cabinet were exposed to harsh contaminants, causing the enclosure to fill with dirt and debris. Equipment would overheat and alarms would trigger for emergency maintenance. Operating costs for the equipment were skyrocketing due to excessive service calls to remote locations, fan replacements, and additional technical hours spent cleaning internal system components.

UAF’s solution to the problem was a custom metal mesh filter designed for exact fit within the front air intake louver to eliminate air bypass and provide total system filtration. This greatly improved system operating efficiency and reduced overall maintenance expense. The sturdy frame and durable, cleanable metal mesh media turned out to be perfect for this particular outdoor environment.

UAF’s Metal Mesh Air Filter can be configured to fit any enclosure and promote clean, cooling air flow through the system. When it comes to solving time-consuming and costly customer issues, UAF works with operations and maintenance personnel to find the best solution. And a sample filter for fit check and performance evaluation is always free.