Filter Press Safety Options: Enhancing Operational Safety and Efficiency

When it comes to filter press operations, ensuring the safety of personnel and equipment is paramount. At Latham Filtration, we offer a comprehensive range of filter press safety options designed to protect your workforce, enhance efficiency, and minimize downtime. Explore our innovative solutions tailored to meet the highest safety standards in the industry.

Working Safety & Protection

Our filter presses are equipped with state-of-the-art safety features to provide a secure working environment. Key safety measures include:

  • Guarding Systems: Robust guarding around moving parts to prevent accidental contact.
  • Emergency Stop Buttons: Strategically placed emergency stop buttons for immediate shutdown in case of emergencies.
  • Interlock Systems: Advanced interlock systems to ensure the press cannot operate unless all safety protocols are met.
  • Safety Light Curtains: Light curtains to detect any obstruction and halt operations to avoid accidents.

Cake Discharge Options

Efficient and safe cake discharge is crucial for maintaining productivity. Our filter presses offer various cake discharge options, including:

  • Manual Cake Discharge: Simple and effective manual discharge systems for smaller operations.
  • Semi-Automatic Discharge: Semi-automatic systems to reduce manual labor and improve safety.
  • Fully Automatic Discharge: Advanced automated systems for high-volume operations, ensuring consistent and safe cake removal.


Automation enhances both safety and efficiency in filter press operations. Our automation solutions include:

  • Process Monitoring: Real-time monitoring of pressure, flow, and other critical parameters.
  • Automated Controls: PLC-based automated control systems for precise and reliable operation.
  • Data Logging: Comprehensive data logging for performance analysis and maintenance planning.

Auto Cloth Wash System

Maintain optimal filtration performance with our auto cloth wash system. Key features include:

  • Automatic Cleaning: Automated cleaning cycles to remove residual cake and prevent clogging.
  • Enhanced Efficiency: Reduces downtime by maintaining clean filter cloths, ensuring consistent filtration.
  • Water Conservation: Efficient use of water during the cleaning process, reducing overall water consumption.

Hydraulic Drip Trays

Our hydraulic drip trays are designed to manage and collect any drips or leaks, enhancing workplace cleanliness and safety. Features include:

  • Automatic Operation: Hydraulic drip trays that automatically position themselves during cake discharge.
  • Spill Prevention: Effective containment of drips and leaks to maintain a clean working environment.
  • Easy Maintenance: Designed for easy access and maintenance, ensuring long-term reliability.

Process Automation

Optimize your filter press operations with our comprehensive process automation solutions. Benefits include:

  • Increased Productivity: Automated processes to enhance throughput and reduce manual intervention.
  • Consistent Quality: Ensures uniformity and consistency in filtration processes.
  • Cost Efficiency: Reduces labour costs and minimizes the risk of human error.

Plate shifting mechanism

  • Automatic plate moving mechanism consisting of a stainless-steel plate movement carriage mounted on each sidebar. Each carriage is attached to a hydraulically driven sprocket and chain drive, mechanically moving each filter plate to the discharge position.
  • The system can be operated in manual via pendant control or in full auto mode.
  • The system comprises 2 off fabricated frames that are located on each side of filter press with the following items: – Linkage system to open all filter plates in one operation, hydraulically operated double acting stainless steel shake cylinders are used to oscillate the plate removing fragment of cake.

Latham can supply and support the following control systems on our filter presses. We offer full programming and integration to legacy control systems. All filters can be installed with client specific process valves and instrumentation:

  • Allan Bradley
  • Siemens
  • Schneider
  • ABB
  • Telemecanique
  • Delta

Bomb Door Drip Trays

  • The bomb door type drip trays would be operated by the press hydraulic and electrical control system.
  • The drip trays would comprise of a stainless steel sub frame clad with 316L stainless steel filtrate collection surfaces and complete with heavy duty support bearings and associated brackets.
  • Operation of the drip trays would be by means of double acting hydraulic actuator connected to locks secured to the drip trays.
  • Hydraulic oil would be supplied from the press hydraulic power pack, which would be complete with all interconnecting hydraulic pipe work and control valves.
  • A filtrate drainage launder will be provided along one side of the drip trays, which would be of a fabricated stainless steel construction suitably braced and stiffened as necessary.

The low head Cloth Washing Machine will be designed to operate under the following conditions:

  • Spray Pressure: 40-70 Bar
  • Longitudinal Traverse Speed: Variable
  • Washer Traverse Speed: Variable


The washing machine will be manufactured as a robust mild steel fabrication construction from rolled steel sections and flat plate. The carriage will be designed to run in conjunction with the linked plate separation system. Twin hydraulically driven screws, locating each plate gap by means of proximity switches, will achieve the longitudinal traverse.

The Wash Traverse will be driven from a hydraulic motor coupled to a 12 mm pitch lead screw. The carriage will be attached to a phosphor bronze nut to pick up the lead screw drive. The raising and lowering of the spray arm is a mechanical function using a system of levers with a cam follower and guide. Such that the traverse of the spray carriage across the press will mechanically locate the spray arm in its correct position for washing.

The spray arm will be manufactured in 304-grade stainless steel and will be fitted with Delavan Nozzles Type LD5-40. The water supply will be connected to the spray arm using a high pressure swivel coupling and suitably rated flexible 1” nom bore wire braided hose.

Electrical Equipment

All switches are of the inductive type. Proximity switches fully encapsulated to IP67. The switches will only sense metals and will ignore water droplets.

Each switch will be fully wired to a junction box mounted on the machine.

Cloth Wash Feed Pump

There will be two pumps installed in a duty standby configuration.
The water pump set has been designed specifically for use on a filter press unit.
It incorporates a 3/2 way co-axial valve, which can be remotely operated so as to stop the flow of water to the filter press and return it upstream of the pump suction line under no pressure, thus reducing power consumption of the pump set, whilst flow and pressure to the filter press is not required.

Due to the cyclic discharge of a positive displacement pump, a discharge dampener is also fitted in the discharge line to reduce peak pressures to the filter press. When maintained at the correct “charge pressure”, these dampeners are very effective. A loss in “charge pressure” may result in excessive vibration in the discharge line.

System pressure is obtained by correct sizing of the discharge nozzles, excessive wear of these nozzles will result in a loss of pressure in the system. To protect the system from over pressure, a pressure regulating and a relief valve are fitted to the pump discharge head.
The pressure regulator is used to accurately control discharge pressure, which may otherwise increase if too small a nozzle were used. The discharge of excess flow from this valve may be piped back to the header tank depending on the backpressure imposed on the valve. The relief valve is purely an over pressure safety device and must only be piped to drain.

The pump system is rated at 70 bar maximum working pressure and will generate 360 L.P.M. To ensure no cavitations a water supply of 1.5 times discharge flow is required, i.e. around 500 lpm at positive pressure, ideally around 1 bar
which enables the electric motor to start under no load conditions. The hydraulic control valves are operated by solenoids that are in turn controlled by proximity switches.

A drain plug is provided for draining the hydraulic oil tank during an oil change.
A suction strainer is provided to protect the hydraulic oil pump against debris. Full flow oil filtration is provided which features a visual condition indicator.
The first fill of hydraulic oil is included.

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