A glove box protects materials, operators and the environment. Glove boxes are airtight enclosures that allow you to work with hazardous or sensitive materials in ambient air. The box features a pair of gloves attached securely to the walls of the enclosure. By placing your hands into the gloves, you can manipulate the materials inside the box without contaminating them or harming yourself.
Glove box filters trap dust, fumes, aerosols and fine particles. They also contain toxic microparticles that can harm the environment or operator. When used in nanoscience or advanced research, the filters reduce the spread of unwanted particles.
Glove box filters can be either HEPA or ULPA. The difference between the two is the type and size of particles they filter. HEPA filters remove particulate matter that is 0.3 microns in diameter or bigger. ULPA filters can trap smaller particles and have less airflow than HEPA filters. They also have a shorter life span, usually between five and eight years, compared to a 10-year average life span for HEPA filters.
The type of glove box filter that is appropriate for your facility depends on your containment requirements and standards.
Glove box filters allow for fully contained filtration and product discharge in an inert environment. Certain types of filters also enable drying. Some filters can be custom-made to your exact specifications.
Sentinel Process Systems, Inc. has Nutsche style filters from Aurora® and Powder Systems Limited’s Agitated Nutsche Filter Dryers. Contact us today to learn more about glove box filter options, and get assistance choosing the filter that is right for your project needs and environment.