UFI Filters, a leader in filtration and thermal management is presenting a new “generation of cabin air filtration technology” at Autopromotec Bologna.
‘Argentium’ is a new filter medium – entirely developed and produced by UFI Filters – made of synthetic polymer fibres that contain a combination of elements with an increased antibacterial function.
This new filter medium’s fabric has a powerful antimicrobial action whose innovation lies in the ability of the fibres to neutralise bacteria, fungi and mould, reducing the bacterial load by over 99 per cent.
Tests carried out at the UFI Innovation Centre (UFI Filters R&D Centre) have shown that this new product maintains its antimicrobial characteristics, and therefore its ability to destroy bacteria, throughout the filter’s entire lifetime. Significantly, with UFI Argentium filters, the antimicrobial principle lies inside the fibres themselves, so its ability to destroy bacterial load is extended over time. In the other solutions currently available on the market, these properties tend to diminish just a few working cycles after installing the filter on the vehicle.
UFI Filters’ new Argentium medium therefore offers a marked improvement in the air quality produced by cabin air filters, as well as better driving conditions thanks to a specific active carbon combination. Tests run by an independent German laboratory, certified in accordance with Standard ISO 11155-1, show that this combination guarantees more than 98.5 per cent filtration efficiency of particles with a diameter of 2.5 micron (such as pollen and dust), whilst also ensuring the elimination of harmful gases like nitrogen oxide (NOx) and bad odours.
The innovative material used in UFI Argentium filters will be introduced into the company’s anti-pollen and active carbon Aftermarket cabin air filter ranges in the coming months. It will gradually replace the traditional filter panels, differentiated by the characteristic blue of its fibres but keeping the same product code that is currently used.
UFI Filters Group recommends to change cabin air filters once a year, as failure to replace them regularly leads to poor air quality in the vehicle. The accumulation of dust and polluting materials puts the occupants’ health at risk, fostering not only allergies, throat problems and sneezing but also fatigue and poor concentration after long periods of driving. Visibility is also hampered by the condensation that builds up on the windscreen and windows.