About Us

Exporting Worldwide
For 50 Years

a brief history of Foramaflow

1963-1975
1975-1985
1985-1995
1995-2005
2005-2018

1963-1975

As Foramaflow celebrates over 50 Years, it is an opportune moment to include within this, our latest catalogue, a brief insight into our history and share some of the milestone developments and advancements we have contributed to the process, food, beverage and medical fields over the last half century.

Microbiological protection of Food & Beverage products

Our History dates back to our first development of a standardised hydrophobic HEPA Filter. The standardisation allowed this highly efficient filter element such versatility it could be fitted to almost any application requiring microbiological protection from airborne infections. This innovative filter with its unique ability to deliver absolute filtration at high flow rates against a very low pressure drop across the filter was ideally suited to protecting storage vessels and was soon being fitted across the country to the leading brewers and food manufacturers’ process vessels.

 

Saving lives in the operating theatre

Over the next ten years, the Company’s expertise rapidly expanded developing other critical air filtration applications including the first Hydrophobic Anaesthetic filter used on Anaesthesia ventilator machines during patient in-hospital surgery. The Foramaflow filter solved all of the problems associated with other available filters of the time which became blocked by the exhaled moisture in the patients breath.

Foramaflow solved the occlusion problems encountered by the other filters of the day by the development of the first autoclaveable anaesthetic filter in the world. We developed a specialised process that we still use today which encourages moisture away from the filter. Independently evaluated by The Public Health Authority, the outstanding results of this Foramaflow filter were published in The British Medical Journal 1973. The tested filter was saturated with tap water aerosol continuously for 4 hours, then challenged with 3500 litres of heavily contaminated air with no loss of airflow or efficiency. The filter was then vacuum autoclaved at 134 Deg. C no less than 110 times and still there was no loss of airflow or efficiency.(Microbiological efficiency remained at an ULPA quality of 99.999% ).

 

Heart – Lung and Open – Heart Surgery Apparatus.

The Foramaflow Gas Line Filter was developed for many applications in the pharmaceutical and medical fields and extensively used for fitment to early surgical sucker units to prevent bacteriological contamination of the operating theatre air by the vacuum pump exhaust.

Used during heart and lung and open heart surgery ensuring sterility of the gas and CO2 Air displacing lines.

The gas line system was further developed in the late 70’s for use on Sterile Air baby incubators and was used across the world by many incubator manufacturers of the day.

With a flow rate of 121l/m at an efficiency of 99.999% against NaCI sodium flame test (BS 3928)This truly remarkable filter could be sterilised and re-used by autoclaving, sterilisation with ethylene oxide gas or Formaldehyde gas sterilisation procedures.

 

Air Filtration 50 Years of Innovation

FORAMAFLOW SPECIALIST FOOD & MEDICAL FILTRATION ENGINEERS, EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS & DESIGNERS

 

1975-1985

 

Foramaflow Microbiological Safety Cabinet’s CLASS I & CLASS III

 

Further product development produced the positive pressure filter systems for the earliest laboratory isolators and the Foramaflow range of microbiological safety cabinets,. The first sterile air baby incubator at Great Ormond Street Hospital was developed.

 

Food process protectiuon increased rapidly over this period with new positive pressure systems and heated systems being introduced

 

 

 

The Foramaflow 60ml Formalin Vaporiser supplied as a standard on the Class I & Class III MSC Was now being fitted by other MSC Manufacturers to their own cabinets,

 

Air Filtration 50 Years of Innovation

FORAMAFLOW SPECIALIST FOOD & MEDICAL FILTRATION ENGINEERS, EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS & DESIGNERS

1985-1995

Further product development produced the positive pressure filter systems for the earliest laboratory isolators, the Foramaflow range of microbiological safety cabinets, the first sterile air baby incubator at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the DEFRA Approved Foramaflow STC/3 Milk Tanker Vent for road going milk tankers. This tanker vent system, independently tested by the Food Science Laboratory, out performed all comparable filters selected for comparison testing by the laboratory for use against the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease on road going tankers: the scientific paper and test results being published in The Journal of the Society of Dairy Technology.

 

Air Filtration 50 Years of Innovation

FORAMAFLOW SPECIALIST FOOD & MEDICAL FILTRATION ENGINEERS, EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS & DESIGNERS

1995-2005

Today, positive pressure sterile air systems are continuously being developed by us for elevated temperature food process vessels where increased water activity and high flow rates inside and through the vessel make special demands on the filter systems.

Ambient temperature water and milk processing systems with positive open venting together with very high flow rate venting in the oil and gas industry all form part of the wide range of Foramaflow microbiological air filtration systems.

Extensive in house testing of assembled units prior to distribution.

Air Filtration 50 Years of Innovation

FORAMAFLOW SPECIALIST FOOD & MEDICAL FILTRATION ENGINEERS, EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS & DESIGNERS

2005-2018

A half century of successfully meeting these air filtration challenges has resulted in Foramaflow products coping with the extremes of cold of a Russian winter, the heat and dust of Qatar, the humidity of Borneo to the remote areas of the Galapagos Islands and our products now operating across 52 countries.

In addition to our expertise in specialist air filtration, Foramaflow has concurrently expanded its interests and expertise:

Decontamination: Since the 1960’s and following the development of the Foramaflow CLASS I and CLASS II microbiological safety cabinets, we continue to design and manufacture decontamination systems for laboratories, safe change filter housing, microbiological safety cabinets and clean room fumigation through our System Formonia range of equipment. Foramaflow today designs and manufactures the largest range of formalin vaporisers in the world.

Agriculture: Today also sees Foramaflow expanding into agricultural land management and crop production giving us a unique understanding of the needs of our food, beverage and milk production customers.

 

Air Filtration 50 Years of Innovation

FORAMAFLOW SPECIALIST FOOD & MEDICAL FILTRATION ENGINEERS, EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS & DESIGNERS

make an Enquiry...

send us a message and we will get back to you asap...