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Most oil systems already have a filter, so why add another? There are many reasons why an inline filter alone is not adequate, but ultimately it's because an inline filter has to strike a compromise between cleanliness and flow. For an inline filter, flow always takes the priority, which comes at the expense of filtration. An offline filter is different because its sole purpose is to clean the oil, so it can take a no-compromise approach.
All CJC filter inserts are rated at a 3 micron absolute, and 0.8 micron nominal. That means 98.7% of particles greater than 3 micron, and 50% of particles greater than 0.8 micron are removed in a single pass. You'll see many filter tagged with a BETA value, but we find a BETA value has no practical relevance in the real world, much in the same way megapixels alone will not tell you if a camera takes good photos or not. As oil is filtered, every filter will eventually reach a BETAx = 1, which means dirt in equals dirt out. CJC outperforms the BETA test and competitors by continuing to clean when the others give up.
It's a long standing myth that filtering too long or too fine will damage the oil by stripping out the additives. This is simply not true. Additives that have been properly blended are in solution in the oil, much like sugar in coffee, and cannot be removed by filtration. One exception is spent additives. Since additives are designed to attack contaminants, such additives that have attached themselves to a particle will be removed with the particle in a filter, but at that point the additive is no longer useful anyway. Any additive that is not useful can itself then be considered a contaminant. We have tested and observed oils which have been filtered for thousands of hours with no change to additive levels.
All standard CJC filter inserts remove water, but some types absorb it as dP increases whereas some types promote coalescing with no change to dP. Contact us for help choosing the correct filter insert for your application.
While impossible to predict with certainty, in most cases a properly sized CJC unit will require a filter change once per year. Variables include component age and wear, operating temperature, sources of ingression, and how well the oil is sealed off from the environment.