Water Filtration Systems

Water filtration is a vital part of the glass fabrication process.  Glass particulates break off of the processed piece during fabrication.  These particulates can circulate throughout the water supply and cause unwanted scratches and deformities during processing.  Water filtration systems use a combination of flocculant, a chemical compound that binds to particulates and causes them to clump together and sink, and filters, designed to catch large particulates and glass clumped together by flocculant, to keep the water lines free of particulates to provide flawless processed glass.


Chemwest Particle Removal Systems

Chemwest Particle Removal Systems, distributed by SALEM Flat Glass & Mirror, are manufactured in four sizes ranging from 50gpm to 400gpm and are designed to remove glass fines from cutting fluids. Particle removal systems are designed to remove 99.9% of suspended solids from cutting fluid used for cutting and grinding glass panels in the glass fabrication industry. Considered to be a green alternative in the manufacturing process, these particle removal systems automate and recirculate an aqueous coolant.

The system is used for removing particulate and fines associated with the glass cutting and beveling. Fines are removed from the coolant stream by using a coolant and flocculent technology. Swarf is removed from the coolant delivery stream allowing an increased feed rate, improved edge quality, reduced downtime, and an overall lower cost of ownership.


  • Faster cutting speeds
  • Extended diamond tool life
  • Reduced volume of liquid effluent
  • Separation of glass fines from the liquid which can then be treated as solid waste
  • Eliminates the need to run large centrifuge motors 24 hours/day just to keep fluids clean for reduced energy consumption

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The CNT16 is a compact, affordable, effective way to remove glass particulate from process water. It is inexpensive to purchase, install and operate. The CNT16 is compact and simple to install allowing it to be used from small shops to multiple units installed throughout larger plants to meet the demand for clean process water. This unit uses centrifugal force to separate glass particulate from the processing water. The glass particulate collects on the wall of the unit’s removable drum and the “cleaned” water recirculates to the equipment. Periodic cleaning is simply stopping the unit and emptying the glass sludge from the drum.

Dealing with glass particulate has made the transition from a necessary nuisance to a viable way to increase shop or plant efficiency.


Overall Dimensions (L x W x H): 19.7 x 38.2 x 35.4"
Collector Drum Capacity: 8 Kg
Water Transit (max): 26.4 gal/min

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