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The Gator Filter and Challenges

We continue our look into the Green Gator Filter, and what makes it different.

When GGF launched, we knew we had an up hill battle ahead of us. The industry was growing and so were the claims – at least when it comes to filtration..  Much like “Jack’s magic bean’s” the tales of mystical carbon from far corners of the world made for great stories and better marketing. But Alas.. Sadly in the real world there is no such thing as magic carbon, regardless of where it comes from..  The magic associated with effective odor control is understanding the challenge, applying the correct media types, designing to operational environments, applying the latest and best available technology and… and..

Basically it’s all about the science.

The challenges –

Performance,

need I say more? In the indoor growing environment failure is not an option. Researching and fully understanding the unique molecular challenges ( the smells) was the first thing that needed to occur. We needed to identify the unique characteristics associated with the indoor growing environment and develop a solution. This solution, as it turns out, is not simply one media type, it is several blended together to provide the absolute best possible efficiency and life.

Size,

is everything when it comes to a product, too big and a gardener would need to get help to install, too small and it doesn’t work effectively.  Luckily with our unique method of bonding media, we are able to create a filter that has no need for metal siding and reduces overall length

Design,

was the next hurdle; we had to make something that people could easily add to. We came up with a way for one end of the filter to fit into the other. You can effectively double your Media weight by attaching two filters together. Not only does this allow our system to grow, but it also simplifies buying. Our competitors have hundreds of different sizes, media weights, CFM requirements, shapes, inline filters, etc. We have ONE filter, no over complications.

Finally we needed to tackle

Usability,

we talked to gardeners, we listened and asked a lot of questions. In the end it was the simple things that we were able to incorporate that made the biggest difference: Built in hanging tabs on both the filter and collar. Easy to replace pre filter and integrated anti microbial filter. Quick connect collar. A flat edge so the filter wont roll off a table… 

How ever you need to get the job done, we wanted to make it easy to do and make it WORK.

We will continue to bring you more insight into our filters over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out here and on our social media for more information.

Happy Growing,

The Gator

The Green Gator Filter™

When looking to build the Green Gator Filter™ we wanted to make sure that we brought something new and powerful to the market. We looked into consumer needs and how to improve what currently was on the market.

We started with the media. The proper application of specific Carbon Media types is essential for effective odor control. With that in mind we combined a proprietary blend of activated carbons and chemosorptive media to ensure the best possible performance. We then integrated an anti-microbial filter element, effectively allowing us to kill a large percentage of the molds and other aerosolized biological contaminants that can enter the filter. Finally we added a particulate pre filter wrap that
simply wraps around the filter and stays in place without forcing customers to use rubber bands or other materials to keep it in place.

Perhaps the biggest challenge was the filter structure, and how to improve on industry standard air contact times without chocking down the fan CFM rating. Many companies promote a 51% filter open space, this means they block up to 49% of the air flow with the metal mesh use to hold their media. We wanted to do better, much better. We decided why not make the carbon the structure and remove the metal mesh completely. To achieve this, all Green Gator Filters™ utilize a proprietary
bonding technology previously only available to high purity applications. The advantages of this technology is quickly obvious, the filter body is the media! This allows for 100% media “open area”. Due to the very nature of the technology, the Green Gator Filter™ is virtually dust free.
No more bits of carbon to get into your expensive fan and light.

Having started with a blank piece of paper when we designed the Green Gator™ we were able to simplify and solve a few additional problems common with the industry standard filter. We simplified the process involved with hanging the filter as well as installing the fan collar and pre filter wrap.  By breaking the industry standard, we solved what  growers told  us were their most frustrating problems.

typical-installationMost people ask us about the hexagon shape, in a world of tubes and cylinders a hexagon kind of stands out. The primary answer to the question is, increased filter surface area. By making it a hexagon we are able to allow for slower air flow through the 2 inch deep media bed, and this is all while continuing to operate at standard CFM rates. This means that with a 400CFM fan with one of our filters attached, we can get a dwell time of +.102 seconds.

In future posts we will describe the how to scale your filter to meet the needs of your space. You will be surprised at how simple it can be.

Check out some images below to get some close ups of our filter.

Happy Growing

The Gator