Ed Peglow, owner of Filter Fab Manufacturing, started building filters in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania for natural gas pipelines in the mid 1980s.  Before starting his business, Ed realized there was an opportunity to develop specialized products within the natural gas industry.  After seeing some success, Filter Fab expanded and began manufacturing a full standard line of services all around North America.

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Filter Fab Manufacturing operates a 5’x10′ EZ Cut CNC table with a Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster A80 plasma cutter.

Filter Fab designs and fabricates a full line of F-Series dry natural gas filters and C-Series coalescing filter separators.  The F-Series filters remove dirt, rust, pipe scale, iron oxide, and other dry particulates while the C-Series removes dry particulates plus all water and oil in slug, droplet, and mist form. The products built by Filter Fab prevent destruction to turbine meters, rotary meters, regulators, and valve seats. Their filters come in a variety of sizes and designs and can accommodate various pressure specifications.

Filter Fab manufactures F-Series dry natural gas filters and C-Series coalescing filter separators.

Filter Fab manufactures F-Series dry natural gas filters and C-Series coalescing filter separators.

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Filter Fab realized that they were losing a lot of time and money farbricating parts for their natural gas products, which lead to the decision of buying their own CNC plasma cutting system.  Ed told us, “For larger parts, we would send out to other companies who had their own plasma machine, which was always a pain in the neck.  For the smaller stuff, we had our own 1976 pantograph burner.”  Needless to say, their pantograph machine was very outdated, took up a lot of space in their shop, and only had a 4’x4′ cutting area. “We were constantly changing out sheets and patterns could only be cut one at a time.”

Filter Fab now cuts the majority of their filter components in-house.

Filter Fab now cuts the majority of their filter components in-house.

When Ed was shopping for CNC plasma systems, he looked at all the major manufacturers and did most of his research on the internet.  He explained that there were many factors in making his decision.  Obviously price and the capability of the system were very important but ultimately his final decision was based on the training provided by EZ Cut CNC.

“There were so many things he answered that day that I can’t even imagine to think to ask over the phone,” Ed tells us about his on-site training with Jim Delaney. “He went through all the basics from turning the machine on to setting up the tips in the burner head.” Jim also showed Ed how to nest parts to improve his productivity and to reduce material waste.

Ed wrapped up his interview with a final piece of advice to anyone who might be shopping for a CNC plasma cutting table.  “If I was doing it again, I would do the same thing I had done and I would tell anybody else to do this. Look at all your competitors, get your prices, find a [table] size that you can live with, and then talk to each one of them.” He also emphasized how importance of CNC plasma training. “Talk to the different competitors about how their training program is set up because that was thing that threw this one over more than anything.”