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Clear View Filtration's NEW Patent Pending Fluid or Oil Filter Assembly

This fluid filter assembly was designed, researched, and developed by Mike Cofini and Jessica Juel. Mike Cofini has owned and operated Cofini's Engines for more then 28 years, and has been a drag racer for almost that long. Cofini's is an internal combustion engine rebuilding business that has rebuilt and installed thousands of internal combustion engines for all types of applications. The business specialized in building hi-performance and racing engines. In those 28 years, Cofini's diagnosed hundreds of motor problems by cutting the oil filter apart to visually examine the filter element to see if any particles were in the oil filter that were caused by normal wear or if the particles were from engine components excessively wearing or failing. Some aftermarket oil filter assemblies can be drained and taken apart to visually inspect the filter element and then be put back together. The problem is that it is not easy and usually makes a big mess leaking oil all over when the filter is being taken apart. If the user wanted to check the filter right after the engine is shut off, the oil will be hot which can heat the filter up to 200 degrees. This makes it a lot harder to check the filter element and makes it easier for the user to avoid looking in the filter because it is a hot messy job.

There were a lot of times Cofini's heard the same story from racers on how their race car slowed down one pass and they where not sure why it did. So they made another pass and damaged there motor catastrophically costing thousands of dollars. Cofini's always told every racer he built motors for that they should check inside the oil filter after every race day and especially after a pass their car slowed down, for no apparent reason. Any racer that has raced for very long has kicked the rods out of a motor or had engine component failures. Many of those catastrophic engine failures could have been avoided saving thousands of dollars in engine damage if the filter element could be easily looked at after every pass.Most engine failures are caused by one or more engine components failing before the entire engine fails catastrophically. These component failures usually put particles in the oil system which can visually be seen on the oil filter element letting the user know that there are engine components excessively wearing or failing. This will only help if the user checks the filter before the motor blows up.

This new oil filter assembly would prevent many catastrophic internal combustion engine failures due to the ability to be able to visually inspect and examine contaminants and particles in a fluid system. This can be done in seconds after the engine is shut off, by applying a little compressed air pressure using a tire filling air chuck. Simply apply a shot of air to the air filling nozzle on the filters top housing. This shot of air will empty all the oil out of the filter assembly exposing the filter element for visual inspection. There is no need to drain any oil out, unbolt or unfasten any part of the oil system.

In order to accomplish all the things this filter assembly was designed to do, it had to be easy to hook up to any fluid pressure line and be remote mounted so it could be easily mounted anywhere it could fit, or where the user wanted to mount the filter assembly. The fluid filter assembly also needed to be easily mounted and hooked up by the end user for all different types of applications without fabrication.Clear View Filtration's new fluid filter assembly has inlet and outlet openings at either end of the filter assembly. The inlet and outlet openings are threaded to accommodate a common fitting thread size which is a #12 straight thread with an o-ring fitting. This means that each of the fittings can be purchased with the thread the filter has on one end and many different types and sizes of thread options can be on the other end of the fittings. This makes it very easy to adapt for many different applications.

This fluid filter has four different mounting holes machined in the base so the filter has different options for mounting locations. This means that the filter inlets and outlets can point forward, backward, out to the left or right, and even on an angle to adapt to any mounting location. Not only do multiple inlet and outlet ports aid in the ease of mounting the fluid filter assembly but there is applications that need more than one inlet or outlet supply too or from the filter assembly.

The fluid filter assembly has to accommodate all different types, thicknesses or viscosities of fluids. It also needs to withstand very high pressures and flow high volumes of fluid without restricting the flow of fluid. Most fluid filters manufactured today have very specific applications depending on the type of fluid and the pressure of the fluid to be filtered. This fluid filter is able to filter all types of fluid from water to the thickest of oils and everything in between. It can also filter fluids by either sucking fluid through the filter which causes a negative pressure in the filter assembly or by pumping fluid through the fluid filter assembly at a maximum of 150 lbs. and everything in between.

The fluid filter assembly also uses a reusable stainless steel mesh filter element, which comes in different micron openings. This allows the same filter assembly to be used on all different fluids, and also gives the end user the ability to change the filter element to be able to filter as small or large of particles the user wants to take out of the fluid system for any application.

The fluid filter assembly has to flow high volumes of fluid and not be a restriction to the fluid system even when the filter element is plugging up with dirt, contaminates, and particles from the fluid system. This filter assembly accomplishes this by first flowing fluid through the inlet openings then into twelve separate radial fluid passageways that act as twelve individual and separate filters incased into one filter housing. Each individual fluid passageways flows fluid through the inlet openings then across and through the portion of the filter screen mesh exposed in the center of each radial fluid passageway. The fluid then flows into twelve radial fluid passageways in the filters base, then flows down through twelve individual and separate fluid passageways, which connect to the outlet openings. These twelve different radial fluid passageways in the top filter housing have walls around the edge of the fluid passageways, this catches the dirt and particles into the twelve fluid radial grooves. This accomplishes the even distribution of contaminates and particles across the entire surface of the filters exposed screen mesh. These twelve individual filters work together unless one or more get plugged. As each fluid passageway plugs up with contaminates the fluid will still flow through any of the other individual filters that has not plugged. In the event the filter screen mesh becomes plugged enough to restrict the flow of fluid, the filter assembly has a filter bypass valve. This valve will open if the pressure of the fluid being filter rises to a predetermined pressure. When this valve opens it allows fluid to flow between the inlet openings to the outlet openings without passing through the filter screen mesh. This prevents catastrophic internal combustion engine failure due to the filter restricting the flow of fluid because the filter element is plugged.
 
The primary object of this filter assembly is the ability to visually inspect contaminates in a fluid system without draining or leaking any fluid, or having to disassemble, or unfasten any part of the fluid system. This is accomplished by the filter assembly having a sight window which faces up and is mounted above the twelve radial fluid passageways and the filters screen mesh in the top housing assembly. This allows the user to visually see the filter screen mesh in between all twelve of the individual radial fluid passageways. These individual fluid passageways disperse contaminates in a fluid system evenly across the filters screen mesh so the particles are spread out which makes it easier for the user to visually inspect individual particles. This makes it possible for the user to examine the contaminates to decipher if they are from normal operating or if the particles are from parts or components excessively wearing or failing in an internal combustion engine, or machinery connected to or supplying the fluid filter assembly.

Basically this filter is an early warning devise which can tell the user that there is a problem and more importantly tell the user which component is failing. An example would be if there is engine bearing material in the filter element, or maybe a piece of valve spring, or a pieces of the roller bearings out of roller lifters that have failed. This would tell the user what components need to be looked at before the problem could cause catastrophic engine failure.

The other problem with visually inspecting the filters screen mesh is when the fluid being filtered is not transparent, such as engine oil. This makes it impossible for the user to visually see any contaminates or particles on the filters screen mesh without getting the fluid out of the fluid filter assembly. This fluid filter makes it possible to visually see the filters screen mesh no matter what fluid is being filtered by using compressed air. This filter is equipped with an air fitting on the side of the inlet opening. The fitting is the same style as a tire would have. The user will simply use an air chuck for putting air in tires, and apply a small shot of air to the fitting on the filter. The fluid will empty in seconds, it takes very little air to do this, an air bottle that racers use to fill the tires works great. In seconds the user can look in the filter to make sure the engine and components are ok. This makes it possible for drag racers to check the filter easily between rounds, and circle track racers would be able to check the filter in seconds even at a pit stop in the middle of a race, without taking anything apart or leaking any oil.

The use of air pressure to empty the fluid out of the filter makes it possible to change or clean the filter element without leaking or losing any fluid out of the system. The fluid filter assembly also needed to be easy for the end user to take the fluid filter assembly apart to be able to take the filter element out to be replaced or cleaned. It then also had to be easy to reassemble the fluid filter assembly without problems of any leaks. This is possible because the filter is embossed with a rubber circumferential seal around the outside diameter and also a center orifice seal around the inside diameter which seals around the filter bypass valve. The top filter assembly has sealing grooves which saddle the rubber filter seals. The housing base also has sealing grooves that the filter element seals fit into. The top filter assembly fastens to the housing base with four fasteners. This compresses the rubber filter seals into the sealing grooves for a perfect seal that will withstand high pressures without leaking any fluid. The filter can be put in with either side of the filter screen mesh facing up, this makes it virtually impossible for the user to put the filter assembly together wrong. There is also engraving that labels the In and Out openings, and the oil pressure port, to insure filter is hooked up correctly.

This filter assembly is built to last forever and be inexpensive and easy to maintain. This was accomplished by designing a permanent housing and designing it so nothing wears out. The filter element is made out of stainless steel and can be easily cleaned and reused over and over again. The transparent sight window is resistant to chemicals, solvents, petroleum oils, and is also vibration and impact resistant. The top filter components seal together with common o-rings which are inexpensive and readily available. This allows the end user, the ability to maintenance this fluid filter assembly so it will last forever. This fluid filter assembly can be easily adapted to fluid systems which use more conventional disposable filters.

One of the most important aspects of this new fluid filter assembly is the benefits for the environment in the future. This fluid filter assembly is constructed completely with materials that are recycled or could be recyclable. Even the filter element being stainless steel can be recycled. The problem with disposable filters is disposing of them. Dirty filters depending on the fluid being filter can be considered as hazardous waste and are expensive to dispose of properly. Not to mention how disposable filters just create more garbage and contaminants in this world. This new fluid filter design because of the ability to drain all the fluid out of the filter, so when the filter needs cleaned the end user can do this without dripping or spilling any fluid onto the ground and into the environment. This new fluid filter design will also help the end user have the ability to monitor all contaminants in a fluid system to help determine if there is any failing parts or components in an internal combustion engine, hydraulic system or machinery supplying the fluid filter assembly which will avoid catastrophic equipment failures. This will also help the end user and the environment by saving money on costly repairs and by saving the parts, fluids, labor, and waste caused by equipment failures.
 

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