The Modern World Requires Clean Air

June 15, 2021
Clean Room

A hundred years ago, air filtration helped to prevent dust from fouling paint jobs and damaging the manufacturing equipment used to make cars and trucks. Soon after, air filters proved useful in a whole host of other industrial and manufacturing applications. Over the following decades, technology has grown more complex, as has the demand for clean air. As you will see, clean air has become an integral part of countless applications.


While air filtration still protects automotive production and paint finishes, today clean air is vital to the production of numerous residential and commercial goods.

  • Microchips for computers, smartphones, vehicles, even aircraft
  • Foods and beverages
  • Medications and prescription drugs


In addition to people, air filtration helps prevent disease from sweeping through livestock and crops, too. High-efficiency filters capture harmful particles before they reach animals in barns and plants in greenhouses.

  • Swine
  • Poultry
  • Cannabis

Atomic and Nuclear

High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and specialized equipment protect employees from contamination in these applications. Notably, AAF and its related companies supplied air filters and equipment for historic projects.

  • The Manhattan Project, which developed the first atomic bomb during World War II
  • Clean-up of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident in 1979


The delicate instruments and precarious situation of astronauts in these applications result in exacting requirements. For this reason, we are extremely proud of the faith that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has placed in us through the years.

  • Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969
  • International Space Station in 1993 and since

Government Buildings

Filtration systems for government buildings must be able to withstand attacks of a chemical, biological, and radiological nature. For example, the entities listed below demand complex solutions.

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of State

In just 100 years, AAF has come a long from protecting paint jobs in a workshop. We are excited to see where the next century takes us.

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