Types of Filter Plates

There are three basic categories of filter press plates: recessed chamber, diaphragm squeeze (membrane) and plate and frame. Continue reading to learn the differences between each type of design.

Recessed Chamber Filter Press Plates

Gasketed (CGR) Filter Plates

Recessed chamber plates are the most commonly used plate.

  • The filter plates are stronger and have a higher fill pressure than plates and frame
  • Gasketed, virtually leak free (CGR)
  • Allows for mechanical plate shifting
  • Non-gasketed available (NG)

CGR vs. NG Filter Plates

“CGR” is an acronym for “Caulked, Gasketed, Recessed chamber.” CGR filter plates should provide a virtually leak-proof filter press. Filter cloths for these plates are octagon shaped, with a caulking rope or cord sewn into the edge of the cloth.

“NG” means “Non-Gasketed.” The NG cloth is faster and simpler to install, though the tradeoff is that occasionally some dripping can happen when using NG cloths.

To learn more about filter cloths, take a look at this blog post.

CGR filter plate in press
CGR Filter Plate in Press
NG filter plate in press
NG Filter Plate in Press

Diaphragm Squeeze (Membrane Plates)

M.W. Watermark Membrane Filter Press Plates

These filter plates are designed for unique applications and are more costly than recessed chamber plates. Using diaphragm squeeze filter press plates may result in significant additional fluid removal and/or cycle time reduction if the filter cake is compressible.

M.W. Watermark Membrane Filter Press Plate

These are considerations that our Sales and Service Team keeps in mind when recommending diaphragm squeeze plates:

  • The filter cake is compressible
  • Slurry has higher than average solids
  • Time is money – the time saved by the squeeze justifies more expensive equipment
  • The slurry has variable volume
M.W. Watermark Membrane Squeeze Plate with Replaceable DiaphragmM.W. Watermark Membrane Squeeze Plate with Replaceable Diaphragm
Membrane Squeeze Plate with Welded Diaphragm
M.W. Watermark Membrane Squeeze Plate with Replaceable Diaphragm
Membrane Squeeze Plate with
Replaceable Diaphragm

In a typical filter press application, approximately 80% of the solids are pumped into the press in the first half of the cycle, with the remaining half considered the consolidation stage. With diaphragm squeeze, the cycle is shortened and the cake moisture content is reduced (see chart).

diaphram squeeze filter press plates - graph, diagram

The result is increased throughput and better liquid recovery. Adding diaphragm squeeze to a filter press requires a specialized plate stack, a squeeze water manifold, and a filter plate pressurization system. Typically, diaphragm plates are alternated with standard chamber plates in a “mixed pack” as shown in the photo below.


Contact M.W. Watermark to discuss which type of membrane squeeze plate may be best suited for your particular application. If chemical compatibility is a concern, various materials of construction are available for replaceable diaphragms, including EPDM, NBR, Viton, and more.

Plate and Frame Filter Press Plates

plate-and-frame-filter platePlate and frame is the oldest of the filter plate designs, but is still useful in certain applications.

  • Used for fine filtration where filter paper may be required
  • Allows for different filter cake thicknesses by adding a thicker or thinner frame
  • Filter cloth drapes over plate
  • You should expect some leakage
  • Operated at lower pressures
  • Applications:
    • Polishing
    • Specialty chemicals
Plate and Frame Filter Press with Cloths
Plate and Frame Filter Press with Cloths

Contact our Sales and Service Team to learn more or request a quote today.

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2 thoughts on “Types of Filter Plates

  • August 19, 2014 at 9:44 am

    do you ever use silicone sponge for filter plates?

    • August 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Mike, our gasketing is most frequently made of EPDM. For chemically abrasive or very high temperature applications, we use Viton. Filter plates are typically made from polypropylene. This is low cost and not very compressible.


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