Basket Strainers: What You Need To Know

Recent articles focusing on 3A certified industrial basket strainers demonstrated their importance in food processing, ice cream and cosmetic production, the dairy industry, and flavor creation. Now the versatility, capability and features of SaniClean Strainers™ basket strainers are highlighted in this general overview, along with several available equipment options.

industrial basket strainer

Filtering factors

When determining what type of stainless steel basket strainer will work best for your specific application, consider these two broad categories:

Physical characteristics

  • Line size
  • Types of piping connections (clamped, bevel seat, I-line, or other)
  • Construction materials
  • Gasket materials
  • Required particle, mesh, hole, or slot size in the strainer/filter element

Design considerations

  • What fluid is being processed?
  • Viscosity
  • Specific gravity
  • Operating temperature and pressure
  • Maximum permissible pressure drop
  • Percentage of solids

If the processed liquid has a high solid content, an industrial strainer basket with a greater area should be considered for longer run time between cleanings. Selecting the wrong sized basket strainer may lead to clogging and backup issues in the production stream.

Flexible filtration

SaniClean’s stainless steel basket strainer is extremely versatile:

    • It is available in a wide range of sizes with standard surface areas ranging from 0.5 to 4.5 square feet
    • It fits Style R and Style S strainer housings and is interchangeable between the two

It is adaptable to provide coarse, medium and fine filtration levels by adding or removing wire mesh liners and polyester or polypropylene filter bags, or used alone without additional filtration

  • SaniClean strainer baskets are available in any size hole perforation and pattern
  • For processing applications requiring something other than a standard perforated strainer basket, all SaniClean basket strainers are also available with a wedge wire strainer basket


Getting a handle on strainers

Ease of installation and removal is one of the key features on all SaniClean basket strainers, and they have been engineered with two different handle options: a quick release handle or an integrated round rod handle for lower costs and simpler installations.

    • The quick release handle is designed to keep the perforated strainer basket fully seated against the machined neckline of the strainer housing, ensuring the product being processed does not bypass the strainer basket assembly
    • When engaged, the perforated basket is easily and safely moved, installed, or removed from the strainer housing. This allows full access to the inside of the perforated basket for cleaning, inspection or replacement of the wire mesh liner, basket or filter bag

This is where duplex configurations are exceptionally useful since one filter is always operating while the other is cleaned, inspected or replaced

More useful features

As previously mentioned, SaniClean basket strainers are widely used in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and other high-quality processing applications.

Here are a few additional features that enhance their flexibility:

  • Changeover from a contaminated strainer basket to clean one is quick and easy, with less down time and more run time
  • The strainer basket is easily removed, cleaned and replaced without breaking the piping connection
  • They can be piped in a single or dual configuration
  • Strainer housings can be jacketed to accommodate higher viscosity materials
  • All SaniClean basket strainers are equipped with a top cover port for a pressure relief valve or other monitoring gauge to ensure safer processing operations


  • SaniClean’s stainless steel basket strainer is a highly adaptable fixture and is among the best strainer baskets on the market
  • It is interchangeable between R and S style housingsIt can filter from coarse to fine by adding wire mesh or filter bags
  • It is available in any size hole perforation and pattern

SaniClean Strainers, a Newark Wire brand and a top manufacturer in the industry, manufactures a complete line of wire cloth and industrial 3A certified strainers, inline strainers, baskets, basket strainer filters, assemblies, replacement parts, and filter media suitable for a wide range of applications and capacities. Contact them today and get their products and expertise working for your next filtration project.

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