Constant research and development to ensure a fast to market approach with new filters
All filters are designed and manufactured to meet OE standards, and undergo stringent and regular quality checking
Engines rely on clean oil circulating under pressure to prevent metal-to-metal contact of bearings and cam gear. The oil also aids cooling by carrying heat away from the pistons, cylinders and turbochargers.
Microscopic wear particles, dust and soot from combustion must be filtered out to prevent them being embedded in the bearing surfaces and increasing engine wear. Regular oil and filter changes prolong the life of the engine. A quality filter must have the capacity and efficiency to protect the engine between the extended service intervals of a modern motor vehicle.
Air filters remove particles from the air before they get into the engine.
On average, an air filter deals with approximately 10,000 litres of air for every one litre of fuel burned and particle sizes can vary from visible granules of grit and sand to microscopic soot particles, tyre rubber and brake dust.
Poor intake air filtration allows contaminants to enter the engine’s combustion area, resulting in increased wear of pistons, rings, cylinder walls and valves.
Contamination can also get past the piston rings and into the engine oil reducing the serviceable life of the oil filter.
Modern petrol and diesel fuel systems contain the most accurately engineered components in the engine. They are manufactured to tolerances of just two microns and are put under massive loads.
Fuel not only burns to make power, but in the case of a diesel engine, it also lubricates the moving parts in the pump and injectors.
A fuel tank can contain particulates and water, so the fuel filter must be manufactured with media of the correct type and quality to stop these impurities from reaching and damaging the precision injection components.
Cabin filters, also referred to as pollen filters, remove almost all airborne pollutants before they can be drawn into the passenger compartment. This includes dirt and dust, pollens, vehicle exhaust emission sulphur dioxide, soot, tyre rubber, brake dust and other harmful substances.
In addition to particle filtration, the addition of activated charcoal in some filters can remove gases and odours.
Once considered a luxury, the cabin filter has become a necessity for an increasing number of motorists and their passengers who may suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory problems.
Blue Print rests its reputation firmly on the quality of the products provided to the automotive aftermarket.
Every Blue Print part undergoes stringent and regular quality checking and filters are no exception.
Every Blue Print filter has been designed and manufactured to meet Original Equipment standards and regular destructive and non-destructive testing ensures a continued supply of quality products.
You can be assured that all Blue Print filters are manufactured to the highest standards and can be fitted to any vehicle without invalidating the original manufacturer’s warranty.
Blue Print has a range of specific tools to help with the correct removal and installation on certain applications, preventing damage to filters and filter housings whilst also making the job easier and quicker.
One of Blue Print’s most popular tools is the Fuel Filter Removal Tool - ADK85502 - which is an OE developed tool for use on vehicles fitted with the JTD type engine.
Click here to watch a video of the tool in use.
All tools are displayed next to their relevant filters in Blue Print LIVE along with supporting literature and instructions where required.
Blue Print constantly monitors the global automotive market to know when a new vehicle is due to be launched.
When a new vehicle is launched it is immediately added to the Blue Print catalogue database against the appropriate markets and the product development process begins.
Using fully licensed OEM information, our Research team identifies the OE references for Oil, Air, Fuel and Cabin filters.
The references are then cross-referred against our in-house developed database of confirmed Blue Print filters. All matches are highlighted; the links are checked and the Blue Print filter reference added to our catalogue against the new vehicle.
New references are checked against supersession information and for platform-shared links. If no links are found, they are now assessed on vehicle popularity and usage to determine a priority list and OE samples are obtained.
We never use competitor cross referencing to identify parts – only OEM information.
In priority order, the OE samples are analysed to establish the specification required for a new Blue Print filter. We analyse all aspects such as; style of filter, type of media and any ancillaries as well as service schedule information in order to match or better the OE specification.
The media is tested to establish the permeability, particle retention and performance specification. We then assign the best media to be used for the Blue Print filter to ensure optimum performance and maximum protection.
Blue Print filter samples are then produced. Once a sample has been created it will go through stringent destructive and non-destructive testing to make sure it is acceptable as ‘OE matching quality’ and a replacement to the OE.
It is checked against the OE sample in close detail by our Quality Control team to ensure no defects have occurred during the design and manufacture processes and that every specification closely matches the original filter.
Once a sample has successfully passed all testing and Quality Control, it is assigned a part number and the manufacturing can begin.
Random batch-checks are carried out to ensure the manufacturing quality constantly meets the required Blue Print standards.
The new filter part number is then added to our online catalogue against the correct applications and our in-house OE database is updated.
A final double-check of the OE applications is carried out by our Research team as well as any part number cross-referencing that may aid our customers.