Seta Multi Filtration Tester (MFT) - 91600-3

ASTM D2068
IP 387
EN 590

The Multi Filtration Tester (MFT) fully conforms to the latest ‘cold soak’ filterability test requirements for FAME and bio diesel. It is a unique and versatile instrument designed to test the Filter Blocking Tendency (FBT) of diesel, biodiesel (B100 & B5/7/20/30), gas oil, gas turbine fuel and kerosene. Test parameters for IP 387 and ASTM D2068 are pre-programmed.

FBT analysis is achieved by measuring the pressure differential across a disposable filter. Fuels which have a high FBT could potentially block filters in the distribution network or during use in a vehicle or power plant.

MFT is also used to determine the FBT for BX fuels containing bio components, such as FAME (biofuel), which have been ‘cold soaked’ at a temperature just above zero Celsius. During the 16 hour cold soak particles of saturated monoglycerides (SMG’s) and sterol glucosides can be formed which do not dissolve when the temperature is raised back to ambient.

Seta Multi Filtration Tester (MFT) - 91600-3


  • Portable test for filterability/blocking tendency of Fuel Oils
  • Testing of Bio components including FAME material and cold soak testing
  • Easy to use, fully automated operation
  • Large LCD display
  • Results in less than 15 minutes
  • Automatic calculation of FBT and F-QF
  • Simple calibration/verification of flow, pressure & temperature
  • Interface for PC/Printer

Additional Information

MFT is microprocessor controlled and provides a simple user interface using 2 buttons and the Seta Multifunctional And Rotational Test (SMART) control feature in conjunction with a backlit alphanumeric 4 line display. The SMART control is exceptionally easy to use for selecting different tests, setting parameters and for calibration of the temperature and pressure sensors. The display provides the operator with test procedure information as well as indicating the selected test method, sample temperature, pressure, volume and the test result.

A printer can be connected to provide a permanent record of the test parameters, results and a filterability graph. The software permits the operator to set the test volume of liquid up to 1 litre and a maximum pressure of 200 kPa. This allows both specification testing and gravimetric tests to be carried out in conjunction with the appropriate filters and holders.

The fuel sample is drawn from the integral fuel reservoir by the pump, and an efficient pulse damper provides smooth and continuous flow. The pressure and temperature of the fuel are continuously monitored while it is pumped through the specified filter into the waste container. The recorded pressure rise, or the volume of pumped sample that causes a specified pressure to be exceeded, are used by the microprocessor to calculate the test result. Standard tests use 300 ml of fuel pumped at 20 ml/min.

Verification and re-calibration is simple but secure.

The Setalert accessory can be used to alert an operator of the end of the test at distances up to 300 metres.

Supplied with;
Mains lead
Fuel beakers
Instruction manual

Filter blocking tendency (FBT) range1.0 to 30 (low number is best)
Filterability quality factor (FQF) range100 to 1 (high number is best)
Maximum pressure200 kPa
Power supply110/120 V, 50/60 Hz 220/240 V, 50/60 Hz (switchable)
Power500 W
Size (HxWxD)27 x 43 x 26 cm
Weight10 kg
CCCN CodeTariff 90268080


ASTM D2068
IP 387
EN 590
ASTM D2068 Standard test method for filter blocking tendency of distillate fuel oils
IP 387 This test method describes a procedure for determining the filter blocking tendency (FBT) of distillate fuel oils where the end use demands an exceptional degree of cleanliness.
IP PM EA/13 Determination of the filter blocking tendency of fatty acid methyl esters - cold soak and filtration method
EN 590 Standard Specification for Diesel Fuel