Beth-El Zikhron Yaaqov Industries Ltd. is a leading designer, developer, and manufacturer of collective protection systems against Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) weapons, Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs), as well as a host of other products, such as explosion protection equipment, air-cleaners, and medical products, etc. Beth-El’s in-house engineering, R&D capabilities, as well as production workshops enable individualized and sophisticated solutions.
Beth-El’s standard line of bomb shelter protection consists of a range of systems designed to handle airflow from 50 m3/h and up to 900 m3/h. Characteristically, these systems have minimal installation requirements (2-3 standard 8” flange), enhanced explosion protection, extremely high filtration efficiency, and simple operation. An additional manual backup is included in most systems (in case of electrical power disruption), and an optional third backup capability (battery) is available upon request. In comparison with European standards, because of tropical environmental conditions, the demands include higher airflow rates.
A large variety of blast / explosion protection valves are available, including overpressure blast valves, blast valves with a prefilter, and intermediate blast valves for installation between the main shelter and the airlock. Beth-El has installed thousands of systems for different branches of the Israeli Defence Forces, and in hospitals, public buildings, industrial buildings, and households throughout Israel. These systems comply with the Israeli Standard ‘4570,’ which includes the improvements and changes that proved to be necessary during the Gulf War crisis. In comparison with European standards, the demands include triple the blast resistance.
Beth-El produces detachable systems for protected compartments, which are a series of patented, small, and mobile NBC filtration systems serving in military and civil applications. Using newly developed filtration technologies, these easily attachable / detachable systems minimize required space and are produced at a lower cost. In Israel, the space allotted by law to protected areas (security rooms) is, in most cases, used on a regular basis as normal living space. When needed as a secured space, the end user simply installs the system within a few minutes, without the need for technical support, and for regular use the space is kept clear for use as normal living space.
Large scale filter banks from Beth-El Zikhron Yaaqov Industries Ltd. have been installed, including hundreds of filter batteries, which consist of several filtration units that are connected in conjunction to a filter bank, creating large, collective shelters that serve hundreds or thousands of occupants. Typical applications are subway stations, large underground shelters of buildings, military installations, and others.
Filtration systems for tents and army camps include various models that cover the whole range of collective protection (COLPRO) systems. Numerous options are available such as integrated multi-stage heating, differential pressure gauge, remote control, and more. NATO forces, European, and other armies around the world, are currently using Beth-El’s COLPRO systems. They provide easy combination with auxiliary equipment, such as air-conditioning units and generators. Complete turnkey projects are also available — field hospitals and command centres can include decontamination showers, complex airlock designs, and negative pressure laboratories. All Beth-El systems are extremely quiet, reliable, and can be customized to fit the client’s needs.
Filtration systems for containers and mobile shelters include a complete product line with many optional accessories and have been delivered to a variety of military customers (NATO forces and others) around the world. NBC sealed air-conditioning units and other equipment can be easily integrated and quick and simple installations are typical for all container filtration systems. Container systems are widely used to protect sensitive equipment (such as radar and communications equipment or medical facilities) that cannot be decontaminated and to ensure that critical facilities, such as command posts, can be operational in all scenarios.
Military / emergency vehicle, ship, and other NBC filtration applications are custom designed by Beth-El Zikhron Yaaqov Industries Ltd. for various army authorities, fire fighting brigades, ambulance services, civilian shipping-lines, and highly regarded companies all over the world. Special system customization for naval vessels, bullet-proof cars, reconnaissance and patrol vehicles, as well as solutions for first responders are available, and because NBC filters adsorb Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs), Beth-El systems are ideal for disaster relief services. The systems utilize heavy-duty design, are low maintenance, have a long service-life, and due to the system’s modular concept, calibration to various airflows is possible while using the same filters. Uncomplicated combination with air-conditioning units also enhances system flexibility (NBC-tight split air conditioning units are available upon request).
For vehicle, container, and tent applications, Beth-El’s newly patented compact and economical NBC filtration systems feature a highly efficient cyclone filter, which prevents clogging of the NBC filter. This, as well as a significant reduction of carbon aging (due to moisture insensitivity) and the additional adsorption of TICs (previously an entirely different filter), enable a 24/7 effective capability of operation in even the most severe conditions.
The IsoArk medical isolation line of products is designed for the simple and rapid set up of a biologically isolated environment and draws on more than 40 years of experience in the air filtration field. Beth-El industries produces portable isolation chambers, clean / sterile rooms, and stand alone air filtration systems to isolate and contain bacterial and viral threats and for the quick and simple set-up of sterile environments for patient care.
The IsoArk series negative-pressure system isolates threats and provides a protected environment. It is a complete solution for turning any room or space into a biologically contained area. The airlock attached to the main chamber provides the capability to move easily in and out of the contaminated area without losing the negative pressure or contaminating the outside environment. The system also has the capacity of patient treatment from outside the isolation chamber, effectively avoiding the contamination of equipment and staff. The IsoArk series complies with accepted standards, including CDC guidelines for airborne infectious agent control and is a professional solution to biological isolation for a fraction of the cost of a permanent quarantine room.
The SteriTent is a positive pressure portable clean room, designed for rapid set up of a sterile and isolated environment. It is an ideal solution for handling patients with immunodeficiency, hyper allergies, or severe skin burns and can be used for laboratory work and other sensitive procedures requiring a clean and sterile environment.
The IsoArk N 36 Series is a negative pressure system for effective patient isolation, designed specifically for isolation and transport by ground or air ambulance of a single person and / or equipment. It includes its own negative pressure filtration system, a ‘zip around’ zipper for easy access, and integrated utility portals with protective gloves. With the battery fully charged, the system can operate for up to 10 hours without an external power source, guarantying complete isolation during transport. The collapsible and lightweight structure allows for quick set up and has minimal storage requirements.
Air cleaner assemblies and dust scavenge blowers have been developed and supplied with complete air filtration systems, including air direction valves for engine air, high temperature and vibration resistant flexible air tubes, one-way valves, barrier and safety filter cartridges, cyclone upgrades, fuel pumps, pre-cleaner units, and air-cleaner enhancements for various vehicles.
Developments, examinations, and designs at Beth-El Zikhron Yaaqov Industries Ltd. are an ongoing process, requiring extensive research and participation with the Israeli Ministry of Defence to advance developments, create product improvements, and produce complete product designs. Consultation and advice from Beth-El Zikhron Yaaqov Industries Ltd. to frequently assist governmental agencies with its knowledge and expertise is instrumental in developing national guidelines concerning filtration systems.
Beth-El Zikhron Yaaqov Industries Ltd. has maintained the highest certification levels with the certified quality assurance program (ISO 9001) since 1995. Additionally, Beth-El has undergone successful quality control audits from several other highly regarded international companies and authorities. Certified for compliance with AQAP-2110 and MANHAR level A, which is the highest level of quality assurance of the Israeli Ministry of Defence, Beth-El is listed as a supplier, and also holds the NATO supplier’s code manufacturer (NSCM) number SH785. All systems are tested and certified by relevant authorities, such as the Standards Institution of Israel, Israeli Civil Defence Command, Israeli Institution for Biological Research, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command – Edgewood Chemical and Biological Centre, the German Armed Forces Scientific Research Institute for Chemical and Biological Research (WIS), the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Defence (BZS), the TNO laboratories, and many other institutes and armies.
Subcontracting capabilities from Beth-El Zikhron Yaaqov Industries Ltd. has earned it a reputation for state-of-the-art equipment and exacting quality control. Subcontracting capabilities are available in machine engineering, filtration and separation technologies, mould making for plastic injection, mould making for aluminium die casting, plastic injection, aluminium die casting, blanking and drawing dies, precision machining, metal stamping and forming, and CNC milling, turning, and metal fabrication.
Fully integrated subsidiaries of Beth-El Zikhron Yaaqov Industries include FILT AIR Ltd., that specialize in the field of HEPA and ULPA filters for clean rooms, custom designed filters, and special filtration solutions based upon the knowledge-base and expertise of Beth-El Zikhron Yaaqov Industries Ltd.
- Numerous systems in army camp shelters, air force, and naval bases, and other departments of the Israeli Defence Forces
- COLPRO-systems, NBC protected command posts, field hospitals, and decontamination stations as complete turnkey projects with many ancillary items for NATO-armies, PfP-Nations, forces in the Middle and Far East, and in Eastern Europe
- NBC protection for various vehicles, naval ships and vessels, and other applications for various armies, including most NATO-forces
- Supplier to more than 60 armies and is a main supplier of NBC protection systems to most of the large vehicle manufacturers and the defence industry
- Has a solid track record of tens of thousands of installations in the shelter area and hundreds of large-scale filter batteries for hundreds and thousands of occupants in Israel and abroad
- Provides mobile protection solutions to a growing number of satisfied customers
- A large number of skyscraper buildings have hundreds of Beth-El filtration systems
- Beth-El has equipped most Israeli hospitals with NBC-protection and provides filtration solutions and mobile kits to several countries abroad
NBC protected air conditioning units for buildings and infrastructure for governmental buildings (i.e. ministries, embassies etc.), which avoid the spread of contamination through the air conditioning unit of a building in the case of an external (outside) or internal release of contamination.
The design and installation of upgrade kits for air conditioning units with the introduction of biological filtration into ducting systems, which prevent the spread of contagious diseases. A large number of hotels, retirement homes, offices, embassies essential control centres, banks, universities, and many chemical industry buildings, including the protection of central air conditioning units, have been protected using this upgrade technology.
In the transportation and traffic sector, Beth-El has secured airport terminals, railway stations, and other critical infrastructure with protection against nuclear, biological and chemical attacks in Israel, as well as abroad.
Air applications in the medical area include mobile negative and positive pressure chambers for hospitals and ambulances within Israel and abroad.