October 24 – 27, 2016, DoubleTree San Diego Mission Bay
For the first time in recent memory, AFS will be holding a conference on the West Coast!
The Fall Conference will be at the Double Tree San Diego Mission Valley during the week of October 24, 2016.
The extreme drought in California has resulted in extraordinary water conservation and reuse measures, and, as we all know, this state leads the nation in new technology and regulations to address both air and water contamination.
October 24th will be devoted to Short Courses, and we are planning numerous technical tracks addressing such diverse areas as new developments in air and water filtration, membrane technologies, wastewater recovery and reuse, monitoring/instrumentation, filter manufacturing, and more, over the next two days.
Snehal Desai, Global Business Director, Dow Water & Process Water Solutions, will give a plenary lecture to open the Conference on Tuesday, and Mark Lambert, CEO of IDE Americas, Inc. will give a plenary Tuesday afternoon.
The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant is a 50 million gallon per day seawater desalination plant located adjacent to the Encina Power Station in Carlsbad California. IDE Technologies designed and is operating and maintaining the plant for 30 years. Mark Lambert, CEO of IDE Americas, Inc. will lead a tour of the plant on Thursday, October 27. The tour will be limited to 50 participants.
Be an active participant in the conference by giving a technical presentation! Abstract submission is open! New for the Fall Conference: Technical presentations will 30 minutes which include 25 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes Q & A. Oral presentations of 10 – 15 minutes will also be available. Presenters who want to give a shorter presentation or have late breaking research can submit an abstract for an oral session.
We look forward to seeing you in San Diego in October!
Peter Cartwright, Cartwright Consulting, Co-chair
Thad Ptak, AO Smith, Co-chair
Oil, Gas & Chemical Industries Led AFS Topics
The American Filtration & Separations hosted its 58th Conference in Houston, May 9-11th. The first conference of the Society was hosted in 1988, six months after the formation of the Society. Over the years, the conferences have covered virtually every topic in filtration and separation and have been hosted in locations throughout the country.
As the AFS continues its growth, this spring’s conference in Houston had the highest attendance in years, in spite of the downturn of the oil and gas industry. Activities began with its Short Course format Monday with seven half-day and two full day educational courses. Tuesday morning opened with plenary speaker, Larry Ryan, Business President of Dow Energy and Water providing a strategic industry overview. Klaas De Waal, AFS Chair, spoke at the Awards Luncheon and detailed the recent AFS selection as host of its third World Filtration Congress. WFC13 will be hosted in the spring of 2020 in San Diego, with over 1,000 global delegates and large expo. Wednesday’s plenary speaker Michael Spearman detailed the start-up and highly successful sale of his company, Porous Media to Pentair after 23 years in business along with details of its many successes and struggles along the way. Dr. Scott Northrop from ExxonMobil was the keynoter at the Wednesday luncheon providing an insightful presentation into natural gas recovery filtration & separations.
The 2016 Spring Conference Chair was David Engle of Nexo Solutions, LLC supported by ten industry leaders who developed three concurrent tracks, an expo and other arrangements making this conference one of the best in recent memory. The conference hosted numerous sessions and speakers covering almost everything you want to know about oil, gas and chemical filtration and separations. Session moderators included: Peter Cartwright - Cartwright Consulting, Maria Anez-Lingerfelt - Pall Corporation, Patrick McGough - Dow Chemical, Paul Hart - Elements Global, Barry Perlmutter - BHS Filtration, Wu Chen - Dow Chemical, Brad Nelson - Rice University, Jay Stell - Schulz Process Services, Bob Chin, Mark Willingham - Filtrate Solutions, LLC, Bill Zavora - Calgon Carbon, Andy Narayanan - Mycelx, and Heath Burns - Nexo Solutions.
The most exciting feature of the event was the reintroduction of booths in the expo in over 10 years. New Corporate Sponsor, Graham Rideal, of Whitehall Scientific Ltd. based in the UK, dressed as a Blues Brother played a pretty jazzy sax during the AFS conference reception. Graham was “hot” and received an ovation Wednesday at the AFS luncheon for his great music and entertainment.
As with all AFS conferences, the AFS hosted a Corporate Sponsors meeting which included the introduction of new corporate activities and additional information was provided about WFC 13. The event provided a networking opportunity as well as a forum for sharing information for both Corporate Sponsors and non-sponsors seeking to learn more about the AFS.
The American Filtration & Separations Society is the largest filtration society in the world and the principal educator of the industry. The Society hosts semi-annual conferences in support of the industry and infrastructure where filtration and separations are an essential factor in the success of American business and education.