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Next Generation Filter Media Conference, Embracing Future Challenges

The American Filtration and Separations Society will host the Next Generation Filter Media Conference, Embracing Future Challenges, October 14 – 15, 2014 at the Hilton Rosemont Hotel at Chicago’s O’Hare airport.  The Conference website will be available in April and abstract submission will open in May.  Mark your calendar for October 14 – 15, 2014 to attend!

Filtration & Separations in Power Generation – Un-met Needs and Advanced Technology Offerings

The power generation industry will be the focal point of the American Filtration & Separations Society (AFS) 2015 Spring Conference, April 28 – 30, at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel.  Charlotte is long-known as a major hub for textiles and banking, and also ranks nationally as a center for a widely diversified energy industry.  The AFS 2015 conference is at the center of the Charlotte region’s energy hub with its 200+ energy-oriented firms and 20,000 energy employees.

Oil & Gas and Chemical Processing Filtration and Separations Conference Recap

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The conference took place March 24 – 26, 2014 at the Houston Marriott Westchase.  More than 230 attendees from 15 countries participated in the conference.  The conference featured 68 papers in 18 technical sessions, 24 exhibitors and a student poster competition.  Thank you to Conference Chairs, David Engel and Van Barclay, and the Steering Committee, Wu Chen, Wenping Li and Chris Wallace.  We also thank the plenary speakers, session moderators and presenters, and the students who presented posters.


Nanofiber Technology in Filtration

Half Day, 0.4 CEUs

Learn various technologies for producing nanofibers, how to use and integrate nanofibers in filter media structure for enhanced filtration performance, leading players in the industry, their products in air/liquid filtration, further development and market trend.

Nanofiber Technology in Filtration – Learn various technologies for producing nanofibers, how to structure nanofibers effectively in filter media for enhanced performance, who the players are in the industry, their advanced filter products in air/liquid filtration, and the market trend.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
    a. Nanotechnology
    b. Definition of nanofibers
    c. Nanofiber applications
    d. Nanofibers in the filtration market
    e. Why nanofibers?
  2. Methods for producing nanofibers
    a. Electrospinning
    b. Meltblowing
    c. Forcespinning
    d. Electroblown
    e. Fiber splitting
    f. Shear spinning
    g. Solution blowing
    h. Fibrilation
  3. Nanofiber integration in advanced filter media
    a. Laminated composites (3 types)
    b. Entanglement structure (2 types)
  4. Leading nanofiber producers and their products
    a. Production systems
    Elmarco, Hills, Fiberio, XanoShear, Reifenhauser, ANSTCO, MECC, Biax, etc.
    b. Media
    Freudenberg, H & V, Kimberly Clark, Ahlstrom, Espin, Finetex, Vilene, DuPont,
    Nanoval, Nanostatistics, Johns Manville, PGI, Irema, Teijin Fibers, TEDA,
    Hirose, Esfil Tehno, Miliken, Sandler, Nano Filtration, etc.
    c. Filter
    Donaldson, clarcor, Cummins, 3M, Mann+Hummel, AAF, FFT, KX Industries
    Pall, Hamscor, Mikropor, Espinex, etc.
  5. Future development and market trend

The aforementioned bullet points are representative but by no means totally inclusive.


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Filter Media Design for Liquid Filtration Application

Half Day, 0.4 CEUs

The high efficiency at a low pressure drop of a filter is the ultimate goal throughout the filtration industry. There are two basic methods to manufacture the multi-layer media...

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Latest News

AFS Attendance Reaches Post-Recession Record

The 2014 American Filtration & Separations Society Fall Conference realized double attendance compared to the 2013 Fall Conference on a similar event covering the topic of filtration media; a positive sign the recession is drifting into the rear-view mirror and the industry is beginning to look forward positively toward the future. The 2014 Conference, titled Next Generation Filtration Media…Embracing Challenges, was held at the Hilton Rosemont at Chicago O’Hare Airport, October 13-16. Conference Co-Chairs were Andrew Goodby, Ahlstrom Filtration, LLC; Sebastian Stahl, DuPont and Sneha Swaminathan, Hollingsworth & Vose.

The Conference began Monday with broad contingent of both domestic and foreign attendees attending eight in-depth courses, all taught by industry specialists at half- and full-day Short Courses. AFS has been offering these courses on various filtration, separation and coalescing subjects since its inception in 1988. This fall’s offerings were (1) Introduction to Liquid Filtration, (2) Filter Media Design for Liquid Filtration Applications, (3) Filtration, Separation & Coalescing Media Use and Markets, (4) Ultrafiltration Membranes, (5) Liquid Filtration Testing Basics, (6) Microfiltration Membranes, (7) Nanofiber Technology In Filtration and (8) Advanced Engine Filtration. Each AFS course provides CEU credits. As an added Conference activity, AFS offered two tours: one Monday evening at the of the University of Illinois (Chicago) Filtration Facility, and another Thursday following the Conference at the Stickney Water Reclamation Facility.


Dixie Chapter Meeting

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Register Now

Topic: Filtration in Power Generation
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
555 South McDowell Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28204

Wednesday, Nov. 5
Dixie Member Chapter Meeting & Supper

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Carolina Ale House, 201 South College Street

AFS Awards Presented at Spring Conference


(pictured left to right):

2014 Young Scientist, Sneha Swaminathan;

2014 Frank Tiller Award, Wenping Li;

2013 New Product Award, Filtration Media Category, Volumetric Woven Wire Mesh, GKD-USA;

AFS Chair, Mark Willingham; 

2013 New Product Award, Biotechnology Category, Harvest Clear Filtration System, Parker Hannifin Dominick Hunter Division;

2013 New Product Award, Filtration Systems Category, Biogas Filtration and Cooling System, Parker Hannifin Hiross-Zander Division;

2014 Wells Shoemaker Award, Raymond Collins, Dow Chemical.