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Filtration & Separations in Power Generation – Unmet 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.


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.


Advanced Technologies in Filter Media Conference

The AFS will host the Fall conference October 6 – 7, 2015 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, in Franklin, TN.  A selection of short courses will be offered on Monday, October 5.

Oil & Gas and Chemical Processing Filtration and Separations Conference Recap

View the 2014 Conference Recap - View Conference Statistics

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.


AFS Spring Conference Courses - Charlotte, NC

The following short courses will be offered at the AFS Spring Conference in Charlotte, NC:

MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
Charlotte, NC

Full Day, 0.8 CEUs
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Introduction to Solid/Liquid Filtration
Introduction to Gas/Air Filtration

Half Day, 0.4 CEUs
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Morning

Ultrafiltration Membrane
Filtration & Separattion Media Use and Market

Half Day, 0.4 CEUs

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Afternoon

Reverse Osmosis System Design
Liquid Filtration Testing Basics
Microfiltration Membrane
Designing Media and Filters for Air Filtration

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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...

Register Now Oct. 14, 2013, Cincinnati, OH, USA
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Register Now Oct. 14, 2013, Cincinnati, OH, USA
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Advanced Engine Filtration

Half Day, 0.4 CEUs

The objective of this short course is to provide practical information on engine and cabin filter operation, filtration process modeling, design, testing and evaluation...


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Student Poster Award Winners

Congratulations to the Student Poster Award winners from the AFS Next Generation Filter Media Conference.

2nd place  Ewa Sztuk and 1st place Joseph Mates

L to R - 2nd place winner Ewa Sztuk and 1st place winner Joseph Mates


L to R - Jia Wang,  Case Western Reserve University Ewa Sztuk, Warsaw University of Technology Wenping Li, Poster Awards Chair Jonathan Rajala, University of Akron

Joseph Mates from the University of Illinois Chicago won 1st place.  Ewa Sztuk from Warsaw University of Technology won 2nd place.  Jia Wang from Case Western Reserve University and Jonathan Rajala from the University of Akron tied for 3rd place.  Congratulations to all the winners and poster contest submitters from the conference.

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.

Clarcor Press Release December 3, 2013

Franklin, TN, December 3, 2013 -- CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE: CLC) announced that it has acquired the Bekaert Advanced Filtration business from NV Bekaert SA for a purchase price of approximately €6 million ($8 million), before various contractual adjustments. The Advanced Filtration business is engaged in the same line of business as CLARCOR’s subsidiary, Purolator EFP – the manufacture and supply of engineered metal filters and systems used primarily in the polymer fiber and plastics industries. Read full article.