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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

View the 2014 Conference Recap

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.


Separation by Centrifugation – Understanding Decanter Centrifuges

Half Day, 0.4 CEUs

Decanter centrifuges are among the more versatile devices used to separate solids from liquid. Essentially the only criterion for the decanter to separate solids from liquid is for the solids have a higher specific gravity than the liquid. This course will discuss the basic types of centrifuges, their differences, benefits and applications.


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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