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.