Filtration 2016 Preview

By Tara Olivo, Associate Editor | November 7, 2016

A record number of exhibitors will showcase their innovations in Philadelphia for the 25th anniversary of the conference and

The 25th anniversary of INDA’s annual Filtration International Conference & Exposition is marked by a record number of exhibitors at the annual event. The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry is expecting more than 1500 industry participants and 140-plus exhibitors to showcase their latest innovations in 18,400 square feet at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Taking place Nov. 8-10, Filtration will center on the theme of “Pure Need,” which reflects the solutions-orientation of the exhibits.

On Nov. 8, Alfred Weber, president and CEO of Mann+Hummel International, will deliver the keynote address on “Filtration Meets Digitalization.” Conference attendees will also hear presentations from top scientists, researchers, engineers, product developers, business leaders, and government officials throughout the day.

The exposition begins Nov. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and an industry reception on the show floor at 5 p.m. will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Filtration. Visitors will enjoy complimentary admission to the final day of the expo, Nov. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Finally, attendees will be able to participate in a one-and-a-half day filter media training course Nov. 8-9 led by Christine Sun, Ph.D., principal, Filtration Technologies International.
The following is a preview of what some exhibitors will be bringing to Philadelphia.

Branson Ultrasonics
Booth 609
At Filtration 2016, Branson Ultrasonics, a business of Emerson and a world leader in plastics joining technologies, will be offering nonwoven manufactures solutions which enable them to create superior, cost effective filtration.

Controlled by the newly developed DCX power supply, Branson’s equipment provides manufacturers unprecedented process control and information feedback, including patented Amplitude-Stepping and Ethernet/field-bus communication/configuration abilities.

The ultrasonic process is used in the nonwovens industry for material slitting/cutting processes providing the ability to cut and seal edges with advanced precision, preventing fraying along the edges, as well as converting and bonding of textiles, carpeting, geotextiles as well as filtration, medical, consumer and hygiene products.

Additional benefits include: protecting delicate filter membranes from damage during the joining procedure, eliminating the need for adhesives, solvents, or fasteners; the equipment does not require lengthy warm up times—bonds are accomplished quickly (under 500-milliseconds); and it prevents heat induced stresses, thereby maintaining product integrity.

Branson teams with integrators and manufacturers, providing OEM customers with equipment that can be installed seamlessly and integrated into automated systems.

Chase Machine and Engineering
Booth 608
Chase Machine and Engineering designs and builds custom web handling equipment that processes films, foils and woven/nonwoven/knit fabrics while controlling, speed, tension and guidance with a primary focus on integrating technologies such as ultrasonics, impulse welding, hot air welding, adhesive dispensing, RF welding, band sealing, extruders and CO2 lasers.

Specialists in manufacturing unwinds, rewinds, slitters, laminators, traverse winders, cut-to-length machines, festooners, accumulators, ultrasonic sewing machines as well as custom machines that produce a plethora of consumer products such as face masks, wipes, safety vests, air/liquid filters, medical devices and hygiene products, Chase can employ its 60-plus years of web handling experience to benefit customers in the filtration, medical, packaging, automotive, textile and geotextile market segments.

Chase Machine and Engineering is proud to have been an active participant of INDA’s Filtration Conference and Exposition for 20 years. This year, Chase will be demonstrating ultrasonic sealing equipment such as its FS-90, Tube forming and ring welding equipment used to manufacturing many filtration products such as liquid filters, pleated filters, membranes, face masks, medical gowns, HVAC filters, and many more.

H.B. Fuller
Booth 115
For nearly 130 years, H.B. Fuller has been a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives.

Whether making a filter element that will produce safe drinking water, ultra-pure process water, clean household air, HEPA quality air for clean rooms, or clean engine oil for an automobile, H.B. Fuller has an adhesive solution. H.B. Fuller’s product applications are used around the world and include water based, two-component polyurethane, epoxies, hot melts, and reactive hot melt adhesives.

Booth 612
Filter manufacturers face daily challenges – reducing costs, improving efficiency, and staying ahead of the competition, to name just a few. Many suppliers can offer an adhesive, but Henkel offers more: engineering expertise to integrate the adhesives into its customers’ manufacturing processes; custom-formulated products to meet their specific application requirements; and the innovation pipeline to offer a continuous stream of new and creative solutions.

Henkel is in the business of solving problems. With its history and experience in the filtration industry, Henkel experts can help find ways to improve its customers processes. It can show companies how to reduce their adhesive consumption while improving filter efficiency. And Henkel will provide all the testing data to back up their recommendations.

Hollingsworth & Vose
Booth 102
At Filtration 2016, Hollingsworth & Vose will be profiling fuel, gas turbine, and hydraulic media as well as NanoWave for HVAC air filtration.

H&V offers a complete line of diesel fuel filter media and fuel water separation media that provide reliable protection from particulates and water to help extend engine and injector life. The portfolio addresses demanding market needs such as challenging fuel quality, biofuel compatibility, and Urea. H&V fuel media is designed to meet the latest emissions standards including EPA GHG, Euro VII, China VI, Bharat VI.

Gas turbine filtration and dust collection systems operate in the most challenging environments imaginable. H&V’s broad range of pulse-cleaned and static high-performance filter media offer corrugation capabilities (> 20 mils) resulting in superior dust-holding capacity for lower-cost, higher-service interval filter designs.

For industrial hydraulic filtration, H&V media is designed to achieve ultimate protection and equipment uptime in any harsh environments and to deliver high levels of fluid cleanliness that lead to predictable filter life spans. H&V’s newest hydraulic media reduces fluid flow restriction by up to 30% and saves energy while maintaining efficiency and capacity.

NanoWave is an extended surface area, multilayer filtration media for HVAC applications. The unique structure combines fine and coarse fiber layers to allow for very low resistance and maximum mechanical efficiency even after discharge. The increased dust-holding capacity results in long filter life and offers immediate energy savings.

Industrial Netting
Booth 707
Industrial Netting produces extruded plastic filtration net, mesh screens and cores in a wide variety of configurations and pore sizes. Suitable for most any air, liquid or gas separation and filtration application, these products are easily fabricated and converted to customized components expediently and economically. Plastic mesh offers strong yet lightweight parts that have excellent resistance to chemicals and corrosion, are non-conductive, and have good response to temperature changes.

Featuring extrusions from Conwed Plastics, Industrial Netting’s plastic netting, mesh, screens, and rigid mesh tubes are used in filter cartridges for automotive, HVAC, water purification, hydraulic filtration, fuel filtration, beverage filtration, medical filtration, and food processing applications.

Industrial Netting offers a wide array of fabricating and converting services including slitting and rewinding, sonic welding, heat sealing, sheeting and die cutting to most any configuration. The company also prides itself on being able to custom convert and ship most stock products within 24 hours.

Booth 531
Math2Market GmbH of Germany develops and markets a filtration process simulation software package. The software, called GeoDict, computes structural and physical properties and is used to optimize the design of filters and filter media by well-known filter media manufacturers. Math2Market’s software can be used for nonwovens, weaves, ceramics, paper, foams, membranes, perforated foils, and much more.

The software can generate three-dimensional digital models of nonwovens by entering user-defined parameters with the module FiberGeo. The nonwoven models can be modified, layered and combined. This digital generation is extremely fast and the parameters (fiber shape, diameter, orientation, density, etc.) can be changed interactively to optimize these nonwovens. The software also imports microCT images of existing nonwovens and creates realistic three-dimensional digital models from them, with ImportGeo-VOL. This allows changing the three-dimensional models to study what structural and physical effect modifications have. Also, the software assesses structural (geometrical) and physical properties of the generated or imported three-dimensional structure models: flow, thermal and electrical conductivity, particle filtration, fiber orientation, porosimetry, permeability, effective diffusivity, mechanical properties, saturation-dependent properties, acoustic properties and many more.

Math2Market will showcase the software in action at Filtration 2016.

Booth 710
As a global leader and ranked among the top 40 nonwoven producers in the world of nonwovens, Mogul is equally a leader in providing specialized solutions for the high performance requirements of the filtration industry. Mogul’s wide base of technologies provides a single source to filter manufacturers for media for both air and liquid filtration applications.

Mogul’s polyester spunbond is available in both a point bonded and a flat bond version. The Turkish nonwovens producer is among a few companies that can provide a fine fiber polyester spunbond in a flat bonded version with either round or trilobal fibers. The combination of flat bond and trilobal fibers with their increased surface area make an excellent filtration media that is usually the choice of many filter manufacturers. The stiffness provided by the polyester presents a filtration media that is readily pleatable on a wide variety of pleating equipment.

Mogul Buffalo Product is also key to the Mogul filtration offering and utilizes either tipped trilobal or sheath core for round fibers, both with PET/CoPET. The copolymer’s (CoPET) presence in each fiber ensures excellent uniformity in bonding, low linting, and excellent abrasion resistance as compared to a more conventional array of both Mono PET and CoPET fibers separately dispersed in the nonwoven web. Additionally, functional and compatible additives can be introduced into the CoPET portion such as color, antimicrobials, etc., for additional value.

Nanoscience Instruments
Booth 520
The dimensions, durability and quality of fibers can be determined using a scanning electron microscopy (SEM). SEM coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) can be used to identify contamination or particulates caught in a filter.

With the introduction of nanofibers, fibers having diameters smaller than a micron, greater resolution is often required. In less than a minute from load to image, the Phenom desktop SEM is the fastest and easiest way to get data and keep a company’s research or product development work moving forward.

Coupled with the Phenom SEM’s FiberMetric automated analysis software, users can quickly acquire quantitative information about fiber parameters. Fiber diameter and size distribution are key to product performance. Filters require a target range of diameters for filtration efficiency. To obtain a quantitative distribution of diameters, many measurements have to be acquired. The high depth of field of the SEM allows for many fibers to be counted in a single image.

Nanoscience Instruments provides a variety of solutions to meet test and measurement requirements.

Oerlikon Neumag
Booth 623
Oerlikon Neumag is a suppliers of meltblown systems. The Oerlikon Neumag meltblown process is characterized by its constant melt pressure distribution and simultaneously consistent dwell time across the entire width of the spinning beam, which in turn ensures particularly homogeneous nonwoven properties and basis weights. Furthermore, the innovative guidance and distribution of the process air outside the coat-hanger distributor offered by the Oerlikon Neumag technology prevents so-called hotspots. As a result, even extremely sensitive raw materials can be reliably processed into high-quality nonwoven media.

The Oerlikon Neumag meltblown systems are utilized in two distinctly different production lines: Stand-alone mono and bicomponent meltblown equipment for a variety of filtration, insulation and sorbents applications; and “Plug & Produce” inserts in existing and new outside vendor SXS plants for a variety of medical and hygiene applications. In this case, meltblown systems are inserted between an upstream and downstream spinning system (typically spunbond) for the purpose of creating a barrier or liquid impervious layer.

Booth 208
Again in 2016, Sandler will present the international audience a wide range of synthetic filtration nonwovens. This year, the focus will be on Indoor Air Quality—requirements on air quality in public spaces. Efficient pocket filter media and pleatable nonwovens for ventilation and air conditioning maintain their efficiency even after discharge, thus meeting the requirements of DIN EN 779:2012. Nonwovens for cabin air and engine air filters help improve the indoor air quality in our vehicles. Fuel filter media protect the engine and contribute to efficient combustion. Synthetic vacuum cleaner bags reliably trap dirt particles and dust and foster a higher suction power.

Growing metropolitan areas, more and more vehicles on the roads, particulate matter and other air pollution—efficient filter media are in higher demand than ever. Efficiency and dust holding capacity, however, are no longer the most important properties. The energy efficiency during operation of the filter plant is gaining importance and influences testing standards. Filter media are expected to contribute to low energy consumption.

Sandler’s new synthetic filter medium enAIRsave combines optimum performance and reduced energy usage. Three filter layers provide optimum dust separation – not just in the fine fiber layer, but across the entire width of the medium. The particles are primarily deposited in the coarse meltblown layer as well as the pre-filter layer. This way, air can still flow through the filter at a relatively low pressure and, consequently, at a reduced energy consumption.  

Filter pockets made from enAIRsave are self-supporting, adjusting to the volume flow in the ventilation shaft and offering only very little air resistance themselves. This characteristic also supports the filter’s energy efficiency.

When the air stream is cut off, the pockets made from enAIRsave do not sag, which could bring them into contact with the bottom of the ventilation shaft. Thus, they do not absorb potentially present residual moisture and mold growth is prevented.

Booth 411
Texel remains focused on providing the best quality filter media for liquid bag filters and its patented Triboelectric media. Both product groups will be showcased at its booth with samples and technical information. The liquid filter media features micron rated in polypropylene and polyester. Both product groups are offered in a regular and extended life version. For the Triboelectric media, flexibility is the key. Texel offers three performance grades for each product weight. Texel says the objective is simple: offer the very best solution to its customer’s filtration problems.

Being part of the Lydall family, Texel’s product development capacity has dramatically increased and will help the company meet new and more stringent filter specifications.

Filtrex India Declared a Success

From challenges of mobility and air pollution control, to the opportunities and impact of new standards and regulations, Filtrex India, which took place Sept. 14-15 in New Delhi, offered a unique series of presentations that reflect the dynamism of the whole filtration supply chain from media to finished products, testing and manufacturing equipment.

With such a mix of topics addressing innovations, new products and markets, or specific requirements for India, these two days covered virtually all aspects of this industry and its growing importance to the sub-continent.

“What is most important is the fact that the cross-fertilization and exchanges of ideas taking place here will accelerate the movement towards the implementation of product solutions from global markets to India and vice-versa. The challenges that filtration professionals have to meet are indeed usually both specific and universal, “says Pierre Wiertz, EDANA’s general manager.

The association says the number (over 180) and quality of participants (spanning the whole supply chain) at Filtrex India 2016 clearly indicate that the filtration industry of India stands at the threshold of a new age wherein adapting newer technologies, planning strategically and taking decisive steps for long term growth are critical for companies involved. The event witnessed a gathering of like-minded people who have the power to influence the industry, and this might well result into a number of new partnerships and alliances in future.

As Samir Gupta, managing director of BCH, said in his welcome address: “It is a great satisfaction to see a large number of filter makers from India, already present at the previous edition, returning this year after more than four years, during which India has seen a fast growing filtration market. Admittedly, though, the current level of response to the challenges of air pollution control, and car emission levels among others, cannot lead to complacency and requires further investments.”

He further added: “India today is witnessing a series of revisions and reforms in its legislation pertaining to manufacturing and emissions. Interestingly, there is from the other side a great consumer awareness too that is pushing forward the filtration industry in the country. As an example the need for an ambient indoor air quality can be witnessed through the increasing sales of air purifiers, HVAC systems, cabin air filters in automobiles and many other such equipment. The success of Filtrex India 2016 clearly reflected the good health of the industry, with even better times to come.”

Another important feature of all Filtrex events is the tabletop exhibition. With 17 exhibitors, this made the 2016 Filtrex India not only the highest level conference this year in India for nonwoven filter media, but also a unique promotional opportunity for all companies with particular interest in the filtration market.

In his concluding remarks, Marines Lagemaat, scientific and technical director, EDANA, illustrated the complementary role of legislation and standards, and industry solutions to meet these: “For instance, the obligation for future truck engines to meet upcoming Bharat 6 standard (equivalent to EURO 6) requires smart and customized engineering solutions. In response to this, the final session of Filtrex India on filter media developments was like a toolbox, it offered ideas and solutions that potentially can be applied in all categories, with contributions from across the supply chain.”

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