With more than 2000 attendees and 200 exhibitors, training sessions and deep dives into all the hottest topics in the filtration and separation industries, FiltXPO is the place to meet all of the industry’s key decision makers.
The event conference features keynote presentations and intensely-focused sessions around the following seven interest areas: air and gas filtration, biopharmaceutical, filter media modeling, nanofiber filter media, membrane technologies, separation and manufacturing and water filtration. The program continues to add subject matter experts.
FiltXPO attendees can glean insights and strategies into such areas as:
- Engineering cleaner air
- Developing next-generation filters
- Low-cost material alternatives for microfiltration application
- Testing filter efficiencies
- Protecting livestock against airborne viruses
- Meeting stringent emission norms
- Groundbreaking nanofiber research
Keynote speakers include:
Gas Phase and Particulate Filtration: Delivering Advanced Solutions with Performance Materials—Michael O’Laughlin, vice president, Advanced Solutions, Lydall Performance Materials will provide keen insights for engineering cleaner air with gas phase filtration by adsorbing molecular contaminants with physisorption and chemisorption.
Current Challenges, New Technologies and the Future Prospects of Novel Filters for Biopharmaceutical Separations—Michael Phillips, Ph.D., director Next Generation BioProcessing R&D, MilliporeSigma will share a Fortune 500 company’s viewpoint on new technologies and challenges overcome to develop next-generation filters.
Understanding Airborne Dust and Droplet Filtration Via Multiscale Modeling and Experiment—Tafreshi Hooman, Ph.D., assistant professor, Virginia Commonwealth University will present past and current studies on modeling dust particles filtration via fibrous filters that are key to designing new products for droplet removal.
Separation & Manufacturing—Shagufta Patel, Ph.D., research scientist, Parker Hannifin Company
Other highlighted speakers include:
• Air/Gas Filtration—A Novel Long-Life Air Cleaning Unit and its Continuous Operation Performance Analysis presented by Xin Feng, research fellow, Air Cleaning Techcenter (ACT), China Academy of Building Research; Testing and Estimating Efficiencies of Ventilation Filters at PM2.5 and 10 by R. Vijayakumar, Ph.D. president, Aerfil, LLC; Airborne Pathogen Protection in Livestock Operations, Carlos Lora, global director of Market Strategy Animal Science, AAF International (Daikin Industries); An Innovative Filter Media for Hot Gas Filtration Application, Neeraj Shukla, manager, Welspun India Limited.
• Biopharmaceuticals—Progress and Future Potential of Monolitchic Chromatographic Resins in Bioseparations presented by Ales Strancar, CEO, BIA Separations D.O.O. as well as additional speakers to be announced.
• Filter Media Modeling—Microscale Simulation of Gas-Liquid and Liquid-Liquid Filtration, presented by Ben Mullins, Ph.D., associate professor, director Occupation, Environment and Safety, Curtin University; Modeling Heterogeneous Filter Structure and Pressure Drop Evolution, Chris Hogan, Ph.D., professor and director of Graduate Studies, University of Minnesota, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Modeling to Design Filtration Processes with Application to Crewed Missions in Deep Space, Christopher Cox, Ph.D., professor & department head, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Machine Learning-Based Segmentation and Identification of Individual Fibers and Binders in CT Images of Fibrous Media, Andreas Wiegmann, CEO, Math2Market GmbH; and Modeling and Simulation of Meltblown Processes for Fine Fiber Nonwovens, Dietmar Hietel, Ph.D., director of Process Control, Fraunhofer-Institute For Industrial Mathematics (ITWM).
• Membrane Technologies—Preparations and Characterizations of Low-Cost Porous Ceramic Membranes for Potential Microfiltration Applications, presented by Jang-Hoon Ha, Ph.D., Powder and Ceramics Division, Korea Institute of Materials Science; Antifouling Silicon Nanofiltration Membranes for Molecular-Scale Separations in Harsh Environments, Brendan Smith, Ph.D., postdoctoral associate, MIT; and PLA Filter Media, Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor and executive director, North Carolina State University, The Nonwovens Institute; Fred Lybrand, director, Business Development, HESF, Hollingsworth & Vose Company, also will speak in this session track.
• Nanofiber Filter Media—Metallized Nanofibers: Pollutants Removal and Medical Applications Based on Filtration, presented by Alexander L. Yarin, Ph.D., distinguished professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Production of Micro and Nanofibers by Solution Blow Spinning: Current Status, Eliton Medeiros, Ph.D., professor, Federal University of Paraíba. Other speakers include Stanislav Petrik, director, Technical University of Liberec; Peter Kofinas, Ph.D., ChBE professor & chair, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute, University of Maryland; and Andrew McDowell, director, Sales & Marketing, NXTNANO.
• Separation and Manufacturing—Case Study in the Development and Use of PFAs and Other Flourinated Hydrocarbons and the Resulting Ecological Mayhem, presented by Hal Alper, president & chief science officer, MYCELX Technologies Corporation; Filtration and Filter Media Production in a Changing World, Lothar Kaierle, vice president Sales Nonwovens, American Truetzschler, Inc.; and Textile Composites: Important Considerations for Performance and Manufacturability, Ray Piascik, director of Marketing and Sales, Beckmann Converting, Inc. & Sandel International. Also speaking, Carl Shenk, R&D manager, MYCELX Technologies Corporation.
• Water Filtration—Targeted Odorous Gas Removal presented by Jayraj Joshi, Ph.D., product innovation specialist, Purafil Filtration Group, among other notable talks.
Chase Machine and Engineering
For over 65 years, Chase Machine and Engineering has designed and built custom web handling systems and process equipment for many of the largest and most progressive filter media and filter manufacturers in the world. Chase’s talented team of mechanical, automation and electrical engineers, along with its experienced and diverse manufacturing technicians, provide customers with the best custom automated equipment solution to compete and win in today’s worldwide and growing filtration Industry.
For those interested in product development, the Chase Materials Applications Lab exists to help engineering teams take their ideas, create new or improved product and determine the optimum method for producing it. Lab capabilities include web handling systems with ultrasonic technology for laminating, embossing, welding, slitting as well as cutting-to-length machines.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö enhanced its range in November 2018 through the launch of Extia, a breakthrough, high performance product for industrial applications designed to extend filtration lifetime for air pollution control applications and to help to protect people and the environment. Extia lengthens filtration lifetime by more than 40%, helping customers to extend the operational duration, before needing to change the filters.
In September 2019, Ahlstrom-Munksjo announced a portfolio expansion for Extia with several new products and now offers a complete mid efficiency range, including flame retardant, surface conductive and food approved versions. Products are designed to meet the safety requirements of specific industrial air pollution control applications.
Expanded portfolio also includes a high efficiency range reaching up to EN1822 H13, specifically designed for applications involving very fine particles and challenging dusts. Additionally, Extia proves to be much easier to convert into a filter, on both knife and rotary pleating machines.
Elsner Engineering has been designing and building automated equipment for the filtration market for over 20 years, beginning with the development of an automated method for folding element leaves for spiral wound filters. Today Elsner realizes the growing filtration market has a great need to adopt automated machinery solutions in order to save time and labor while improving consistency and quality control.
Elsner Engineering Filtration is rounded out currently with various machines aimed at removing manual labor from the element manufacturing process. Elsner machines automate the processes of folding, gluing, rolling, trimming and pack building:
- EMF-42: Membrane Folding Machine
- APB-42: Automated Pack Building Machine
- Element Trim Saw for trimming elements in spiral wound filters
- Semi-automatic Filter Rolling Machines (SFR-42 Series).
Hollingsworth & Vose
Hollingsworth & Vose is a leading global manufacturer of advanced materials for filtration, battery separator and industrial applications. H&V operates manufacturing sites and research centers in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and India.
At FiltXPO, H&V will showcase its Technostat product line offering a variety of charged filtration media for a variety of industries. The latest developments in this family offer the highest efficiency with lowest resistance in the industry.
Traditional Technostat is available in grades between 45-500 gsm, providing efficiency performance form 40-99.98%; Technostat PLUS provides improved performance at equivalent basis weights. With densities between 20-500 gsm, providing efficiency performance from 60% to 99.9% (EN13274-7); Technostat PL is its latest and lightest 20-500 gsm series, improves performance further by providing equivalent to superior efficiency and air permeability at 10-30+% weight reduction; Technostat MG includes enhanced mechanical efficiency to maintain efficiency levels after exposure the charge reducing contaminants during use including those governed by discharge test protocols.
The Technostat family is the media of choice for the most demanding applications in a variety of markets including residential HVAC furnace filtration, automotive cabin air filtration, medical devices, respiratory protection, cabin air filtration for non-automotive applications, room purifiers, vacuum cleaners and other small appliances.
Oerlikon Nonwoven experts will be presenting efficient solutions and comprehensive technology know-how for challenging filtration tasks to an international trade audience at the FiltXPO 2020 conference at booth no. 420.
Meltblown technology is one of the most efficient methods for producing very fine and highly-separating filter media made from manmade fibers. New, unique and highly-sophisticated filter media are easy to manufacture thanks to Oerlikon Nonwoven’s optimized meltblown technology. This process is characterized by its constant melt pressure distribution and consistent dwell time across the entire width of the spinning beam, Furthermore, the novel guidance and distribution of the process air outside the coat-hanger distributor offered by the Oerlikon Nonwoven technology prevents so-called hotspots, which overall ensures particularly homogeneous nonwoven properties and basis weights even in the case of delicate raw materials.
The filter efficiency can be considerably increased by means of so-called electro-charging—where the nonwovens are electrostatically charged. With its extreme flexibility when charging the most diverse nonwovens, the Oerlikon Nonwoven charging unit stands out against other concepts currently available on the market. Users can freely choose from a large number of variation possibilities and set the optimum charging method depending on the filter application, allowing the Oerlikon Nonwoven charging unit to also be used for the manufacture of EPA- and spunbond is frequently being deployed in liquid and air filtration. Here, the nonwovens are predominantly used as carrier materials in order to provide both filter stability and the necessary pleatability. Furthermore, they are also deployed as preliminary filters in automobile and HVAC applications (heating, ventilation, air conditioning).
It is in this area that Oerlikon Nonwoven stands out with its segmented spin packs, which guarantee even melt distribution and polymer dwell time. The new forming section ensures improved nonwoven formation evenness across the entire width, even in the case of high spinning speeds, special polymers and polymer combinations. In addition to this, the newly-designed system also ensures that nonwovens only require minimal edge trimming at the end of the production process. The newly-developed mixed-fiber technology enables the combining of various filament cross-sections and polymers, in order to set ideal filtering and pleating performances.
Reifenhäuser Reicofil GmbH is a world leading supplier of extrusion lines for producing spunbond, meltblown, and composite nonwoven fabrics. The name Reicofil has become synonymous with uniform and consistent fabric quality within the nonwovens industry. For the filtration industry, Reicofil lines produce filtration media for air, liquid, gas and blood filtration.
Reicofil meltblowing dies can have a single row or multiple row of holes. Dies can switch between single row and multiple row in order to produce an extremely wide product range. Single-row dies produce fine, uniform filaments which in the final product provide high hydrohead and excellent filter separation rates. Multi-row dies are typically run with higher viscosity. The result is high filament strength and high elasticity. The ability to switch between both types of dies gives a Reicofil meltblowing line extreme flexibility.
Reicofil spunbond and meltblowing lines are custom-tailored to the requirements of the filtration media and can use a wide variety of raw materials. Reicofil spunbond lines can even produce high-loft, multi-layer products with each layer having its own unique properties.
Teijin Frontier will showcase a new bag-type filter using “Nanofront” high-strength ultra-fine polyester fiber that realizes high-efficiency dust collection, energy savings and long life at FiltXPO. The bag inside is lined with ultra-fine Nanofront fibers, which have a diameter of just 700 nm, creating a finely porous structure for the extra-efficient collection of dust and powder.
Welspun launched the Hybrid technology backed WelPleat in October 2019 in the European market. It was well received as it stood as a versatile and innovative product addressing all the pain areas of regular pleatable filter media. It superiorly exceeds in physical and performance metrics and helps in an overall better filtration efficiency.
The company also launched an innovative blend filtration media WelStrat in 2018 to resolve the issues faced by the regular filtration media in the temperature range of 170–180o C with higher moisture content in the filtration environment. It has received many accolades in conferences across the globe and the testimonials from field have been great.