Short Courses

Short Courses

The 13th World Filtration Congress will begin with a selection of short courses conducted on a variety of Filtration & Separation topics. Short courses are 4 hours and instructed by leading experts in the field. Educational opportunities on these topics are difficult to find, especially with the level of expertise that you will receive at WFC 13.

You may only sign up for one morning short course and one afternoon short course at WFC13. Upon completion, attendees receive certificates of completion and earn CEU credit. To learn additional information on short courses, click on the session title. Short courses may be cancelled one month in advance if registration for the course is low. Registrants who receive notification of cancellation may select another short course or receive a full refund for the course only.

Introduction to Solid/Liquid Separation I - Principles

This course is to introduce the basics of solid/liquid separation (or called liquid filtration) from industrial application perspective. Practical information and examples will be used to relate to fundamentals. It is designed for people who are new to the filtration industry either in technical, sales, or business functions. It is also a very good course for those who have been in this industry for a while to get a better understandings of correlating fundamentals to practical applications. With the wide spectrum of solids/liquid separation technology and to meet audience's interests, this course is designed into two parts, I & II. Each part can be taken independently but it is recommended to take both.

In part I, simple underlining principles of key solid/liquid separation technologies, liquid filter media types and selection criteria will be presented. Technologies to improve filtration and separation such as filter aid, coagulation and flocculation are also part of the curriculum.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Particles and Liquid Properties
  • Principles of Solid/Liquid Separation
  • Liquid Filtration Media
  • Pretreatment
    • Filter Aids
    • Coagulation & Flocculation

Instructor Bios

Wu Chen

Dr. Wu Chen is a Principal Research Scientist at the Dow Chemical Company. He has 30 years of industrial experience in solid/liquid separation and air/gas filtration, both technologies and filtration markets. He also has expertise in project management, process design, bio-separation and membrane processes.

He has been teaching this course in numerous organizations and countries for over 20 years. He is currently the chair of AFS Education Committee and the coordinator of AFS short courses. He has served as the chair of AFS, board of directors, conference chairs, local chapter officers and various committees member in the past. His was awarded AFS Frank Tiller Award in 2002, AFS Well Shoemaker Award in 2005 and Fellow Member Award in 2010.

Wenping Li

Dr. Wenping Li is the R&D Director of Agrilectric Research Company and is in charge of product development and application, product quality and filtration lab management. She has 20 years of practical industrial filtration experience. Before joining Agrilectric, she worked with Prof. Frank M. Tiller, the father of modern filtration theory, at the University of Houston from which she built in depth understanding of fundamentals in filtration. She has 2 patents, over 40 publications, including contributions to filtration sections in Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook and Albright Chemical Engineering Handbook.
Wenping had served as the AFS chair in 2012. She had also served as AFS Board member, AFS Southwest Chapter officer and AFS conferences Co-Chairs and moderators. She is currently a AFS Board member, Scientific Committee member, and has been AFS Student Poster Competition Chair for over 5 years.

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace is the Vice President of Technology for Filtration Technology Corporation (FTC) in Houston, TX. Since he joined FTC in 2003, he has been involved in production engineering, application engineering, research and development, and technical sales of filtration and separation products for liquid/solid, gas/solid, liquid/liquid, and gas/liquid applications. He holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University. Chris is actively involved in the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS). He served as chairman of the AFS in 2014-2015. He was President of the SW Chapter in 2010-2012 and was on the Board of Directors in 2016-2018. He is currently a member of the Corporate Sponsors Committee, on the advisory committee for the SW Chapter, co-instructor of the Introduction to Liquid Filtration course for the society and will be on the board of directors for the 2019-2021 term.

Introduction to Solid/Liquid Separation II - Equipment, Operation and Testing

This course is to introduce the basics of solid/liquid separation (or called liquid filtration) from industrial application perspective. Practical information and examples will be used to relate to fundamentals. It is designed for people who are new to the filtration industry either in technical, sales, or business functions. It is also a very good course for those who have been in this industry for a while to get a better understandings of correlating fundamentals to practical applications. With the wide spectrum of solids/liquid separation technology and to meet audience's interests, this course is designed into two parts, I & II. Each part can be taken independently but it is recommended to take both.

In part II, key types of solid/liquid separation equipment will be discussed individually, including all types of filters, gravity settlers and centrifugal separators will be discussed. Basic operation principles, application guidelines and simple testing and evaluation methods are presented.

Course Outline

  • Equipment & Testing Methods
    • Straining Equipment
    • Cake Filtration Equipment
    • Depth Filtration Equipment
    • Membrane Filtration Equipment
    • Gravity Settling Equipment
    • Centrifugal Separation Equipment

Instructor Bios

Wu Chen

Dr. Wu Chen is a Principal Research Scientist at the Dow Chemical Company. He has 30 years of industrial experience in solid/liquid separation and air/gas filtration, both technologies and filtration markets. He also has expertise in project management, process design, bio-separation and membrane processes.

He has been teaching this course in numerous organizations and countries for over 20 years. He is currently the chair of AFS Education Committee and the coordinator of AFS short courses. He has served as the chair of AFS, board of directors, conference chairs, local chapter officers and various committees member in the past. His was awarded AFS Frank Tiller Award in 2002, AFS Well Shoemaker Award in 2005 and Fellow Member Award in 2010.

Wenping Li

Dr. Wenping Li is the R&D Director of Agrilectric Research Company and is in charge of product development and application, product quality and filtration lab management. She has 20 years of practical industrial filtration experience. Before joining Agrilectric, she worked with Prof. Frank M. Tiller, the father of modern filtration theory, at the University of Houston from which she built in depth understanding of fundamentals in filtration. She has 2 patents, over 40 publications, including contributions to filtration sections in Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook and Albright Chemical Engineering Handbook.
Wenping had served as the AFS chair in 2012. She had also served as AFS Board member, AFS Southwest Chapter officer and AFS conferences Co-Chairs and moderators. She is currently a AFS Board member, Scientific Committee member, and has been AFS Student Poster Competition Chair for over 5 years.

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace is the Vice President of Technology for Filtration Technology Corporation (FTC) in Houston, TX. Since he joined FTC in 2003, he has been involved in production engineering, application engineering, research and development, and technical sales of filtration and separation products for liquid/solid, gas/solid, liquid/liquid, and gas/liquid applications. He holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University. Chris is actively involved in the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS). He served as chairman of the AFS in 2014-2015. He was President of the SW Chapter in 2010-2012 and was on the Board of Directors in 2016-2018. He is currently a member of the Corporate Sponsors Committee, on the advisory committee for the SW Chapter, co-instructor of the Introduction to Liquid Filtration course for the society and will be on the board of directors for the 2019-2021 term.

Introduction to Air/Gas Filtration I - Principles, Media, Application Segments and Equipment

This course is to introduce the basics of air/gas filtration (or called air filtration). It is designed for people who are new to the filtration industry either in technical, sales, or business functions. It is also a very good course for those who have been in this industry for a while to get a better understandings of how fundamentals can be used for practical applications. To meet audience's interests, this course is designed into two parts, I & II. Each part can be taken independently but it is recommended to take both.

In part I, key properties of air/particle systems, simple underlining principles of air/gas separation technologies, air/gas filter media types and manufacturing methods will be presented. Common equipment use for air/gas filtration in key market segments will also be discussed.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Particles and Liquid Properties
  • Principles of Air/Gas Filtration
  • Air/Gas Filtration Media
  • Gas Filtration Equipment and Market Segments

Instructor Bios

Tim Johnson

Tim has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota. He has worked at TSI Incorporated for over 40 years and has worked with the Automated Filter Tester products since 1990. He is currently Senior Application Engineer in the Particle Instruments product group. He is responsible for the product applications using automated filter test equipment and components used in filter testing applications. He has served as a member of on the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS) board of directors. He is actively involved in the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), where he has participated in filtration standards development. He is a member of the USTAG for ISO/TC94/SC15 committee working on an international standard for respirators and ISO/TC142 on multiple working groups involved in working on standards for general ventilation filters, flat sheet media testing, and room air cleaners.

Thad Ptak

Dr. Thad Ptak has over 25 years of experience in filtration technologies, aerosol science and indoor air quality. He has conducted extensive research in the areas of particulate technology, aerosol science, indoor air quality, instrumentation for particle generation and measurement.

Currently he is with AO Smith Corporation. At this position he is responsible for the advanced research projects in air purification field. Prior to joining AO Smith, he was involved in development of new filtration applications, products and technologies in consumer product, HVAC and automotive filtration applications for several different organizations.

Dr. Ptak has published more than 50 technical papers related to the particle technology and filtration field, chaired and organized several sessions and co-chaired a filtration conference. He actively participates in technical societies and numerous standard committees.

Introduction to Air/Gas Filtration II - Media and Filter Design, Testing & Standards

This course is to introduce the basics of air/gas filtration (or called air filtration). It is designed for people who are new to the filtration industry either in technical, sales, or business functions. It is also a very good course for those who have been in this industry for a while to get a better understandings of how fundamentals can be used for practical applications. To meet audience's interests, this course is designed into two parts, I & II. Each part can be taken independently but it is recommended to take both.

Part II starts with key design considerations of media and filters for air/gas filtration applications, followed by discussions about filter performance, testing methods and various standards and they work.

Course Outline

  • Air/Gas Filtration Media and Filter Design
  • Media and Filter Performance, Testing & Standards

Instructor Bios

Tim Johnson

Tim has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota. He has worked at TSI Incorporated for over 40 years and has worked with the Automated Filter Tester products since 1990. He is currently Senior Application Engineer in the Particle Instruments product group. He is responsible for the product applications using automated filter test equipment and components used in filter testing applications. He has served as a member of on the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS) board of directors. He is actively involved in the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), where he has participated in filtration standards development. He is a member of the USTAG for ISO/TC94/SC15 committee working on an international standard for respirators and ISO/TC142 on multiple working groups involved in working on standards for general ventilation filters, flat sheet media testing, and room air cleaners.

Thad Ptak

Dr. Thad Ptak has over 25 years of experience in filtration technologies, aerosol science and indoor air quality. He has conducted extensive research in the areas of particulate technology, aerosol science, indoor air quality, instrumentation for particle generation and measurement.

Currently he is with AO Smith Corporation. At this position he is responsible for the advanced research projects in air purification field. Prior to joining AO Smith, he was involved in development of new filtration applications, products and technologies in consumer product, HVAC and automotive filtration applications for several different organizations.

Dr. Ptak has published more than 50 technical papers related to the particle technology and filtration field, chaired and organized several sessions and co-chaired a filtration conference. He actively participates in technical societies and numerous standard committees.

Air Filtration Market and Technologies

Course Description:

From fundamentals to recent developments, this course will give you an overall understanding of the air filtration market, technologies, and their applications in various areas, such as HVAC, transportation, industrial dust removal, gas turbines, paint spray booths, clean rooms, hot gas filtration, air purification, personal protection, etc. Emerging technologies, challenges and trends for future development will also be discussed.

Course Content:

  • Global Filtration Market
  • Air Filtration Fundamentals
  • Air Filter Media Technologies
  • Filter Products and Technologies
    • HVAC Filters
    • Air Filters in Transportation
    • Industrial Dust Removal
    • Gas Turbine filtration
    • Paint Spray Booth
    • Clean Room
    • Hot Gas Filtration
    • Personal Protection
    • Air Purifiers
    • Specialties
  • Evaluation and Test Standards
  • Market Trends and Opportunities

Instructor Bios

Christine Sun

Dr. Christine Sun, President of Filtration Technology International, Inc., is a globally recognized technical and market expert in nonwovens and filtration industry. With over 30 years of extensive experiences in both academic and industrial services, she has not only broad and in-depth knowledge in this field, but also commercial scale hands-on experience in product development. She has over 100 technical publications and patents in the related area.

Dr. Sun was a technology director at Donaldson from 2011 to 2013, and R & D Manager at Freudenberg Filtration Technologies from 2004 to 2011. Before that, she was a research professor at the University of Tennessee’s Textiles and Nonwovens Development Center (TANDEC).

Dr. Sun earned her BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Executive Certificate from Kellogg School of Management. She received the Sr. Scientist Award in 2012 from AFS and the Best Paper Award on filtration from INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry) in 2008. She is the Past Chair of AFS (2016-2017), board member of Textile Research Journal and Journal of Industrial Textile. She initiated and chaired ASHRAE MTG-EEC (filter energy efficiency classification committee), involved in multiple air/liquid filtration standard development.

Microfiltration Membrane

Content:

Learn in-depth knowledge of the various types of microporous membranes including: Strengths and Weaknesses, Performance Characteristics, Integrity Testing, Retention Efficiency, Ratings and Comparisons. Learn to differentiate between microporous, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and reverse osmosis membranes.

The attendee will learn about membrane:

  • Definitions: Microfiltration, Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration, and Reverse Osmosis
  • Types: Philicity, Morphology, Structure, Formats, Materials, and Supports
  • Membrane Formation: Liquid, Gas, and Thermal Phase Inversion, Stretching, Substitution, Etching
  • Pore Structure: Isotropic, Anisotropic, Duel Anisotropic, Asymmetric
  • Pore Size: History, Measurement, Efficiency, Reality, Integrity Testing, Distribution
  • Retention Efficiency: Nominal, Absolute, LRV, Sterilizing Grade, Nominally Absolute, or Absolutely Nominal
  • Surface Modification: Philicity, Zeta Potential, Ion Exchange, Affinity, Adsorption
  • Retention Mechanisms: Sieve, Depth, Adsorption, Impingement,
  • Pressure/Flow Characteristics: Thickness, Pore Distribution, Surface Area, Effective Surface Area
  • Life: Plugging, Passage, Grow Through
  • Device Geometries: Pleated, Pleat Variations, Hollow Fiber, Tubular, Spiral Wound, Flat Plate Cassettes
  • Applications: Pharmaceutical, BioPharmaceutical, Food and Beverage, Microelectronics, Chemical, Medical, Laboratory

The aforementioned bullet points are representative but by no means totally inclusive.

Instructor Bios

Scott Yaeger

Scott P. Yaeger has over 30 years of experience in the development, manufacture, sales, marketing, application, and management of membrane companies including Sartorius, Cuno, Gelman Sciences, Parker Hannifin, and PTI Advanced Filtration. Mr. Yaeger has held positions titled Vice President, Engineering, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Executive Vice President. In addition to his experience in membrane manufacturing companies, Mr. Yaeger has spent a significant part of his career working with membrane users in all applicable markets worldwide. For the last four years, Scott has been the President of Filtration and Separation Technology LLC, an independent consulting company assisting filter media manufacturers, filtration companies and users. He has taught this short course for the last 3 years at the American Filtration and Separation Society and AIChE. This course is very interactive and has been graded by its participants with grades of very good to exceptional.

Filtration & Separation Media Use and Market

Filtration and separation media is the heart and soul of every filter and filtration process. This course covers eight major categories and over twenty distinctive types of filtration media. The construction of each medium is unique with specific design and functional advantages clearly described.

The presentation is heavy with visual examples and descriptions of multiple advantages and disadvantages along with in-depth application details not found elsewhere in the industry. Market size, new developments, trends, un-met needs and future outlook ties the course together. A must attend course if filtration media expertise and market information is important to the success of your job.

Instructor Bios

Edward Gregor

Edward C. Gregor is Managing Director of Edward C. Gregor & Associates, LLC, a consulting company specializing in the creation of growth for companies having new or under-exploited technologies and manufacturing capabilities in performance materials, specialty polymers, technical textiles and filtration. He has developed several of the industries most advanced filtration media, fiber, textile, nonwoven fabric technologies with client companies over the years.

Ed Gregor is co-founder of the American Filtration & Separations Society in1987, and has served as past Chairman in 1990 and again in 2004 and was awarded the AFS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Mr. Gregor is the chairman of International Filtration News magazine technical advisory board. Ed also interviews international CEO’s (including the USA) for each issue of the magazine. Mr. Gregor was the only non-PhD, who participated on the textile advisory board of the Journal of Industrial Textiles and Coated Fabrics where he contributed for 17 years. He was the co-founder and Editorial Consultant of the magazine Technical Textile Technology (T³) formed in 2002 for the North American market. Separately, Ed Gregor has a M&A business (Live Oak Capital, LLC) in filtration and technical textiles and is represented internationally by a partner company based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Reverse Osmosis System Design

Course Description:

The design of reverse osmosis treatment systems utilizing spiral wound membrane elements is affected by numerous factors such as feedwater quality and temperature. The quality of the permeate stream is a function of the specific design, and requires a thorough understanding of a number of design parameters.

This workshop utilizes a collaborative problem-solving approach whereby participants work together in groups in a casual environment.

Data are initially provided in handouts to give the participants the necessary tools, and then a problem is handed out to each participant. They then work in groups of 4 to 6 to collaboratively solve as many as eight problems, one at a time.

For each problem, after an appropriate period of time, the problem solution is handed out and discussed.

This course is directed towards the engineer and other professionals involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of reverse osmosis systems.

This course provides the participants with the tools to understand the numerous factors affecting reverse osmosis system design and performance.

Instructor Bios

Peter Cartwright

Peter has been in the water and wastewater treatment industry for 43 years, and has had his own consulting engineering company since 1980. He has delivered over 300 lectures and written the same number of articles on water/wastewater treatment technologies. He was the 2016 Distinguished McEllhiney Lecturer for the National Groundwater Assn. and is an active member of most of the water related organizations.

Filter Media Technologies

Course Description:

Filter media technology is the core and competitive edge of modern filtration technologies. From nonwovens, membranes, ceramics, metallics, adsorbents, wovens, to nanofibers and other porous materials, this course aims to provide you an overall understanding of the filter media market and products used in various areas of air and liquid filtration. Emerging technologies, challenges and trends for future development will also be discussed.

Course Content:

  1. Introduction to the filtration market
  2. Key market segments in air/liquid filtration
  3. Common filter media types
  4. Market statistics and opportunities
  5. Filter media technologies for air filtration
  6. Nonwoven and nanofiber filter media
  7. Filter media technologies for liquid filtration
  8. Characteristics and requirements of filter media
  9. Things to consider for filter media selection
  10. New developments in air/liquid filter media
  11. Unmet needs and trends for future development

Instructor Bios

Christine Sun

Dr. Christine Sun, President of Filtration Technology International, Inc., is a globally recognized technical and market expert in nonwovens and filtration industry. With over 30 years of extensive experiences in both academic and industrial services, she has not only broad and in-depth knowledge in this field, but also commercial scale hands-on experience in product development. She has over 100 technical publications and patents in the related area.

Dr. Sun was a technology director at Donaldson from 2011 to 2013, and R & D Manager at Freudenberg Filtration Technologies from 2004 to 2011. Before that, she was a research professor at the University of Tennessee’s Textiles and Nonwovens Development Center (TANDEC).

Dr. Sun earned her BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Executive Certificate from Kellogg School of Management. She received the Sr. Scientist Award in 2012 from AFS and the Best Paper Award on filtration from INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry) in 2008. She is the Past Chair of AFS (2016-2017), board member of Textile Research Journal and Journal of Industrial Textile. She initiated and chaired ASHRAE MTG-EEC (filter energy efficiency classification committee), involved in multiple air/liquid filtration standard development.

Ultrafiltration Membrane

Content:

This course provides an in depth study of the Ultrafiltration membranes typically used in the Pharmaceutical, Microelectronic, Food and Beverage, Water and Waste Water, Coatings, Chemical, Oil and Gas, Laboratory, and Medical Markets

The attendee will learn about membrane:

  • Definitions
  • Microfiltration, Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration, and Reverse Osmosis

  • Terminology
  • Flux, Permeate, Cross Flow Velocity, Trans Membrane Pressure, Concentration Polarization

  • Types
  • Philicity, Morphology, Structure, Formats, Materials, and Supports

  • Membrane Formation
  • Liquid, Vapor, and Thermal Phase Inversion

  • Pore Structure
  • Isotropic, Anisotropic, Asymmetric

  • Pore Size
  • History, Measurement, Efficiency, Reality, Integrity Testing, Distribution

  • Retention Efficiency
  • Nominal Molecular Weight Cut Off, Absolute, Real World

  • Surface Modification
  • Philicity, Adsorption, Binding

  • Retention Mechanisms
  • Sieve, Adsorption, Velocity, Size Exclusion

  • Pressure/Flow Characteristics
  • Thickness, Pore Distribution, Surface Area, Effective Surface Area

  • Life
  • Plugging, Passage, Grow Through, Cross Flow Parameters

  • Device Geometries
  • Hollow Fiber, Tubular, Spiral Wound, Flat Plate Cassettes

  • Cross Flow Filtration
  • Critical Parameters and Control, Single or Multiple Use

  • Applications
  • Pharmaceutical, BioPharmaceutical, Food and Beverage, Microelectronics, Chemical, Medical,Laboratory

The aforementioned bullet points are representative but by no means totally inclusive.

Instructor Bios

Scott Yaeger

Scott P. Yaeger has over 30 years of experience in the development, manufacture, sales, marketing, application, and management of membrane companies including Sartorius, Cuno, Gelman Sciences, Parker Hannifin, and PTI Advanced Filtration. Mr. Yaeger has held positions titled Vice President, Engineering, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Executive Vice President. In addition to his experience in membrane manufacturing companies, Mr. Yaeger has spent a significant part of his career working with membrane users in all applicable markets worldwide. For the last four years, Scott has been the President of Filtration and Separation Technology LLC, an independent consulting company assisting filter media manufacturers, filtration companies and users. He has taught this short course for the last 3 years at the American Filtration and Separation Society and AIChE. This course is very interactive and has been graded by its participants with grades of very good to exceptional.

Metal 3D Printing in Filter Manufacturing

Content:

The short course aims to give attendees a basic knowledge of AM, the process and what is involved within the development of additive industrial parts. Not only will the course discuss the AM process but will also focus on Designing for Additive Manufacture (DfAM) and how it differs to conventional designing. Backed with case studies relating to the filtration industry, the delegates will leave with a wider understanding of the potential benefits AM can deliver to the filtration market place.

Course Outline and Objectives:

  • To gain an understanding of the key principles of Additive Manufacturing (AM) from concept through to completion.
  • To understand the benefits of AM in relation to filtration.
  • To understand the principles of Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) and how it improves on conventional filtration designs.
  • To become familiar with the challenges of AM and how to overcome them.
  • To see how AM has already been applied within the filtration industry.
    • Wedge Wire
    • Woven Wire Mesh
    • Perforated Plate
    • Hybrid - Conventional Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing
    • Filter Housings
    • Component parts

What is covered?

  • Background to Additive Manufacturing (AM) in different materials
  • A detailed outline of Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM)
  • Surface finish and build orientation
  • Post processing and finishing
  • Inherent challenges of Additive Manufacturing
  • Applied Additive Manufacturing within the filtration industry

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at anyone who wishes to gain a detailed insight into the basic fundamentals of metal additive manufacturing within the filtration industry. Distinct from the available academic courses currently being offered, the course is designed to be accessible for potential users of the AM, product designers, and anyone else who has an interest in in learning more about the technology. The aim is to provide real knowledge backed with real experience.

Instructor Bios

Neil Burns

Neil Burns is a founder and co-director of Croft Filters Limited and Croft Additive Manufacturing Limited, Warrington, United Kingdom and has more than 30 years’ experience developing and delivering high quality filtration solutions to a range of industries in the UK and worldwide. His engineering experience began with wire mesh fabrication and along with brother Mark Burns they formed Croft Engineering Services, originally mesh suppliers. Their engineering abilities took them along the natural progression path to filter manufacturing. Croft Filters company has grown to thirty employees. As a Director, Neil and his fellow Directors are responsible for the overall management of the company, with each Director having responsibilities in specialised areas. In particular Neil’s role is very diverse and covers all aspects financial, product development, growth strategy, staff skills and recruitment and marketing. Neil and fellow Directors recognised the potential of additive manufacturing, acquired a machine and created a spin off company, Croft Additive Manufacturing Ltd. He aims to introduce advances in processes employed in filter manufacture as well as creating improved filtration solutions of high quality. Improvements in filter outputs allow him to continually advance their environmental policy to reduce not only their own carbon footprint but that of their customers.
Neil gained his MBA from the University of Liverpool in 2012 and in 2019 graduated for his MSc by Research at Lancaster University. He continually expands his skills horizons by attending workshops and national and international conferences. In 2014, Neil presented at Automate UK, 1st World Congress of 3D printing, China, Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing International Conference, Nottingham. Neil is a Committee Member of ASTM Standards Board (USA) and a Committee Member, ISS Standards Board (UK).

SHORT COURSES

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020

PRICING

Early/Regular/Late

Introduction to Solid/Liquid Separation I - Principles
(8:00am - 12:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Introduction to Solid/Liquid Separation II - Equipment
(1:00pm - 5:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Introduction to Air/Gas Filtration I
(8:00am - 12:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Introduction to Air/Gas Filtration II
(1:00pm - 5:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Air Filtration Market and Technologies
(8:00am - 12:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Microfiltration Membrane
(8:00am - 12:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Filtration & Separation Media Use and Market
(8:00am - 12:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Application of RO
(8:00am - 12:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Filter Media Technologies
(1:00pm - 5:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Ultrafiltration Membrane
(1:00am - 5:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645
Liquid Filtration Testing Basics
(1:00pm - 5:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)

Liquid Filtration Testing Basics

The Liquid Filtration Testing Basics Short Course is an introductory course on liquid filtration testing, testing methods and the standard equipment and instruments used. The course will cover filter test techniques and standards for water, fuel, lube oil, hydraulic fluids, and other industrial liquids. In addition particle characteristics and efficiency methods and ratings will be reviewed.

Learning Objective:

Attendees will leave with a broad view and better understanding of the principles and methods available to pre-qualify and optimize liquid filtration selection.

Who should attend:

Filtration Design Engineers, Filtration Product Managers, Filtration Users, Liquid Process Managers,Solid Liquid Separation Researchers, New Product Development Managers, Filter Media Developers, Laboratory Researchers, Laboratory Managers.

Top 10 Pieces of Info you will NOT get anywhere else:

  • Understanding Filtration Efficiency Terms
  • Filter Testing Standards by Industry
  • ASTM/ISO/SAE/ Filter Testing Standards
  • Single Pass vs. Multi Pass Filter Testing Methods
  • Cyclic Filter Testing Methods
  • Advanced Particle Counting Methods
  • Test Dusts and Contaminants
  • Bubble Point Tests
  • Determining Filter Dirt Holding Capacity
  • Bio Fuel Filter Testing

Course Outline:

SCOPE: To study the test methods and test equipment used to evaluate the effective characteristics of filtering media and filters used to clarify liquids.

  • INTRODUCTION TO LIQUID FILTER TESTING (10min)
  • STANDARDIZATION ORGANIZATIONS AND TEST STANDARDS (20min)
  • Industries, National and International QUALITY ASSURANCE IN TESTING LABORATORIES (10min)
  • TYPES AND APPLICATIONS OF LIQUID CLARIFICATION FILTERS (20min)
  • Types: Depth, Precoat, Cartridges, Membranes, Design and Operation Parameters, Fields of Application
  • TYPES AND CHARACTERISTICS OF FILTERING MEDIA (30min)
  • Granular, woven, non woven, membranes
  • CARACTERISTICS OF LIQUIDS & PARTICLES (30min)

Instructor Bios

Nicolas Petillon

CTO at IFTS,
Has worked in filter testing center and measurement laboratory for more than 20 years
Is projet leader in several ISO committees to develop oil and fuel filtration test standards
Has given more than 50 lectures and conferences in filter testing by AFS, FILTECH WFC, IFC as well in China as in europe or USA..

$545/$595/$645
3D Metal Printing in Filter Manufacturing
(1:00pm - 5:00pm, 0.4 CEUs)
$545/$595/$645