Advanced Separation Technologies Acquired by Trucent, Inc.

Advanced Separation Technologies (AST) announced May 7, 2019 that it has finalized the sale of all the assets and rights relating to Advanced Separation Technologies (CentraSep®) and AST Leasing collectively referred to as AST/CentraSep to Dexter, MI based Trucent, Inc.

AST/CentraSep becomes part of the Trucent family of companies and will be known as Trucent CentraSep Technologies.

Trucent and AST/CentraSep are no strangers to each other, with Trucent selling CentraSep centrifuges as part of its product offerings for years.

Tom Czartoski, CEO and owner of Trucent, said, “The CentraSep acquisition merges two great and complementary separation companies and elevates our game by adding a division with a talented management team, and an established presence in North America, Asia, Europe and South America, along with the industry leading technology.”

Both the Trucent and AST/CentraSep leadership teams see this as an important step in the futures of the companies. The former AST/CentraSep operation will remain in Noblesville, IN, and Jeff Beattey, founder and CEO, will remain as the president of the Trucent CentraSep Technologies division. “We are excited to bring these two dynamic companies together, leveraging our collective engineering talents, skilled team members and world class customer commitment. Trucent has a fundamental knowledge around the science of fluid separation, excellent laboratory and analytical skills, and a broad onsite service network throughout North America.”

About AST/CentraSep
Based in Noblesville, IN, AST developed CentraSep centrifugal separators for liquid/solid separation and the purification of industrial process fluids. The company has a strong presence in the solar panel production, glass grinding, wire draw, paint and a variety of other industries. CentraSep is a market leader given its simplicity in design, reliability, and overall fluid separation performance utilizing its technology with an install base in 22 countries across the globe.

Additional information about CentraSep technologies is available at

About Trucent
Based in Dexter, MI, Trucent is a leading provider of fluid purification technologies and services, servicing multiple markets throughout North America. Bringing “science and service to separation” Trucent helps its customers extract valued products from mixtures such as corn oil, and reclaim contaminated fluids such as industrial metalworking fluids. The combination of expert process analytics, fluid separation expertise, technology development, and site-based customer services creates new co-product streams, lowers operating costs, and improves quality.

Additional information about Trucent is available at

Four Ways China Is Fighting Air Pollution

A new Freedonia study finds that the Chinese market for internal combustion engine, air, and fluid filters will approach $18 billion in 2022, and remain the largest in the world. Among the factors driving market growth, efforts by regulators to curb the nation’s notorious air pollution problem, such as by raising filtration standards, will continue to have an impact. For example, as China neared its 2020 air-quality targets ahead of schedule, the government introduced stricter goals.

Here are four ways China is shedding its reputation as the smog capital of the world:

1. Imposing more demanding vehicle and factory emissions standards: While less restrictive than those in the US or the EU, Chinese emissions limits have decreased in recent years, creating need for higher-performing filters and significantly improving air quality.

2. Shuttering tens of thousands of polluting factories, and cracking down on both lax and excessive enforcement by local authorities via a national inspection system: An unintended result of a “one size fits all” approach to environmental standards in China has been an effective blanket-ban of heavy industry, but now local governments are allowed to set their own targets.

3. Investing in green energy and advanced filtration technologies: China leads the world in renewable energy investment, and as concerns about pollution continue to grow in China, consumers will increase their use of air and fluid filtration products.

4. Partnering with other governments and organizations to address key goals: For example, ongoing collaboration between China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the US Environmental Protection Agency has yielded stronger methods for assessing and mitigating pollution levels.

But China is not the only country making strides in this arena. Freedonia’s Global Filters study examines trends in all major national filter markets to provide historical demand by major product group and end-use market, as well as sales forecasts for 2022 and 2027.

Global Filters (published 04/2019, 470 pages) is available  from The Freedonia Group:

About The Freedonia Group
The Freedonia Group is a leading international industrial research company publishing more than 100 studies annually. Since 1985, they have provided research to customers ranging in size from global conglomerates to one-person consulting firms. More than 90% of the industrial companies in the Fortune 500 use Freedonia Group research to help with their strategic planning. Additional Industrial Components studies can be purchased at, and

AquaStorm Cloth Media Filtration System – An Effective Solution for Wet Weather Treatment

With more than 25 years of application experience utilizing cloth media filtration for tertiary wastewater applications, Aqua-Aerobic Systems complete line of cloth media filters has demonstrated the ability to accommodate high solids loadings and hydraulic throughput, a small footprint, and exceptional effluent quality in more than 1,500 installations, worldwide.

Joining the family of proven Aqua-Aerobic cloth media filters is the AquaStorm™ cloth media filtration system – an effective solution for wet weather applications including: CSO, SSO and stormwater due to its proven removal efficiencies and high quality effluent, even under varying influent conditions.

The AquaStorm system utilizes a disk configuration and the exclusive OptiFiber PF-14® pile cloth media and operates with three zones of solids removal to effectively filter wet weather flows without the use of chemicals. The system is designed to handle a wide range of flows in a fraction of space compared to other treatment methods and offers simple startup/shutdown with unattended operation for remote locations.  The system’s flexibility also allows for dual use application for tertiary and wet weather operation.

Aqua-Aerobic Systems has been a leader in the design and manufacture of wastewater treatment equipment and systems for both industrial and municipal markets, worldwide, since 1969. Its treatment solutions include aeration and mixing, biological processes, filtration systems, disinfection systems, membranes and aftermarket products.  The company’s technologies meet or exceed the most stringent effluent requirements of today and are designed to accommodate changing effluent demands of tomorrow.

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The Growing Trend of Sustainability Leads Directly to Herrmann Ultrasonics

Hermann Ultrasonics’ the new MICROBOND platform.

Are you still using heat or glue for your nonwovens application?

The advantages of ultrasonic solutions in the manufacturing of nonwovens products significantly supports sustainability intiatives.  Herrmann Ultrasonics has been at the forefront of this push in the industry, with leading ultrasonic technology, making glue-free diapers possible. Ultrasonic welding of nonwovens is a fast and stable process that is easily repeatable and immediately production-ready without the need for the pre-heating of components or adhesives. The technology allows for simultaneous embossing, laminating, perforating and cutting. The laminated materials provide a pleasant softness and fulfill all requirements for wear comfort and functionality. There is no need for hot glue –the process becomes more manageable, sustainable and ultimatly more efficient.

The introduction of the new MICROBOND platform allows for greater closed loop process control and the new intuiative touch screen supports visual real time process changes and monitoring, multiple actuator control and graphical representation of the ultrasonic bonding process in a single handheld unit.  These standard features, along with the proven MICROGAP control system, ensures consistent product quality and provides key advantages:

  • Elimination of adhesive and the downtime associated with preheating, start up and preventative maintenance
  • Soft to the touch – skin friendly
  • Close loop feedback ultrasonic process control offers high reliability and efficiency at high-speed production rates

End users and OEM’s persist to eliminate adhesives; turning to ultrasonics as the solution due to the high residual costs of running adhesive production and a significant reduction in machine downtime. Further development of elastic entrapment and stretch paneling applications support the move to glue-free diapers and a more sustainable process.

For more information visit Herrmann Ultrasonics at IDEA 2019, booth #1606, March 25 – 28, at the Miami Beach Covention Center, Miami, Florida

Expo Space at 13th World Filtration Congress Selling Fast More than Half of Conference Booths Reserved

Hosted by the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS), the 13th World Filtration Congress (WFC13) is bringing together the world’s best minds in the filtration and separations industry to solve the world’s toughest challenges through knowledge exchange, networking and education. With 15 months left before the event, more than half of the event’s expo space has been sold.

WFC13 is scheduled April 20-24, 2020, in San Diego, CA.

“The World Filtration Congress is among the most important events to the filtration and separations industry,” said Thomas Ramsey, Chair of the Board of Directors of AFS. “There is not another event that brings together a higher caliber of attendee with regard to innovation in our industry, and companies, individuals and nonprofits alike, from every corner of the world, benefit immensely from participating.”

Booths are selling for $4,000 for a standard 10×10 space. Each booth comes with one conference registration, two expo passes, and inclusion on the event website, the exhibitor guide and the mobile app. Discounts are available for AFS corporate and platinum sponsors and for organizations who reserve more than one booth.

Organizations can realize savings and exceptional exposure by becoming a Conference Sponsor. Sponsorships are available at the Diamond, Sapphire, Emerald, Pearl, Gold and Silver levels. Packages include a combination of booth space, conference registrations, expo passes, special recognition during the conference, exposure in conference signage and materials, and pre- and post-conference marketing opportunities. Details are available here:

To discuss a sponsorship opportunity or to reserve a booth, contact Lyn Sholl, executive director of the American Filtration and Separations Society, at or 615-250-7792.


The World Filtration Congress is held once every four years and rotates among member countries of INDEFI (International Delegation on Filtration), Austria, Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Nordics, UK and USA. The purpose of the congress is to foster a forum for scientists, engineers and practitioners in the world working on filtration and separation (F&S) to meet and share the latest advances and technologies.


The American Filtration & Separations (AFS) Society is a technical educational nonprofit organization started in 1987 to provide a forum for exchange of information among engineers, scientists, and technologists in all areas of the fluid/particle separation field. The AFS Society exists to disseminate information, education, and the encouragement of research, and to tell the story of the filtration and separation industry in North America, its long-term, positive socioenvironmental impact and future potential for the greater good.