As a premier International Filtration & Separation Exhibition and Technical Conference to attend in 2023, FiltXPO™ brings together expert innovators with filtration product developers and end users to create a vibrant marketplace to move ideas forward in the filter media space. As North America’s only exhibition and conference dedicated exclusively to filtration and separation, the event covers two days, October 10-12, 2023. Preceding the event, from October 9-10, there is an intensive training for those wanting to expand their knowledge base. The event is held at the historic Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois.
Put on by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, the conference features topics such as filtration sustainability, indoor air quality, critical air, non-optional standards and technology reviews in the Summit for Global Change panel discussions.
This year’s exposition is filled with over 100 filtration and separation companies ranging from machinery to media to materials to technology, and more. It boasts new expo show hours – 9am – 4pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9am – 1pm on Thursday as well as presentations from exhibitors on the show floor. Filtration professionals will share their perspective, experience, and ideas of the future in special sessions.
Companies like repeat exhibitors Chase Machine and Engineering Inc. enjoy FiltXPO™ as a key place to connect with customers and share helpful offerings. “We are excited to exhibit at FiltXPO 2023!,” says Gil Chase, President. “This show offers a wonderful opportunity to connect with professionals in the filtration industry to gather in the U.S., and discuss in person how Chase can provide a competitive advantage by leveraging over 68 years of custom machine building experience to help make their product better! We will be demonstrating our FS-90 Ultrasonic Sewing Machine as well as our Ultrasonic Ring Welder and Ultrasonic Tube forming Machinery in booth #804. Stop by to test your materials and meet with our team to discuss your application.”
As part of FiltXPO™ 2023, INDA and the Nonwovens Institute (NWI) are collaborating to provide an intensive course on media used in filtration and separation on Monday and Tuesday – October 9 and 10 – prior to the conference opening. This course has been built with some unique elements to provide added value not normally seen in training courses.
Before diving into filtration and filter media technology, INDA and NWI will share a review of market trend data and, more importantly, the market drivers that underlie that data. Understanding these market drivers will establish the basis for why knowledge of the fundamental and more recent technology is needed for market success.
Professor Benham Pourdeyhimi will provide an overview of the relevant aspects of nonwoven structure critical to filter media performance and additionally provides insights into potential nonwoven issues that can result in loss or failure of filtration function. Media forming processes such as spunbond, meltblown, and electrospinning will be covered.
Professor Hooman Tafreshi, one of the leading investigators into the phenomenon of flow of particles and droplets through porous media, will guide the class through how and why filters work and the basis for how to make them work better and more cost effectively. Understanding “better” will be covered in sections on testing and standards, including what this data really means as well as what it doesn’t. As part of this, ASHRAE and ISO standards will be reviewed.
Professor Hechmi Hamoud will share his expertise in mechanics of fibrous structures and liquid filtration covering relationships between pore size, fiber dimensions and filtration performance of nonwoven media. Additional focus topics will include membrane microfiltration and electric charging of filter media.
Students should expect to come away with principles guiding selection, application, and evaluating of different filter media and a knowledge of what “good” looks like as well as being able to diagnose when things don’t go according to plan.