Movers & Shakers – August 2022: New ToughPleat Molded End Cap Polyurethane Series

In the dynamic and global filtration industry, news and information is breaking on a daily basis. International Filtration News is tracking stories relevant to our industry from air and gas filtration to liquid filtration and the various end-uses for filtration technology. Here we will post news stories relevant to filtration and its downstream applications on an ongoing basis. Please check back for regular updates. If you have news that you feel should be added to this summary report, please email it to Ken Norberg:

Most recent update: August 18, 2022

WaterIQ Technologies™ and Audubon International Announce New Water Sustainability Partnership

WaterIQ Technologies, the leader in next-generation ultrasonic solutions to combat harmful algae and biofilm without the use of chemicals, announced its partnership with Audubon International.

Through this partnership, the parties will mutually promote algae-free water sustainability practices for communities, municipalities, and golf courses.


New ToughPleat Molded End Cap Polyurethane Series

Epic Resins ToughPleat

This month Epic Resins, an epoxy resin and polyurethane manufacturing company, announces the launch of a new line of molded end cap polyurethanes, ToughPleat Series.

ToughPleat is a series of two-component polyurethanes for molded end caps. This solvent-free formula is designed to have excellent tear resistance and high strength for demanding molded filter end cap applications. Being a strong, flexible material, ToughPleat is well-suited for filters that will be subjected to constant pulsing, pressure drops and/or may take some effort to remove or install. The high tear resistance prevents the filter from being damaged during the installation or removal process.

With a convenient mix ratio by volume and low viscosity, the ToughPleat Series is easy to dispense and can be used with many types of metering equipment. The fast gel time ensures a quick turnover of filters, helping to reduce WIP time in many production configurations.

Benefits for molded end cap applications: High tensile strength, high elongation, excellent tear resistance, easy to dispense, reduce WIP time.

Epic Resins is an established international leader in epoxy and polyurethane resin manufacturing based in Palmyra, WI. Founded in 1958, Epic Resins has formulated, manufactured and supplied resins for a wide range of industries, specializing in potting and encapsulation compounds, edge molding and adhesives. Epic Resins is committed to serving our global customers as a trusted partner in superior quality resins and polymers to enhance their profitability and performance.


FLSmidth signs contract with ShalkiyaZinc to supply all mineral processing technologies in Kazakhstan

FLSmidth signed a contract in August, valued at around DKK950 million, to supply a range of mineral processing equipment to ShalkiyaZinc, the operator of a zinc and lead mine in the Kyzylorda Region, located in the south of Kazakhstan. The equipment will transform the plant into a world-class facility that efficiently separates minerals with a minimized environmental impact.
Under the agreement, FLSmidth will supply two underground crushing stations with a materials handling system to the process plant, a full package of comminution and separation equipment, including SAG and ball mills, mill circuit pumps and cyclones, the zinc-lead concentrate flotation and regrinding circuit, including nextSTEP, VXP vertical mills, concentrate thickeners, and Pneumapress filters, reagents preparation and dosing area. Full plant automation is also included, as well as installation and commissioning supervision services. The new concentrator will be supported from our new in-country service Supercentre in Karaganda.


Aeropress has launched a reusable steel filter

AeroPress stainless-steel reusable filter

AeroPress has debuted a new stainless-steel filter that is reusable and durable, making it travel-friendly, eco-friendly, and sustainable. The new AeroPress reusable metal filter is the only metal filter designed and made by AeroPress and keeps out grit but allows flavorful oils to pass through for a full-bodied coffee.

In a substantial improvement to other filters currently on the market, the AeroPress reusable filter is made from premium grade 316 stainless steel. This material is much more durable and corrosion resistant than the 304-grade stainless steel used in other filters.

The filter is also made in the USA, unlike many other filters on the market. Its 178-micron hole size is small enough to ensure minimal grit but large enough for easy pressing.

According to AeroPress, because it’s so durable, the AeroPress reusable filter is the perfect brewing companion for traveling and the outdoors. Clean-up requires a quick rinse, though it can also be cleaned on the top rack of the dishwasher.


Nederman acquires RoboVent

The environmental technology company Nederman of Sweden has acquired industrial air filtration company RoboVent in the USA, significantly strengthening its North American position by becoming the number one player within the U.S. weld fume extraction segment.

RoboVent, founded in 1989, is a North American clean air technology leader in air pollution control solutions for industrial fume, dust and mist control applications. Their unique sales approach, strong equipment range, and turn-key capabilities have built a strong brand and reputation with global manufacturers that is a differentiator within the market. Combining these strengths with Nederman’s global footprint, complimentary products, solutions and digital technology will further enhance the company’s ability to deliver clean air solutions within its served industrial segments. RoboVent is headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan with over 100 employees located throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico and will become part of Nederman´s Extraction & Filtration Technology Division.


Mann+Hummel opens European Digital Hub

Mann+Hummel headquarters

The number of MANN+HUMMEL Digital Hubs is growing steadily. Following centers in Asia and the USA, the filtration specialist’s fourth Digital Hub has now been opened in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

The Digital Hubs offer the speed, agility and workflow of a start-up. Always on site, therefore, are data analysts, specialists for digital projects and the Internet of Things. Charles Vaillant, Chief Transformation Officer and Chief Digital Officer, explained: “Our Digital Hub offices are available to all MANN+HUMMEL employees. For example, a colleague who is currently working on software in Singapore can help the Aftermarket team in Ludwigsburg to develop a new digital solution. That would not have been possible at all without this global collaboration.”

The digital hubs not only offer numerous benefits for employees, but above all for customers from various business areas.


Mbran Filtra of Taiwan wins International Innovation Award for world’s smallest water filter

Taiwanese start-up Mbran Filtra, has been recognized as a 2022 CES Innovation Award Honoree for its world’s smallest water filter. With the pandemic’s end still nowhere in sight, outdoor activities such as hiking and camping have exploded in popularity, and now adventure seekers have a revolutionary product to help them access potable water anywhere. The start-up will be showcasing its technology at 2022 CES.

“Mbran Filtra’s water filter is just the size of a person’s thumb and weighs just 21 grams, allowing it to slip into any pocket and be used in a myriad of activities such as trail runs, mountain biking, hiking, camping, or any kind of travel exploration. It allows anyone access to safe drinking water virtually anywhere,” says Dr. Hsu-Hsien Chang, CEO of Mbran Filtra.

Mbran Filtra’s water filter blocks out bacteria, microorganisms, and microplastics, which is considered a necessity for any filter and it can be used without any electricity, making it very convenient for traveling. And finally, it has a high flow rate of 1.2 liters per minute, giving its users plenty of drinking water in a fast and efficient manner.


Automotive Air Filters Market Size to Hit USD 5.49 Billion

The global automotive air filters market size is expected to grow from USD 5.08 billion in 2020 to USD 5.49 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 1.1% during the forecast period. The market is set to gain traction from the increasing adoption of flexible, clean, and advanced engines. This is mainly occurring because of the imposition of stringent emission laws by regulatory bodies. This information is given by Fortune Business Insights™ in a new report, titled, “Automotive Air Filters Market 2020-2027.”


Duperon Corp. expands leadership team

Duperon Corporation, a leader in innovative preliminary liquid/solids separation systems, announced the promotions of David Herald and Ben Jolley. Effective July, the promotions will elevate both employees to the executive leadership team, reflecting Duperon’s ongoing commitment to delivering premier services to its customers and their communities.

David Herald and Ben Jolley

Herald, the new Product Engineering Manager, began his career with Duperon in August of 2019 as a sales project manager and was quickly promoted to SPM Leader. During this time, the department expanded its responsibilities and reworked front end processes. He was previously a program manager at Merrill Aviation and Defense where he led the development of the Merrill Torrent UAS unmanned drone, obtaining the first FAA Experimental Airworthiness Certificate in the Great Lakes Bay Region. He also helped new products enter the water and wastewater market at Kapex Manufacturing and was the Product Manager for wastewater thickening, dewatering, and industrial technologies at B&P Process Equipment.

Jolley will now serve as Systems Engineering Manager, overseeing the mechanical CAD designers, controls engineering and application engineering teams. Since joining Duperon in 2019, his leadership has been instrumental in the implementation of new operating systems that resulted in enhanced efficiencies and quality for the overall business. Prior to Duperon, Jolley held titles ranging from project engineer to continuous improvement coordinator, demonstrating expertise in developing new product lines, establishing design requirements, creating full detailing packages for production, managing projects and orders, and performing Finite Element Analysis on high stress parts.

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