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People Power: Marion Dalex, Sales Manager

Marion Dalex joined IFTS in May 2011 and after being in charge of sales for Cleanliness Testing and then Filter Tests and Filter Test Stands, she was promoted to Sales Manager.

Marion Dalex, IFTS Sales Manager

Marion Dalex, IFTS Sales Manager

In her current role she manages a team of two Sales Engineers, one Account Manager, and one Sales Assistant. Dalex is directly in charge of filter testing and test stands with a special focus on international sales.

“The international activity at IFTS is quite important and it is a real pleasure to be in contact with people from many different cultural backgrounds,” says Dalex. “It is quite rewarding to follow our customer projects from the initial development testing until quality control tests.”

Before joining IFTS she worked as a Project Manager at a communication and events agency. Dalex has a Master’s Degree in Modern Languages and International Business/Trade and is multilingual. She speaks French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese fluently.

IFTS Presents Short Course at AFS Spring Conference

The American Filtration & Separations Society’s (AFS) annual Spring Conference was held in Houston, Texas from March 24-26th. The conference was focused around the topics of Oil & Gas and Chemical Processing.

IFTS, Inc. USA President Jerry Lynch, left, and IFTS Agen Managing Director Vincent Edery, center, speak with an attendee at the IFTS tabletop exhibit.

IFTS, Inc. USA President Jerry Lynch, left, and IFTS France Managing Director Vincent Edery, center, speak with an attendee at the IFTS tabletop exhibit.

President of IFTS, Inc. USA, Jerry Lynch, presented a half-day course on liquid filtration testing and test methods.

Vincent Edery, IFTS Managing Director and Pascal Ginisty, Manager of Research and Technical Studies in Agen, France presented an overview of devices, methods and standards used in Liquid Solid Separation and applications for oil and chemical processing. The methodologies and tools used by IFTS to face these challenges were discussed along with examples of results obtained in various pilot programs and applications.

Approximately 230 participants attended the three-day conference held at the Houston Marriott Westchase.

The 2014 AFS Fall Conference ‘Next Generation Filter Media Conference, Embracing Future Challenges’ will be held in Chicago, Illinois from October 14-15th.

Urea Filter Testing

Based on industry demands, IFTS has developed a method for testing urea filters.

A vigorous experimental program lasting over two years, IFTS developed a method of continuous filtration which does not block the injection pumps of the solution in the urea filter.

IFTS’ proven filter testing expertise can benefit companies who need an urea filter tested quickly and precisely.

Examples of Urea Filters

Examples of Urea Filters

Filtration and Separation Pilot Units

IFTS Pilot Units are used for confirming Solid/Liquid or Membrane Separation test results and can be used on-site at a customer’s industrial location.

IFTS has the following technologies available for pilot test programs:

  • Lamellar Decanter
  • Centrifugal Decanter
  • Disk Separator
  • Ultracentrifuge
  • Hydrocyclones
  • Filters with Cartridges, Bags and Candles
  • Deep Bed Filters
  • Filter Press
  • Rotary Drum Filter
  • Centrifuge Filter
  • Filters with Membranes

pilot units



People Power: Thierry Courtois, Expert In Membrane Processes


Thierry Courtois, Expert In Membrane Processes at IFTS in Agen, France.

Thierry Courtois joined IFTS in January 2013 to develop a new department focused on Membrane Separation (PSM). He brings 25 years of experience in the field.

He is responsible for the characterization and testing of technical and economical case studies of membrane applications.

An expert in the evaluation of membrane pore sizes, this knowledge is now integrated at IFTS and is offered as a standard commercial service.

IFTS is involved in European, National and local research and development projects including the development of a full-scale water treatment testing pilot plant for municipal wastewater and drinking water production.

Courtois studied Chemical Process Engineering and earned a PhD in Membrane Filtration Processes.

New Particle Differentiation Software

An image of particles deposited on a membrane. The metallic particle is differentiated.

In order to help customers identify the nature of the particles extracted from compounds during cleanliness controls, IFTS has purchased the latest Microvision software.

This software can differentiate metallic and non-metallic particles in 95% of cases. The analysis software detects all particles observed under an optical microscope and determines the following characteristics: length, width, elongation, color, intensity and brightness.

By establishing a threshold according to the brightness and intensity of the reflected light, metallic particles are counted separately from all other particles.

IFTS Laboratory Replaces Centrifuge

The new centrifuge allows IFTS to conduct trials over a greater range of operations.

The new centrifuge in IFTS’ Agen laboratory.

The centrifuge can be equipped with six 250 mL flasks. Suspension centrifugation tests are possible with a rotation speed up to 9500 rpm. Sample preparations are also possible depending on the temperature or rotation speed.

The replacement of this laboratory equipment enhances IFTS’ coverage to provide better availability of centrifuges and disk centrifuge separators in your industry.

People Power: Hafedh Saidani, Deputy Test Manager

Hafedh Saidani joined IFTS in February 2010 as a Research and Test Engineer.

Hafedh Saidani, Deputy Test Manager at IFTS in Agen, France.

In July, he was promoted to Deputy Test Manager and works under the direction of Test Manager Nicolas Petillion. He is responsible for interpreting test results, writing reports, and handling test preparation.

Saidani is currently researching the secondary calibration bottle for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and a new submicron filter test method.

After studying Chemical Engineering, he earned a PhD in Process Engineering from the University of Montpellier 2 Sciences and Technologies.

IFTS Laboratory Acquires Pendant Drop Tensiometer

The tensiometer in IFTS’ laboratory in Agen, France.

IFTS has a new measuring device: a pendant drop tensiometer, which measures the surface tension of liquids.

The tensiometer characterizes the behavior of fuel/water interfaces over a period of time during water separation efficiency tests performed according to the ISO 16332 standard.

The tensiometer’s analysis software provides accurate and repeatable characterization of liquid/solid/gas interfaces.

IFTS Presents Liquid Filtration Testing Basics Short Course at AFS Fall Conference

Jerry Lynch, President of IFTS, Inc. USA, right, speaks with an attendee at the AFS Fall Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The American Filtration & Separations Society’s (AFS) annual Fall Conference was held in Cincinnati, Ohio from October 14-16th. The conference was focused around the topic of ‘Innovations in Filter Media and Membranes.’

President of IFTS, Inc. USA, Jerry Lynch, presented the half-day course which discussed liquid filtration testing and test methods.

The course covered filter test techniques and standards for water, fuel, lube oil, hydraulic fluids, and other industrial liquids. Particle characteristics and efficiency methods and ratings were also reviewed.

After taking the 4-hour course, attendees left with a better understanding of the principles and methods available to pre-qualify and optimize liquid filtration selection.

Over 140 participants attended the conference from 10 countries.

The 2014 AFS Spring Conference will be based on the subject of ‘Oil & Gas and Chemical Processing’ from March 24-26th in Houston, Texas.