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People Power: Romain Coumau, Test Stand Customer Support

To bolster growing test stand sales, Romain Coumau joined IFTS in February.

Romain Coumau, Test Stand Customer Support at IFTS in Agen, France.

Romain Coumau, Test Stand Customer Support at IFTS in Agen, France.

Working under the direction of Sales Manager Marion Dalex, Romain works with test stand customers on all matters including, drafting technical documentation (validation reports and user guides), coordinating installing on site at customers’ locations and providing support.

If a problem arises with an IFTS-manufactured test stand, Coumau determines the cause of the problem and sets recovery actions in place.

Coumau graduated from the National Engineering School of Tarbes (ENIT) and brings three years of aerospace customer support experience to his new role at IFTS.

Centrifuge Filtration and Microwaves

As part of the DATCEMO (Dewatering Thermally Assisted Coupling Centrifuge Filtration and Microwave Drying) project, IFTS transformed its centrifuge filter pilot in order to implement thermal energy during the centrifugation cycle.

Centrifuge Filter Pilot and its environment

Centrifuge Filter Pilot and its environment

The centrifuge filter IFTS Participates in ISO 16232 Inter-Laboratory Testpilot uses a microwave generator and twenty sensors to measure the key parameters of the process (flow rates and temperature of liquid and vapor, rotation speed, liquid ring position, cake height, power consumption, electromagnetic field, temperature in the cake, moisture of extracted air). This measured data is used to establish the balances (mass, temperature, force, energy) on the liquid and solid phases.

IFTS has the capability to study and assess the interest of coupling mechanical separation and microwave drying in the same machine. Industrial areas targeted are chemistry, pharmaceutics, and the textile industry.

IFTS Participates in ISO 16232 Inter-Laboratory Test

IFTS was invited to participate in an inter-laboratory test, as part of the validation process of the ISO 16232 standard (2007; Road vehicles — Cleanliness of components of fluid circuits — Part 3: Method of extraction of contaminants by pressure rinsing). Sixteen other French laboratories, including three independent laboratories participated in these trials.

IFTS’ laboratories were able to extract the most accurate amount of particulate pollution possible.

IFTS is an independent specialist in cleanliness checks and an ISO 17025- accredited test laboratory.

Vincent Edery Becomes General Manager of IFTS

On June 25 IFTS held its General Assembly meeting where attendees witnessed the handover of General Manager from Christophe Peuchot to Vincent Edery.Vincent Edery, the recently appointed General Manager of IFTS.

Vincent Edery, the recently appointed General Manager of IFTS.

Vincent Edery, the recently appointed General Manager of IFTS.

Peuchot joined IFTS in 1982 and has worked to grow the company and position IFTS as a leader in the filtration and separations industry. He will still be part of the IFTS team and will continue to work on developing membrane separation resources and services.

Edery most recently served as Deputy General Manager. In his new role he will be in charge of all commercial and operational activities, work to build customer satisfaction, and create new opportunities for development. Edery’s ultimate goal is for IFTS to have worldwide recognition as the reference filter test bench manufacturer.

IFTS Authorized by WQA to Certify Drinking Water Filters to NSF Standards

IFTS has been approved by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to be an independent Technical Services Provider.

IFTS has satisfactorily demonstrated its compliance to ISO/IEC 17025, and has been verified as capable of performing tests in the following categories:

  • NSF/ANSI 42: Drinking Water Treatment Units, Aesthetic Effects (Sections 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.4)
  • NSF/ANSI 53: Drinking Water Treatment Units, Health Effects (Sections 4.0. 5.0, 6.0, 7)
  • NSF/ANSI 50: Equipment for swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and other recreational water facilities
  • NSF/ANSI 58: Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Systems
  • NSF/ANSI 177: Shower Filtration Systems, Aesthetic Effects

Already recognized for its expertise in classifying filtration media and filtration cartridges used in domestic water circuits for human consumption, this agreement provides a new market opportunity to IFTS with perspective sales growth in the years to come.

To view the certificate click here:  WQA Certificate

IFTS Presents Technical Session at AFS Spring Conference

For the first time in four years, the American Filtration & Separations Society’s (AFS) Conference was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 6-9. The annual spring conference focused on filtration and separations in global markets.

IFTS' Tabletop Exhibit at the AFS Spring Conference.

IFTS’ Tabletop Exhibit at the AFS Spring Conference.

Christophe Peuchot, Managing Director of IFTS in Agen, France and President of IFTS, Inc. USA, Jerry Lynch, presented the technical session, “How to Compare Performances of Domestic Pools and Spas Filters.” The presentation discussed how the absence of any technical data on the performances of filters to consumers and pool fitters is impacting the European pool filter manufacturers economy. IFTS, as a cooperative research center, has developed a new test method which is currently being studied by CEN TC 402.

Lynch was also a member of a panel where he discussed separation technology, electro-mechanical design & build solutions for products, pilots and test systems for IFTS’ sister company, Sigma Design.

The annual AFS Fall Conference will be held in October in Cincinnati, Ohio and will be focused around the topic of Innovations in Fiber Media.

People Power: Nicolas Petillon, Test Manager

Nicolas Petillon, Test Manager at IFTS in Agen, France.

Nicolas Petillon, Test Manager at IFTS in Agen, France.

Meet IFTS’ Global Team:

For the last 15 years, Nicolas has been working in an international and multidisciplinary environment to qualify liquid filters.

As manager of LMC and CEEF, he is in daily contact with international professionals ranging from nuclear, aeronautic and chemical industries to help them develop and select their best-suited filters and to control the cleanliness of their components. To qualify their filters and their components, he uses the most accurate counting particle technologies from 0.1 to 1000 µm.

Nicolas has developed worldwide-recognized expertise in filtration and has become an advisor on filter technology to ISO committees.

Filter Cold Test Chamber

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A top and side view of the chamber.

After repeated requests from aircraft manufacturing firms, airplane engineers and aerospace filter manufacturers, IFTS has invested and developed a highly accurate cryogenic filter test chamber.

The complete test system and associated equipment, is housed in a fully insulated cold chamber which allows in depth filter tests at temperatures as low as -40°C, flow rates up to 50 gpm (200 L/min), and at differential pressures up to 90 psid (~6 bar). The flexibility of the system design allows us to perform various custom test configurations. This might include the filter and all its associated components tested within the cold chamber at a constant low temperature, or another popular method is where all equipment is held outside the chamber at ambient temperatures and only the test filter is inside at the low test temperature.

As an example; a recent test program consisted of monitoring the clogging and physical behavior of kerosene filters in the presence of trace water in kerosene at -45°C and a flow rate of 50 L/min. Water was injected upstream the circulation pump to create an emulsified test fluid and ∆P was continuously recorded until the end of test value was reached. The results provided an in depth and unique view of these challenging conditions.

Validation Criteria of an APC Calibration Suspension Preparation Loop

Globally there is a need for highly accurate particle counting. This is especially true in the filtration and separation industry. An ISO expert group took on the responsibility to draft the new specification for the improved calibration fluid, SRM2806b, which will be used to calibrate optical particle counters worldwide.  IFTS accepted the development challenge and used its expertise in particle counting and cleanliness control to develop a new world class fluid process and production system to produce the new calibration fluid.

 6b Secondary Calibration Fluid

SRM2806b Secondary Calibration Fluid

The initial challenge was to produce four hundred, 400mL bottles with an ISO suspension of silica powders in a standard mineral oil and to guarantee that the particle size distribution is replicated in each and every bottle.

With this new validated equipment, IFTS can now guarantee online particle stability within 1 % >4 µm(c) and 5 % >40 µm(c) and larger.

Our new equipment will allow IFTS to supply the world market with the most repeatable secondary calibration suspensions ever prepared according to ISO 11171.

NIST is currently validating all the bottles in their labs in Maryland.

People Power: Sylvie Martinet, Quality Manager

Sylvie MARTINET

Sylvie Martinet, Quality Manager at IFTS in Agen, France.

Meet IFTS’ global team

When Sylvie Martinet rejoined IFTS in 2002, she brought 10 years experience working for businesses of many sectors and sizes with her.

Her first mission was to put System Quality in accordance with ISO 17025. IFTS was audited by COFRAC and now has the ISO accreditation.

Sylvie works with the entire IFTS team to continuously improve quality and to gain the satisfaction of all customers.