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.

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