AFS SW Chapter Braves Unseasonably Cold Temperatures in Houston to Gather and Learn
The AFS Southwest Chapter members and their colleagues donned coats and scarves (Houston was suffering from an unexpected drop in temperatures: 68°F instead of 86°F!) to attend the SW Chapter meeting and lunch at the Filtration Group offices in Houston, TX.
We meet and network on a regular basis to deepen and broaden our understanding of our industry and gain knowledge of the diverse ecosystems in which filters are used. Previous meetings have tackled topics like Media Filtration Basics, Nonwovens for Filtration, and Automatic, Pressure Leaf and Backwash Filters. Last year we even took a tour of the Dow solid/liquid separation lab in Lake Jackson, TX.
After an introduction of new chapter VP Eline Pattyn, sales manager with Porometer (whose first official task is to write this blog post about the meeting!), and a word about World Filtration Congress 13, the first speaker was introduced.
Min Kim, Regional Sales Manager with PCI Membranes, enlightened us on the basics of RO, NF and UF systems, with case examples in applications including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, chemicals, pulp and paper, and dyestuff.
After a break, Scott Yaklin, Regional Sales Manager with Roto Ultra – North America, squeezed his more than 20 years of experience in the pump industry into a talk of the varied types of pumps and pumping mechanisms, explaining that the filter is not the only key element in many industrial processes.
The audience greatly appreciated the expertise of the speakers, and no question was left unanswered. In addition to increasing our knowledge about pumps and crossflow and tubular membranes, we learned that a business card from Kenneth Winston gets you a free lunch in the canteen of the Compaq Center.
All jokes aside, it’s great to be part of such an active AFS Chapter, and I’m greatly looking forward to our next meeting, where undoubtedly another set of industry specialists will attract many interested colleagues.