News | May 22, 2013

Membrana-Charlotte And Ökotek Enter Into An Agreement For Distribution Of 3M Liqui-Cel Contactors In Turkey

Source: 3M Separation and Purification Sciences Division

Membrana-Charlotte and Ökotek Çevre Teknolojisi ve Kimya Sanayi Limited Sti entered into an exclusive agency effective April1, 2013 for the sale and support of 3M Liqui-Cel Membrane Contactors in Turkey. This agreement allows Membrana’s new and established customers to receive rapid support by a local company.

Chad Schuchmann, 3M Liqui-Cel Membrane Contactor VP says, “Membrana continues to focus on expanding distribution in regional growth markets with companies that have proven technical expertise in water treatment as well as an established customer network. An agency agreement with Ökotek fits well with our distribution growth plans and they possess the technical knowledge to sell and support our 3M Liqui-Cel Contactor products.”

Membrana-Charlotte combines application knowledge and 3M Liqui-Cel Membrane Contactor technology expertise to provide innovative separation solutions. 3M Liqui-Cel Membrane Contactors have low energy requirements and can reduce chemical use which contributes to low operating costs and supports customer sustainability objectives. 3M Liqui-Cel Contactors are modular and compact and can achieve very low dissolved gas outlet concentrations. They are rapidly replacing older deaeration technologies as the product of choice in power generation, semiconductor, hydrocarbon, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, analytical/biotechnology and many other industries. 3M Liqui-Cel Membrane Contactors also operate cleanly and require a much smaller footprint compared to other technologies. These devices have processed over 620,000 m3/hr (2.7 million gpm) of liquids worldwide and have been operating in a variety of applications for over 20 years.

Dissolved CO2 removal from water can improve Ion Exchange (IX) and EDI/CDI efficiency after RO. For example, In EDI/CDI systems excess CO2 can lead to the formation of ionic species that contribute to the total ionic load of an EDI unit, resulting in higher conductivity. In IX systems, reducing dissolved CO2 concentration lowers bed regeneration frequency resulting in more efficient operations. Chemical consumption, such a NaOH, can also be reduced in double pass RO systems.

O2 also negatively impacts many processes; it is corrosive and can oxidize water treatment system components. In the power and industrial areas, piping and equipment are susceptible to corrosion. In the semiconductor and ink markets, high levels of dissolved gases can cause lower yields and slower process speeds. 3M Liqui-Cel Contactors are also used to add gases to liquids to enhance megasonic cleaning. The beverage industry utilizes membrane contactor technology for carbonation, nitrogenation and deoxygenation. These applications are only a few examples of the many opportunities where 3M Liqui-Cel Membrane Contactors can be used for gas transfer. Membrana’s Industrial & Specialty Filtration Business also manufactures a variety of membranes and devices used for filtration in various industries and applications.

About Membrana
Membrana-Charlotte is a Division of Celgard, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina and is a Polypore Company. Polypore International, Inc. is a global high technology filtration company specializing in microporous membranes. Polypore's flat sheet and hollow fiber membranes are used in specialized applications that require the removal or separation of various materials from liquids, primarily in the ultrafiltration and microfiltration markets. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Polypore International, Inc. is a global leader with manufacturing facilities and sales offices in ten countries serving six continents.

SOURCE: 3M Separation and Purification Sciences Division