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This technical seminar has been developed for contract and facilities engineers, plant and unit operations staff, project engineers and anyone involved in the operation or selection of filtration and separation technologies.

Course Outline
After participating in the course, you will be able to:
  • select appropriate technology most suitable for your application
  • save time and cost by learning from those who have experience on projects similar to your own
  • apply the knowledge of best current practices to update your operations and make them more efficient
  • benefit from the knowledge of latest technologies at the seminar specify  new and replacement equipment and filters for your plant troubleshoot productivity slippages

This technical seminar has been developed for contract and facilities engineers, plant and unit operations staff, project engineers and anyone involved in the operation or selection of filtration and separation technologies.

You will learn how to lower filtration costs and improve separation efficiency using existing vessels, without modification.  Have you ever wondered how to determine whether your existing filter is working properly?  What fouls filters prematurely, are there ways to stop fouling?  How do you specify new filtration equipment?  What questions should you ask to select a quality supplier?  The answers to these and many other questions are addressed.

We encourage you to bring examples of your own experiences.  Some of the examples will be selected to be part of our workshops so that we can help you learn the steps needed to define a solution to your challenge.

Our workshops are offered to help you practice the skills learned and all of our workshops are derived from actual plant experiences, as are our in depth case histories.

  • To outline the pertinent basic principles of liquid/solid separation
  • To review the range of technologies that are presently available, and their industrial applications.
  • To familiarize participants into the method for selecting appropriate technologies
Who Should Attend

Plant and design engineers in the following industries: petrochemical, speciality chemical, pharmaceutical, dyestuff, bulk chemical, steel, mining, pulp and paper, food and beverage, soil remediation, potable and industrial water treatment and municipal and industrial wastewater treatment,

Program Outline

Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Separation Basics

  • Mechanisms of removal
  • Types, sizes and nature of typical contaminants
  • Performance ratings
  • Flux - Life on - stream
  • Types of separation available
  • Environmental impact
Filter Selection
  • Defining separation objectives
  • What level of protection is required
  • Filter Life
  • Filter media selection
  • Chemical and thermal compatibility
  • Efficiency
  • Dirt holding capacity
  • Operating versus acquisition costs
  • Ease of changeout
  • The role of slip stream pilot assemblies
Vessel Design Considerations - Gas, Liquid
  • Horizontal versus vertical
  • Flow direction
  • Types and location of nozzles
  • Materials of construction
  • Sealing surfaces
  • Case Histories - examining design pitfalls
Applications - Gas, Liquid
  • Typical applications will be reviewed, including:
  • Amine, glycol, inlet coalescing, sales gas, fuel gas, compressor protection, compressor discharge, water injection formation protection, molesieve inlet and discharge, hydrotreater feed, sour water stripper, condensate stabilization, water removal from diesel and jet fuels and others
  • Selecting the correct technology for the application.
Technologies discussed include:
  • Solids separation for gases and liquids
  • Coalescing in gas streams
  • Coalescing in liquid streams
  • Hydrocarbon removal (activated carbon and others)
  • Extraction of liquid contaminants
  • Bulk separation (scrubbers, centrifuges, mist pads, etc.)
  • Sizing basics
  • Common process challenges, suggested solutions
  • Issues that affect performance
  • Case histories - examining the path from problem to solution
  • Work Shop - you select the technology for a given application
Troubleshoot and Optimize Filtration
  • Reducing operating expenses, improving plant stability and increasing production
  • Assess existing separation performance
  • Representative sampling
  • Analytical techniques
  • Interpreting results
  • Case histories - reducing costs, increasing plant productivity
  • Work Shop - you determine how best to optimize an existing installation
Specifying Filtration
  • How to specify gas and liquid filters
  • What to look for in an RFQ response
  • Comparing responses
  • Finding a quality supplier
  • Work Shop - prepare specifications
Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Daily Schedule:

8:00   Registration and coffee (first day only)
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30   Adjournment
There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.


Arthur Potts, P.Eng., a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta.  Arthur specialized in the area of separations over 20 years ago, and has been an invited speaker on separations at several technical conferences and has taught short courses on separations to many engineering firms, head offices, and plant personnel.  Having held a number of positions, and now President of Fluid Clarification Inc., Arthur has worked actively with clients to characterize separation challenges, implement solutions and validate performance.  Fluid Clarification is recognized in the practice of engineering, by APEGGA, with a Permit to Practice.  Arthur is a regular attendee of the Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference and the Gas Processors Association conference, and Fluid Clarification is a member of the Gas Processors Association of Canada.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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