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AFS Spring Conference

Advanced Filtration Technologies
April 10 – 13, 2017
Short Courses, April 10, 2017
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 Thank you for your participation in the AFS Spring Conference at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY.  We had more than 275 participants at the conference, the largest attendance in many years!  Click on "Browse Speakers" to view speakers, their abstracts and bios from the conference.  

Conference participants had the opportunity to choose from 7 short courses on Monday, providing in-depth learning of topics related to F & S, instructed by leaders in the field.  Monday afternoon, an optional tour to the Evan Williams Distillery was offered.  The weather was ideal for this tour as well as the Churchill Downs event Monday evening.  We had close to 100 people register and participate in the Churchill Downs event which included tours of the Museum, an up-close and personal experience with a thoroughbred, a Bourbon tasting with an expert, viewing of "The Greatest Race", dinner and finally, an outstanding plenary talk by Bob Burkhead.

Tuesday started off with plenary presentations from Phil Whitaker and Andreas Wiegmann.  The Annual AFS Awards Luncheon was also on Tuesday.  See below for all award winners.  Nine technial sessions were offered on Tuesday followed by the Corporate Sponsors Open Meeting and Reception, followed by the Networking Reception and AFS 30th Anniversary Celebration.  Fourteen student participated in the Student Poster Competition Tuesday evening.

Wednesday morning kicked off with the Student Poster Awards followed by plenary presenations from Christian Hassman and Pius Trautmann.  Eight technical sessions were offered on Wednesday in addition to the Latest & Greatest session Wednesday afternoon.  Paul Marold gave the final plenary presentation Wednesday at lunch.    

We thank all of the speakers and moderators, exhibitors and sponsors, and all who participated in the conference!  We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis, September 18 - 20 for the Fall Conference.  Abstract submission will open the end of April.

If you have questions about the conference, please contact Deahna Cring, AFS Conference Coordinator at deahna@afssociety.org or Lyn Sholl, Executive Director at lyn@afssociety.org.

Conference Chairs:
Rahul Bharadwaj
AAF Flanders
Jeni Wong
Johns Manville
Martin Lehmann
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Speaker Guidelines


All presenting authors  and moderators are required to register to confirm their attendance at the Conference on or before April 5, 2017. Abstracts and presentations will not be included in the technical program, program book or conference proceedings if  online registration has not been completed.  Speakers and moderators are given a reduced registration fee.

Papers or PowerPoint Presentations

All presenters must submit a PowerPoint presentation for inclusion in the Conference “Proceedings”.  Power point presentations must be submitted to the Management Office by March 17, 2017.   Registered attendees will receive links to the presentations in a password protected web page prior to the conference.  The proceedings will be available for sale through the AFS website after the conference.   Presenters are also encouraged to submit manuscripts to be included in the conference proceedings.  Manuscripts should be a Microsoft Word or PDF document in English. The first page should include the paper title, author(s) names and addresses and the abstract.

Oral Presentation

  1. Oral presentations of contributed papers are strictly limited to 25 minutes, which includes 20-minute presentation and 5-minute discussion.
  2. Copyright Release Form: Please complete and send by email to deahna@afssociety.org.  These will be sent to authors once their abstract has been accepted.
  3. An LCD projector and laptop computer will be provided in each conference room for computer-based PowerPoint presentations. Presentations must be received by March 17.  
  4. All presentations will be reviewed.  Any promotion of a commercial product/process or aggressive use of trade names or other forms of commercialism within the title, text or figures is not permitted in the technical sessions.

If you need additional information or have any questions, please feel free to contact the AFS Executive Office:

Deahna Cring
AFS Conference Coordinator,
American Filtration and Separations Society
618 Church Street, Ste. 520
Nashville, TN 37219
deahna@afssociety.org (email)
615-345-9586 (voice)

Student Posters

Students are encouraged to submit an abstract for the Student Poster competition.  Additional information will be posted to this page as it is confirmed.  

Presentation of a paper in a poster session provides an opportunity for effective one-to-one communication, as well as increased visual display of your material.

All poster abstracts must be submitted through the online system.

  • Posters are displayed on standing poster panels that are 4′ high x 6′ wide.  The panel is fabric material that utilizes pushpins.
  • Posters should be no larger than 4’h x 3’w.  Two posters will be displayed on both sides of the poster panel
  • All materials should be prepared in advance.  Proper illustration is critical to an effective presentation. The use of large lettering (legible at a distance of 6′ or more) and minimal text is recommended.
  • Illustrations should not be mounted on heavy stock as this makes it difficult to mount them on poster boards.
  • Use of colored ink in printing and colored paper in framing text can be attractive and enhance the paper.
  • Presentation information should follow a logical sequence and include a formal title.

Time will be allowed for each presentation to be mounted on a poster board before the start of each session. The pushpins will be supplied. Please return the pushpins in the containers provided after your poster presentation for the use of other presenters.

Timely collection of materials at the end of the session is the responsibility of the presenter.  Any remaining posters left on boards will be removed and disposed.

There will be no tables in front of the boards.

Student Poster Judging Criteria

Scoring of student posters will be conducted by at least three judges who are members of the AFS Society.  Posters will be judged in four areas:

(1)   The clarity and the support of the stated research OBJECTIVE;

(2)   The overall ORGANIZATION of the poster;

(3)   The clarity and thoroughness of the poster oral PRESENTATION;

(4)   The overall ORIGINALITY of the poster topic.

Conference Registration

Online Registration will open January 16.  Join the AFS Society and enjoy all the benefits of membership!  Receive significant conference registration discounts, monthly newsletters, quarterly publication to Filtration Solutions Journal and more!

AFS Society membership offers discounts for the Advanced Technologies in Filtration Conference – Expo and the Short Courses offered on Monday, April 10, 2017.
Membership TypeMembership Fee
US Individual, International, Canada and Mexico Membership$150
Retired Membership$75
Student Membership$50

Registration Fees, April 11 - 12, 2017

Registration TypeEarly Now – 3/2/17Regular 3/3 – 3/20/17Late 3/21– 4/5/17
2 Day Speaker, Member/Non-member$400$400$450
1 Day Speaker$225$225$255
2 Day Member$625$675$725
2 Day Non-member$775$825$875
1 Day Participant Member$355$385$415
1 Day Participant Non-member$495$525$555
Retired, Unemployed or Student$175$200$225
Student with Poster$0$0$0

Short Courses, April 10, 2017

Registration TypeEarly Now – 3/2/17Regular 3/3 – 3/20/17Late 3/21– 4/5/17
Member – Full Day, .8 CEU$525$575$625
Non-member – Full Day, .8CEU$675$725$775
Member – Half Day, .4 CEU$395$445$495
Non-member – Half Day, .4 CEU$545$595$645

Cancellation Guidelines

Conference cancellation requests must be received by Thursday, March 9 to receive a refund.  All cancellations are subject to a $50 processing fee.  Contact Deahna Cring, AFS Conference Coordinator, at deahna@afssociety.org to cancel or modify your registration.  Online registration is available through April 5.

Hotel Info

The Galt House
140 North Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202, US
AFS Hotel Reservation Link

Rivue Tower AFS Rate: $135/nt
Suite Tower AFS Rate: $159/nt

AFS Group Rate Reservation Deadline: March 20, 2017

Short Courses

AFS offers a number of unique filtration and separations training short courses. Educational opportunities on these topics are difficult to find, especially with the level of expertise that you will receive through AFS. Leading experts from the filtration and separations are the course instructors. Upon completion, attendees receive certificates of completion and earn CEU credit. To learn additional information on short courses, click on the session title. Short courses may be cancelled one month in advance if registration for the course is low. Registrants who receive notification of cancellation may select another short course or receive a full refund for the course only.

Online registration closed April 5.
Click on the Course titles below for course summary and instructor bio.
Basic Solid-Liquid Separation (Liquid Filtration)
(8:00 am - 5:00 pm, 0.8 CEUs)



Coalescer Training - Principles and Industrial Applications
(8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)
Filtration & Separation Media Use & Market
(8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Filtration in Transportation - New Course Offering
(8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Microfiltration Membrane
(8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Advanced Nonwovens in Filtration
(1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Designing Media and Filters for Air Filtration
(1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Ultrafiltration Membrane
(1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Liquid Filtration Testing Basics
(1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 0.4 CEUs)



Expo and Sponsorship


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Blue Heaven Technologies logo                         

We invite you to showcase your company at the Advanced Filtration Technologies Conference and Expo!  8 x 10 and 8 x 20 booths are available.  Bring additional exposure to your company by becoming a conference sponsor in addition to exhibiting at the conference.  View the Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus to learn more information about exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.  View the Exhibit Floorplan.  
  • 8 x 10, Platinum or Premium Corporate Sponsor - $800
  • 8 x 20, Platinum or Premium Corporate Sponsor - $1,200
  • 8 x 10, Standard Corporate Sponsor - $1,200
  • 8 x 20, Standard Corporate Sponsor - $1,500
  • 8 x 10, Non Corporate Sponsor - $1,500
  • 8 x 20, Non Corporate Sponsor - $1,900

Contact Deahna Cring, AFS Conference Coordinator with questions, deahna@afssociety.org.


Optional Events and Tours

Monday, April 10, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience - Distillery Tour

*Must have a minimum of 20 people sign up for a private tour.

Networking Event at Churchill Downs
$50 - includes transportation, tour of the facility and Museum, dinner, showing of the Greatest Race and Plenary talk by Bob Burkhead

Don't miss this fun networking event at the Kentucky Derby Museum!  The shuttle will depart the hotel at 5:30 pm and arrive at Churchill Downs by 6:00 pm.  The evening will start with a tour of the facility and cash bar reception.  Fun, Kentucky experiences will be offered!  After guests are seated at 7:30 pm, participants will have the opportunity to watch the brief, panoramic film, "The Greatest Race".  Dinner will be served followed by a plenary lecture by Bob Burkhead of Blue Heaven Technologies.  The shuttle will depart the Churchill Downs at 10:00 pm to return to the Galt House Hotel.  This event is sponsored in part by Blue Heaven Technologies.  Space is limited and an additional fee applies.
Churchill Downs Itinerary
5:30 PMDepart Galt House
6:00 PMArrive
6:00 - 7:00 PMTours and Reception
7:00 PMVideo, Dinner Service
8:15 PMPlenary - Bob Burkhead
9:15 PMDepart
9:45 PMArrive back at Galt House

Thursday, April 13, 7:00 am - 12:15 pm
Blue Heaven Technologies

$50 - includes transportation, light refreshments, tour of both facilities
*Shuttle will not return to the Galt House between tours. If you do not wish to attend both tours, you will need to provide your own transportation either back to the hotel after Blue Heaven if you do not wish to attend JCEM, or to JCEM from the hotel if you do not wish to attend Blue Heaven.  Pricing is set for both tours only to cover the cost of transportation.  
7:00 amDepart Galt House
8:00 amTour of Blue Heaven Technologies
10:00 amDepart Blue Heaven
10:30 amTour of JCEM USA Facilities
11:45 amDepart JCEM
12:15 pmArrive at Galt House

Tour information:

Blue Heaven Technologies, invites you to tour our facility and meet our trained and experienced staff of laboratory technicians and engineers.  Light refreshments will be served.
For those of you that are not familiar with us, Blue Heaven Technologies offers a wide range of air filtration testing services. We are located in the rural southeast portion of the county – a short drive from the Galt House Hotel. During the tour, you will see the latest testing equipment for many applications.  This includes material characteristics testing as well as flat sheet media testing. Some specifics methods of interest:
  1. HVAC air filter performance testing using several protocols:
    • ASHRAE 52.2 – for US domestic markets
    • EN 779 – for European and other markets
    • ISO 16890 – for global markets
  2. Automotive air filter performance testing using ISO Protocols:
    • ISO 5011 – for engine intake filtration markets
    • ISO 11155 – for cabin air filtration markets
    • ISO 19713 – for off road vehicle filter performance markets
  3. Industrial air filtration testing both Dynamic and static protocols:
    • ASHRAE 199 – pulse clean system performance markets
    • ARAMCO 32 – SAMSS-008 turbine intake markets
  4. Clean Room and High Purity product testing protocols:
    • EN 1822 – MPPS and HEPA markets
    • IEST RP-CC007 and others – pharmaceutical and chip manufacturing markets
We will have trained staff at each stand available to answer questions about our test methods and ISO 17025 quality standard certification impacts.
We look forward to your visit!

JCEM USA’s facility in Simpsonville, KY is not only a showroom for their High-End CNC Pleating equipment but also a hub for pleating development work used by many of the major names in the industry. The facility serves as the perfect place for media manufacturers, converters, and filter manufacturers to test-pleat new and developmental medias or work on new product/pleating ideas. During the tour, 3 separate pleating machines will be running a variety of materials in order to display the capabilities of the machinery and facility.