News | July 14, 2010

Membrana-Charlotte Signs Agreement With Layne Christensen Company To Test VOC And Radon Removal In Large-Flow Municipal Water Applications

Membrana-Charlotte, a division of Celgard, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina is pleased to announce that it has finalized an agreement with Kansas-based Layne Christensen Company. The companies will work exclusively together to evaluate the use of Liqui-Cel Membrane Contactors for Radon and VOC removal in the municipal market segment in the continental United States. The target Membrana products are Liqui-Cel 10 x 28 and 14 x 28 Membrane Contactors for flows greater than 30gpm.

Layne Christensen has excellent distribution networks set up for this application and market. "We are excited about solidifying this partnership with Layne Christensen and believe they command a significant market presence that will allow us to further expand our application base in the municipal sector" states Allen Pittman, VP and Business Manager for Liqui-Cel Membrane Contactors.

About Liqui-Cel Technology and Membrana
Liqui-Cel Membrane Contactors are manufactured by Membrana and are used around the world for adding or removing oxygen (O2), carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen (N2) to or from different liquids in digital printing, analytical/biotechnology, semiconductor, power, pharmaceutical, photographic, food and beverage, and many other industries. For example, O2 negatively impacts many processes; it is corrosive and can oxidize materials. In the power and industrial areas, piping and equipment are susceptible to corrosion. Specifically to the semiconductor and ink market, high levels of dissolved gases can cause lower yields and slower process speeds.

Liqui-Cel Contactors are also used to add gasses to liquids to enhance megasonic cleaning. The beverage industry looks to membrane contactors for carbonation, nitrogenation and deoxygenation. These reflect only a few examples of the variety of applications where Membra Membrane Contactors are used.

Membrana's Filtration Group also manufactures a variety of membranes and devices used for filtration in various industries and applications.

Membrana-Charlotte 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, NC, Polypore International, Inc. is a global leader with manufacturing facilities or sales offices in nine countries serving six continents.

About Layne Christensen Company
Layne Christensen's Water Treatment Division designs and builds high capacity water purification systems serving municipalities, utilities, industry and agriculture. Layne designs and builds treatment systems utilizing the best available technology to provide safe, environmentally compliant water supplies. Layne Christensen currently offers water treatment solutions for the removal of radium, arsenic, iron, manganese, VOCs, Nitrate, turbidity, suspended solids, color, organics, cryptosporidium, Giardia, and many other contaminants.

SOURCE: 3M Separation and Purification Sciences Division