Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. (KMS), a world-class developer and manufacturer of innovative membranes and membrane filtration systems, has provided KPAK™ ultrafiltration (UF) modules for use in the finishing system at a new assembly facility for an automotive manufacturer located in Ontario, Canada. The KPAK membranes remove contaminants from the electrocoat paint bath and achieve high permeate rates for efficient paint recovery and rinsewater production.
KMS has delivered a rack of seven KPAK modules for use in the Main Body Electrocoat Paint System and a rack of six KPAK modules for use in the Shell/Body Electrocoat Paint System. The KPAK modules feature a “potted spiral” design whereby the spiral-wound membrane is secured with epoxy to the inside of a PVC shell. The membrane and shell form a single, integrated structure.
The potted construction allows for zero bypass of paint or cleaning solution, resulting in maximum utilization of paint and excellent energy efficiency, as well as superior cleanability. By allowing more membrane area to be packaged into the module, the design also enables greater turbulence during cleaning, which can lead to enhanced flux recovery after cleaning. Together, these features can lead to higher permeate rates.
The KPAK module design eliminates membrane fitting problems during installation and reduces the labor involved in removing modules. Safety is also enhanced because a ladder is not required to install or remove membranes. The system includes rugged and easy-to-connect stainless steel end caps and side ports.
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KPAK™ is a trademark of Koch Membrane Systems, Inc.