LANXESS Introducing New Additions to the Lewabrane® RO Product Line at 2014 AMTA Conference & Expo, March 10 – 13, Las Vegas, Nevada, Booth # 118

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Seven New Lewabrane® Elements for Energy Saving and Fouling Potential; LewaPlus™ Design Software With New Upgraded Capabilities

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LANXESS Sybron Chemicals, Inc. is introducing seven new types of Lewabrane® membrane separation elements for reverse osmosis at this year’s AMTA Conference. The new RO membrane products are available in a new 4 inch diameter format. The new RO product families include LE (low energy types for energy savings application), and FR (fouling resistant types for application in waters of strong fouling potential).

The new FR membranes are available in 8 and 4 inch diameter and have surface areas of 85, 370 and 400 square feet, the new LE membranes are also available in 8 and 4 inch diameter and have a surface area of 85, 400 and 440 square feet. LANXESS also introduced the new 4 inch HF (high flow) membrane with a surface area of 85 square feet.

All Lewabrane® products comprise of a thin-film polyamide composite membrane, wound in several layers to form a spiral-shaped element designed specifically for water treatment applications. LANXESS incorporates low charge density, high crossed-linked polymer technology in the membrane’s thin film composite. “Our various single ion rejection performance data validates the advantage of the high cross link chemistry within the PA separating layer,” said Firuza Mir, CEO and President of LANXESS Sybron Chemicals, Inc. Furthermore, the fouling resistant membranes use a special 34 millimeter wide feed spacer to minimize fouling while the low energy membranes provide high flow and rejection performance.

The separation elements, manufactured at LANXESS' Bitterfeld site in Germany, were engineered specifically for industrial water treatment. The fields of application include the desalination of brackish and low-salinity water with a high potential for organic fouling.

LANXESS upgrades LewaPlus™ Design Software
LANXESS will introduce a recent upgrade to the innovative LewaPlus™ design software. The LewaPlus™ design tool has now been expanded to include new modules in both ion exchange and reverse osmosis applications. In addition, the Lewabrane® RO module will include a detailed power consumption module that allows designers to determine the efficiency of power consumption for various RO membrane types and system configurations. The software was also expanded to include an advanced cost module, allowing the designer to determine total cost of water production.

Seamless design
The LewaPlus™ design software is a comprehensive tool for engineering systems that use Lewatit® ion exchange resins (IX) and Lewabrane® membrane elements for reverse osmosis (RO). The application calculates RO system configurations and their output, including feed pressure and permeate quality. “LewaPlus™ design software is unique in the water treatment industry by allowing designers to have the ability to conduct both IX and RO designs in the same program,” Mir explains. “Thus, seamlessly transferring the RO permeate to the IX module for a quick and accurate design of the complete desalination system.”

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.1 billion in 2012 and roughly 17,500 employees in 31 countries. The company is currently represented at 52 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and FTSE4Good as well as the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI).

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