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The workshop kicked off with an optional introductory presentation that provided a solid foundation in filter testing basics. This session proved invaluable, particularly for those new to the field, as it laid the groundwork for the subsequent lab sessions. Additionally, attendees had the privilege of witnessing the remarkable Automated Filter Tester 8150, an award-winning production-line filter tester developed by TSI. Its cutting-edge features and capabilities provided a preview of the latest filter testing technology from TSI.
In the first lab session about respiratory masks and media testing, participants engaged in lively discussions revolving around best practices for testing various filters of different shapes and sizes. The session provided a platform for attendees to explore the intricacies of filter testing, particularly with the Automated Filter Tester 8130A.
One of the highlights of the session was the opportunity for participants to open up the 8130A and delve into the details of its plumbing system. This hands-on exploration allowed for a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the instrument, fostering insightful conversations among the attendees.
By actively engaging with the 8130A and discussing its components, participants gained practical knowledge that could be applied to their own filter testing endeavors. The lab session provided a valuable space for collaboration, sharing of ideas, and a deeper appreciation for the nuances of respiratory masks and media testing using the Automated Filter Tester 8130A.
The second lab session delved into the crucial topic of fractional efficiency testing and media characterization for HEPA/ULPA filters. Utilizing TSI's Automated Filter Tester 3160, participants discovered how to test media and filters across a range of controlled particle sizes. They gained a deep understanding of the most penetrating particle size (MPPS) and learned to assess results accurately. The session also emphasized the significance of routine maintenance, ensuring the instruments consistently deliver reliable data.
In the final lab session, attendees were demonstrated an experiment aimed to examine the decay of aerosol, specifically candle soot, in a small chamber using a Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer™ (SMPS™). Through this demonstration, attendees gained firsthand insight into the process of AHAM standard testing, showcasing how fractional efficiency testing is conducted at the bench scale. Furthermore, participants were guided through an array of aerosol generators available for use in custom filtration setups. This comprehensive walkthrough highlighted the wide variety of options and enabled participants to identify the most suitable aerosol generator for their specific testing requirements. The session empowered attendees to design and optimize their filtration setups with confidence.
Beyond the engaging presentations and hands-on lab sessions, the workshop provided ample opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange. Participants had the chance to interact with fellow professionals in the field, fostering connections that can lead to future collaborations and shared learnings. Additionally, TSI ensured that attendees were well-fueled throughout the day by providing a delicious lunch, allowing for relaxed conversations and further discussion of the workshop's content.
All in all, the 2023 Filtration Workshop organized by TSI was an exceptional event that empowered professionals to expand their knowledge and gain invaluable hands-on experience with filtration instrumentation. From respiratory masks and media testing to fractional efficiency characterization and custom filter testing setups, attendees were immersed in comprehensive learning opportunities. The combination of informative presentations, interactive lab sessions, and networking possibilities made this workshop a resounding success.
For those who missed this year's event, mark your calendars and keep an eye out for future workshops. The opportunity to enhance your expertise in filter testing principles, methods, and instrumentation is not to be missed. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming events from TSI, and we look forward to welcoming you to the next enlightening gathering of filtration professionals.