Aqua Membranes’ unique 3D printed spacers address common yet critical challenges in a variety of applications. Our patented technology delivers significant value to industries and individuals that are dependent on membrane filtration for their needs.

The User The Challenge The Aqua Membranes Solution
POU water treatment Consumer point-of-use water treatment using home RO is growing exponentially in Asia and primary product difference is price which is decreasing margins Utilizing printed spacers in home RO elements double the capacity and increase recovery which will enable product differentiation and premium pricing
Equipment Manufacturers Marketing new designs of spiral wound elements with fewer and longer leaves or even changing the flow from lateral to spiral across the membrane Printing graded spacers on the back of the membrane allow more flow in spiral direction
Water vendors and providers of residential purifiers RO membrane technology is used more widely for decentralized plants in the developing world. Many companies are doing business under the “water-as-a-service” model. In this model, operating costs determine the selling price of water – the lower the cost, the more accessible water is for the general public Printed patterns extend element life and lower operating costs

The User The Challenge The Aqua Membranes Solution
Membrane Manufacturers The length of the membrane leaf used to produce spiral wound elements is limited by back pressure on the permeate Printed graded spacers on both sides of the membrane allow more flow per leaf, while lowering costs
Manufacturers of modular RO systems Maximizing capacity in modular RO systems while minimize capital cost 600-square foot spiral-wound elements from Aqua Membranes can increase the output of one containerized system by up to 50% when compared to conventional 400-square foot spiral-wound membranes
Auto manufacturers The automotive paint industry uses spiral-wound UF membrane elements to dewater paint. Due to the harsh operating conditions, these membranes have a much shorter life than those used in water applications Custom-designed patterns can extend the life of spiral-wound UF elements and reduce CIP time and costs
Microelectronics manufacturers Recovery from the reverse osmosis process is limited by the salt content in the water. Thus, RO systems are designed to prevent saturation of salts on the membrane surface Printed spacers are not limited by the saturation of salt on the membrane surface since the salt does not get trapped in the spacer mesh. This allows for higher concentrations and recovery
Membrane manufacturers Element manufacture is becoming increasingly automated. Mesh spacers are somewhat difficult to integrate into automated process Printed spacers reduce component count, allowing for simpler automation of element rolling process

The User The Challenge The Aqua Membranes Solution
POU water treatment Consumer point-of-use water treatment using home RO is growing exponentially in Asia and primary product difference is price which is decreasing margins Utilizing printed spacers in home RO elements double the capacity and increase recovery which will enable product differentiation and premium pricing
Equipment Manufacturers Marketing new designs of spiral wound elements with fewer and longer leaves or even changing the flow from lateral to spiral across the membrane Printing graded spacers on the back of the membrane allow more flow in spiral direction

The User The Challenge The Aqua Membranes Solution
Manufacturers of modular RO systems Maximizing capacity in modular RO systems while minimize capital cost 600-square foot spiral-wound elements from Aqua Membranes can increase the output of one containerized system by up to 50% when compared to conventional 400-square foot spiral-wound membranes
Membrane manufacturers Element manufacture is becoming increasingly automated. Mesh spacers are somewhat difficult to integrate into automated process Printed spacers have the capacity to redefine and transform the design of FO and PRO systems by allowing new geometries and design capabilities not possible with standard feed and permeate mesh spacers.

The User The Challenge The Aqua Membranes Solution
Bottled Water Producer When the goal is to increase output and production, but the existing water treatment system is at full capacity and the plant will need to be expanded in order to accommodate. Aqua Membranes’ printed spacers can increase production of existing RO plants by 25 – 35%, without the need to expand the system footprint

The User The Challenge The Aqua Membranes Solution
Corn wet milling applications In these applications, daily cleaning of spiral wound RO, NF and UF is required, thus resulting in membrane degradation and reduction in operational life Printed spacers allow more open patterns with the required turbulence for the application, extending both element life and cycles between cleanings

The User The Challenge The Aqua Membranes Solution
Oil & Gas producers Achieving maximum recoveryfrom RO systemswhile minimizing fouling Aqua Membranes’ unique printed spacers minimize fouling to enable higher recovery rates
Corn wet milling applications In these applications, daily cleaning of spiral wound RO, NF and UF is required,  resulting in membrane degradation and reduction in operational life Printed spacers allow more open patterns with the required turbulence for the application, extending both element life and cycles between cleanings
Auto manufacturers The automotive paint industry uses spiral-wound UF membrane elements to dewater paint. Due to the harsh operating conditions, these membranes have a much shorter life than those used in water applications Custom-designed patterns can extend the life of spiral-wound UF elements and reduce CIP time and costs
Microelectronics manufacturers Recovery from the reverse osmosis process is limited by the salt content in the water. Thus, RO systems are designed to prevent saturation of salts on the membrane surface Printed spacers are not limited by the saturation of salt on the membrane surface since the salt does not get trapped in the spacer mesh. This allows for higher concentrations and recovery

The User The Challenge The Aqua Membranes Solution
Manufacturers of modular RO systems Maximizing capacity in modular RO systems while minimize capital cost 600-square foot spiral-wound elements from Aqua Membranes can increase the output of one containerized system by up to 50% when compared to conventional 400-square foot spiral-wound membranes
Skid manufacturers The need for low-cost RO skids as market competition drives prices on packaged RO systems further downward Printed spacer technology from Aqua Membranes enables lower total capital cost per gallon of output
BOO companies The goal to increase production and sale of water, but owners/operators are land-locked in current plant Printed spacers increase capacity without the need to expand skids and housing racks
Water vendors and providers of residential purifiers RO membrane technology is used more widely for decentralized plants in the developing world. Many companies are doing business under the “water-as-a-service” model. In this model, operating costs determine the selling price of water – the lower the cost, the more accessible water is for the general public Printed patterns extend element life and lower operating costs
Forward & Pressure-retarded Osmosis providers Forward osmosis and pressure retarded osmosis are not economically practical today due to permeate spacer limits on flow Printing graded spacers and flow channels on the back of the membrane allows more flow per leaf, more uniform flow to promote osmosis, and lower cost