Liquid Membranes

Industrial Liquid Membrane Replacement and Retrofits

FMT can help you Retrofit DOW FilmTec, Nitto Denko Hydranutics, GE Osmotics, Koch Fluid Systems, Toray and other Industrial Membrane Modules.


FMT Can Retrofit/Replace R/O, NF, UF and MF Membrane Systems With Equivalent & Updated Separations Technology. Please review the FMT Liquid Membrane Data Sheet.


Industrial Membranes are Very Sensitive to Feed Conditions and Require Pre-Filtration Systems for Proper Operation. Whether your Membrane System is Polymeric, Metal, or Ceramic; Hollow Fiber, Spiral Wound, or Flat, the Flux Rate will be Compromised by Contaminants which can be Removed or Reduced by optimized Pre-Membrane Filtration Systems.


Ship, Yacht, and Well Water, Pre-R/O Oil, Hydrocarbon, and Chemicals Absorber Filter Element FMT Yacht Pre-R/O Oil Guzzler Data Sheet

1, 1, 2-Trichloroethane
1, 1-Dichloroethane
1, 1-Dichloroethylene
1, 2, 3-Trichloropropane
1, 2-Dichloroethane
1, 2-Dichloropropane
Carbon Tetrachloride
DBCP- 1, 2-Dibromo-3-Chloropropane
Diedrin Insecticide
Diesel Fuel
Endrin Insecticide
Halogenated Hydrocarbons
Lindane Insecticide
Methylene Chloride
Petroleum Oils
Phenol Compounds
Toluene Compounds
Toxaphene Insecticide



Filtration & Membrane Technology, Inc. offers its “YACHT OIL GUZZLER” cartridge for removing oil in seawater to protect ship, yacht, and well water R/O polymer membrane modules.


The media in this unique cartridge employs a proprietary polymer to absorb oil from seawater.  Incorporating this media into a standard 2.5 inch OD filter allows use of this technology for standard 10” or 20” pre R/O housings.


One 2.5” x 10” “FMT YACHT OIL GUZZLER” is designed to hold One-Half Pint (250 ml.) Of Oil before reaching the maximum differential pressure of 35 PSI. The built in flow shut-off provides a positive indicator that change-out is required prior to any oil bypass.


This 10” guzzler permanently binds 10 times the damaging hydrocarbon volume compared to a 10” carbon filter. Carbon Adsorbs on it's surface employing a physical bond which can also release the Adsorbed oils and chemicals. The FMT Oil Guzzler Absorbs oils and chemicals forming a fixed chemical bond including emulsified oils.


With a recommended maximum flow rate of 1 GPM per 10 inch length for 2.5” OD filter, the “FMT YACHT OIL GUZZLER” cartridge is the optimal solution for removing oil, hydrocarbons, and chemicals from seawater at  minimal cost in a single pass. Employed for over 15 years as an environmental oil-in-water solution.


Install the FMT element in a free filter holder or replace a carbon element. Make sure the element is installed so that it is protected from solids by the particulate filter. Keep the filter in the system or install when in port. Keep an extra element on board and install when you need it.




FMT Will Supply Improved Membrane Pre-Treatment to Improve your Membrane Efficiency. FMT Also Supplies And Coordinates Work With Your Current Membrane Provider To Reduce Downtime, Stabilize Flux Rates, Reduce Cleaning Chemical Requirements & Cleaning Cycles, and Extend Membrane Life. FMT Will Recommend Updated Membrane Technologies and Suppliers That Meet Your Current Needs.











Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems are used for boiler feed water treatment and a host of pharmaceutical, municipal, and other industrial applications. The membrane RO systems are sensitive to contaminants and usually have a pre-filter to protect them. However, the pre-filter is usually designed as an afterthought instead of as the critical protection device it actually is. Pretreatment can include more than just absolute filtration including separation processes such as sedimentation, flotation, granular media, pre-coat filters (DE filters) and screening. Pretreatment problems may include hydrocarbons, Natural Oils, Cryptosporidium & Giardia, fresh & seawater mussels, and mollusks in their various life forms.


Inlet water quality is a moving target, constantly changing and subject to major changes such as construction projects upstream or runoff changes, dredging operations, requirements to totally change feed sources due to aquifer or drought issues. Large surface area filters now exist with small footprints where the efficiency and changes in water source quality can be handled best if considered in the design stage. (See: Industry challenges in water pre-filtration-AFS 2008).


Filters used in refineries and petrochemical plants handle very large volumes of product or processing fluids on a continuous basis. Other plant operations are batch found throughout the process industries. Regardless of whether the process is batch or continuous, on-line time is extremely critical to optimize profitability. Shutting down due to a filtration problem (or any problem) affects bottom line production income by as much as $10,000 per hour or more. Batch operations have more flexibility, but the choice of the filter, its efficiency to perform the required task, and its dirt holding capacity is also a major concern. Potential product sitting in holding tanks that cannot be shipped because the filtrate does not meet Quality Control Specifications can halt production just as in a continuous process.


What do we need from you? Process data and a description of your problem will help. The following form will act as guide.

Filtration & Membrane Technology, Inc.8342 Silvan Wind, Houston, TX, 77040Phone: 713-870-1120 Fax: 713-422-2533