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3M™ Liqui-Cel™

Advanced Dissolved Gas Control

  • 3M™ Liqui-Cel™ Membrane Contactors are used for degassing liquids around the world providing a wide breadth of high performing, durable and scalable products to improve operational efficiency. They are widely used for O2 removal from water as well as CO2 removal from water. They have displaced the vacuum tower, forced draft deaerator, and oxygen scavengers around the world for over 20 years.

    Liqui-Cel™, SuperPhobic®, MiniModule® and MicroModule® Membrane Contactors are used extensively for deaeration of liquids in the microelectronics, pharmaceutical, power, food & beverage, industrial, photographic, ink and analytical industries just to name a few.

    3M offers deep technical expertise from sales and service working collaboratively to ensure solutions meet requirements and expectations along with comprehensive training and education.


3M™ Liqui-Cel™ Technology Serves Many Industries

3M™ Liqui-Cel™ Membrane Contactors are used for degassing liquids around the world. They are widely used for O2 removal from water as well as CO2 removal from water. They have displaced the vacuum tower, forced draft deaerator, and oxygen scavengers around the world for over 20 years.

  • Power & Boiler Feedwater

    Vacuum towers, steam deaerators, decarbonators and chemical injection were common methods used to control dissolved O2 and CO2 in make-up and feed water to power plants.

    3M™ Liqui-Cel™ Membrane Contactors used for deaeration can reliably achieve low dissolved gas concentrations and can operate cleaner compared to alternative degassing methods using less space.

  • Beverage Production

    There are many applications in the beverage industry that require the addition or the removal of O2, CO2, nitrogen, and alcohol compounds.

    3M™ Liqui-Cel™ Membrane Contactors are the perfect technology solution capable of handling the multiple gas removal and gas addition requirements in the beverage industry.

  • Ink Jet/Digital Printing

    Removing gasses from liquids can improve yields and operational performance by reducing imperfections and preventing misfiring at the ink jet print head.

    3M™ SuperPhobic® Contactors are widely used for removing bubbles and dissolved gases from Ink Jet Inks, coatings and other fluids where gasses in production lines negatively impact the process.

  • Microelectronics & Semiconductor

    The microelectronics industry has used 3M™ Liqui-Cel™ Membrane Contactors for over 15 years to remove O2 and CO2 from DI water used in semiconductor wafer manufacturing processes.

  • Coating & Plating

    Increased gas content often leads to problems with bubble formation in highly viscous fluids. 3M™ Liqui-Cel™ Membrane Contactors can provide an in-line and simple solution to help resolve this problem.

    There are many processes in the graphic arts industry that are improved when bubbles and gasses are removed. The paper making industry, for example, uses membrane contactors to debubble coatings used on high quality papers. Liquid degassing prevents imperfections in the paper surface that the bubbles can cause.

  • Laboratory & Analytical

    Dissolved gases can have a negative impact on instrument readings and displays in many analyzers. Bubbles and gases can also alter the composition of a solution being analyzed.

    Compact 3M™ MiniModule® and 3M™ MicroModule® Membrane Degassers use minimal space for easy integration into lab equipment for separation, producing lab water, or analyzing solutions. Degassers can also be installed in standalone systems after central DI water systems.

  • Oil & Gas

    3M™ Liqui-Cel™ Membrane Contactors have been used to improve dissolved gas control processes for many years. With thousands of installations around the world, Liqui-Cel™ Membrane Contactors technology is well-known for its compact size, performance and reliability in industries such as semiconductor, pharmaceutical and power generation.

    We now bring this compact, low weight solution to the oil and gas industry to remove dissolved oxygen in applications such as boiler feed water, water flooding, and oil washing where dissolved gas control is critical for process efficiency and smooth operation.

  • Pharmaceutical

    The pharmaceutical industry requires a continuous source of purified water with a conductivity of < 1.3 µS/cm. To achieve this level of purity RO followed by EDI technology is commonly employed. However, the presence of free CO2 may reduce EDI efficiency.

    Historically, chemical dosing with NaOH or forced draft technology was used to reduce the CO2 load. Today, 3M™ Liqui-Cel™ Membrane Contactors can be used as a compact, chemical-free alternative that operates in closed systems which may help reduce the risk of contaminants from entering the purified water stream.


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3M has more than 40 years of expertise in the research, development and production of highly specialized membranes. As a result, today we are a leading supplier of membranes specifically focusing on healthcare and industrial filtration applications.


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Simple, High Efficiency Decarbonation For Low Flow Rate Deionization Systems

  • Deionization Systems Low Flow Rate Decarbonation Image

    3M™ Liqui-Cel™ Membrane Contactors are your perfect solution for CO2 removal from water. Systems utilizing RO and EDI or CDI technologies need to reduce the amount of CO2 in the water. High inlet conductivity levels into an EDI or CDI device will reduce the resistivity of the outlet water.

    3M™ Liqui-Cel™ Membrane Contactors provide a clean method to remove CO2 from water without any chemical pH adjustment. EDI and CDI systems produce higher quality water if the CO2 has been removed upstream. Silica and Boron outlets in the EDI/CDI units are also improved when CO2 is not present.
     

    • Cut Resin Regeneration Frequency
    • Reduce Chemical Use
    • Improve Water Quality in EDI/CDI Systems
    • Low Operating Costs
    • Easy Setup

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Contact A 3M Technical Expert

3M has more than 40 years of expertise in the research, development and production of highly specialized membranes. As a result, today we are a leading supplier of membranes specifically focusing on healthcare and industrial filtration applications.

3M Separation and Purification Sciences Division
400 Research Parkway
Meriden, CT 06450 USA
Phone: +1 980-859-5300

3M Deutschland GmbH
Öhder Straße 28
42289 Wuppertal Germany
Phone: +49 202 6099 - 658
Fax: +49 202 6099 - 750

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