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TIPS Fact Sheet
TIPS Fact Sheet
TIPS Drinking water is usually sourced from either surface waters (lakes, rivers, or streams) or Thermally Induced Phase Separation, or TIPS, is a unique method for manufacturing polymeric membranes which yields a mechanically stronger, chemically more tolerant, and more permeable membrane than other methods.

Ultrafiltration as applied on drinking water and wastewater has evolved significantly over the past 30 years. While research existed for some time, the technology started gaining acceptance in the early ninties with the introduction of dead-end mode (as opposed to cross-flow mode), integrity tests, and cleaning protocols that began to increase overall cost-effectiveness. The US Surface Water Treatment Rule that became effective in 1993 further propelled the technology towards acceptance in the industry as it provided an ideal solution to meet the tighter regulations.

With tighter regulations and additional advances came more manufacturers with their own proprietary membranes. These manufacturers pushed the envelope on what could be accomplished with polymeric UF membranes and through years of competition yielded what is now commonplace in the industry – Polyvinyldiflouride membranes, outside-in flow pattern, and pressurized membranes (as opposed to the submerged variety). While today this can be mistaken as a commodity market, there are important differentiators in the market that can provide additional value to end-users.

TIPS is the next evolution in the dynamic marketplace and one of the most important differentiators when it comes to UF. This is because TIPS membranes provide for greater permeability, greater mechanical strength, and higher chemical tolerance to the great majority of UF membranes available. In the TIPS manufacturing process employed by Scinor, phase separation occurs at high temperature resulting in a high crystalline PVDF structure with a homogeneous sponge-like, interconnected pore structure and maximum permeability. All of this leads to longer membrane life, better performance, and ultimately a better cost-effective solution.
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