FAST Consulting

Filtration and Separation Technology Consulting LLC


Filtration and Separation Technology LLC (F.A.S.T. LLC) was founded in 2004 by Scott Yaeger as a resource for companies that were looking for information on filtration and separation media, filter element design, markets and applications, competitive landscapes, developing markets, application solutions, business opportunities, acquisition due diligence, training, etc. It has served over 50 clients from Fortune 100 to Startups servicing the Pharmaceutical, Food and Beverage, Microelectronics, Medical Device, Coatings, Oil and Gas, Water and Waste Water, Aerospace, Automotive and Transportation, and virtually all markets that manufacture or use filtration and separation technology. F.A.S.T. LLC has worked closely with filtration and separation media and element manufacturers, users, investors, and potential owners to enhance their market share, sales, profitability, market and/or business expansion, technologies, customer base, and new application development.

In 2009, clients requested that F.A.S.T. LLC expand its business model to include the development of prototype filtration and separation elements that either better enabled a filtration/separation media performance, improvement in application performance, fit into new applications, etc. F.A.S.T LLC has successfully developed and is developing new filtration and separation element designs that have improved performance by up to 650% using proprietary technology and designs protected either by trade secrets or patents. F.A.S.T. LLC has been granted one Patent on a fully welded spiral element design and has several patents pending. Several of these element designs are now either commercial products or in scale up to commercialization.

In 2014, Filtration and Separation Technology LLC has changed its name to better present its business as Filtration and Separation Technology Consulting LLC. It has expanded its prototype shop with new technologies, equipment, and personnel to better serve its clients and to pursue new element designs for developing or potential applications.

Consulting Capabilities

Market Research

  • Market Size, Market Potential, Market Fit, Segmentation, Competition
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Requirements
  • Regulations
  • Value Chain
  • Trends
  • Met and Unmet Requirements
  • Applications
  • Filtration and Separation Processes
  • Products
  • Market Access
  • Geographical Distribution
  • Etc.

Product Analysis

  • Strengths and Weaknesses Vs. Competition
  • Market Fit
  • Value Proposition
  • Improvements
  • Innovation
  • Evaluation
  • Conversion to Elements
  • Manufacturing Improvement
  • Quality
  • Development
  • Etc.

System Development

  • Filter Train Analysis, Development, and Recommendations
  • Tangential Flow System Development
  • System Evaluations
  • Best Practices
  • Audits
  • Media and Element Selection
  • Etc.

Process Improvement

  • Failure Analysis
  • Life Improvement
  • Quality Improvement
  • Pilot Testing
  • Scale Up
  • Etc.

Application Development

  • Process Design
  • Product Selection
  • Prototype Development
  • Pilot Testing
  • Audits
  • Field Tests
  • Etc.

Prototype Development

  • Laboratory Scale
  • Pilot Scale
  • Process Scale
  • Laboratory Trials
  • Pilot Trials
  • Field Trials

Prototype and Testing Capabilities:

Welding Technologies

  • Ultrasonic
  • Direct Contact Thermal
  • Non-Contact Thermal
  • Hot Melt
  • Spin

Forming Technologies

  • Pleat
  • Leaf
  • Tubular
  • Flat Plate

Element Designs

  • Pleated Dead End
  • Spiral Tangential Flow
  • Flat Plate Tangential Flow
  • Candle
  • Bag

Media Capabilities

  • Membranes
    • ePTFE
    • PES
    • PVdF
    • Nylon
    • Cellulose
    • Polypropylene
    • Polyethylene
    • Ion Exchange
  • Fibrous Media and Supports
    • PFA
    • FEP
    • PTFE
    • Polyester
    • Polypropylene
    • Polyethylene
    • Fiber Glass
    • Cellulose

Pilot Test Systems

  • High Pressure 100 to 250 PSI
    • Reverse Osmosis
    • Nanofiltration
  • Moderate Pressure 5 to 100 PSI
    • Dead End
      • Pleated Cartridge
      • Candle Cartridge
      • Back Flush Cartridge
      • Bag
    • Tangential Flow
      • Spiral Element
      • Hollow Fiber
      • Tubular
      • Flat Sheet Cassette
    • Membrane Distillation
      • Direct Contact
      • Vacuum
      • Compressed Gas
      • Osmotic
  • Low Pressure – Inches of Water to 5 PSI
    • Gravity Filtration
      • Cartridge
      • Bag
      • Flat Sheet

Integrity Testing and Failure Analysis

  • Integrity Testing
    • Bubble Point
    • Diffusional Flow
    • Pressure Hold
    • Water Intrusion
  • Failure Analysis
    • Dissection
    • Smoke Test
    • Dye Tests
    • Reverse Bubble