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Nicholas Barretto

Separation Technologies for a Better Future

Koch Separation Solutions (KSS) is a global leader in membrane filtration technologies with over 35 years of experience improving the product quality and operating efficiency of wineries around the world. Our new, expandable crossflow microfiltration Wine-COR systems use state of the art hollow fiber membrane cartridges, designed specifically for wine processing, to minimize filtration losses while maintaining color, taste, aroma and alcohol content. The polymeric tubular design of our Lees-COR systems increase wine yields up to 5% by recovering additional wine from the lees with equal quality to the original batch without the need for diatomaceous earth. In addition to improving product quality and revenue, we help wineries reduce their carbon footprint and improve their sustainability with a full range of filtration products to purify incoming water and treat wastewater ponds or streams. We provide Separation Technologies for a Better Future.


Fully Automated Crossflow Filtration:  

Wine-COR M:     50 to 200 m2 

Wine-COR P:      200 to 800 m2

Juice and Fermentation Lees Filtration:

Lees-COR 9:        up to 17 m2

Lees-COR 30:      up to 57 m2

Lees-COR 50:      up to 95 m2

Water Treatment Solutions: 

Complete packaged treatment systems utilizing KMS PURON MP Hollow Fiber UF cartridges for the removal of turbidity from incoming water.  

MP6:                     up to 0.2 Million Gallons Per Day

MP10:                   up to 0.33 Million Gallons Per Day

FLUID SYSTEMS Selective Rejection Nanofiltration Spiral Elements (TFC-SR)

FLUID SYSTEMS High Area Brackish Water RO Elements (TFC-HR)

Winery Wastewater Treatment:

Complete packaged treatment systems utilizing KMS PULSION Membrane Bioreactor Technology for the treatment of winery wastewater up to 250kgpd.  Custom engineered solutions are available for wastewater flows exceeding 250kgpd.

Membrane Cleaners:

KSS offers a full line of cleaning products to help ensure optimal performance of your crossflow system.


News Archive

Julius Montz Launches New Business to Significantly Reduce Alcohol Levels in Beverages While Achieving Superior Quality
15 July, 2020

Montz Food Processing leveraged KSS' experience in membrane filtration for the beverage industry to produce advanced technology that significantly reduces alcohol content in beverage products. Read the full story here:

How Much Is Your Caustic Costing You?
15 June, 2020

Commonly used in food, beverage, dairy, textile and manufacturing industries, caustic is used in high volumes resulting in high costs of operation, high wastewater loadings and environmental pollution. In this webinar we will review the main market applications where caustic is used, present and compare different caustic recovery methods, and present in detail a proven membrane filtration technology developed by Koch Separation Solutions for caustic recovery.

Koch Separation Solutions Expands Manufacturing of Membrane Technology by Fifty Percent
14 April, 2020

Manufacturing expansion reflects KSS growth, ability to serve more businesses in water and wastewater treatment

Wilmington, Mass. – Koch Separation Solutions (KSS), a global leader in membrane filtration and ion exchange technology, today announced it is expanding the manufacturing capacity of its innovative PURON® reinforced hollow fiber membrane technology by 50 percent. This manufacturing expansion reflects KSS’s significant growth and an increased ability to quickly serve businesses that utilize its reinforced hollow fiber membrane technologies for their industrial and municipal water and wastewater treatment needs.

“Expanding our PURON membrane manufacturing capacity represents the exciting growth we’re seeing at KSS and is a testament to our strength and the value of our solutions, which are essential in supporting many industries and business globally,” said Manny Singh, President of KSS. “At KSS we are continually seeking to add greater value to our customers, and this expansion increases our ability to offer our technology and know-how to businesses that operate in key economic sectors.”

KSS’s reinforced hollow fiber membrane solutions are among a suite of KSS’s membrane offerings and include PURON MP, PURON HF, PURON MBR, and PULSION MBR. At its core, the PURON hollow fiber membrane has a robust composite structure that makes it virtually unbreakable. Its uniquely engineered ultrafiltration pores facilitate high productivity and rejection while minimizing fouling and cleaning requirements; these membranes are crucial in water and wastewater treatment needs such as solids separations and pathogen removal. KSS’s advanced reinforced hollow fiber membranes allow businesses to operate reliably at high-performance while meeting energy efficiency, reducing overall system footprint, and cutting long-term operational costs.

“Industrial water sustainability and reuse, coupled with PURON technology advantages, are driving the growth we’re seeing in water and wastewater treatment operations,” added Singh. “We recognize the importance of businesses meeting their goals while also operating responsibly and sustainably, and our membrane technologies allow for optimal performance that also save energy and resources.”

KSS’s hollow fiber membranes are widely used in markets essential to the global economy, such as food and beverage, automotive, life sciences, textiles, and pulp and paper. To learn more about this expansion or about KSS’s membrane technologies and other solutions, please contact Taylour Johnson at

About Koch Separation Solutions

Koch Separation Solutions (KSS) is transforming the landscape of separations by leveraging synergistic technology such as membrane filtration and ion exchange. With over half a century worth of experience, KSS offers solutions for the most demanding applications across food and beverage, life science, and general industrial markets. KSS aims to create more value to their customers around the world by offering complete solutions to recover high-value product, eliminate waste, reduce footprint, increase productivity, and lower costs. KSS is a Koch Engineered Solutions company. More information is available at

Fully Automated and Expandable Crossflow Microfiltration
09 March, 2020

Flexible Wine Filtration Systems 

The Wine-COR M microfiltration system has a modular design to easily expand as throughput requirements increase. It consists of a base system and expansion modules which can process throughput from 240 - 3200 gallons per hour (gph) (1.0 -12 m3 /hr). The base system is available in two build variants: Wine-COR M Economy and Wine-COR M Plus. Wine-COR M Economy is equipped with an on-skid 75 - gallon membrane CIP tank and is designed for batch operation with two connections to the customer’s raw wine tank (Feed & Return). This CIP tank is replaced with a nitrogen blanketed process tank on Wine-COR M Plus, which allows for topped-off batch operation and only one connection to the customer’s raw wine tank (Feed). 

The Wine-COR M base system is fully automated, standalone, and capable of filtration rates up to 800 gph (3.0 m3 /hr). Each consists of an Allen Bradley based control system for automated operation, system feed pump, recirculation pump, instrumentation, valves and three WINEFILTER 6060 cartridges. No modifications are necessary to add expansion modules. 

The capacity of the Wine-COR M system can be increased to 3200 gph (12.2 m3 /hr) by adding up to 3 skid mounted expansion modules which easily bolt to the base system. Each contains 3 additional WINEFILTER cartridges, piping and a recirculation pump 

View the full Wine-COR M Brochure

Delicato Uses Wine-COR for High-Quality Wine Production
13 February, 2020

Delicato Family Vineyards turned to Koch Separation Solutions to upgrade their wine filtration technology to be able to meet higher demand in the most economical and environmentally efficient way.


Delicato aimed to replace existing pad filtration and other wine clarification technology with KMS membrane filtration technology to increase production volume, lower their operating costs, and reduce their waste and landfill output.


KSS offers WINEFILTER crossflow hollow fiber membranes that are uniquely designed for wine filtration. These microfiltration membranes are constructed using asymmetrical pore structure, allowing for up to 99.5% wine recovery and optimal clarification while maintaining color, taste, aroma, and alcohol content.

At Delicato, a new Wine-COR P-36 system was installed to treat red and white wine alike prior to bottling. This system produces between 4,000 and 6,000 gallons per hour (about 15 to 22 cubic meters per hour) with extremely low wine loss, through 36 WINEFILTER hollow fiber membranes. The Wine-COR P system is easily expandable to 48 membranes should Delicato’s capacity requirements increase.

As in most wineries, high quality water is in short supply. The Wine-COR system came equipped with onboard water filtration equipment which allows for on-skid treatment of well water to produce CIP make-up and rinse water.

Click here to read full case study.

Wine-COR P Systems - Fully Automated and Expandable Crossflow Microfiltration
13 December, 2019

The Wine-COR P System is a fully automated and standalone crossflow designed to meet the needs of large wineries. Check out our brochure to learn how the Wine-COR P system can increase yield and quality of your product:

To learn more about how Koch Separation Solutions can benefit your wine operation, visit

Koch Membrane Systems Expands Capabilities to Offer Innovative, Ion Exchange Solutions for Full Separation Needs
04 November, 2019

Koch Membrane Systems adds Eco-Tec, Inc. to provide ion exchange-based solutions to complement existing membrane filtration capabilities, becomes Koch Separation Solutions

Wilmington, Mass. – Koch Membrane Systems, a global leader in the development and manufacture of membrane filtration technology, is expanding its existing capabilities to offer innovative ion exchange-based solutions with the addition of Eco-Tec, Inc., a leading ion exchange systems manufacturer. The addition of Eco-Tec is part of a total transformation, which will allow it to provide full-scale separation solutions to its customers. As part of that total transformation, the company will now operate under the name Koch Separation Solutions (KSS).

“We are excited to add Eco-Tec to Koch Separation Solutions as we seek to expand the capabilities and the solutions we offer to our customers,” said Manny Singh, President of KSS. “We constantly strive to create the greatest value for our customers and the ability to offer full separation solutions through these added ion exchange capabilities will do just that.”

Eco-Tec is a leader in providing ion exchange-based and other process technology solutions for a wide range of industries, including chemical recovery and purification, hydrometallurgy, electroplating, biogas treatment, produced water, and amine purification. Membrane and ion exchange technology are complementary to each other and the synergy between each technology occurs over a variety of business verticals important to KSS’s customers, such as juice debittering and pulp removal, separating protein from whey or milk and recovering lactoferrin, properly regenerating and recovering caustic soda, and successfully addressing the problem of suspended solids and organics removal in water filtration. By utilizing KSS’s and Eco-Tec’s market knowledge and competitive advantages in these areas, KSS can better tailor optimal solutions for its customers’ separation needs.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve done over the last 50 years and I’m thrilled that Eco-Tec will be joining KSS and the Koch Industries family,” said Phillip “Rocky” Simmons, Ph.D., P.Eng., FCAE, Chairman, Eco-Tec, Inc. “Eco-Tec is in capable hands at KSS, and this new and exciting chapter positions both Eco-Tec and KSS for continued growth and success.”

Glenn Towe, P. Eng., President and CEO of Eco-Tec, Inc., added: “Eco-Tec has been a proven leader in ion exchange technology for decades and joining KSS is testament to our hard work and innovative vision. We look forward to being part of the KSS team, leading Eco-Tec in pursuit of KSS’s vision, and working with them to provide our customers with unparalleled full separation solutions as their preferred partner.”

For more information on the full separation solutions that KSS provides through its membrane offerings and newly added ion exchange capabilities, please contact

About Koch Separation Solutions

For more than five decades, Koch Separation Solutions (KSS) has led the way in developing innovative membrane technologies that serve a diverse range of industries and applications around the globe. KSS provides comprehensive separation solutions to many markets, including municipal, food and beverage, life sciences and industrial processes. KSS is focused on helping thousands of its customers to recover high value products, reduce their water footprint, increase productivity, and reduce costs. Additional information on KSS and its technologies is available at

About Eco-Tec, Inc.

Eco-Tec systems incorporate advanced, proprietary designs that provide resource-recovery and purification solutions to industries around the world. We are designers, developers, and builders of equipment for industrial water treatment and purification of chemicals and gases, celebrating over 40 years of manufacturing excellence. Our products provide clients with improved performance, economy, and reliability in their operations, while facilitating environmentally responsible approaches to using natural resources. In business since 1970, Eco-Tec has supplied over 2,000 systems in more than 60 countries. More information is available at

Advanced Membrane Filtration for Enhanced Quality and Reduced Costs
14 June, 2019

Attention Winemakers! Catch us at the 70th ASEV National Conference in Napa next week to see how you can enhance product quality and reduce costs of your operation with KMS' wine filtration solutions. 

Learn more here:

Koch’s Advanced Membrane Filtration System Maximizes Revenue & Productivity for Wineries Worldwide
14 May, 2019

Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. (KMS), a global leader in membrane separations technologies, announces the launch of the Lees-COR family of tubular crossflow systems for the recovery of high-quality juice and wine from lees.  Lees accounts for up to 15% of a winery’s production capacity, so maximizing product recovery from these streams represents a significant opportunity to improve sustainability and the bottom line.  KMS Lees-COR systems are available for a wide range of production rates up to 400 gallons per hour, offering treatment solutions suitable for all production scales.

Lees-COR crossflow microfiltration systems were designed with performance, operational simplicity, and durability in mind. These systems utilize robust 1-inch tubular membranes, and besides circulation pumping, contain no moving or fragile parts. The 1-inch diameter tubes are capable of concentrating lees up to 85% solids without fear of plugging or catastrophic failure from over-concentration. While traditional ceramic membranes and disks can be susceptible to thermal shock, plugging and breakage, KMS tubular membranes can also tolerate fluctuations in temperature offering reduced CIP time, extended runtimes and increased productivity.

Because Lees-COR systems utilize a crossflow membrane, they produce excellent quality wine and juice with brilliant clarity . A membrane-based treatment solution such as Lees-COR allows for elimination of diatomaceous earth rotary vacuum drum filters which represent a potential respiratory hazard for workers and degrade recovered juice and wine value due to oxidation. Typical product clarity is less than 1 NTU with exceptional flavor, aroma, color, and mouthfeel. In the case of wine lees, the product can be blended directly with the traditionally crossflow-filtered wine without additional treatment.

“I’m excited about KMS Lees-COR because it filters lees without exposing the wine or juice to oxygen,” Nick Barretto, North American Wine Sales Manager for KMS, points out. “This results in significantly improved quality compared to traditional pad filtration or diatomaceous earth filtration systems.”

KMS prides itself on superior customer service for its entire portfolio of technologies and systems.   To complement the Lees-COR system offerings, KMS offers KMS ASSIST® Service and Maintenance Programs which can be tailored to the specific needs of the winery. 

For more than half a century, KMS has been engineering advanced membrane filtration solutions for a variety of industries and applications across the world. With all membranes manufactured in the United States, KMS provides a best-in-class solution to improve operating efficiencies, lower costs, and increase quality and quantity of product.

To learn more and request a quote, visit:


Koch Membrane Systems Launches TIDAL™ Forward Osmosis Solution, Enables Product Concentration Without Heat
04 April, 2019

Wilmington, MA – April 4, 2019 — Recognizing a need for a natural, heatless concentration process that preserves product quality, Koch Membrane Systems (KMS) announces the launch of TIDAL Forward Osmosis Solution, an FO-based technology tailored to the Food, Beverage and Life Sciences markets.

Heat exposure during thermal evaporation can compromise the essential properties of high value products. TIDAL Forward Osmosis technology utilizes osmosis — a natural process that allows concentration of food, dairy and beverage products without exposure to heat, thereby preserving their intrinsic properties.

The automatically controlled TIDAL FO systems process food and beverage streams from 3-50 gpm (1-10 m3/hr). These units are easily scalable to larger flow rates. Additionally, KMS offers potential users lab and pilot scale units for feasibility tests and demonstrations.

“Our customers in the Food, Dairy and Beverage markets face increasing challenges to improve the nutritional and organoleptic properties of their products,” said Manny Singh, KMS president. “KMS is devoted to becoming their technology supplier of choice by developing and introducing membrane-based solutions, which help them achieve this objective.”

For the food and beverage industries, the TIDAL solution features FO spiral membranes through an exclusive agreement with Fluid Technology Solutions (FTS).

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with FTS, as we share a common vision of bringing next-generation, cutting edge separation technologies to the market,” said Singh. “We’re excited to bring this technology to the food, beverage and life sciences markets, and we plan to expand this offering to other industrial markets in the future.”

To learn more about TIDAL Forward Osmosis solution or to request information, visit the TIDAL Forward Osmosis webpage.

About Koch Membrane Systems

Filtration for a Better Future…


For more than five decades, Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. (KMS) has led the way in developing innovative membrane technologies that serve a diverse range of industries and applications around the globe. KMS provides comprehensive membrane filtration solutions to many markets, including municipal, food and beverage, life sciences and industrial processes. KMS is focused on helping thousands of its customers to recover high value products, reduce their water footprint, increase productivity, and reduce costs.

Introducing New Koch Wine-COR Crossflow Microfiltration Systems
07 January, 2019

Koch Membrane Systems (KMS), a global leader in membrane separations technologies, announces the launch of two modular crossflow microfiltration systems for the clarification of wine. The KMS Wine-COR M and Wine-COR P crossflow microfiltration systems offer an expandable modular solution for all production scales, from several thousand to millions of cases per year. Both systems utilize KMS proprietary WINEFILTER membranes, which are designed to achieve optimal wine clarity while maintaining color, taste and aroma. All WINEFILTER membranes and Wine-COR systems are manufactured in the USA by KMS.

The Wine-COR M crossflow microfiltration system was designed with mobility and easy capacity expansion in mind, perfectly suited for the small to medium-sized winery. This system is fully automated with Allen Bradley PLC/HMI and is constructed from components readily available in the United States for easy service and maintenance.

“The Wine-COR M system is affordable and easily expandable from 3 to 12 cartridges. This system operates with minimal wine losses and dilution, making it ideal for extra small lots,” explains Nicholas Barretto, North American Wine Sales Manager for KMS. Barretto invites interested winemakers to see the new Wine-COR M-6 system displayed at KMS’s booth at the 2019 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium.

The Wine-COR P crossflow microfiltration system was designed for larger wineries focused on maximizing throughput. These deluxe systems come fully equipped and are available up to 48 cartridges. Similar to the Wine-COR M system, 12-cartridge expansion modules are available to manage expanding production.

“We recently installed a Wine-COR P-36 system at Delicato,” says Barretto. “It handles difficult reds very well, and it has incredibly low wine losses with a 95-99% recovery rate, making it perfect for small to medium lots.”

In addition to these Wine-COR M and P system offerings, KMS offers KMS ASSIST Service and Maintenance Programs. These services can be customized to match your specific service needs.
“Unsurpassed customer support is the cornerstone of our offering,” says Barretto. “Our customer-first focus allows us to create the ideal solution for any winery separation needs.”

KMS is exhibiting at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in booth 1210 at the Sacramento Convention Center on January 30-31, 2019. Barretto invites winemakers to view the new Wine-COR M-6 system at Unified to learn more and talk about setting up a trial with one of their mobile units at your winery.



Lees-COR System
The Lees-COR System demonstrates the most efficient design on the market for lees treatment. This system, comprised of SUPER-G tubular membranes, is designed to treat juice and post fermentation lees to maximize product yield. It ...
Wine-COR M-3 Base System
Wine-COR systems are designed for wine clarification of small to large volumes. These systems are available as small-scale manual units, as well as fully automated systems, increasing wine yield up to 99%. With compact and mobile ...