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Production Process Insights

Milk and Dairy Sampling: Technologies to Reduce Risk and Increase Efficiency

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 1/25/18 10:30 AM

In 2016, food recalls surged 22% to 764, with many tied to the dairy industry. Contaminated dairy products can be linked to consumer illness, with the potential to permanently damage a dairy’s brand. How can milk and milk ingredient processors turn the tide, while complying with new and expanding regulations?

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Join the Conversation! Food Safety: How Representative Sampling Can Reduce Your Risk

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 10/11/17 9:19 AM

The challenges in food production are growing more intense every year. Expanding regulations, foodborne illness outbreaks, and product recalls are increasing demand for better food safety practices. How can you keep up?

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Topics: Food & Beverage

The Monitor Will Be On Hiatus Until Fall

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 8/2/17 2:15 PM

We’re taking a hiatus from posting regularly on The Monitor to work on exciting new developments like a completely redesigned website, building a resource library and fresh content. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn more about sampling and process monitoring while we pause the blog.

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Topics: Company News

Automatic Sampling: Helping The Dairy Industry Lead The Way In Food Safety

Posted by John Powalisz on 7/26/17 2:00 PM

In 2016, food recalls surged 22% to 764, with many tied to the dairy industry. Contaminated dairy products can be linked to consumer illness, with the potential to permanently damage a dairy’s brand. How can milk and milk ingredient processors turn the tide, while complying with new and expanding regulations? Automatic sampling can help ensure that milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream producers not only comply with the latest regulations, but also avoid harmful and expensive recalls that can lead to brand damage – or worse.

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Topics: Food & Beverage

Process Monitoring Tech Center: World-Class Expertise Right Where You Need It

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 7/19/17 2:30 PM

As Texas ramps up crude oil production and a “resilient” oil and gas industry is expected to see slow but steady growth in 2017 and beyond, it’s more critical than ever that these refining and petrochemical plants have the technologies and expertise they need to meet demand.

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Topics: Chemical & Petrochemical, Oil & Gas, Company News

Employee-Owner Profiles - Chris Heinecke

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 7/12/17 2:00 PM

Sixteen years ago, Chris Heinecke was doing what he loved as a mechanic at an auto shop. He enjoyed the work, but wasn’t sure if it was the right career path for him. When a friend joined Sentry Equipment and recruited him to join the company as an assembler in 2001, he jumped at the chance to take on a bigger challenge.

Now he’s a class A electromechanical assembler, working with electric parts and mechanicals for Sentry’s Steam and Water Analysis System (SWAS) panels.

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Topics: Company News

What To Know About Cycle Chemistry Sampling Equipment

Posted by John Powalisz on 6/28/17 2:00 PM

The power industry has changed drastically, and the ability to start up quickly and generate reliably and economically are no longer luxuries, but requirements. That puts more pressure than ever on your steam and water sampling system. Here’s what you need to know to minimize the adverse effects of cycling on chemistry results and streamline busy start up times. This information was originally presented by John Powalisz at the 37th Annual Electric Utility Chemistry Workshop, held June 6-8 in Champaign, Illinois.

Steam and water sampling is a key component of a successful chemistry program in cycling power plants. It helps protect both equipment and plant personnel, while ensuring maximum output, helping identify and predict failures, and helping start up the unit faster.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

See How One Utility Reduced Man Hours - But Not Performance

Posted by Jason Thomas on 6/21/17 2:00 PM

How can an automatic flow controller streamline busy startup times? See how one utility eliminated redundant tasks and reduced man hours with our newest flow controller. This project was originally presented by Jason Thomas at the 37th Annual Electric Utility Chemistry Workshop, held June 6-8 in Champaign, Illinois.

A power plant in Florida frequently cycles, requiring plant personnel to manually adjust valves during already busy startup times. Plant operators wanted to eliminate these redundant tasks to reduce the burden on staff and more easily maintain EPRI-recommended sample velocity.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Employee-Owner Profiles - Rich Gaffney

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 6/14/17 9:52 AM

Employee-Owner Profiles is a new feature that will highlight members of our team. As an employee-owned company, Sentry Equipment believes that employee ownership makes a difference. Our employee-owners are dedicated to hard work, positive results and continual improvement and innovation to provide our customers the highest quality products and services.

Rich Gaffney loved to play with Legos as a kid, and he wanted to be a machinist like his dad or an architect like Mike Brady from The Brady Bunch. He liked the idea of building something with his hands that would last a long time.

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Topics: Company News

Steam Sampling 101: Basics and What Really Matters

Posted by Jeff McKinney on 6/7/17 2:00 PM

What does it take to design a practical and reliable steam sampling system? Find out what you need to know to practically implement steam sampling guidelines in your process environment. This information was originally presented by Jeff McKinney at the ISA Analysis Division Symposium, held April 23-27 in Pasadena, California.

Steam sampling is sometimes viewed as a necessary evil in a process plant. However, the absence of steam due to a boiler shutdown makes for a bad day at a refinery, petrochemical or specialty chemical plant. But one size doesn’t fit all, and a number of variables must be considered to design and implement a practical, reliable steam sampling system.

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Topics: Power, Chemical & Petrochemical, Steam & Water