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3 Process Control Strategies You Need To Know

Posted by John V. Twork on 2/15/17 11:30 AM

The logic forming the basis of the old saying “what you can’t measure, you can’t control” has justified generations of increasingly sophisticated process monitoring and control technologies. As the requirements for continually improved manufacturing processes evolve, this trend will drive future research, development, and implementation.

Process sampling – either automatic or manual – will serve as the interface between the process and a variety of key variables measured in the lab. These lab measurements comprise the input to three process control strategies discussed in the white paper available for download.

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Topics: Chemical & Petrochemical

9 reasons to standardize sampling in your plant

Posted by Brian Winkelman on 11/2/16 10:45 AM

Building a new plant or updating an existing facility is a complicated, long-term process that involves dozens of agencies and partners. Petrochemical companies are planning to invest over $80 billion in new manufacturing infrastructure, meaning facilities will become more familiar with this process over the next few years.

We’re already seeing a new trend within this building surge: Standardizing sampler designs to maintain consistency in manual sampling systems.

One plant in California recently replaced their sample panels with new panels that have a consistent design. While the panels aren’t identical, they share a design philosophy that ensures each one operates in the same sequence.

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Topics: Chemical & Petrochemical

How to safely sample hazardous chemicals during production

Posted by Kevin Kirst on 9/7/16 11:06 AM

Sampling within a chemical plant can mean operators must obtain samples of a toxic chemical mixture that can include diisobutyl phthalate, ethanol, hexane, mineral oil, toluene and titanium tetrachloride.

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Topics: Chemical & Petrochemical

Safe chemical container sampling with low-emission thief sampler

Posted by John Schadt on 8/10/16 1:23 PM

Chemical companies often need to use hydrogen peroxide and solvent for synthesis and purification processes. To verify quality and integrity of these chemicals, they need to sample and analyze them. These samples can be obtained directly from intermediate bulk container (IBC) loading or unloading stations. IBC are stackable, reusable industrial containers that can safely and efficiently store and transport liquids and solid granules, including chemicals, food ingredients, solvents or pharmaceuticals.

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Topics: Chemical & Petrochemical

Time stamp your samples for effective process correlation

Posted by Kevin Kirst on 8/3/16 7:30 AM

 

Running a safe, efficient operation requires analysis of controlled, real-time data obtained through representative sampling within a process. Nowhere is obtaining that data more critical than within a refinery, chemical or petrochemical plant. 

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Topics: Chemical & Petrochemical, Oil & Gas

How oil & gas refineries can improve sampling accuracy

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 7/13/16 9:10 AM

Ideally, sampling in an oil and gas refinery should be easy for engineers to design and implement, safe for operators, and provide exactly what’s needed at the lab for quality assurance testing.

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Topics: Chemical & Petrochemical, Oil & Gas

Why global manufacturers should align with internationally certified suppliers

Posted by Dan Quigley on 6/23/16 7:00 AM

As companies continue to find ways to compete globally, they are expanding their worldwide reach. Operating manufacturing plants in various countries can result in a distinct competitive advantage. However, if you are working with suppliers that are not aware of and do not meet international certifications in operations and materials, delays and product rework could cost you that competitive edge.

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Topics: Power, Cement, Chemical & Petrochemical, Mining, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Any Application

Match the best sampling solution to your application: Our best complementary suppliers

Posted by Mike Keister on 6/14/16 1:00 PM

You trust your strategic sampling partner to help you solve your representative sampling challenges. You also rely on them to tell you when, occasionally, your needs are better met by a solution they do not currently offer.

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Topics: Power, Cement, Food & Beverage, Chemical & Petrochemical, Mining, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Any Application

Find the best samplers for solids and powders

Posted by Rich Gaffney on 6/7/16 10:14 AM

A number of industries routinely conduct solid and powder sampling, ranging from cement and food and beverage, to pharmaceutical, petrochemical, mining, oil and gas, and power generation. This list illustrates the wide variety of solid and powder sampling applications, and it also proves that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all sampling solution.

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Topics: Power, Cement, Food & Beverage, Chemical & Petrochemical, Mining, Oil & Gas, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical, Any Application, Steam & Water

Sample archiving of plastic pellets automated

Posted by Jeff McKinney on 5/31/16 10:08 AM

One common petrochemical process is the creation of preproduction plastic pellets, which are raw plastic that is heated and reformed into a wide variety of plastic products. Plastic pellets can range in size from 1 to 5 mm, and they can end up as wraps, sheets, bottles, containers, tubs, furniture, garbage cans or other items of all shapes and sizes.

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Topics: Chemical & Petrochemical