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Our Perspective: Work-Life Balance at Sentry Equipment

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 1/11/23 2:15 PM

At Sentry Equipment, our employee-owners focus on cultivating a culture that values work-life balance. We know that juggling work duties and family obligations isn’t always easy, but we make it a priority because we value time outside of work to connect with family and friends.

Mikaela Gitto, Sentry’s Director of Human Resources, and Heidi Balestrieri, Sentry’s Director of Engineering, both appreciate the company’s benefits and culture in helping further their careers without sacrificing time with their families. They call Sentry a “family-first” workplace that truly cares about its employee-owners.

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Topics: Company News, Any Application

Easily Transfer Your Military Skills to a Career in Manufacturing

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 12/5/22 8:45 AM

When veterans leave the military, they often have several options as they plan their next career path. For many, a new career in manufacturing is an attractive choice, as these kinds of jobs allow them to leverage their existing skills with the opportunity to learn a new vocation on the job.

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Topics: Company News, Any Application

Understanding the Challenges in HRSG Water and Steam Monitoring

Posted by John Powalisz on 7/12/22 2:01 PM

Many large industrial facilities, including refineries, chemical plants, and petrochemical facilities, are utilizing combined cycle units with heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) to produce power for their operations. However, as many HRSGs operate at high temperatures and pressures, harsh conditions can transform seemingly minor chemistry upsets into major problems.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

The Advantages of Chlorine Dosing to Control Biofilm

Posted by John Powalisz on 5/19/22 8:00 AM

Microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and algae can present challenges in maintaining and operating industrial cooling systems. These contaminants can increase pathogens and create biofilms in cooling systems. This biofilm can lead to equipment damage and inaccurate measurements. One way to combat these concerns is through chlorine dosing.

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Topics: Any Application, Steam & Water

5 Ways to Successfully Validate Samples

Posted by Randy Cruse on 4/25/22 8:00 AM

A representative composite sample of oil for analysis is crucial to meeting your product goals and maintaining a profitable bottom line. This will only become more important as the oil and gas market is expected to grow from $46.60 billion in 2021 to $49.58 billion in 2022. The market is anticipated to reach up to $80.77 billion by 2029.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry

Representative Sampling: Important in Nut Butter Packaging

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 4/11/22 8:00 AM

Many co-packaging companies provide distributors with multiple types of nut butter products from one processing plant, including everything from smooth and chunky peanut butters to almond butters and organic products. Simultaneously, food health and safety are co-packers top priorities to avoid recalls due to salmonella, e-coli, and other contaminants.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Liquid & Slurry

How to Ensure SWAS Analyzer Accuracy During Layups

Posted by AJ Percival on 3/31/22 8:15 AM

Your plant's steam and water analysis systems (SWAS) instrumentation is incredibly sensitive, with detection limits that can be hard to comprehend. One of the most commonly used Units of measurement in a power plant SWAS is parts per billion (PPB). One PPB is the equivalent of one inch in 16,000 miles or one second in 32 years. Limits on specific parameters are less than 3 parts per billion and it is not uncommon to observe concentrations of less than .5 PPB on a steam sodium analyzer.

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Five Questions to Ask When Selecting a Bulk Solids Sampler

Posted by John Powalisz on 3/24/22 8:00 AM

Let’s say you have a large order for a dry powdered food product. You need to be sure the product fits the customer’s specifications before it’s shipped, or you need to keep tabs on the moisture content of your material throughout a processing run, or you need to ensure that your chemical material doesn’t rise above a certain level of volatility. To accomplish these tasks, you’ll need to accurately sample and test the material using a sampler that can enter the material stream, capture a statistically significant quantity of that material that is representative of the process. For the most accurate and repeatable sampling, you will need to employ a method that limits bias and allows precise samples to be taken at regular intervals, leaving no room for error – an automatic sampler.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical

Safeguard Infant Formula with Automatic Sampling

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 3/16/22 8:00 AM

Many families rely on baby formula for the safe and healthy growth of their children. Companies can ensure this safety with an automatic formula sampling process that reduces potential contamination and recall risks. 

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder

Maximizing Cycle Chemistry with Smart Analyzer Alarms

Posted by John Powalisz on 3/9/22 8:15 AM

In a steam and water analysis system (SWAS), alarms can frequently turn into a nuisance for operations and maintenance personnel. Over time, plant personnel can become desensitized, leading them to distrust analyzer data or not act when chemistry events arise. This can leave a power plant vulnerable to chemistry-related failures that could cause downtime and negatively impact production. Smart alarms help address these issues by monitoring cycle chemistry, identifying chemistry events in real-time, and allowing chemists to take proper actions to correct conditions. These smart analyzer alarms help steam and water operators improve their response time to critical chemistry events.

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