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The Benefits of a Refinery Sample Station Audit

Posted by Randy Cruse on 10/19/20 8:00 AM

Refineries often operate sampling systems as separate entities within the plant. Conducting a site-wide sampling audit evaluates a plant’s sampling program to help ensure that all sampling stations are seamlessly working together. A comprehensive audit also helps refinery operators and managers develop a clear plan of action to ensure the processes they monitor remain safe and running properly.

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Topics: Downstream, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

The Importance of Automatic Sampling at Dairy Custody Transfer

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 10/12/20 8:00 AM

In the dairy industry, it’s critical to maintain proper custody transfers of milk and milk products. To ensure quality and safety, milk and cream are often sampled at custody transfer points. Automatic sampling at custody points helps producers and processors comply with regulations, while maximizing product safety, quality and yield.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Liquid & Slurry

Employee-Owner Profiles - John Ivans

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 10/8/20 8:00 AM

When John Ivans was growing up in Milwaukee, WI, he didn’t know what he wanted to do as a career. So he took life as it came and enjoyed the surprises along the way.

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Topics: Company News

Chemical Optimization Saves an Oil and Gas Producer $1.6 Million

Posted by Bryan Stockburger on 10/5/20 8:00 AM

Providing a safe and easy method of accessing pressurized process systems for corrosion monitoring, chemical injection or sample extraction is an important operational consideration in upstream and midstream processes. Representative sampling solutions enable users to monitor corrosioninject chemicals or extract samples easily and effectively. It also ensures a high level of user safety, while requiring a smaller crew and less time to operate.

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Topics: Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

How to Match Pressure and Flow Valves to Your SWAS Application

Posted by AJ Percival on 9/28/20 8:00 AM

Chemical analysis of water and steam samples in utility plants requires precise control of flow and pressure. A common element of the steam and water sampling system is a pressure reducing valve to control the pressure of the sample. However, using an incorrect valve can not only damage plant and sampling equipment, but possibly injure operatorsThat’s why it’s essential to match plant applications with the correct pressure reducing valves. 

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Food Safety Is #1 For Animals and Pet Food Manufacturers

Posted by Tod Myers on 9/21/20 8:00 AM

Like food meant for human consumption, pet foods are subject to contamination during the manufacturing process. Contamination can include ingredients with incorrect physical or chemical properties as well as contamination from toxins. Automatic sampling of animal food, including wet and dry dog and cat food, helps detect the presence of harmful bacteria such as Listeria and Salmonella to ensure quality and safety for people and pets.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder

Do You Need a Chemical Optimization Audit?

Posted by Lance Witt on 9/14/20 8:00 AM

Chemical mitigation programs are a costly necessity for companies producing, transporting, storing and refining natural gas, gas liquids and crude oil. Optimizing these programs can result in immediate and considerable financial savings of 10%-30%. The first step in optimizing a program is to conduct a Chemical Optimization Audit.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Employee-Owner Profiles - Megan Patterson

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 9/10/20 8:00 AM

Two years ago, Megan Patterson had a big decision to make. She was weighing job offers from multiple companies, including one from Sentry Equipment as a production controller. She turned to a trusted mentor to discuss her options. By the end of the discussion, the choice was easy.

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Topics: Company News

Prevent Sampling Errors with Secondary Cooling Systems

Posted by John Powalisz on 9/8/20 8:00 AM


The goal of a steam and water analysis system (SWAS) in power generation is to properly condition the sample so that it is representative of the process. Secondary sample cooling provides a way to eliminate measurement uncertainty issues by removing the variable of temperature from the measurement. Secondary cooling also provides a temperature “cushion” when primary cooling systems are undersized or underperforming.


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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

How to Maximize Your SWAS Instrumentation

Posted by AJ Percival on 8/31/20 8:00 AM

A well-planned and designed steam and water analysis system (SWAS) with the right instrumentation can help provide the critical insights you need to monitor cycle chemistry, protect equipment and ensure safe operation.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water