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Production Process Insights

Trisodium Phosphate Could Improve Your Boiler Water Treatment

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 7/6/23 2:30 PM

Industrial boilers generate power to run equipment in many kinds of manufacturing plants and combined heat and power facilities. Impurities in the boiler feedwater can cause scaling inside the boiler, which can lead to equipment damage, unexpected downtime in the plant, and sluggish energy creation. That’s why it’s critical to limit impurities in a boiler system to maximize output.

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Topics: Any Application, Steam & Water

When Women Are at the Table, Manufacturing Wins

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 3/31/23 12:15 PM

Today, Sentry Equipment employs thirty-four female employee-owners, with nine in manager roles. Some of these women discussed how they got started in manufacturing and what their experience in the traditionally male industry has been so far. Their stories lead to four points for why manufacturing is a great career choice for women. 

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Topics: Company News, Any Application

Protect Your Equipment with a Coolant Recycling Program

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 3/9/23 10:15 AM

Manufacturing processes are inundated with lubricants and other industrial fluids, such as machining and grinding. Managing these fluids is critical to protecting equipment and ensuring worker safety. Adding the rising costs of fluid, waste disposal, maintenance, and compliance with workplace safety and environmental regulations, as well as improper fluid management, can significantly impact your bottom line.

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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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