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Optimize Sample Cooler Temperatures for Ideal Results

Posted by John Powalisz on 11/30/20 8:00 AM

The thermal management of sample coolers is critical to the proper function of a steam and water analysis system (SWAS). Extreme temperatures can lead to erratic or unreliable data, equipment damage and unscheduled downtime. As the EPRI standard states, the goal of a sample system is to “transport and condition a sample without altering the characteristics of interest. The system parameters which need to be controlled are velocity, pressure and temperature.”

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Stay Ahead of a Shutdown with Regular SWAS Maintenance

Posted by Jason Thomas on 11/23/20 8:00 AM

By analyzing and monitoring chemical properties of steam and water, a steam and water analysis system ensures you are protecting the generation assets in your plant. Maintaining this system is critical to ensuring accurate results from grab sample and sample panel data. Here’s what you need to know about implementing a regular maintenance schedule for your utility’s SWAS.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Properly Maintain Your ISOLOK MSE Sampler Seals

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 11/16/20 8:00 AM

The Sentry ISOLOK MSE automatic point sampler is designed for sampling toothpaste, peanut butter, tomato paste, juice concentrates – even rocket propellant. Like any piece of equipment, it sometimes needs repairs and maintenance. But it can be challenging to know how to make strategic decisions around maintaining sampling equipment. Here’s how to keep your ISOLOK MSE sampler working properly.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Downstream, Pharmaceutical, Liquid & Slurry

The Role of Training in Successful Sampling Startups

Posted by George Buss on 11/9/20 8:00 AM

Implementing a new sampling system within an established process requires rigorous startup procedures, complete with plantwide training for all operators. With this specialized training, plant operators will fully understand the intricacies of the sampling system and components so they can maximize the accuracy of measurements, support operator and equipment safety, and extend the life of plant assets.

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Topics: Cement, Food & Beverage, Mining, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical, Liquid & Slurry

Employee-Owner Profiles - Richard Alves

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 11/5/20 8:00 AM

You could say that Richard Alves’ career path to Sentry Equipment started with go-karts and laundry.

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Topics: Company News

Safely Implement Sampling Training in Your Refinery

Posted by Randy Cruse on 11/2/20 8:00 AM

Conducting training at every level of a refinery ensures that all sampling stations and the processes they measure are seamlessly working together. Training plant operators to properly monitor the intricacies of the system also ensures shortened startup and reliable performance of your equipment, helping maximize accuracy and confidence in your system’s measurements.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Think Transitioning to Automatic Sampling is Difficult? Think Again.

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 10/26/20 8:00 AM

Custody transfers, end use processes and waste byproduct management in the dairy industry all require precise data to ensure quality, safety and compliance with regulations. Representative sampling provides dairy farms and milk product producers with data regarding dairy processes such as microbial temperatures and butterfat and protein content. Automatic sampling helps ensure that quality is maintained with a higher level of confidence while maintaining ease of use for operators.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry

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