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Production Process Insights

Optimize Specialty Chemical Processes with Representative Sampling

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 9/20/21 8:00 AM

Specialty chemical plants manufacture compounds for many products in various industries, including agricultural fertilizers, electronic circuit boards, construction materials, and consumer goods like detergents and pharmaceuticals. With the growing demand of the specialty chemical market, the industry faces several unique challenges that could affect operations.

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Topics: Downstream, Any Application

Employee-Owner Profiles - Kelly O'Shea

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 9/13/21 8:00 AM

“To be in your child’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.”

Kelly O’Shea began at Sentry Equipment over 14 years ago to make Barbara Johnson’s words a reality, and continues to enjoy that work-life balance today.

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Topics: Company News

The Importance of Degassed Cation Conductivity in Utility Plants

Posted by AJ Percival on 9/1/21 8:00 AM
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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Ensure High-Quality Coffee with Custody Transfer Sampling

Posted by Tod Myers on 8/23/21 8:00 AM

Coffee can be commercially grown in just two U.S. states, Hawaii and California, because of the tropical climate and high altitude the beans require to thrive. To keep up with demand, the U.S. imports much of its coffee from other regions, including Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. 

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder

Ask Sentry: Why Should I Consider Low-E Samplers?

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 8/19/21 8:00 AM

In the petrochemical and refinery industries, operations must run safely and efficiently with controlled, real-time data. Plants can eliminate data imprecision by transitioning to a low-emission (Low-E) closed-loop gas and liquid sampling system. Low-e sampling, combined with proper staff training, can help maximize sampling accuracy while minimizing risks to people, equipment, and the environment.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry

Cohesive Sampling Program Saves Refinery $250,000 Yearly

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 8/16/21 8:00 AM

With aging equipment and facilities, operators face increasing challenges in maintaining equipment reliability, integrity, and safety. One of the biggest hidden threats to your plant’s efficient and safe operation is operating sampling systems as separate entities within the plant. This leaves plants open to gaps and potential risks in their sampling program and process.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Maximize Performance and Profits with Online Analysis

Posted by Lance Witt on 8/9/21 8:00 AM

In the past, sophisticated online analysis for hydrocarbons was used only in laboratories – but now they’re widely used online at many upstream, midstream, and downstream hydrocarbon facilities.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream

Employee-Owner Profiles - Steve Steigerwald

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 8/5/21 8:00 AM

Nine years ago, Steve Steigerwald didn’t know what an employee-owned business was and had never heard of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). But the idea intrigued him, so he decided to join Sentry Equipment as a service technician. Now he profoundly believes in the employee-owner business model, a conviction that was only reinforced through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Topics: Company News

Efficiently Run Your SWAS with Program Best Practices

Posted by John Powalisz on 8/2/21 8:00 AM

Effectively monitoring cycle chemistry in a power plant relies on the availability, accuracy and trustworthiness of analyzer data. Like most industrial monitoring systems, the quality of the data is governed by the full Steam and Water Analysis System (SWAS) with accurate, timely data for corrective action.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Importance of Monitoring Dissolved Oxygen in Boiler Systems

Posted by Joanne Carpenter on 7/27/21 8:00 AM

Many power plants boil purified water to produce pressurized steam, which drives turbines to produce electricity. Operators must carefully control the quality of this steam-water cycle throughout operations to optimize system performance, enhance operating efficiency, and maximize the lifespan of boiler equipment.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water