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Randy Cruse

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As Senior Service Manager, Randy dedicates his lengthy career to developing and delivering service programs designed specifically for refineries and their sampling programs. He understands the risks and safety requirements that come along with being a service provider in the Oil & Gas industry and brings that expertise to each and every call.

Recent Posts

Repair vs. Replace: Managing Your Refinery's Sampling Equipment

Posted by Randy Cruse on 10/14/21 4:13 PM

Many industrial plants in the United States were built decades ago and were not expected to still be in operation. Yet many are still running today, well past their expected life span. Within these plants, hydrocarbon sampling systems and equipment are often overlooked, even as new technology and regulations demand more from them.

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

How to Avoid Sample Cooler Damage from a Deep Freeze

Posted by Randy Cruse on 7/19/21 8:00 AM

Oil and gas refineries often struggle to restart after unplanned shutdowns safely. That's what Texas experienced in February 2021, when an Arctic storm brought the lowest temperatures in a generation. This deep freeze resulted in a large amount of equipment damage, including sample coolers. 

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream, Steam & Water

Safely Sample from Hydrocarbon Tanks with Low-E Samplers

Posted by Randy Cruse on 6/28/21 8:00 AM

Sampling from tanks can be dangerous due to concerns with vapors under pressure and process containment. However, by implementing Low-E samplers and applying best practices, producers can protect personnel, maximize quality and ensure uptime.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry

Improving Refinery Sampling With ProShield Service

Posted by Randy Cruse on 3/29/21 8:00 AM

Gleaning insights from sampling equipment is essential to product quality, safety and operational processes. A comprehensive sampling program including full service and support helps your plant expertly manage these elements by combining product updates and technical expertise.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Chill Out: Get Your Sample Right with Sample Coolers

Posted by Randy Cruse on 1/18/21 8:00 AM

Numerous types of heat exchangers cover a broad range of applications, and specialty heat exchangers are often found in many kinds of industrial applications, such as downstream refineries. When a heat exchanger is used to cool a representative sample within processes for accurate analysis, it is commonly referred to as a sample cooler.

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Topics: Downstream, Steam & Water

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

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

How to Maximize Your Budget with Custom Butane Sampling Solutions

Posted by Randy Cruse on 8/17/20 8:00 AM

Industrial and economic influences frequently squeeze plants to do more with less. But necessity breeds invention: fueling innovation and a creative approach to solving industries’ most pressing challenges. As an example, despite increased commercial and technical challenges, hydrocarbon plants are still able to execute representative sampling by implementing custom solutions in C3 and C4 sampling.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Downstream Sampling: Match Your Equipment to the Application

Posted by Randy Cruse on 6/29/20 8:00 AM

Capturing representative samples and protecting the operator is critical in high-temperature and high-pressure applications commonly found in hydrocarbon processing. That’s why it’s essential to match your application to the sampling equipment. Here’s your guide to ensuring you choose the right sampler for your application.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Your Guide to a Successful Downstream Panel Start Up

Posted by Randy Cruse on 4/27/20 8:00 AM

Being ready for startup requires a holistic approach to the entire process of implementing a sampling system. Make sure you’ve considered every step with these guidelines to getting ready for startup. These will help you establish a successful sampling program that will continue to ensure operator safety and equipment performance.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas