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Don’t Let Coarse Materials Damage Samplers Beyond Repair

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 7/15/15 10:00 AM

Don’t Let Coarse Materials Damage Samplers Beyond Repair

Solid and powder/bulk solids material can be particularly hard on sampling equipment due to the large and hard particle composition of some materials. These materials are abrasive and can produce large quantities of dust, which can be hazardous to operators and damage equipment. Friction can develop between the sampler and walls as well, which can cause damage to the sampler.

For instance, in the cement industry, product can be sampled in many forms – slurry, liquid, powder, clinker, slag and finished cement – to ensure product quality and safety. Typical sampling points include raw and finished product, load-out and custody transfer. In mining, sampling can involve taking representative metal or aggregate samples for analysis. In the food industry, free flowing dry foods such as powders, flakes or granules can be sampled from a gravity line, hopper, chute or vertical or inclined spout.  Solid and powder foods sampled can include cereals, seeds, grains, coffee or loose teas, sugars, dry spices, nutraceuticals, pet food or frozen foods. Agricultural industries sample seeds, corn, grains and other pellets and granules. In the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, fine and coarse powders also are sampled, and many contain toxic properties.

Designed for reliability, repair

Sampling equipment must work correctly to ensure the safety of operators and the environment. Samplers are an investment and as such, are designed to be repaired and rebuilt when damaged, not thrown away. Even with long-term use, samplers can continue to provide customers with reliability. When kept in good working condition, solid and powder sampling equipment can provide longer uptime and more value.

Those in the cement, mining, food, agricultural, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries need to have confidence that their solid and powder samplers are repaired correctly to eliminate downtime as well as the cost of damaged parts when a sampler is “repaired” by untrained personnel. Inspection and repair on a regular maintenance schedule helps keep equipment up to date with the latest and best designs and options.

If your Sentry sampling equipment is worn, damaged or not working as it should, Sentry Equipment offers factory repair service, including:

  • Complete equipment disassembly, inspection and cleaning
  • Service repairs made by our professional, factory-trained experts
  • Factory certification and testing of your samplers, minimizing rework and damage to parts caused by untrained maintenance personnel

Any Sentry sampler or system can be repaired. Each rebuild follows a Sentry ISO-approved process, beginning with a thorough cleaning of every component and ending with rigorous testing to ensure quality and performance. Learn more about all the services Sentry offers.


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Topics: Cement, Food & Beverage, Hydrocarbon Processing, Mining, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical

Written by Sentry Equipment

With proven sampling expertise since 1924, Sentry products and services provide business operations the critical insights to optimize process control and product quality. We deliver true representative sampling and analysis techniques to customers around the globe, empowering them to accurately monitor and measure processes for improved production efficiency, output and safety. Standing behind our commitments, we are determined to tackle any application, anywhere.

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