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How to Avoid 9 Common Errors in Fossil Power Plant SWAS Specs

Posted by Joe Kreinus on 10/12/16 2:05 PM


A steam and water analysis system (SWAS) conditions, analyzes and monitors the chemical properties of the steam and water used to generate electricity. A well-designed SWAS maximizes efficiency and output while also protecting plant assets, operators and the environment.

The technical design specification (specs) is the first step in designing a SWAS that operates accurately, reliably and safely under specific fossil power plant conditions. Vibration, wear, corrosion or other performance issues are addressed within the specs – or should be. However, there are nine common mistakes engineers inadvertently make while creating SWAS specs that lead to issues in your fossil power plant:

  1. Overspecifying, meaning sending unnecessary or ancillary information not related to the SWAS
  2. Underspecifying, meaning providing too little detail about the equipment needed for optimal SWAS operation
  3. Not providing tubing size within the plant
  4. Not specifying the sample conditioning equipment for maximum operation and function
  5. Not identifying the available utilities
  6. Not specifying the materials requirements
  7. Not specifying what’s not wanted
  8. Not specifying the layout and location of the system
  9. Not specifying your preferred analyzer brands and sequencing

Awareness is key in avoiding these mistakes, as is having critical knowledge at your fingertips.

That’s why we’ve developed our new eBook, 9 Mistakes to Avoid in Your SWAS Specs. In it you’ll find in-depth discussion about each of the common SWAS specs challenges and ways to overcome them, plus expert tips on:

  • Accurately specifying a SWAS based on type of plant, space constraints and unique facility features
  • Ensuring the SWAS is dependable, and easy to operate and maintain
  • Keeping up-to-date SWAS specs readily available for current and future projects
  • Staying ahead of the latest SWAS technologies and best practices


This handy resource and its printable Recommended Systems Components Checklist is sure to be your go-to guide for creating the perfect SWAS specs for fossil power plants every time, and it’s available at absolutely no cost. Download your free copy of 9 Mistakes to Avoid in Your SWAS Specs now by clicking the button below.

9 Mistakes to Avoid in Your SWAS Specs eBook

Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Written by Joe Kreinus

As Director of Parts and Service, Joe Kreinus works with customers to actively improve company's sampling systems through specification development, review, installation, and maintenance. Joe is driven to find the best solution, parts, and service for the specific needs of each unique application and customer. He is committed to serving customers in all Sentry sampling markets. Joe also has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Green Bay and enjoys coaching his three children in fast pitch softball and baseball.

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