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Production Process Insights

Ask Sentry: What are ISOLOK Samplers?

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 7/22/21 8:00 AM

Automatic representative sampling is the act of capturing a limited volume of material from a process stream that accurately reflects the characteristics of the entire lot, batch or process stream. Most material within a production environment can be sampled and then analyzed for product quality and process monitoring. 

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

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

Employee-Owner Profiles - Canton Larson

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 7/15/21 8:00 AM

Our commitment to health and safety has never been more critical than the last year, as the world contended with the COVID-19 pandemic. In a stroke of excellent timing, Canton Larson joined Sentry Equipment in 2019 as an Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Specialist. This role became essential in leading the company through the crisis.

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Topics: Company News

Customized Solution Optimizes Asphalt Sampling Processes

Posted by Kim Lobert on 7/12/21 8:00 AM

Asphalt is made by heating it to temperatures between 300°F and 350°F to decrease the viscosity and make it more fluid, then drying it to remove any remaining moisture. These temperatures and how the product is processed often require a custom asphalt sampling solution to meet fiscal and personnel concerns.

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Topics: Cement, Mining, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry

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

Ask Sentry: How Do Mag Traps Mitigate Magnetic Particles?

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 6/24/21 8:00 AM

Magnetite is a form of iron particulate that forms naturally on the inside of steam and water pipes. In power plants, particles can shed, damaging a plant's steam and water analysis system (SWAS) by plugging components and analyzers. And when the SWAS doesn't operate properly, the water chemistry for the whole plant is at risk.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Your Video Guide to Replacing a Sentry STV LP1 Seal

Posted by George Buss on 6/21/21 8:00 AM

Metal corrosion is inevitable and can cause catastrophic pipeline and asset failure, damaging the environment and communities, injuring field operators, and causing costly downtime and waste in productivity. However, corrosion is easy to measure with corrosion coupons.

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Topics: Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry

Manage Your Hygienic Standards with Automatic Sampling

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 6/14/21 8:00 AM

In recent years, several severe, high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks have led to increased implementation of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system, along with other food safety programs and increased reliance on third-party auditing programs. These changes make hygienic standards essential to safe food and beverage production.

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

Employee-Owner Profiles - Cheri Conners

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 6/10/21 8:00 AM

Cheri Conners discovered Sentry Equipment the old-fashioned way, through a classified ad in the newspaper. Thirty-five years later, there is nowhere she’d rather work.

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Topics: Company News

Benefits of Sampling LPG for Safety and Profitability

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 6/7/21 8:00 AM

Liquified petroleum gas (LPG) is a clean-burning fossil fuel naturally derived from crude oil and natural gas. However, the production process is complex and potentially dangerous to people and the environment. Ensure safety and maximum output with representative sampling.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas