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Employee-Owner Profiles - Jared Volk

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 1/7/21 8:00 AM

As a former star football player of Northern Illinois University and coach at Arrowhead High School, Jared Volk knows the value of leading a team. This commitment to teamwork and leadership makes Jared a natural fit as a project engineering manager at Sentry Equipment. In his two years with the company, he’s learned to value the importance Sentry leaders place on their employee-owners.

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Topics: Company News

How to Succeed with SWAS Instrumentation Best Practices

Posted by John Powalisz on 1/4/21 8:00 AM

Cycle chemistry management is the best way to help prevent, recognize and minimize potentially devastating water chemistry events in a facility. A well-planned and designed sampling system with the right instrumentation can help provide the critical insights you need to monitor cycle chemistry, protect equipment and ensure safe operation.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Two Ways to Prevent Magnetite Fouling Your SWAS

Posted by John Powalisz on 12/21/20 8:00 AM

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Navigating the New World of Sampling Cannabinoid Oils

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 12/14/20 8:00 AM

Extracting and refining the cannabis plant into medication and edible products is uncharted territory for many cannabis-producing businesses. Cannabis products need to be consistent in composition and free of impurities that could negatively affect users’ health. Automatic sampling can help optimize sampling accuracy and repeatability in every step of the cannabidiol (CBD), hemp and cannabis extraction process, while ensuring a safe final product.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Liquid & Slurry

Employee-Owner Profiles - Kevin Krueger

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 12/10/20 8:00 AM

Kevin Krueger’s career with Sentry Equipment started like so many careers did in 1993 – with a job posting in a newspaper.

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Topics: Company News

Wax On, Wax Off: Mitigate and Treat Pipeline Paraffin Buildup

Posted by Bryan Stockburger on 12/7/20 8:00 AM

Paraffin deposition is one of the most challenging flow issues in oil production processes. Paraffin buildup in pipelines, wells and vessels is the most common type of paraffin deposition and can contribute to pipeline corrosion. Managing paraffin deposition in a timely and cost-effective manner are the keys to maximizing oil production, performance and profit.

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Topics: Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Optimize Sample Cooler Temperatures for Ideal Results

Posted by John Powalisz on 11/30/20 8:00 AM

The thermal management of sample coolers is critical to the proper function of a steam and water analysis system (SWAS). Extreme temperatures can lead to erratic or unreliable data, equipment damage and unscheduled downtime. As the EPRI standard states, the goal of a sample system is to “transport and condition a sample without altering the characteristics of interest. The system parameters which need to be controlled are velocity, pressure and temperature.”

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Stay Ahead of a Shutdown with Regular SWAS Maintenance

Posted by Jason Thomas on 11/23/20 8:00 AM

By analyzing and monitoring chemical properties of steam and water, a steam and water analysis system ensures you are protecting the generation assets in your plant. Maintaining this system is critical to ensuring accurate results from grab sample and sample panel data. Here’s what you need to know about implementing a regular maintenance schedule for your utility’s SWAS.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Properly Maintain Your ISOLOK MSE Sampler Seals

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 11/16/20 8:00 AM

The Sentry ISOLOK MSE automatic point sampler is designed for sampling toothpaste, peanut butter, tomato paste, juice concentrates – even rocket propellant. Like any piece of equipment, it sometimes needs repairs and maintenance. But it can be challenging to know how to make strategic decisions around maintaining sampling equipment. Here’s how to keep your ISOLOK MSE sampler working properly.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Downstream, Pharmaceutical, Liquid & Slurry

The Role of Training in Successful Sampling Startups

Posted by George Buss on 11/9/20 8:00 AM

Implementing a new sampling system within an established process requires rigorous startup procedures, complete with plantwide training for all operators. With this specialized training, plant operators will fully understand the intricacies of the sampling system and components so they can maximize the accuracy of measurements, support operator and equipment safety, and extend the life of plant assets.

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Topics: Cement, Food & Beverage, Mining, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical, Liquid & Slurry