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Employee-Owner Profiles - Tom Degrandt

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 10/7/19 8:01 AM

Tom Degrandt started working at Sentry Equipment before some of our newer employees were even born.

He joined the company as a finisher in July 1995 when he was just 20 years old because he wanted to learn how to weld and he wanted health insurance – two things his previous job couldn’t provide. He was offered a job at the end of his two-hour interview and never looked back. “Time flies when you're having fun,” he says.

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Topics: Company News

Top 5 Best Practices for 20+ Years of Safety

Posted by Canton Larson on 10/3/19 8:03 AM

Workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on an employer's bottom line. It’s estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for workers' compensation payments, medical expenses and costs for legal services. But indirect costs – including lost productivity, repairs to damaged equipment or property, and the cost of lower employee morale – can be just as damaging to a company.

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Topics: Company News, Any Application

Our Commitment to Manufacturing Excellence Begins With Employee Ownership

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 10/1/19 11:02 AM

October is Employee Ownership Month and Manufacturing Month!

As a proud employee-owned manufacturing company, we’re celebrating this important month by featuring a series of stories highlighting our talented employee-owners and the unique company programs supporting our manufacturing capabilities. This combo of talent and investment in continuous improvement programs are key to our high-quality solutions, products and services that our customers have come to know well.

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Topics: Company News, Any Application

The Smart Approach to Cycle Chemistry

Posted by John Powalisz on 9/23/19 8:03 AM

Cycle chemistry management is the best way to help prevent, recognize and minimize potentially devastating water chemistry events. Smart alarms assist in this by monitoring cycle chemistry, identifying chemistry events in real time and allowing chemists to take proper actions to correct conditions - preventing system damage and protecting assets.

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Topics: Power, Liquid & Slurry, Steam & Water

Harness the Power of the IIoT in Your Plant

Posted by John Powalisz on 9/16/19 8:00 AM

It’s not a matter of if, but when your plant will incorporate the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into its everyday operations. The IIoT is making manufacturing smarter and faster than ever before by attaching networked sensors and intelligent devices to equipment to gather data, store it wirelessly, and then use analytics and machine learning to take actions that will optimize operations.

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Topics: Power, Liquid & Slurry, Steam & Water

Don't Let Pipeline Corrosion Get the Best of You

Posted by Lance Witt on 9/9/19 8:00 AM

Corrosion is one of the biggest threats to the petroleum industry and preventing it is especially critical in systems susceptible to producing corrosive environments, such as flow lines, transportation pipelines, vessels, water systems, boilers, vacuum towers, cooling systems, amine systems and crude oil systems.

In order to mitigate this devastating occurrence, accurate measurement and monitoring is crucial.

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Topics: Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

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

Posted by Randy Cruse on 8/26/19 8:00 AM

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, sampling systems and equipment are often overlooked, even as new technology and regulations demand more from them.

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Topics: Power, Hydrocarbon Processing, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Employee-Owner Profiles - Chris Yerke

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 8/19/19 8:00 AM

Everything Chris Yerke learned about small business, he learned from his dad.

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Topics: Company News

The Unexpected Costs - and Clear Benefits - of Clean Fuels

Posted by Rod Lunceford on 8/12/19 8:00 AM

Globally, there’s a trend for increased policies and regulations around producing low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur (ULS) transportation fuels. These are often referred to as “clean fuels”.  Clean” transportation fuels typically focus on removing sulfur oxides (SOx), specifically sulfur dioxide (SO2), and mitigating pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbons and particulates, from vehicles’ exhaust. Sulfur oxides can cause respiratory problems and lung damage in humans and environmental issues such as tree, plant and stone damage; acid rain and hazy air. The less sulfur content in fuel, the less polluting SOx emissions that fuel will release.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Liquid & Slurry

Solid Advice: What You Need to Know About Sampling Cement

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 8/6/19 2:23 PM

Portland cement is a type of cement used in virtually all concrete. It’s manufactured by heating lime, silica, alumina, iron and other materials at high temperatures. The resulting substance is a marble-like ball called “clinker” that is ground, mixed with limestone and gypsum, and used to create concrete. Concrete is a combination of sand and gravel or crushed stone that’s mixed with water and cement; all of which have a major impact on wear and tear of your equipment.

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Topics: Cement, Solids & Powder