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5 proven traits a project engineer needs in a strategic supplier

Posted by Krista Drager on 10/19/16 11:00 AM

Suppliers are an essential part of any large engineering project. They’re needed to complete specialized designs and builds that meet the quality standards of the companies that hire them. Yet, not all suppliers are capable of delivering on their promises. This costs engineering firms time and money. 

Overcoming bias when it comes to selecting a supplier can be a major hurdle. Especially, when existing relationships are already in place. So, it’s essential to know how to separate a preferred supplier from a strategic supplier before you partner with them. Here are five crucial traits of a reliable, strategic supplier.

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5 Hidden Costs of Analyzing Non-Representative Samples

Posted by Jay Kristola on 8/31/16 1:39 PM

Multiple industries engage representative sampling. It’s a pivotal process for quality control, process control, custody transfer and regulatory compliance. The benefits of representative sampling are well known, but what is the cost of not doing so? 

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Tips for selecting the right specialty heat exchanger for your application

Posted by Brian Winkelman on 7/27/16 9:30 AM


Heat exchangers are used in a variety of industries to transfer heat from one medium to another. They can heat within a process, and may be used to cool a liquid, vapor or gas (referred to as a fluid within this article) representative sample to make it safe to handle or transfer.

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Why global manufacturers should align with internationally certified suppliers

Posted by Dan Quigley on 6/23/16 7:00 AM

As companies continue to find ways to compete globally, they are expanding their worldwide reach. Operating manufacturing plants in various countries can result in a distinct competitive advantage. However, if you are working with suppliers that are not aware of and do not meet international certifications in operations and materials, delays and product rework could cost you that competitive edge.

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Topics: Power, Cement, Hydrocarbon Processing, Mining, Upstream & Midstream, Pharmaceutical, Any Application

Match the best sampling solution to your application: Our best complementary suppliers

Posted by Mike Keister on 6/14/16 1:00 PM

You trust your strategic sampling partner to help you solve your representative sampling challenges. You also rely on them to tell you when, occasionally, your needs are better met by a solution they do not currently offer.

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Topics: Power, Cement, Food & Beverage, Hydrocarbon Processing, Mining, Upstream & Midstream, Pharmaceutical, Any Application

Find the best samplers for solids and powders

Posted by Rich Gaffney on 6/7/16 10:14 AM

A number of industries routinely conduct solid and powder sampling, ranging from cement and food and beverage, to pharmaceutical, petrochemical, mining, oil and gas, and power generation. This list illustrates the wide variety of solid and powder sampling applications, and it also proves that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all sampling solution.

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Topics: Power, Cement, Food & Beverage, Hydrocarbon Processing, Mining, Upstream & Midstream, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical, Any Application, Steam & Water

How to radiographic test for welding quality in your heat exchanger

Posted by Krista Drager on 4/19/16 4:20 PM

Sample coolers and heat exchangers cool samples from process streams. A sample flows through the tube side of the heat exchanger, and the cooling fluid, usually water, flows through the shell side to cool the process gas or fluid so it can be monitored or analyzed.

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Topics: Power, Hydrocarbon Processing, Any Application

Three steps to take to maintain your samplers

Posted by Paul Williams on 4/5/16 9:09 AM

Our cars wouldn’t run very well if we didn’t fill them with gasoline, change the motor oil, or conduct routine maintenance and repairs. In the same way, your facility’s sampling equipment needs regular preventative maintenance.

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Topics: Cement, Food & Beverage, Hydrocarbon Processing, Mining, Upstream & Midstream, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical, Liquid & Slurry, Any Application, Gas

Safety first: The benefits of partnering with a safe manufacturer

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 3/24/16 10:22 AM

In March, our company celebrated an almost unheard-of safety record of 17 years without a lost-time incident in our factory. This is due to numerous safety policies and the care our employee-owners take in ensuring safety. 

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How to keep your sampling program at 100% scheduled uptime

Posted by George Buss on 12/8/15 10:10 AM

Over the years, I’ve had a number of conversations about sampler uptime that all basically boil down to the same question: How do we keep our samplers at 100% scheduled uptime to avoid loss of productivity and plant efficiency?

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