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Chill Out: Get Your Sample Right with Sample Coolers

Posted by Randy Cruse on 1/18/21 8:00 AM

Numerous types of heat exchangers cover a broad range of applications, and specialty heat exchangers are often found in many kinds of industrial applications, such as downstream refineries. When a heat exchanger is used to cool a representative sample within processes for accurate analysis, it is commonly referred to as a sample cooler.

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Topics: Downstream, Steam & Water

Understanding New EPA Rules in the Oil and Gas Industry

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 1/11/21 8:00 AM

In December 2020, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final version of the updated Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule, which takes effect in January 2022. Not meeting the new and current EPA regulations can result in hefty fines, as well as damage to the environmental and plant personnel. Protect your processes and prevent these costly risks with representative sampling.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

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

Safely Implement Sampling Training in Your Refinery

Posted by Randy Cruse on 11/2/20 8:00 AM

Conducting training at every level of a refinery ensures that all sampling stations and the processes they measure are seamlessly working together. Training plant operators to properly monitor the intricacies of the system also ensures shortened startup and reliable performance of your equipment, helping maximize accuracy and confidence in your system’s measurements.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

The Benefits of a Refinery Sample Station Audit

Posted by Randy Cruse on 10/19/20 8:00 AM

Refineries often operate sampling systems as separate entities within the plant. Conducting a site-wide sampling audit evaluates a plant’s sampling program to help ensure that all sampling stations are seamlessly working together. A comprehensive audit also helps refinery operators and managers develop a clear plan of action to ensure the processes they monitor remain safe and running properly.

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Topics: Downstream, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Do You Need a Chemical Optimization Audit?

Posted by Lance Witt on 9/14/20 8:00 AM

Chemical mitigation programs are a costly necessity for companies producing, transporting, storing and refining natural gas, gas liquids and crude oil. Optimizing these programs can result in immediate and considerable financial savings of 10%-30%. The first step in optimizing a program is to conduct a Chemical Optimization Audit.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

How to Maximize Your Budget with Custom Butane Sampling Solutions

Posted by Randy Cruse on 8/17/20 8:00 AM

Industrial and economic influences frequently squeeze plants to do more with less. But necessity breeds invention: fueling innovation and a creative approach to solving industries’ most pressing challenges. As an example, despite increased commercial and technical challenges, hydrocarbon plants are still able to execute representative sampling by implementing custom solutions in C3 and C4 sampling.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Common Sampling Programs for Hydrocarbon Processing [Infographic]

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 7/13/20 8:00 AM

Establishing a sampling program for all types of refining processes in hydrocarbon processing plants requires special considerations for successful and safe operations. The high-temperature and high-pressure applications found in hydrocarbon processing also add a degree of complexity to ensure samples are representative and the operator drawing the sample is protected.

Make sure you are maintaining true representative sampling with a properly designed and placed hydrocarbon sampling program. 

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Topics: Downstream

Efficiently Sample Petrochemicals with Automated Solutions

Posted by Nate Leonard on 7/6/20 12:00 PM

In the petrochemical industry, representative samples of high vapor pressure gases and liquids help operators with process monitoring, quality control, and regulatory compliance. However, operators and the environment can be harmed if exposed to these volatile process fluids and gases during sampling. This makes it important to establish a reliable representative sampling system in your petrochemical plant.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Downstream Sampling: Match Your Equipment to the Application

Posted by Randy Cruse on 6/29/20 8:00 AM

Capturing representative samples and protecting the operator is critical in high-temperature and high-pressure applications commonly found in hydrocarbon processing. That’s why it’s essential to match your application to the sampling equipment. Here’s your guide to ensuring you choose the right sampler for your application.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas