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Production Process Insights

Optimize Specialty Chemical Processes with Representative Sampling

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 9/20/21 8:00 AM

Specialty chemical plants manufacture compounds for many products in various industries, including agricultural fertilizers, electronic circuit boards, construction materials, and consumer goods like detergents and pharmaceuticals. With the growing demand of the specialty chemical market, the industry faces several unique challenges that could affect operations.

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Topics: Downstream, Any Application

Ask Sentry: Why Should I Consider Low-E Samplers?

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 8/19/21 8:00 AM

In the petrochemical and refinery industries, operations must run safely and efficiently with controlled, real-time data. Plants can eliminate data imprecision by transitioning to a low-emission (Low-E) closed-loop gas and liquid sampling system. Low-e sampling, combined with proper staff training, can help maximize sampling accuracy while minimizing risks to people, equipment, and the environment.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry

Cohesive Sampling Program Saves Refinery $250,000 Yearly

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 8/16/21 8:00 AM

With aging equipment and facilities, operators face increasing challenges in maintaining equipment reliability, integrity, and safety. One of the biggest hidden threats to your plant’s efficient and safe operation is operating sampling systems as separate entities within the plant. This leaves plants open to gaps and potential risks in their sampling program and process.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Maximize Performance and Profits with Online Analysis

Posted by Lance Witt on 8/9/21 8:00 AM

In the past, sophisticated online analysis for hydrocarbons was used only in laboratories – but now they’re widely used online at many upstream, midstream, and downstream hydrocarbon facilities.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream

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

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

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

Ask Sentry: What are Atomizers and Do I Need Them?

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 5/20/21 8:00 AM

Corrosion is a significant contributor to gas and oil pipeline failures. That's why many oil and gas companies implement chemical treatment methods to eliminate corrosive contaminants within gas pipelines. But a chemical's efficiency can be drastically affected by improper injection methods.

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

Maximize Crude Oil Distillation with Representative Sampling

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 4/19/21 8:00 AM

Crude oil distillation allows crude to be transformed into petroleum products for transportation, heating, paving roads, generating electricity, and feedstocks. Regular representative sampling helps ensure that distillation and other equipment and processes aren't adversely affected.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Improving Refinery Sampling With ProShield Service

Posted by Randy Cruse on 3/29/21 8:00 AM

Gleaning insights from sampling equipment is essential to product quality, safety and operational processes. A comprehensive sampling program including full service and support helps your plant expertly manage these elements by combining product updates and technical expertise.

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Topics: Downstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas