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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: Hydrocarbon Processing, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Create an Effective Corrosion Program for Downstream Processes

Posted by Lance Witt on 6/15/20 8:00 AM

Corrosion is the hidden enemy within refineries, silently and invisibly eating away at the interior of critical infrastructure and equipment. Learn how to monitor and mitigate corrosion in our free eBook, The Corrosion Monitoring and Mitigation Handbook: Creating A Balanced and Effective Program for Downstream Processes.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Safely Sample Aluminum Alkyls in Your Hydrocarbon Plant

Posted by Steve Shiller on 6/1/20 8:00 AM

Aluminum alkyls are a family of organo-aluminums often used as catalysts in the polymerization of olefins and dienes in hydrocarbon plants. Some plants use aluminum alkyls in their manufacturing operations for a variety of uses, from afterburner sustainers for jet engines to reducing agents. Learn how one plant ensured personnel and environmental safety with aluminum alkyl sampling. 

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

Successfully Navigate the Custom Engineered Bid Process

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 5/11/20 8:00 AM

The bid process for custom engineered and expansion projects in a hydrocarbon plant can take up to a year to complete. Projects of this scope and size need a strong process to ensure deadlines and budgets are met. Navigate your project successfully by following this roadmap.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Ensure Safety and Accuracy with Low-E Sampling Systems

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 5/4/20 8:00 AM

Petrochemical and refinery plants can eliminate sample imprecision by transitioning to a low-emission (low-e) closed loop sampling system. But choosing from the many types of low-e systems can be overwhelming. These guidelines will help you select the right low-e system for your process to establish a successful sampling program that will ensure operator safety and sample accuracy.

In the petrochemical and refinery industries, it’s critical that operations 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. These systems are simple, safe and accurate ways to manage representative sampling in your plant.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Your Guide to a Successful Downstream Panel Start Up

Posted by Randy Cruse on 4/27/20 8:00 AM

Being ready for startup requires a holistic approach to the entire process of implementing a sampling system. Make sure you’ve considered every step with these guidelines to getting ready for startup. These will help you establish a successful sampling program that will continue to ensure operator safety and equipment performance.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Make the Most of Your Oil and Gas Sampling Partnership

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 4/20/20 8:00 AM

Managing relationships with outside vendors and suppliers can be challenging. These best practices can guide you in building strong relationship with a full-service oil and gas provider that will help you improve profitability, speed up innovation and improve reliability.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Solutions to Your Most Common LPG Sampler Problems

Posted by Randy Cruse on 4/13/20 8:00 AM

LPG sampling systems help you safely and effectively sample liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and other gases with high vapor pressures. But even the most reliable LPG sampling solution will need ongoing maintenance and service. When your LPG samplers aren’t working properly, these troubleshooting tips can keep your system running smoothly.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Hydrofluric Alkylation Sampling: What You Need to Know

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 3/23/20 8:00 AM

Hydroflouric acid (HF) is one of the most dangerous acids in the world, and it’s commonly used as a catalyst to produce alkylate, a gasoline blending component for clean-burning fuels. But using HF comes with risks to people and the environment. Only automatic representative sampling can perform safe, reliable and efficient sampling of HF in a hydrocarbon plant.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing

How to Choose the Right SWAS Configuration for Your Plant

Posted by John Powalisz on 2/24/20 8:00 AM

The technical design specification is the first step in designing a steam and water analysis system (SWAS) that operates accurately, reliably and safely for your plant’s conditions. Understanding the different possible configurations when designing your SWAS can help you choose one that will maximize efficiency and output while protecting plant assets, operators and the environment.

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Topics: Power, Hydrocarbon Processing, Steam & Water