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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

Sample archiving of plastic pellets automated

Posted by Jeff McKinney on 5/31/16 10:08 AM

One common petrochemical process is the creation of preproduction plastic pellets, which are raw plastic that is heated and reformed into a wide variety of plastic products. Plastic pellets can range in size from 1 to 5 mm, and they can end up as wraps, sheets, bottles, containers, tubs, furniture, garbage cans or other items of all shapes and sizes.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing

How the right corrosion monitoring solution improves safety, labor costs, efficiency

Posted by Kevin Kirst on 5/12/16 1:20 PM

Natural gas use is seasonal, especially in northern states, which depend on it for heating through the cold and snow of winter. To ensure that adequate supplies of natural gas are available during winter storms, companies that produce and distribute natural gas use large underground storage pools or fields to hold large volumes of natural gas at elevated pressures.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Upstream & Midstream

How to Sample Cryogenic Liquids Safely

Posted by Jeff McKinney on 5/4/16 8:23 AM

In the petrochemical industry, it often is necessary to ship and store product that would be gaseous at ambient conditions – such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) – as liquid. The product is stored or transported cold to minimize its volume.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing

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

Protect your high-cost hydrocarbon analyzers from thermal excursions

Posted by Kevin Kirst on 4/12/16 11:04 AM

Often, solving a problem requires looking at it in a new way. In engineering, that can mean taking a proven solution and customizing it or employing it in a new application.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Upstream & Midstream

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

How To Safely Sample Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)

Posted by Jeff McKinney on 3/29/16 8:00 AM

A range of petrochemical liquids and gases are stored and transported under high pressure, including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). LPG is a two-phase liquid – a gas that is pressurized, stored and transported in its liquid phase, with high vapor pressures. Operators and the environment both face risks if unsafe LPG sampling solutions are employed.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing

Automated sampling of plastic pellets within line improves efficiency

Posted by George Buss on 3/22/16 12:32 PM

Preproduction plastic, commonly known as plastic pellets – and also called nurdles – is comprised of raw plastic resin materials that are heated and reformed into a wide variety of plastic products.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing