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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

Navigating the New World of Sampling Cannabinoid Oils

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 12/14/20 8:00 AM

Extracting and refining the cannabis plant into medication and edible products is uncharted territory for many cannabis-producing businesses. Cannabis products need to be consistent in composition and free of impurities that could negatively affect users’ health. Automatic sampling can help optimize sampling accuracy and repeatability in every step of the cannabidiol (CBD), hemp and cannabis extraction process, while ensuring a safe final product.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Liquid & Slurry

Wax On, Wax Off: Mitigate and Treat Pipeline Paraffin Buildup

Posted by Bryan Stockburger on 12/7/20 8:00 AM

Paraffin deposition is one of the most challenging flow issues in oil production processes. Paraffin buildup in pipelines, wells and vessels is the most common type of paraffin deposition and can contribute to pipeline corrosion. Managing paraffin deposition in a timely and cost-effective manner are the keys to maximizing oil production, performance and profit.

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Topics: 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

The Role of Training in Successful Sampling Startups

Posted by George Buss on 11/9/20 8:00 AM

Implementing a new sampling system within an established process requires rigorous startup procedures, complete with plantwide training for all operators. With this specialized training, plant operators will fully understand the intricacies of the sampling system and components so they can maximize the accuracy of measurements, support operator and equipment safety, and extend the life of plant assets.

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Topics: Cement, Food & Beverage, Mining, Solids & Powder, 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

Think Transitioning to Automatic Sampling is Difficult? Think Again.

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 10/26/20 8:00 AM

Custody transfers, end use processes and waste byproduct management in the dairy industry all require precise data to ensure quality, safety and compliance with regulations. Representative sampling provides dairy farms and milk product producers with data regarding dairy processes such as microbial temperatures and butterfat and protein content. Automatic sampling helps ensure that quality is maintained with a higher level of confidence while maintaining ease of use for operators.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry

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

The Importance of Automatic Sampling at Dairy Custody Transfer

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 10/12/20 8:00 AM

In the dairy industry, it’s critical to maintain proper custody transfers of milk and milk products. To ensure quality and safety, milk and cream are often sampled at custody transfer points. Automatic sampling at custody points helps producers and processors comply with regulations, while maximizing product safety, quality and yield.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Liquid & Slurry

Chemical Optimization Saves an Oil and Gas Producer $1.6 Million

Posted by Bryan Stockburger on 10/5/20 8:00 AM

Providing a safe and easy method of accessing pressurized process systems for corrosion monitoring, chemical injection or sample extraction is an important operational consideration in upstream and midstream processes. Representative sampling solutions enable users to monitor corrosioninject chemicals or extract samples easily and effectively. It also ensures a high level of user safety, while requiring a smaller crew and less time to operate.

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Topics: Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas