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Production Process Insights

Why is Sampling Renewable Hydrocarbon Biofuels Important?

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 11/17/21 8:00 AM

Renewable hydrocarbon biofuels are fuels produced from biomass sources, such as vegetable oils, animal fats, or specialized crops. These products are chemically identical to standard petroleum-based products and can be used in existing engines and infrastructure. Because of this, these biofuels require stringent testing similar to petroleum-based products.

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

Avoid Pipeline Freeze with a Methanol Injection Plan

Posted by Bryan Stockburger on 10/19/21 8:00 AM

With winter quickly approaching, frozen pipelines can have a lasting impact on your oil and gas production operations.

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Topics: Downstream, Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Steam & Water

Repair vs. Replace: Managing Your Refinery's Sampling Equipment

Posted by Randy Cruse on 10/14/21 4:13 PM

Many industrial plants in the United States were built decades ago and were not expected to still be in operation. Yet many are still running today, well past their expected life span. Within these plants, hydrocarbon sampling systems and equipment are often overlooked, even as new technology and regulations demand more from them.

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

Where Did the Milk Go? Find Out with Representative Sampling.

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 10/4/21 8:00 AM

The dairy process is closely monitored, from receiving raw milk to packing the end product. Sampling starts with a representative sample from the tanker. This sample analysis results in milk constituent data, including fats and solids. Milk sampling allows the processor to know what they're getting from the milk producer, such as butterfat content, so they pay the producer for precisely what they're getting.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Liquid & Slurry

Maintain Chemical Compliance with Representative Sampling

Posted by Horacio Salinas, Jr. on 9/30/21 8:00 AM

The specialty chemicals industry produces various substances for many applications, including paints and inks, detergents, pharmaceuticals, and biocides for agricultural use. Skin and respiratory exposure to chemicals used to develop these materials can leave operators at risk for burns, respiratory complications, rashes, and cancer.

Because of these serious risks, the specialty chemicals industry faces some of the most stringent safety standards and governmental regulations. Chemical compliance relies on representative sampling to reduce employees’ exposure to chemicals while maximizing production and minimizing capital costs.

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Topics: Downstream, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry

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

Ask Sentry: What are ISOLOK Samplers?

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 7/22/21 8:00 AM

Automatic representative sampling is the act of capturing a limited volume of material from a process stream that accurately reflects the characteristics of the entire lot, batch or process stream. Most material within a production environment can be sampled and then analyzed for product quality and process monitoring. 

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

Customized Solution Optimizes Asphalt Sampling Processes

Posted by Kim Lobert on 7/12/21 8:00 AM

Asphalt is made by heating it to temperatures between 300°F and 350°F to decrease the viscosity and make it more fluid, then drying it to remove any remaining moisture. These temperatures and how the product is processed often require a custom asphalt sampling solution to meet fiscal and personnel concerns.

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Topics: Cement, Mining, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry

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