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Ensure High-Quality Edible Oils with Automatic Sampling

Posted by John Powalisz on 3/9/20 8:00 AM

Extracting and refining seeds, legumes and sometimes the “fruit” into oils, such as olive, avocado and vegetable oils, can be complicated. Processed oils need to be consistent in color and taste, and free of impurities that could negatively affect its quality. Automatic sampling can help optimize sampling accuracy and repeatability in every step of the extraction process, while ensuring a safe and delicious final product.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Liquid & Slurry

Maximize Your Low-Emission Gas and Liquid Samplers' Output

Posted by George Buss on 2/17/20 8:00 AM

Low-emission (low-e) closed loop gas and liquid sampling systems are simple, safe and accurate ways to manage representative sampling in your plant. But even the most reliable sampling solution will need ongoing maintenance and service. When your gas and liquid 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

How to Choose Your Internal Corrosion Mitigation Method

Posted by Lance Witt on 12/9/19 8:00 AM

This is the third part in our series about preventing, monitoring and treating corrosion in hydrocarbon pipelines. You can read the first two posts here and here.

Internal corrosion monitoring is critical to preventing and addressing corrosion inside gas and oil pipelines. It’s also the first step in choosing the right corrosion mitigation method based on identified corrosive constituents.

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Topics: Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Maintenance 101: Developing a Reliable Hydrocarbon Sampling Program

Posted by Randy Cruse on 12/2/19 8:00 AM

Developing a reliable hydrocarbon sampling program doesn’t end with implementation. It requires a maintenance service program that will keep your equipment running properly to ensure operator safety and equipment performance. But it can be overwhelming to establish a hydrocarbon service program. Get started with these 5 steps.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Internal Corrosion Monitoring: What You Need to Know

Posted by Lance Witt on 11/18/19 8:00 AM

Read Part I in this series to learn about the tools used to monitor pipeline corrosion.

Pipelines carrying oil and gas experience internal corrosion when water is present inside the lines. The amount of corrosion will vary, depending on factors such as temperature, total pressure, CO2 and H2S content of the gas, pH of the water, flow conditions, use of inhibiting chemicals and more.

But no matter the amount of corrosion, it can have devastating effects on your equipment.

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Topics: Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Where Should You Be Sampling in Your Hydrocarbon Processing Plant?

Posted by Rod Lunceford on 11/11/19 8:00 AM

In a hydrocarbon processing plant, crude oil must be processed into more refined products. Establishing a sampling program for all types of refining processes in hydrocarbon processing plants requires special considerations for successful and safe operations.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

Common Practices to Prevent Pipeline Freeze

Posted by Bryan Stockburger on 11/4/19 8:00 AM

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, this year’s winter is predicted to be a “polar coaster” with freezing, frigid and frosty weather across two-thirds of the country. This level of extreme weather leaves midstream pipelines at risk for damage such as freezing.

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Topics: Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas

The Smart Approach to Cycle Chemistry

Posted by John Powalisz on 9/23/19 8:03 AM

Cycle chemistry management is the best way to help prevent, recognize and minimize potentially devastating water chemistry events. Smart alarms assist in this by monitoring cycle chemistry, identifying chemistry events in real time and allowing chemists to take proper actions to correct conditions - preventing system damage and protecting assets.

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Topics: Power, Liquid & Slurry, Steam & Water

Harness the Power of the IIoT in Your Plant

Posted by John Powalisz on 9/16/19 8:00 AM

It’s not a matter of if, but when your plant will incorporate the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into its everyday operations. The IIoT is making manufacturing smarter and faster than ever before by attaching networked sensors and intelligent devices to equipment to gather data, store it wirelessly, and then use analytics and machine learning to take actions that will optimize operations.

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Topics: Power, Liquid & Slurry, Steam & Water

Don't Let Pipeline Corrosion Get the Best of You

Posted by Lance Witt on 9/9/19 8:00 AM

Corrosion is one of the biggest threats to the petroleum industry and preventing it is especially critical in systems susceptible to producing corrosive environments, such as flow lines, transportation pipelines, vessels, water systems, boilers, vacuum towers, cooling systems, amine systems and crude oil systems.

In order to mitigate this devastating occurrence, accurate measurement and monitoring is crucial.

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Topics: Upstream & Midstream, Liquid & Slurry, Gas