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Production Process Insights

Maximize Co-Generation Reliability with Steam and Water Sampling

Posted by Jeff McKinney on 10/26/21 8:00 AM

Combined heat and power facilities (CHP), also known as co-generation power plants, create high-pressure steam to generate power and provide process steam. Process plants seek to minimize the use of make-up water by re-using condensate that theoretically should be clean water.

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Topics: Power, 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

Maximize Your Budget with SWAS Equipment Management

Posted by John Powalisz on 10/11/21 8:00 AM

In today’s utility plants, effective SWAS equipment management is crucial to maximizing uptime and generating revenue.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

The Importance of Degassed Cation Conductivity in Utility Plants

Posted by AJ Percival on 9/1/21 8:00 AM
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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Efficiently Run Your SWAS with Program Best Practices

Posted by John Powalisz on 8/2/21 8:00 AM

Effectively monitoring cycle chemistry in a power plant relies on the availability, accuracy and trustworthiness of analyzer data. Like most industrial monitoring systems, the quality of the data is governed by the full Steam and Water Analysis System (SWAS) with accurate, timely data for corrective action.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Importance of Monitoring Dissolved Oxygen in Boiler Systems

Posted by Joanne Carpenter on 7/27/21 8:00 AM

Many power plants boil purified water to produce pressurized steam, which drives turbines to produce electricity. Operators must carefully control the quality of this steam-water cycle throughout operations to optimize system performance, enhance operating efficiency, and maximize the lifespan of boiler equipment.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Ask Sentry: How Do Mag Traps Mitigate Magnetic Particles?

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 6/24/21 8:00 AM

Magnetite is a form of iron particulate that forms naturally on the inside of steam and water pipes. In power plants, particles can shed, damaging a plant's steam and water analysis system (SWAS) by plugging components and analyzers. And when the SWAS doesn't operate properly, the water chemistry for the whole plant is at risk.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Increase Sample Cooler Performance with Troubleshooting Tips

Posted by Joe Kreinus on 5/17/21 8:00 AM

Cooling samples as part of your steam and water sampling system is essential to maintaining safety and the sample's representativeness. But when your sample coolers aren't working as expected, knowing a few troubleshooting tips can address common issues to keep your coolers running smoothly.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Maximize pH Measurement with Direct and Calculated pH

Posted by AJ Percival on 5/10/21 8:00 AM

Effectively monitoring cycle chemistry in a power plant relies on analyzer data's availability, accuracy, and trustworthiness. If your plant isn't utilizing smart chemistry alarms, you may be missing out on easily accessible information.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Ask Sentry: Cation Conductivity and Why It's Important

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 4/22/21 8:00 AM

In the utility industry, cation conductivity measurements help plants identify minor problems so plant personnel can remedy the issues before they become major complications.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water