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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

Your Step-by-Step Video Guide to Installing an AutoVREL

Posted by George Buss on 4/5/21 8:00 AM

Power plants that frequently cycle or have sliding pressures often require technicians to adjust the variable pressure-reducing element manually. However, properly installing an automated flow controller helps alleviate this stress by automating sample flow.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Automate Sample Flow to Maximize Accuracy

Posted by John Powalisz on 3/22/21 8:00 AM

Incorrect flow rates can cause incorrect critical measurements, unreliable steam and water sample analysis system (SWAS) performance and damaged equipment. Automating sample flow control on your SWAS can help you meet plant process needs without high personnel costs and metric concerns.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Safeguard Your SWAS: Update Your Components for Reliability

Posted by Jason Thomas on 3/8/21 8:00 AM

Faced with budgetary and personnel constraints, many plant managers must make difficult choices to ensure their steam-water analysis system can provide the critical data they need to protect their equipment. Yet, improperly installed or retrofitted SWAS can have far-reaching maintenance and downtime effects, leaving you without necessary visibility.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

How to Succeed with SWAS Instrumentation Best Practices

Posted by John Powalisz on 1/4/21 8:00 AM

Cycle chemistry management is the best way to help prevent, recognize and minimize potentially devastating water chemistry events in a facility. A well-planned and designed sampling system with the right instrumentation can help provide the critical insights you need to monitor cycle chemistry, protect equipment and ensure safe operation.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Two Ways to Prevent Magnetite Fouling Your SWAS

Posted by John Powalisz on 12/21/20 8:00 AM

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Optimize Sample Cooler Temperatures for Ideal Results

Posted by John Powalisz on 11/30/20 8:00 AM

The thermal management of sample coolers is critical to the proper function of a steam and water analysis system (SWAS). Extreme temperatures can lead to erratic or unreliable data, equipment damage and unscheduled downtime. As the EPRI standard states, the goal of a sample system is to “transport and condition a sample without altering the characteristics of interest. The system parameters which need to be controlled are velocity, pressure and temperature.”

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Stay Ahead of a Shutdown with Regular SWAS Maintenance

Posted by Jason Thomas on 11/23/20 8:00 AM

By analyzing and monitoring chemical properties of steam and water, a steam and water analysis system ensures you are protecting the generation assets in your plant. Maintaining this system is critical to ensuring accurate results from grab sample and sample panel data. Here’s what you need to know about implementing a regular maintenance schedule for your utility’s SWAS.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water