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Solid Advice: What You Need to Know About Sampling Cement

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 8/6/19 2:23 PM

Portland cement is a type of cement used in virtually all concrete. It’s manufactured by heating lime, silica, alumina, iron and other materials at high temperatures. The resulting substance is a marble-like ball called “clinker” that is ground, mixed with limestone and gypsum, and used to create concrete. Concrete is a combination of sand and gravel or crushed stone that’s mixed with water and cement; all of which have a major impact on wear and tear of your equipment.

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Topics: Cement, Solids & Powder

What You Need to Know About Sampling Oil Sands

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 6/5/19 8:17 AM

Every day, the world uses about 93 million barrels of crude oil, a demand that rose by 1.3% in 2018 and is soon expected to reach 99 barrels per day or more.

Oil sands mining is one method that oil producers are using to meet this demand. Although oil sands mining represents just a small percentage of crude oil production, it’s predicted that it will produce 3.7 million barrels per day by 2021. As this production increases, so will the need for accurate and efficient sampling processes.

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Topics: Mining, Upstream & Midstream, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry

Manual vs. Automatic: Which Sampling is Best for Your Hydrocarbon Plant?

Posted by Rod Lunceford on 5/20/19 8:00 AM

The United States is expected to produce more than 12 million barrels of oil per day by the end of 2019. With Russia pumping approximately 11 million barrels per day, this milestone could turn America into the world's largest crude producer.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Upstream & Midstream, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry

Improve Hydrocarbon Process Sampling Accuracy without Breaking the Bank

Posted by Randy Cruse on 5/6/19 8:00 AM

Accurate fiscal calculations, allocations and loss control are essential for a healthy hydrocarbon processing operation. It is also why you need to pay close attention to your sampling program. Sampling downstream and hydrocarbon-related liquids and gases such as crude oil, condensates, and oil and water mixtures means that it is critical to ensure quality control by determining product properties and composition that can directly affect your operations.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry

Don’t Get Caught on the Dark Side of the Grey Market

Posted by John Powalisz on 4/22/19 8:00 AM

All food and beverages undergo some form of processing, and those processes need to follow a variety of local, national and international food safety regulations. Buying certified samplers from authorized sellers is critical to ensuring your plant has the right sampling equipment to meet these standards and keep our food supply safe.

Yet many plants purchase sampling equipment outside manufacturers’ authorized distribution channels – also known as the grey market. According to the Harvard Business Review, an estimated $7 billion to $10 billion worth of products are sold every year in the United States outside these authorized channels. Most consumers and businesses buy items on the grey market because prices are generally lower.

But investing in these unauthorized products doesn’t give you the same peace of mind as those with genuine ones, and it could bring you back to square one both financially and in terms of inspection violations.

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

The Best Way to Sample Flour for Quality Control

Posted by Tod Myers on 4/12/17 10:15 AM

A flour mill operations manager often starts the day by checking processing data in the lab where product samples are tested to assess the mill’s performance and check for any issues such as contamination.

Proper flour sampling can make or break quality control analysis in a flour milling operation. A quality control test is only as good as the tested sample, which is only as good as the flour sampling technique used to obtain a true representative sample that has the characteristics of the whole lot or batch that’s tested.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder

Find the best samplers for solids and powders

Posted by Rich Gaffney on 6/7/16 10:14 AM

A number of industries routinely conduct solid and powder sampling, ranging from cement and food and beverage, to pharmaceutical, petrochemical, mining, oil and gas, and power generation. This list illustrates the wide variety of solid and powder sampling applications, and it also proves that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all sampling solution.

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Topics: Power, Cement, Food & Beverage, Hydrocarbon Processing, Mining, Upstream & Midstream, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical, Any Application, Steam & Water

Three steps to take to maintain your samplers

Posted by Paul Williams on 4/5/16 9:09 AM

Our cars wouldn’t run very well if we didn’t fill them with gasoline, change the motor oil, or conduct routine maintenance and repairs. In the same way, your facility’s sampling equipment needs regular preventative maintenance.

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Topics: Cement, Food & Beverage, Hydrocarbon Processing, Mining, Upstream & Midstream, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical, Liquid & Slurry, Any Application, Gas

Flour Miller Replaces Bin Scooping With Cross-Section Sampling For Increased Quality Assurance

Posted by George Buss on 2/2/16 10:24 AM

In solid and powder sampling applications, it is important to obtain a representative sample with a sampler that enters the material stream, captures a quantity of that material, and extracts a representative sample for analysis. For all solids and powders, the sampler chosen is determined by the material flow rate, the sample amount required, and the material characteristics such as flow behavior, the shape and makeup of the particles, and the tendency of the solid or powder to segregate or group together.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder

Two Coffee Customers, Two Different Sampling Solutions

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 10/21/15 10:00 AM

As sure as a cup of morning joe, food processors need to conduct representative sampling to gain the insights they need to ensure process control and product quality and safety, and determine product characteristics. Two coffee producers recently purchased different Sentry® samplers specific to their applications to help them meet those needs.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder