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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

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 PR or RX Samplers?

Posted by Tod Myers on 9/27/21 8:00 AM

The powder and bulk solid industry relies on sampling to ensure their production meets compliance, efficiency, and safety standards. Sentry Equipment’s PR and RX automatic samplers ensure that plants can satisfy these regulations by easily and safely obtaining samples without the need for direct human contact.

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Topics: Solids & Powder, Any Application

Ensure High-Quality Coffee with Custody Transfer Sampling

Posted by Tod Myers on 8/23/21 8:00 AM

Coffee can be commercially grown in just two U.S. states, Hawaii and California, because of the tropical climate and high altitude the beans require to thrive. To keep up with demand, the U.S. imports much of its coffee from other regions, including Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. 

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder

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

Manage Your Hygienic Standards with Automatic Sampling

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 6/14/21 8:00 AM

In recent years, several severe, high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks have led to increased implementation of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system, along with other food safety programs and increased reliance on third-party auditing programs. These changes make hygienic standards essential to safe food and beverage production.

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

Is Automatic Sampling Right for Your Milling Operation?

Posted by Tod Myers on 5/24/21 8:00 AM

Flour millers must ensure they’re meeting minimal requirements from the U.S. Food & Drug Association (FDA) for milled grains and flours. If a producer doesn’t meet these federal requirements, they can be vulnerable to civil sanctions, seizure of product, or even criminal penalties. Automatic sampling can protect millers from lengthy downtime and high operating costs, without interfering with production and overhead costs.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder

Maintain Quality with Automatic Nut Butter Sampling

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 4/12/21 8:00 AM

As consumers’ tastes change, nut butter producers and co-packers are optimizing their processes to meet this consumer demand. With the variety of options and process variability, it has become imperative to utilize proper sampling techniques to prevent cross-contamination.

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

Maintain Your B1 Sampler: A Step-by-Step Video Guide

Posted by George Buss on 3/15/21 8:00 AM

Depending on what materials are run through a Sentry B1 point sampler, material can stick to the auger, sample tube and chute. Understanding how to disassemble and reassemble the sampler is critical to proper sampler maintenance and cleaning.

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Topics: Cement, Food & Beverage, Mining, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical