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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

A Game Changer: Automatic Sampling in Cement Processes

Posted by Tod Myers on 3/1/21 8:00 AM

Improving plant performance efficiency requires cement processes to be monitored closely using fewer plant personnel. That's where automatic process sampling can help improve your efficiency and profitability.

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Topics: Cement, Solids & Powder

How to Solve Common SBC Controller Issues

Posted by George Buss on 1/25/21 8:00 AM

The Sentry SBC controller is a dedicated logic control system that can control any automatic sampler in the Sentry Equipment product line, including liquid, slurry and bulk solids samplers. With just a few simple connections, the sampler can be in operation.

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Topics: Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry, Any Application, Gas

The Role of Training in Successful Sampling Startups

Posted by George Buss on 11/9/20 8:00 AM

Implementing a new sampling system within an established process requires rigorous startup procedures, complete with plantwide training for all operators. With this specialized training, plant operators will fully understand the intricacies of the sampling system and components so they can maximize the accuracy of measurements, support operator and equipment safety, and extend the life of plant assets.

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

Think Transitioning to Automatic Sampling is Difficult? Think Again.

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 10/26/20 8:00 AM

Custody transfers, end use processes and waste byproduct management in the dairy industry all require precise data to ensure quality, safety and compliance with regulations. Representative sampling provides dairy farms and milk product producers with data regarding dairy processes such as microbial temperatures and butterfat and protein content. Automatic sampling helps ensure that quality is maintained with a higher level of confidence while maintaining ease of use for operators.

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