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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

Four Tricky Industrial Sampling Applications – Solved

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 8/12/15 10:00 AM

Sampling can be used to identify process variations and for process control, environmental monitoring, product quality assurance and custody transfer. Following proper steps reduces sample to sample variation. Characteristics of one representative sample are the same of that of the entire lot or batch – and the sampling methods and results should be consistent, accurate and repeatable.

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Topics: Hydrocarbon Processing, Mining, Solids & Powder

Sampling Of Cement Key To Product Quality, Safety

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 6/17/15 10:00 AM

There are four main ingredients needed to make cement: calcium, alumina, iron and silica. The percentages of each ingredient are 90, 3, 2, and 5, respectively.

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Topics: Cement, Solids & Powder

Product Quality is Only as Good as Your Sampling Method

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 4/15/15 10:00 AM

Sampling can help determine product purity and makeup, whether a product meets customer requirements or specified regulations, whether moisture content is appropriate, or whether chemicals are below their recommended level of volatility. This requires using a sampler that will enter the material stream, capture a quantity of that material, and extract a representative sample for analysis.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical