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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

Steam and Water Management: Going Beyond Power Plant Processes

Posted by John Powalisz on 2/15/21 8:00 AM

High-quality steam is the key to safe and efficient production in processing plants including refineries, chemical facilities, pulp and paper production, food processing and co-generation plants. Improper chemistry control in the steam cycle can leave your plant at risk for buildup of impurities and corrosion of equipment, insufficient power production, and damages to the environment and plant personnel.

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Topics: Any Application, Steam & Water

The Importance of Industrial Boiler Water Treatment

Posted by John Powalisz on 2/1/21 8:00 AM

Industrial steam plants and combined steam and power facilities, also known as cogeneration plants, commonly use boilers to provide high-quality steam and electric power. As the heart of the plant, these boilers are crucial to efficient energy creation. If impurities enter the boiler feedwater or corrosion develops inside the boiler, equipment can be damaged, the plant can experience unexpected downtime, and energy creation can be extremely ineffective. It’s critical to limit impurities and corrosion in a boiler system to maximize boiler output and prevent these challenges.

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Topics: Any Application, Steam & Water

Chill Out: Get Your Sample Right with Sample Coolers

Posted by Randy Cruse on 1/18/21 8:00 AM

Numerous types of heat exchangers cover a broad range of applications, and specialty heat exchangers are often found in many kinds of industrial applications, such as downstream refineries. When a heat exchanger is used to cool a representative sample within processes for accurate analysis, it is commonly referred to as a sample cooler.

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Topics: Downstream, 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