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What You Need to Know For a Stress-Free Power Plant Shutdown

Posted by Joe Kreinus on 10/5/16 11:00 AM

Shutting down a power plant is a complex process that can be stressful and complicated. But having a step-by-step process to follow can simplify the entire procedure, especially when it comes to shutting down and servicing steam and water sample conditioning systems or analyzers.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

How To Eliminate The Need For A SWAS Overnight Shift

Posted by Paul Williams on 9/28/16 1:44 PM

The steam and water analysis system (SWAS) is the nerve center of any power plant, and any deviation from optimal operation and consistent steam and water sampling can lead to added time and expense. In some cases, that might take the form of an overnight shift to make up for a marginally functioning SWAS.

Adding a shift is a considerable commitment and, understandably, not one plant management wants to undertake. However, alleviating this concern is possible with regular, proactive SWAS panel maintenance.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

How to Accurately Measure pH in High Purity Water

Posted by AJ Percival on 9/21/16 10:27 AM

Maintaining proper, slightly alkaline pH levels in boilers and Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSGs) is critical in preventing boiler tube corrosion that can be costly to an operation and potentially harmful to employees.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

­­The Most Popular Analyzers Used in North American Power Plants

Posted by Paul Williams on 6/21/16 7:30 AM

As the industry leader in steam and water analysis systems (SWAS) for power generation, we maintain and service those systems including the analyzers – from any brand – in power plants nationwide. Our long history and breadth of experience has given us a unique vantage point on the types and brands of analyzers most requested and used in North America.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

How To Prevent Magnetite From Plugging Your Steam And Water Analysis System

Posted by Brad Taylor on 6/9/16 7:52 AM

Magnetite is a form of iron particulate that naturally forms on the inside of steam and water pipes. In many aging power plants during plant startup and cycling, particles of the coating can shed – known as a crud burst or iron throw. These magnetite particles can cause issues and damage within the plant’s steam and water analysis system (SWAS) by jamming and plugging sample conditioning components and analyzers. And when the SWAS does not operate properly, the water chemistry for the whole plant is at risk.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

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

Power plant retrofit solutions require knowledge, creativity

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 3/8/16 2:08 PM

Because many of the nation’s power plants were built some time ago, it often is a challenge for project managers to update the steam and water analysis (SWAS) system by retrofitting the plant with needed new technology within the existing facility footprint.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

How many sample cooler types does it take to meet your needs?

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 10/28/15 10:00 AM

The answer currently is 154. The leading brand of sample coolers – Sentry – supplies more than 6,000 per year to customers around the globe.

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Topics: Power, Cement, Food & Beverage, Hydrocarbon Processing, Mining, Upstream & Midstream, Pharmaceutical, Liquid & Slurry, Any Application, Steam & Water, Gas

How Power Plants Can Save Valuable Time, Resources

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 9/23/15 10:00 AM

More and more, power plants must cycle to fill in gaps caused by disruptive power generation and in response to the need to bid on and dispatch electricity at certain times in the competitive marketplace. This means plants cycle based on demand and market prices for their energy production.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Ways ISOLOK Samplers Help Treatment Plants Automate Messy Job

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 9/9/15 10:00 AM

A wastewater treatment plant treats sewage or industrial wastewater before discharging it. Typically, the plant will remove solid materials in the primary treatment. The remaining liquids then are treated for dissolved and suspended organic material in secondary treatment, and finally, disinfection treatment kills disease-causing microorganisms.

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Topics: Steam & Water