What is on the Horizon?

As we say goodbye 2014 , here are a few thoughts from Debra Hall, our Sales Director:

"As we take this time to reflect on the 2014 year, I would like to say “Thank You” to all of our customers, employees and readers for giving us all another year of great memories, fantastic stories and allowing us to make a difference in the lives of you all!

Measure and Control the Demands of a Flare Stack Application

Flare stacks are often used to dispose of the waste products from batch chemical processes. Their waste streams may contain many components such as ethylene, propylene, natural gas, mineral spirits, ethyl acetate, ethanol, hydrogen, isobutyl acetate and isobutanol, to name a few. Not only are these streams complex but the production units are often high-volume continuous processes that operate 24 hours, seven days a week. On top of these intense conditions is the fact that you must also meet certain state and federal regulations. How’s that for demanding!

6 Things to Consider when Designing a System to Continuously Monitor Calorific Value

Measuring the calorific value of mixed gaseous fuels can be difficult. These complex mixtures of combustible and non-combustible gases and vapors can vary in concentration or composition over time due to changing conditions. Perhaps it is the rate of change or a wide range of water vapor at different process temperatures. Maybe the combustibles vary widely in composition under different process conditions. It's also possible that the heating value itself varies over a wide range, very lean at some times and very rich at others.

Trends in Flaring…Adaptability is Key

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Last week we discussed the key charateristics of an analyzer for a flare stack application, now let's focus on the conditions of that environment. Debra Hall, our Director of Sales, points out that adapting to these trends is the key to successful monitoring:

Top 5 Characteristics of an Analyzer for a Flare Stack Application

There are several different technologies available for measuring the heating value in a flare stack including:

  • Gas Chromatography
  • Thermopile
  • Residual Oxygen
  • Micro-Combustion Calorimeter

However it is important to make sure that the technology chosen has the following 5 characteristics:

The Essential Requirements for a Reliable Solvent Vapor Analyzer

Halloween is a time for ghosts, goblins & ghoul... but a really frightening thought would be having an unreliable monitoring system! Here are the essential requirements for a reliable solvent vapor analyzer that will meet NFPA 86 requirements (found in section 11.6.10): 

Not all FIDs are the Same

While flame ionization is the appropriate sensor technology for measuring total hydrocarbon levels in the parts-per- million (PPM) range, not all FIDs are the same.

Here are the top ten characteristics to look for in your FID:

3 Warning Signs of Dangerous Hazards in Manufacturing

Industrial Hazards are more common than many people think. The big cases get the publicity, but there are many smaller incidents that occur before an extreme case is newsworthy. In the past two years in the USA, there have been a dozen or more newsworthy cases – this begs the question of how many “smaller events” must have happened that did not make the news?

In many cases, since the overall cost of safety is not seen in the bottom line, companies try to cut corners by implementing the minimum acceptable safety standards to “just get by”.

Manufacturing Day 2014

Happy Manufacturing Day! What, you didn't know there was a day devoted to an industry that was once the backbone of our great nation?  Surprise, surprise there is...and there are 1,613 MFG DAY events planned to celebrate it in 2014.

Rely on Safety not your competitor

We are always talking about safety here on the InControl blog. We like to highlight the positive side of following the necessary safety regulations, like protecting your employees and facility, energy savings, and increased productivity, but the harsh reality remains; explosions and fires happen everyday. The damages run the gamut, from the worst case scenerio, the loss of life, to possibly having to rely on a competitor for help.    

Before working with us, one of our customers had a fire on their coil coating production line which temporarily shut them down.

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