Today alone, the world will use more than 93 million barrels of oil and liquid fuels. That's a lot of fuel that needs to undergo quality control at one or more points during refining.
Automatic sampling provides a representative sample of hydrocarbon liquids - oils and liquid gas - so properties such as water content, weight and composition can be determined. Representative samples are needed for quality control and for fiscal calculations, allocations and loss control.
In addition to complying with custody transfer standards such as API8.2 and ASTM D 4177, the advantages of representative sampling include: Higher return on investment, Better loss control, and Lower operating costs.
Previously, to conduct this sampling, key players in the oil custody and transfer stream had to settle for the status quo - expensive, non-durable, often awkwardly and inconsistently performing samplers that didn't meet all their needs and application conditions.
Upstream crude oil suppliers, refiners and traders needed a more reliable, robust and easy-to-maintain automatic sampler for custody transfer that would cost less and provide consistent performance over a wider range of process conditions.
System integrators needed easy-to-implement automatic samplers with a wide performance range at competitive prices that could be chosen based on whether it would need to operate with pneumatic or electric actuation. And chemical and petrochemical end users needed a highly accurate, fixed volume sampler that could operate in-line or in the center of a pipe or tank.
A new anvil piston instrument (API) automatic sampler suite meets all these needs. It offers four distinct solutions to optimize sampling accuracy and repeatability for hydrocarbon liquids such as crude oil, condensates, and oil and water mixtures. Plus, it provides consistent performance over a wide range of applications and conditions.
While other samplers use simple linear motion with limited mechanical advantage, these new samplers uniquely apply a scotch yoke mechanism to create linear movement - similar to a car engine. With few application limits, they can be used in nearly any temperature or environmental conditions, offering electrical actuation choices for applications where there is no air line available, and pneumatic actuation choice for where there is.
These samplers are ideal for: Custody transfer of crude oil and condensate, upstream production, trading, transport and refining of crude oil and condensate, as well as Chemical and petrochemical applications.
The new Sentry® ISOLOK® API sampling suite offers superior performance and a long life, minimizing maintenance, accessories and service time needed. All provide a consistent fixed volume, employ a scotch yoke design, feature next generation seal design - and are easy and less costly to maintain than other solutions.
Sentry ISOLOK API-CA cell samplers are for bypass or fast loop sampling systems / pneumatic actuator.
Sentry ISOLOK API-CE cell samplers serve bypass or fast loop sampling systems / electric actuator. Both are ideal for energized mixing and blending applications.
Sentry ISOLOK API-PA probe samplers are used in-line / pneumatic actuator.
Sentry ISOLOK API-PE probe samplers are used in-line / electric actuator. Both ideal for installing where product is or can be mechanically well mixed.
With consistent performance over a wide range of process applications, environmental conditions and temperatures, Sentry API samplers offer a highly accurate, fixed volume automatic sampling solution that is reliable, robust and easy to maintain.
Complete Sentry ISOLOK API sampling suite information is free upon request.