Sales Opportunity: Car Wash Industry

  • April 1, 2015

We’ve all been through an automatic car wash at some point in our lives. We sit patiently inside the car while it sprays soap, scrubs, blasts and rinses the car right before our eyes. But have you ever take a moment to think about how the system works and how large the car wash industry actually is?

There are more than 150,000 retail car wash locations around the world, according to the International Carwash Association. The US car wash industry includes about 14,000 companies with a combined annual revenue of about $6 billion. There are some pressing issues confronting the global car wash industry including environmental concerns, water and gas prices. The profitability of car wash locations depends heavily on favorable location and efficient operation.

Sentry Equipment Corp Case Study

  • March 19, 2015

In the power generation industry, it’s essential to maintain the chemistry of steam and water within Sentry3DLogoprescribed limits to prevent performance-eroding corrosion and catastrophic failure, which results in unforeseen downtime, capital expenses and compromised service and safety. Proper maintenance of steam and water chemistry is accomplished by extracting samples throughout the entire steam and water cycle, conditioning them to allow for a safe and reliable analysis. Then, using either manual or automated analysis techniques, verifying their chemical properties.

The equipment used for conditioning and analyzing the sample stream is known as a, “sample panel.” Sentry Equipment Corp of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, is recognized as a global leader in safe and efficient steam and water conditioning and analysis, supplying nuclear, fossil fuel, and other types of power generation around the world. In applications like these, every component has to perform to the highest standards of reliability. Any failure, blockage or downtime can be very costly, which is why Sentry depends on ChemTec for their flow monitors.

Pumps: Powering the World’s Industries

  • March 10, 2015

Pumps come in many shapes and sizes and have endless applications in manufacturing, energy, food processing and mineral mining. High flow pumps can take on some of the world’s toughest jobs. For example, barrel pumps transport crude oil at 700 degrees Celsius, centrifugal pumps can build islands and beaches and larger centrifugal pumps can move fluids at 200,000 gallons per minute. ChemTec’s specialty is in low flow valves and monitors, and for pumps, this means applications in sampling, hydraulic and cooling systems, applications we might encounter every day.

Hydrogen Safety and the NFPA

  • February 25, 2015

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is the world’s leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety. The NFPA develops, publishes and disseminates consensus codes and standards intended to reduce the possibility and repercussions of fire and other risks. Did you know recently the NFPA updated their safety codes for hydrogen? It’s titled under, “NFPA 2: Hydrogen Technologies Code.”

Sales Opportunity: Shredding Truck Industry

  • February 20, 2015

Taking paper waste to an offsite shredding facility can be inconvenient and expensive. Mobile paper shredding trucks offer a way to insure the security of important shredded documents and in recent years, have been increasing in popularity. In order to run a functional company, owners and operators of shredding trucks must maintain the hydraulic lifts of the truck, which is essentially the lifeline of their business.

Hydraulic technology offers drive components that are less bulky and well suited for high torque shredding. Shredding truck companies need high quality, reliable flow valves and monitors they can depend on for day-­to-­day operations. That’s where ChemTec comes in.

Announcement: New FS Series Upgrades

  • February 4, 2015

Here at ChemTec, we’re pleased to announce the upgraded FS Series Flow Monitor with a more modern look and new features like internal switch housing. The FS is still easy to install with same fit and function. Stay tuned for updated FS Series Spec and I&M sheets.

Features:New FS Brass

  • Square body for stainless steel & brass models
  • Round body for PVC models
  • Internal switches & conduitsClose on-off differential
  • No seals
  • Low maintenance
  • Single moving part
  • In line vertical plumbing

Updated Dimensions:New FS PVC

  • Only the metal bodies’ dimensions have changed in width
  • Length of metal bodies remains the same
  • New Metal body dimensions:
    • FS50 – 1.13 inches
    • FS74 – 1.25 inches
    • FS1 – 1.50 inches

Engineering Certifications & Standards

  • January 28, 2015

Safety and risk assessment, though very different, are fundamental to engineering. In order to avoid injuries and know the consequences of part errors and failures, ChemTec makes it a priority to have our patented line of flow meters, flow monitors and excess flow valves submitted to UL for their recognized certifications and strictly adheres to the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) standards to make sure our customers are getting the safest and most reliable product on the market.

A Custom Valve Might be the Least Expensive Option

  • January 12, 2015

Sometimes using standard items out of the product catalog makes life complicated. For example, a ChemTec customer wanted to install an excess flow valve (EFV) in a system with 2” diameter piping. The problem was, the EFV meeting the performance requirements had 3/4” diameter ports. This left them with two choices: reduce their pipework to the required diameter, or request a custom EFV with the performance of the standard unit but 2” ports.

CCM Series & Gas Analyzers

  • December 5, 2014

Gas analyzers are used in many industrial processes and play an important role: they are used to verify the presence or lack of presence of a particular gas or multiple gases. For example, in metal fabrication oxygen is used during the process of smelting iron ore into steel. Oxygen (O2) removes impurities from the steel. As the third most abundant element in the universe, Oxygen is the most widely used gas consumed by all living beings and is used for industrial purposes and applications including chemical, medical, aerospace, water treatment, semiconductor, food/beverage, and pharmaceutical. On the other side of industrial processes, analyzers detect the presence of gases such as sulfur, carbon, argon, nitrogen, and hydrogen. These gases can be dangerous if present in the atmosphere during manufacturing. Detection of these gases can be crucial to the safety of the plant and personnel.

Ultra-High Purity Case Study

  • October 27, 2014

The CDC estimates that each year 48 million Americans eat something that makes them ill. To prevent this, food and beverage manufacturers follow rigorous equipment cleaning and sanitizing regimens, striving to remove any trace of contamination. Steam and other treatments are hard on process equipment though and that’s why food industry standards require the use of 300-grade stainless steel. Stainless delivers both temperature and corrosion resistance and can be polished to a very smooth finish, helping ensure the safety of the food and supply.

Stainless for Purity

Cleanliness is of a paramount concern in many industries. Medical device manufacturers and the pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries depend on exceptionally pure fluids and any contamination can be very expensive. That’s why, like the food industry, they depend on stainless steel piping, vessels and components.

Just using stainless isn’t enough though. The finish must be smooth to resists both bacterial or other build-up and the erosion that can occur over a rough surface. Experts consider 10Ra or better an acceptable level. Another concern is the use of threaded fittings. These can harbor residues and bacteria to contaminate the fluid being transported.