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28 08, 2017

Water Quality After Hurricane Harvey: What You Need to Know

By |Environmental|

Hurricane Harvey brought heavy rain and destructive flooding to the Houston, Texas area over the weekend and into Monday, causing many to wonder what the implications will be for water quality. Some feared that the drinking water supply would be contaminated, as water treatment facilities struggled to keep up with the deluge. Here is how [...]

9 08, 2017

pH Monitoring for Sugar Processing and Refinement

By |Food & Beverage, pH|

Sugar processing takes a surprising chemical journey. Initial extraction from crop plants such as sugar cane and sugar beets takes out sugars along with other dissolved compounds and fine particles. The juicing process is intended to remove pulp, but small particles will inevitably pass through the pulp screens. These non-sugar components are removed as the [...]

27 07, 2017

Monitoring Rumen pH for Dairy Farm Management

By |Food & Beverage, pH|

Dairy and feedlot management can be more of an art form than a science due to a lack of quantitative feedback in real time. One way of obtaining additional information about ruminant health is through the measurement of its stomach contents. When making alterations to animal management to improve dairy and beef production, pH measurements [...]

12 07, 2017

Conductivity Monitoring for Reverse Osmosis

By |Conductivity, Drinking Water|

When running reverse osmosis (RO), operational efficiency is paramount. The comparison between the rate of water production and applied energy determines the cost of the water produced. Taking the system offline to conduct routine cleaning and maintenance can increase production rates and efficiency or extend membrane lifetime. However, spending extra effort to monitor membrane integrity [...]

29 06, 2017

Disinfection Methods for Bottled Beverage Production

By |Food & Beverage|

Bottled beverages, whether it’s drinking water or soft drinks, always start with clean, pure water. Because of variability in the taste of municipal drinking water, bottling plants treat water on-site to ensure quality of the final product. All water is disinfected prior to contact with plant equipment, and the equipment itself is disinfected. The water [...]

13 06, 2017

Improving the Electroplating Process using pH Control

By |Industrial Wastewater, pH|

Electroplating is a common metal finishing process with several industrial applications, ranging from the purely cosmetic to the application of protective coatings. The process, which uses electric current to drive ions towards receptive metal surfaces, is sensitive to multiple key parameters and careful control is crucial to achieving desired plating effects. Several components, including the [...]

25 05, 2017

Water Innovation Challenge Project

By |Company News, Food & Beverage|

Sensorex is happy to announce the partnership on an exciting project with Pima County’s Southwest Water Campus team to demonstrate potable reuse throughout Arizona. The Pima County Southwest team won the $250,000 New Arizona Prize: Water Innovation Challenge to achieve its plan, which involves brewing beer using reclaimed water. To do this they have constructed [...]

11 05, 2017

Measuring Soil pH for Plants and Gardens

By |Food & Beverage, pH|

Soil content and quality is a key factor of crop health. Physically, soil material and density affects water infiltration and retention. Chemically, pH of soil affects nutrient availability and uptake. Biologically, enzyme content and bacterial content relate to the ability of soil to recycle nutrients and resist disturbance. While some soil characteristics are permanent qualities [...]

25 04, 2017

How pH Monitoring Can Improve Print and Color Quality of Water-Based Ink

By |pH, Products|

Water based inks for printing have gained traction as an environmentally friendly alternative printing ink. Instead of emitting volatilized chemical solvents, water evaporates from ink leaving behind pigments. Use of water-based inks has been limited due to compatibility with substrate materials, but they are successfully used in a number of applications including printing on paper, [...]

4 04, 2017

Monitoring ORP Plays a Role in Pest Control for Specialty Crop Systems

By |Agriculture and Farming, ORP|

Sensorex ORP sensors have been adopted by a group of researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz to develop a solution that eliminates the need for toxic chemicals during strawberry production. Over the last decade, Sensorex ORP sensors have monitored oxidation reduction potential, a key soil parameter, in a series of field and [...]