Sentry Equipment

New Weld Fume Collection System Installed by Sentry Equipment Incorporates an Intelligent Control System.

Company seeks to maximize equipment use, minimize energy consumption and incorporate a state-of-the-art energy efficient system with IVEC®.


The Challenge:

Sentry Equipment manufacturers and services industrial devices used in the collection of representative sample of steam, water, gas, liquid, slurry and bulk solids. In 2007 the company moved to a brand new, 51,000 square foot, hi-tech facility, located in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Sentry’s goal was to outfit this new facility with efficient and state-of-the-art systems that could keep up with future growth, yet provide the ultimate in efficiency.

The Solution:

Sentry Equipment turned to IVEC® Systems for a weld fume ventilation control unit that could meet their current and future requirements. Sentry’s weld fume requirements dictated an immediate need to have ten (10) specialty weld stations with arms manufactured by Airflow Systems, Inc., out of which only two may be operational at one given time.  The IVEC® Steward System became the solution of choice. With a host of powerful features, the Steward System provided optimum control over each individual weld station automatically, providing true energy efficiency. The Steward’s Network architecture also provided Sentry with the flexibility to add and remove ventilation drops without hassles for future expansion.

With IVEC®’s Steward intelligent monitoring system, Sentry Equipment was able to downsize their present 20hp blower motor to a 10hp system while providing all of the collection power Sentry required.

- Jim Phelps, Facilities Engineer

The Results:

With IVEC®’s Steward intelligent monitoring system, Sentry Equipment was able to downsize their present 20hp blower motor to a 10hp system while providing all of the collection power Sentry required. With less horsepower needed came a reduction of noise on the shop floor, making the employees production environment much quieter and a pleasure to tour. Installing IVEC® also allowed Sentry Equipment to downsize from 24 to 12 dust collector cartridges, which saved money on equipment replacement and maintenance. And, during the cooler seasons of the year, the company was able to re-circulate their already heated air to save even more on their heating bill.