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Sentinel Automation Technology for Automated Heat Exchanger Cleaning Is Here

Sentinel Automated Exchanger Tube Cleaning

StoneAge Inc. is pleased to announce the official release of Sentinel Automation Technology for automated exchanger tube cleaning, delivering a 30% performance increase over traditional methods.

Sentinel Automation Technology seamlessly integrates with StoneAge’s AutoBox 3L heat exchanger cleaning equipment and uses an active sensor system to automatically position nozzles and clean exchanger tubes end to end, even in difficult low visibility conditions. Sentinel technology makes exchanger cleaning easier, faster, and more accurate while enabling operators of any skill level to deliver stellar results every time.

In customer trials, the Sentinel-enabled AutoBox 3L completed a cleaning application that typically takes 16 hours in just 4 hours.

“Sentinel Automation Technology marks a momentous turning point towards modern, automated solutions for the industrial cleaning industry,” said StoneAge CEO, Kerry Siggins. “StoneAge is proud to take this step to ensure the safety of those performing industrial cleaning applications and to drive game-changing operational efficiencies for our customers.”

Sentinel data for exchanger cleaning

Cleaning heat exchanger tubes has historically been a time-consuming and often dangerous process that requires operators have advanced training to ensure adequate performance. Limited visibility on the job makes it challenging to accurately index a standard tractor and causes operators to power down their pump until sight is restored, resulting in slower cleaning times and unnecessary wear on equipment.

Sentinel enables operators to keep their equipment running through tough conditions while at a safe distance outside the blast zone. Sentinel sensors keep lances in sync and provide the enhanced precision control needed to reposition lances without having clear visibility. Plus, its ergonomic, highly intuitive controller enables operators ranging in skill level to easily produce consistent, expert-level cleaning results.

“The AutoBox 3L and Lightweight Positioner are our first pieces of equipment to be released with Sentinel Automation Technology.” Siggins explained. “Over time, we plan to expand Sentinel capabilities with new equipment compatibility and technology updates so customers can achieve even better performance in a wide range of cleaning applications.”

The AutoBox 3L with Sentinel Automation Technology is now available to rent and purchase in the U.S. and Canada. StoneAge is actively working to bring Sentinel to customers worldwide, and plans to offer the system for rent in Europe later this year.

Learn more about Sentinel Automation Technology and request a virtual overview with a StoneAge rep, visit