Auburn designs and manufactures instrumentation to monitor dust, powder and bulk solids for environmental and process control applications. The benefits for our triboelectric technology include improved emissions monitoring, dust collection system maintenance as well as innovative solutions for process applications.
Approtec represents Aurburn Systems in Texas.
Auburn was organized in the late seventies as a contract research and development company to create novel measurement ideas. Numerous contracts were awarded and successfully completed for the following organizations: Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Atomic Energy of Canada LTD (AECL); the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), (primarily for nuclear reactor flooding experiments); NASA, to develop a flow meter to monitor liquid hydrogen and oxygen flow for the space shuttle during the launch phase (we received a patent for this technology); and many other research projects. Auburn has received more than forty United States and foreign patents relating to the projects.
During those formative years, they also studied the physics of electrostatics, specifically; electrical charge transfer “the triboelectric effect”. Auburn recognized a need for a new dust and particulate flow measurement technology for large industrial dust collectors and particulate flow in process operations. In the early 80s, they changed direction and focus to develop proprietary technology, conceived, manufactured, and marketed by Auburn.
This change of direction resulted in the development of the first electrostatic/triboelectric particulate detector for dust collector operations monitoring. In 1980, Auburn’s first TRIBO unit was installed in a Wheelabrator dust collector in Lynn MA, the first waste-to-energy incinerator in the United States. Their Triboflow and electrostatic/triboelectric products are now operating reliably to help manage air pollution and to help maintain uninterrupted process flow in manufacturing operations around the world.