Auburn Systems, LLC

Auburn Systems, LLC

Auburn Systems, LLC designs, engineers, and manufactures dust monitoring equipment and systems. Auburn was the first company to introduce electrostatic/triboelectric (TRIBO) bag leak detectors and solids flow monitors to monitor and measure dust, powders, and bulk solids for environmental and process control applications. We remain the leading supplier of bag leak detection systems with more than 45,000 systems operating in the field at more than 5,000 diverse materials processing plants, world-wide. Our proprietary core technology, TRIBO.dsp, unifies DC impaction (triboelectric) and AC induction electrostatic signals for superior accuracy, reliability, and repeatability.

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8 Electronics Avenue , Danvers , Massachusetts 01923 USA
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Business Type:
Industry Type:
Air Pollution Treatment
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)
Year Founded:

Since the information contained herein is primarily about products and applications, recognition of the many who made it possible is not practical on these pages. I do, however, wish to recognize two colleagues and friends, Tom Smith and Bob Newton, both of whom were here at the outset and are now retired. Without them, I would not be writing this today.

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. We have received more than forty United States and foreign patents relating to the projects.

During those formative years, we also studied the physics of electrostatics, specifically; electrical charge transfer “the triboelectric effect”. We 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, we 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. Our 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.

Our mission:
To offer the most reliable, robust, user-friendly products and best services for dust emissions management and particulate process control management for the markets we serve. Providing exceptional service and support is as important as providing the correct electrostatic/triboelectric device.

Auburn maintains its leadership position by constant change and constant improvement of the this unique technology introduced by us more than 30 years ago

Our values:
Auburn, along with our representatives, will not knowingly make false or unsubstantiated claims concerning the capabilities and suitability of our technology to monitor or control any process application or dust emissions monitoring project, or for any other enterprise requiring our expertise. We will conduct our financial affairs with honesty and will conform to all applicable laws and conventions relating to financial disclosure and tax laws; we will adhere to all Generally Acceptable Accounting Policies (GAAP) in the preparation of our financial reports and submissions.

Our culture:
Auburn maintains a gender and ethnically neutral workplace where successes are recognized and rewarded. We believe there is no better way to live our life style while contributing to a cleaner environment and helping manufacturers be more efficient in their manufacturing process.

Auburn's TRIBO.dsp series of products utilize proven triboelectric technology invented by Auburn over thirty years ago. Through the years, Auburn has maintained our lead in particulate measurement by continuing to upgrade and improve our products. Although the basic triboelectric effect has remained the same, our electronics have continuously improved. Auburn's TRIBO.dsp products are unique because they are the only tiboelectric/electrostatic monitoring equipment to unify and combine both the DC and AC method of signal generation in one unit.

TRIBO.dsp's Working Principle:
As dust particles collide with, or closely pass by a probe, charge transfers occur. TRIBO.dsp series products detect the signal created by the changes in particulate concentration, as in the onset of a bag leak or an increase or decrease in flow. Unlike monitors that use only the DC or only the AC induction signals, thereby using only a portion of the complete electrostatic signal, TRIBO.dsp unified 3000 series combines the benefits of each method, providing the user with a superior reliable and repeatable signal, with electrical interference resistance - even in harsh industrial environments. Our monitors can activate operational functions such as alarms and relays or can generate continuous 4-20 mA or digital signals for trending and recording purposes. Auburn devices can detect baseline signals as low as 0.005 mg/m3 in dust collector emissions.