About Auburn Systems

Message from the Founder

Thank you for visiting Auburn’s website. 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 have 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.

I invite you to browse our website and hope you find these pages informative and useful.

Thank you for visiting;
Ron Dechene,

About Ron Dechene:
He founded Auburn more than a quarter century ago and led the team to introduce the first electrostatic/ triboelectric dust collector emissions monitoring system. Ron is responsible for the executive, managerial, operational, and research activities of the Company.

More than forty-five thousand (45,000) units have been sold (many still in operation or have replaced by newer generation models) at more than 5,000 diverse materials processing plants, world-wide. Electrostatic/triboelectric dust detection is an important technology helping to reduce air pollution worldwide and for the control of particulate flow for many manufacturing process applications. Auburn is still the leading innovator and producer of electronic dust leak and particulate flow systems.

Ron is the author of a number of technical papers on emissions control and with his team of inventors has been granted more than forty United States and Foreign Patents. A graduate of the University of Vermont, in 2011 he retired as Chair of the Board of Advisors of the University of Vermont, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Involved in numerous community affairs, he was also a Trustee and Treasurer of Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA and is a former member of the Boxford, MA Conservation Commission.

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