Triboelectric Dust Detection Tech Basics - 3 Articles to Read First

Posted by Earl Parker on Mar 7, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Lots of information, but where to start?

As of Dec '16 we've published more than 75 articles on triboelectric dust detection technology and particulate emissions monitoring. They cover technical details, tips on use, suggestions to reduce downtime and operating cost and even how our technology is increasingly finding application in process industries for monitoring and control bulk dry goods conveying. 

We're committed to building this body of knowledge for emissions monitoring and process control experts worldwide. But with so much information, we know that sometimes folks new to the discipline may not know exactly where to start. So instead of boiling the ocean, here are three basic articles that we recommend reading first.

  1. Triboelectric Dust Detection vs. Opacity Meters - Is there a difference?
  2. Triboelectric instrumentation for process improvement
  3. AC vs. DC - The role of signal Spectrum in triboelectric monitoring

Triboelectric Dust Detection vs. Opacity Meters - Is There a Difference?  

Opacity-Emissions-Example.jpgWhen visual inspections were replaced by opacity technology that was a great leap in technology. Continuous opacity monitoring (COM) systems are still used in many facilities even today, so some wonder why they should invest in triboelectric systems if they already have an opacity based monitoring system in their facility. Others preparing to install new dust collection equipment may wonder whether to duplicate their opacity systems into their new dust collection projects. We recommend anyone currently using opacity based monitoring or those planing new installations to learn more about the differences between the two systems and why triboelectric detection provides distinct advantages over opacity monitoring. (read more)

Triboelectric Applications for Process Improvement

Tribo_flow_display_installation_.jpgWhile Auburn Systems has gained a well-earned reputation among emissions monitoring professionals, its patented triboelectric technology has also received wide acclaim in numerous process applications. With its ability to accurately detect dry particles in conveying systems with non intrusive methods, triboelectric technology has been used for monitoring and controlling conveying of bulk dry goods in various industries. This article explains the application of TRIBO products for use as Flow/No Flow, More Flow/Less Flow and Particle Velocity monitors and how they excel compared to other available technologies.  (read more)

AC vs. DC Triboelectric Monitoring Technology 

9_Cropped_DC-AC_Schematic.jpgMuch has changed since Auburn first developed triboelectric technology for the emissions monitoring market in the late 1970s. Since then, many triboelectric dust detector manufacturers have entered the market with their own models. Even so, Auburn continues to lead the industry in development of new technology.

Recently, Auburn developed a revolutionary new version of their signature TRIBO product series that combines both AC and DC signals into one unified signal. This design overcomes several challenges common to legacy triboelectric systems. Only the TRIBO series of detection systems from Auburn Systems makes use of this latest advancement. Read more about the benefits of dual-band technology to see why Auburn Systems is still the best dust monitoring product on the market today.  (read more)


There's art and science to optimizing the use of triboelectric instrumentation in your factory for either emissions monitoring or process control. Whether looking to improve dust collector operation, make air permit compliance more reliable or more effectively monitor flow rates in your process, triboelectric systems from Auburn can provide significant value for your facility. We're always happy to have one of our engineers chat about possible applications - or even monitoring challenges that have thus far defied solutions.

We encourage you to continue browsing our blog and other content to learn more. Feel free to contact Auburn Systems and receive a free consultation today! New Call-to-action


Topics: Triboelectric Detection, Process Control, Dust Detection