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Andritz enters partnership with SST Wireless

September 30, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. – Andritz Inc. and SST Wireless Inc. announced that the companies are collaborating to produce a customized version of SST’s wireless heat sensor technology for deployment on Andritz’s wood pelletizers as an OEM option.


September 30, 2014
By Andritz

September 30, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. – Andritz Inc. and SST
Wireless Inc. announced that the companies are collaborating to produce a
customized version of SST’s wireless heat sensor technology for deployment on
Andritz’s wood pelletizers as an OEM option. 

 

The system will include SST’s high temperature sensors that
are installed directly on to the rollers to provide real time monitoring of
critical temperatures. Andritz will install a complete system at its Muncy, Pa.
facility to demonstrate the technology and establish best practices and
recommendations to reduce downtime and accidents caused by overheating of
rollers and bearing shafts.

 

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The global demand for wood pellets as a cleaner fuel source
used in heating and energy generation has placed tremendous pressure on the
industry and the equipment manufacturers to produce higher volumes, quicker and
cheaper. Unfortunately, this increase in production has resulted in several
accidents with tragic loss of life and economic impact to communities.

 

SST’s Wireless Industrial Heat Detection (WIHD) offers an
opportunity to directly measure the temperature of the rollers and other
critical components inside the pellet machines while in operation. The system
relays temperature readings in real time, which provides actionable data for
operators.

 

“The safety of our customers with proper operation and
maintenance of our equipment has always been a priority for us,” stated Greg
Alles, General Manager of Andritz Biomass division. “The addition of wireless
sensors provides greater visibility in to the operational condition of our
machines in real time and provides a valuable new tool for our customers. We
are looking forward to delivering this innovative technology to our customers.”

 

The small wireless sensors are designed to measure
temperatures up to 125 degrees Celsius / 257 degrees Fahrenheit and will last
for up to a year. Sensors can be easily configured and managed through the
Master Control Module which can accommodate using 900 MHz, Wifi, GSM and
Bluetooth to the Base Station system and beyond through the Internet.

 

“Our collaboration with Andritz will help deliver on our
core directive to increase safety, reduce operational downtime and
environmental impact” commented Christopher Chong, President & CEO of SST
Wireless Inc. “We are very pleased with Andritz’s proactive decision to offer
our technology to their customers to help them operate their equipment safely
at optimal efficiency.  We look forward
to working with Andritz and their customers to continually improve our
technology and products.”


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