|[January 21, 2013]
SST Wireless Technology Helps Prevent Fire and Streamlines Production Process at Pellet Mill
VERNON, British Columbia --(Business Wire)--
Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group www.pinnaclepellet.com
has ordered a "Wireless Industrial Heat Detection System" from SST
Wireless Inc. for all 6 production facilities throughout Western Canada.
The milestone order came after a successful pilot in their Armstrong
pellet mill. The wireless transmitters are being used to detect changes
in temperature directly in the bearing shafts used in the milling
process. The primary reason is for safety. By measuring and detecting
overheating it is designed to alert plant personnel and avoid a
potentially disastrous fire. Secondly, the plant manager uses the system
as a production tool, by reducing maintenance downtime. Pinnacle expects
to improve production efficiency and profitability, with a direct pay
back of the investment within one year.
There are limited options to use a wireless solution that resides
directly in the milling euipment to monitor the temperature and
pressure of parts moving at high rpms such as a bearing shaft, while
withstanding that harsh industrial operating environment.
"SST Wireless sensors allow us to continuously monitor the temperature
of our critical production equipment," said Jamie Collis, plant manager
at Pinnacle. "If we detect a significant change in temperature,
maintenance can be scheduled before the problem leads to an unplanned
shutdown or damage to the plant."
"The installed sensors transmit data wirelessly to the server where
SST's indicative maintenance software is used to manage and monitor the
network. With an established wireless network at the plant,
'plug-and-play' technology meant that it was convenient for SST
engineers to quickly install and configure the new wireless devices,"
said Graham Schnare, SST's head of Product Development.
Despite the harsh environment of the mill equipment, which is surrounded
by metal structures that can obstruct wireless signals, the wireless
network was quickly established utilizing unlicensed bands. The pilot
system has been operating for more than 9 months and during that time
the transmissions between transmitters and the wireless gateway have
been reliable and useful.
About SST Wireless Inc.
SST Wireless Inc. (www.SSTwireless.com),
a Vernon/Delta B.C. business, is an innovative technology company,
assisting businesses monitoring and managing their primary assets
through the use of its wireless sensor technology and mesh-architecture
wireless networks (Wireless Industrial Smart Sensors or WISS). SST
Wireless through its partner has deployed its technology in TPMS in many
of the world's largest mines and has developed a commercial tire
monitoring system for the transit, waste and hauling markets. SST
believes its robust technology can be further applied in many industrial
applications across many different industries.
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