Dolphin Bay’s Auto Strength Detector (ASD) is now available, offering our customers a way to ensure they are using the exact amount of CCA necessary for producing top-quality treated timber.
Titration has been the most accurate method of determining solution strength until now. However, titration requires the operator to accurately interpret the colour change of the solution – which is often disputed – and conduct complex calculations. A margin of human error is inevitable. Hydrometers are used in other parts of the market, and are subject to even more discrepancies than the titration method.
“The ASD is truly a step up from both these methods,” observed Bertus.
It is costly for timber treatment plants to over-treat with CCA, which is a valuable chemical, and costly to your reputation to undertreat, as the under-treated timber will be of a relatively poor quality, causing customer dissatisfaction.
“It’s not a question of whether timber treatment plants should embrace the latest technologies, but rather how.”
The ASD is part of the broader PROtreat plant project that Dolphin Bay is now offering, but is also available as a stand-alone unit.
“The ASD is easy to use and reliable, giving consistent readings for determining the strength of your CCA solution,” explained Bertus. “We’re very excited to offer it to our customers, as it removes the variability of the operator’s titration and hydrometer calculations from the equation.”
Extensive testing over the past year, pitting the ASD against a person well-versed in the titration method, showed outstanding results – a 95% win rate and 100% within-margin-of-error accuracy. The results were also more consistent and repeatable than those using titration.
The ASD is the first real innovation for determining solution strength since the titration method was introduced about 20 years ago.
“It’s important to start changing the way we do things, and embracing technology,” said Bertus.
“If we don’t, we risk being left behind and becoming antiquated and less competitive. Even for smaller players, automation has relevance, and it can be done incrementally. It’s not a question of whether timber treatment plants should embrace cutting-edge technologies, but rather how. Our aim is to make our customers as competitive as possible.
“Our team will be making contact with each one of our customers to answer any questions you may have.”