ROLL OUT OF NEXT GENERATION WIRELESS SENSORS

SST WIRELESS ANNOUNCES ROLL OUT OF NEXT GENERATION WIRELESS SENSORS TO MONITOR PELLET MILL ROLLER TEMPERATURES AT ALL PINNACLE RENEWABLE ENERGY’S PRODUCTION FACILITIES

Vibration Sensors on Burnaby Water Pumps

RICHMOND, BC & PRINCE GEORGE, BC, June 6, 2018 — SST Wireless Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of wireless industrial sensor technologies, and Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., a leading producer and distributor of wood pellets, announced the successful pilot and deployment of a new generation of wireless high temperature sensors to monitor pellet mill rollers temperatures at all Pinnacle plants.

The development of the “Vulcan” wireless sensor and communications gateway represents a significant advancement with the sensor’s unique ability to perform in temperature ranges where competitive wireless sensors simply fail due to thermal exposure of electrical components and batteries. The new sensor is designed to be installed directly on to hot equipment surfaces up to 200oC / 392oF depending on ambient temperatures.

“Developing this sensor was a significant project. In fact, the development required our engineering team to change the rules about how wireless sensors are designed and manufactured. The sensor is a well-orchestrated combination of mechanical design to house our proven industrial grade electronics which are protected using advanced materials. Success also required numerous tests and revisions on operating machines,” said Christopher Chong, President & CEO of SST Wireless. “Throughout the lengthy development process, Pinnacle provided an incredible level of support and access to their equipment and facilities. We were encouraged by their commitment to taking a leadership role in helping us solve this challenge to increase safety and performance for the industry.”

Scott Bax, Senior Vice President Operations for Pinnacle commented, “Safely producing quality pellets is our highest priority. At Pinnacle, we constantly strive to find ways to improve safety and operational efficiencies. We have been working with SST for several years, starting with a sensor for our bearing shafts to now being able to directly monitor the roller temperatures in our machines. We are very pleased with the results and look forward to sharing our experience with our colleagues in the industry through our involvement in the WPAC Safety Committee and the upcoming Wood Products Safety Summit.”

About Pinnacle
Pinnacle is a rapidly growing industrial wood pellet manufacturer and distributor and the third largest producer in the world. The Company produces renewable fuel for electricity generation in the form of industrial wood pellets, which are used by global utilities and large-scale power generators to produce renewable and reliable baseload power. Pinnacle is a trusted supplier to its customers, who require reliable, high quality fuel supply to maximize utilization of their facilities. Pinnacle takes pride in its industry leading safety practices. The Company operates seven industrial wood pellet production facilities in western Canada, a port terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C., and currently has a new production facility under construction in Smithers, B.C. Pinnacle has entered into long-term take-or-pay contracts with utilities in the U.K., Europe and Asia that represent 104% of its production capacity through 2021 and nearly 87% of its production capacity through 2026.

About SST Wireless: SST Wireless Inc. designs, manufactures and distributes wireless sensor technologies to help customers increase safety, conserve energy, and reduce operational downtime of vehicles and equipment. The company’s products are the result of years of research, development and testing in the field. Even in the most extreme conditions, products are built to consistently deliver. SST’s wireless sensors monitor temperature, pressure and vibration for industries including commercial transportation, mining, forestry, and manufacturing, to ensure safety and to prevent equipment damage and accidents. For more information, please visit www.sstwireless.com/pellets.