The first step is to admit you have a dust problem and that you need a dust suppression cannon. The second step is to decide how big of a dust problem you have and how powerful of a cannon you need.
Once you’ve identified size, it’s mounting time. All dust suppression cannons can be placed on various frameworks based on your needs.
Most dust suppression machines come with a standard mount, but that can always be customized. All mount options come with their own benefits.
Time to mount up! Here are four ways to mount your dust suppression attack.
The 3-wheeled carriage is designed for situations that require the most mobility, often when the source of the dust is moving.
Minor repositioning can usually be done by hand, with no additional equipment. That gives you the power for quick, on-the-spot adjustment for such factors as wind direction.
The skid is used in situations where the source of the dust is stationary. While designed for little mobility, the skid mounted dust cannon can easily be moved with a forklift if necessary.
A good rule of thumb in dust suppression is to place your equipment above the source of the dust. Skids of various sizes are often used to install cannons on platforms, or the most effective mount, the tower.
For stationary dust patterns, elevating your machine with a tower mount will always be the best route. Aiming down from above harnesses the power of gravity, creating a downward flow that drives dust to the ground.
Sometimes the towers are fixed onto bases or platforms to achieve additional height. Other times towers are installed on modified shipping containers, providing a less permanent installation and providing storage and protection for the units controls.
Elevation could also be obtained by suspending the machines from a ceiling.
Either way, all cannon functions can be controlled from the ground with remotes. Automation often can play a role too, programming activity based on everything from wind direction to time of day.
Many operations, such as in slag dumping, use triggers that can activate the misting cannons, such as an approaching truck.
With a tower mount, what you sacrifice in mobility you more than make up for with effectiveness. The rule is that is you can elevate, you probably should.
4. Trailer, man lift, or vehicle
While not as nimble as the three wheeled carriage, a trailer mount can be accompanied by a genset, effectively “cutting the chord” and eliminating the power source location as a consideration.
For a truly self-contained solution, a genset / cannon / trailer combo can be specified with a water tank or a pump with lift to pull from stationary water sources such as ponds. Some operations have installed a skid mount onto a water truck, allowing for greater volumes and longer run time.
Some demolition operations have mounted a dust cannon onto a man lift, creating a mobile tower that can meet those higher stories on buildings.
Misting cannon innovation is primarily driven by customer need and imagination. The technology is here to truly customize your dust control. Taking the time to explain the needs of your site can help specialists develop the right solution for you.