No one wants to be fined on the job, and when it comes to industrial sites, those fines can get pretty hefty. Over the past decade, the need for effective dust control on industrial job sites has grown immensely due to new rules and regulations cropping up like with construction dust control and silica dust. The old way of using a fire hose has fallen short and can result in citations for a variety of reasons.
Fortunately, there are modern methods that can be implemented to help meet these regulations. Water trucks with surfactants work well for vehicle-generated road dust, spray bars for small contained dust and misting cannons for large industrial applications.
Misting cannons are an effective way to control unwanted particles on-site. They have lots of benefits to reduce dust migration and save money in day-to-day operations. The machines provide fine droplets of water to capture and drop dust to the ground, reducing overall water consumption while running automatically. With the help of misting cannons, dust control fines can become a thing of the past.
DUST CONTROL BENEFITS OF MISTING CANNONS
There are many benefits from using a misting cannon for dust control. Not only do they reduce dust more effectively, but they are significantly more cost efficient too.
Effective Dust Control
Misting cannons are the best option for dust control due to the use of tiny water droplets that drop dust to the ground. DustBoss equipment uses atomized mist in the 50 - 200 micron range to capture dust. This range is the ideal size for dust control as the water droplets avoid the slipstream effect. In the slipstream effect, if the water droplets and dust particles aren't similar in size, the dust does does not get absorbed into the water. It instead follows the air stream around the water and continues dispersing into the air. For more information on how DustBoss dust control systems work, check out Dust Control and How it Works!
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Reduces Water Usage
Compared to the inefficient fire hose, misting cannons, using fine mist, save considerably more water while taking down more dust. Take the DustBoss DB-60 misting cannon for instance. If it runs 8 hours a day, 250 days a year, the DB-60 would use 2.76 million gallons of water that year. A fire hose under the same conditions would use 12 million gallons of water! This massive difference creates a much higher water bill when using a fire hose. Misting cannons are an excellent option for dust control due to the low water cost and effective tiny water droplets.
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Automatic Dust Control Equipment
One of the biggest downfalls with using a fire hose for dust control is that a worker has to be on the end of one. They require constant watch just to end up over-saturating the material. Misting cannons like DustBoss are completely automatic, not needing a worker to run it all day. Once it's up and running, it's good to go for the foreseeable future. Just set it and forget it. Rather than watering the material, the employee is now free to perform additional on-site tasks, increasing productivity and helping bring the project closer to completion.
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APPLICATIONS OF DUST CONTROL MISTING CANNONS
Dust control is required on a variety of industrial job sites across the globe. Six of the main sites include demolitions, transfer stations, scrap yards, concrete crushing facilities, steel mills and port facilities. These sites have different equipment and processes that generate fugitive dust.
- Munching - Misting cannons cover a large area across the job site to catch unwanted dust.
- Imploding - Misting cannons are placed at the focal points of implosions to reduce dust migration.
- Transporting - During the loading process, misting cannons control dust created by material disruption with atomized mist and oscillation features seen in DustBoss units.
- Sorting - Misting cannons control generated dust during movement of the debris.
- Transporting - Misting cannons provide coverage in the loading and unloading of materials.
- Shredding - Misting cannons catch the dust generated from shredders by aiming above the machine from the ground or elevating the unit with a tower to create a barrier of mist above the fugitive dust.
- Torching - Misting cannons catch the fumes generated with atomized mist. Tower mounted units help extend coverage and create a barrier of mist above the rising fumes.
- Transporting - Misting cannons provide coverage during the loading and unloading process of scrap metal.
- Crushing - Misting cannons throw mist above the crusher to help bring down rising dust and create a barrier.
- Transporting - Misting cannons help reduce dust in the loading and unloading process. Smaller misting bars, like the DB-M Mini, help prevent fugitive dust when transporting with conveyor belts by supplying mist at their discharge points.
- Slag Dumping/Tapping - Misting cannons greatly reduce the amount of fugitive dust in the air. Elevated units increase the effectiveness of misting cannons due to creating a barrier of mist for rising dust or directly aiming at the slag pit.
- Cooling - Misting cannons reduce the ambient air temperature of the facility without causing run-off water on the ground as an extra benefit.
- Storage - During high winds, stockpiles can be a large source of unwanted dust. DustBoss misting cannons bring down dust from the air, but also prevent it by sealing the surface with atomized mist. The fine mist prevents material over-saturation.
- Transporting - Misting cannons control dust during the unloading of trucks and the loading of barges.
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