Frequently Asked Questions – General
To atomize a substance is to convert it into very fine particles or droplets.
Atomized mist technology uses special atomizing nozzles to fracture the stream into millions of fine droplets of water. Different nozzles, as well as different engineering, can produce differently sized droplets.
Atomized mist has many applications. The DustBoss, for example, has been used to cool concert goers and maintain the proper humidity for curing concrete.
However, the DustBoss is specifically designed for dust control, as the OdorBoss is for odor control. Both operate under the same logic, which is to match water droplet size with that of its target.
If the water droplet is larger than the dust particle, the dust particle has a tendency to follow the airstream around the drop. If the diameters of the droplet and particle are comparable, the droplet is more likely to collide with the dust, driving it to the ground and avoiding the slipstream effect.
Chasing odor producing molecules demands the same considerations, often necessitating significantly smaller water droplets than what is needed for fugitive dust.
The other reason this technology works so well is because it uses significantly less water than traditional methods such as firehoses and sprinkler systems, which use 20 times more water than atomized mist. The original intention of those products is to provide the heavy water flow that is unnecessary for dust control.
Dust suppression refers to any dust control that uses water. Water often plays a prominent role in a fugitive dust plan because it is usually cheap, easy to obtain, and safe for the environment (except in times of drought).
Under the category of dust suppression, there are two types: surface and airborne.
The idea behind surface suppression is to inundate the material with water, increasing dust particle size and weight in order to keep dust from taking to the air. Not only does water make dust heavier, it increases cohesion, making the particles more likely to agglomerate into heavier particle groupings. Industrial sprinklers and hoses accomplish that task, even if they use more water than necessary.
Technology such as fog cannons create small enough particles to be effective against airborne dust, but lack the moisture to seal the surface to prevent more dust.
Atomized mist achieves small enough droplets to capture dust in the air, but also provides enough moisture to wet the surface like sprinklers and hoses do. Atomized mist is the only current technology that provides both airborne and surface dust suppression.
Mist cannons use a powerful ducted fan to propel tiny water droplets up to the distance of an American football field.
To say the fan is ducted means it is encased in a cylindrical barrel. Think of a jet propeller. Ducted fans on our units range from 7.5HP to 60HP powering anywhere from a 9,000 to 40,000 CFM fan, depending on the coverage needed.
Sometimes there are situations where aggressive coverage is not necessary or a ducted fan would create too much disturbance.
Atomized mist can be applied through spray bars or other misters, such as our DB-R and DB-M Mini, which including misting heads on booms. DB-M Minis are often used on crushers or for indoor applications and are powered only by the water running through them.
Spray bars can be custom built to fit almost any application. A common use is to apply the DustBoss Ring around conveyor discharge, creating a curtain of mist around the falling material.
The longevity and low maintenance of a DustBoss can be largely credited to its “complex in its simplicity” direct-drive design. While a standard DustBoss does not need to be greased every day, it does require a nearby power source.
The DustBoss Fusion pairs a DustBoss with a generator and places the package on a trailer for easy mobility. All DustBoss cannon sizes are available as a fusion model.
BossTek provides its own line of odor-changing chemicals with OdorVore. With vapor and air treatment available, OdorVore provides continuously reacting odor control as long as the chemical remains airborne.
One thing that sets DustBoss apart is the potential for customization. Whether it is a custom-shaped spray bar, FlameBoss attachment, or remote capabilities, DustBoss technicians and engineers have accepted many challenges over the years and the technology continues to develop with each customer request.
DustBoss can be specified with any number of mounts for different situations, including:
- 3-Wheeled Carriage: For greater mobility
- Skid: For bolting in spot and transfer with forklift
- Tower: For fixed location needs, elevating the DustBoss increases effectiveness
DustBoss units have been configured to suppress dust in many different settings, including mounted to ceilings. Talk to us about your unique situation and we can recommend a mount.
All individual functions of the DustBoss and OdorBoss fan units can be controlled by remotes from about a thousand feet away. We offer various degrees of control based on your needs and budget.
The machine can be programmed to run a certain way. For example, it can be set for the duration of run, programmed for intervals of inactivity.
Units can even be equipped with weather stations, enabling them to turn on and off based on wind direction and humidity.
While potable water works best, dirty water can be used with the proper filters. We have customers who pull the water straight from the Mississippi River.
It is important to clean the nozzles when necessary. Dirtier water plugs nozzles more often, which is hard on the pumps.
Our more powerful units use a 1 ½ inch (38.10mm) fire hose, which connect to a cam-and-groove quick disconnect female coupling on the machine. The DB-30 and DB-M Mini use 5/8 inch (15.8 mm) garden hoses. Request spec sheets of the individual products for more details.
Refer to the spec sheets of the individual products for electrical recommendations.
Our direct drive dust suppression fan units require minimal maintenance. The fan motor and high pressure pump should be greased every 10,000 hours. Turntable bearing should be greased on a regular maintenance schedule, or as needed.
If using potable water, nozzles need to be inspected once a year. You will have to clean the nozzles more often when using dirtier water.
Quick release brackets are available for the manifolds in order to reduce the amount of time that the DustBoss has to be turned off for maintenance. These brackets allow the user to quickly swap the spray manifold and then to clean/replace nozzles on the dirty manifold at their leisure.
DustBoss units do not make snow in freezing temperatures and can be run successfully with some preparations.
Components of the machine can be heat traced and valves can be strategically placed to avoid freezing water lines.
Workers will need to be mindful of ice that may form under the plume where water is falling to the ground and freezing.
Renting and Purchasing
BossTek gladly offers rent-to-buy options if it works for your situation. The first month’s paid rent can be applied to the purchase.
If you don't like our equipment after one week of owning it, we'll take it back. You'll only be responsible for freight.
That's our happiness guarantee.
For our equipment, we offer a three year or 3,000 hour warranty. Generators are warrantied for two years or 2,000 hours.
There are several things that need to be considered, including coverage area, volume of dust being produced, placement restraints, and wind. It is best to contact a sales specialist who can review your site and determine the minimum that is required.
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