As we approach a humid summer, dust becomes a major issue across events, rail, demolition, recycling and construction sites. If you are looking at ways in which you can tame the dust this season, we suggest you create a dust suppression strategy.
We’ve all heard the saying ‘fail to plan and you plan to fail’ well the same principle can be applied with dust suppression. Many people think that a one size fits all approach will work. You find the biggest and best dust suppression machine and then wheel it into position. Wrong! This results in costly and unnecessary operational costs.
So, here are our top tips on how to select the best models.
- Get your objectives right
With several models and variations available, the first thing you need to do is understand why you need dust suppression and what you are intending to use it for?
For example: are you looking at keeping event guests cool, if so a smaller unit like our DF Smart will be put to good use to create a fine spray and keep people cool. If you need a more robust dust suppression solution for rail ballast, then you may consider an automatic solution such as our DF 7500 MPT which can operate independently. If you are undertaking demolition works and rebuilding an area, then several dust suppression solutions may need to be deployed to manage the affected area.
Take a look at our Skanska story and see how several dust suppression units were used on the refurbishment of Waterloo Station.
- How far do you need to cover?
Once you have sat with your team and agreed what you need the dust suppression unit for, you then need to look at the area you want to cover. Do you need a long-range spray up to 20m, or, do you need it more isolated? Each dust suppression unit can cover areas between 5m and up to 120m. It’s no good if the dust suppression unit misses the dust cloud!
- Automatic Operation
Do you want the dust suppression unit to perform automatically saving you time and manpower? This will be based on your site objectives. Many rail and construction companies require an automatic dust suppression unit with auto-rotation functionality so the unit can do its job without interference.
- Specialist requirements
We appreciate that every site is different and will have different operational requirements. As such, it’s important you sit with your dust suppression team and agree if you need any additional features to help the unit perform. In Russia, we supplied several dust suppression units to a leading Russian mining company and the units had to operate in an extreme mining environment where temperatures dropped as low as -30℃.
If you are looking for a reliable and efficient dust suppression unit for your summer months, then we have global dust suppression team who can work with you to set out and scope out your project to ensure you get the right kit to fit your project requirements.