Port operators cut costs with dust reduction technology
The technology can be used for a wide variety of port activities, including demolition
Dust control technology is helping reduce surface dust and airborne particles which can affect port equipment.
BossTek’s DustBoss uses atomised mist to control dust that can affect equipment such as bearings and air intakes.
BossTek president, Laura Stiverson, explained that the company, formerly known as Dust Control Technology, is “passionate about providing long-lasting equipment that helps customers exceed regulatory compliance, enhance environmental stewardship and improve safety, both in the workplace and in the community.”
The US company said use of DustBoss technology reduces the time needed to drive water trucks to affected areas and for manual control with hoses etc.
DustBoss equipment is designed to run all day unattended and remote controls are available to further automate operation. The machines can also be controlled by PLC or via wireless operation.
As dust is scaled back during operations, the risk of complaints from neighbouring businesses or residents - and potential fines - is reduced.
The technology is designed to reduce water consumption vs. conventional dust control methods, while reduced water pooling means less clean-up is needed. Reduced wear on other equipment also helps control maintenance costs.
Effective dust control minimises the effects of work on the surrounding environment and ground water, plus reduced water usage produces less run-off and potential pollution.
The technology has been used by maritime sites including Ukraine Port Terminal, Panama City Port Authority and Port of Veracruz.
BossTek maintains a domestic rental fleet of industrial-strength misting cannons of all sizes for dust and odor suppression, as well as crowd cooling.