New compact DustBoss dust-suppression system designed to deliver exceptional mobility and versatility
AS effective dust control continues to gain priority across a wide range of industries, BossTek have introduced a new equipment design which, they say, has been engineered to provide an unmatched level of mobility and performance, delivering effective particle suppression for new and existing applications.
With a throw of 100ft (30m), the adjustable elevation angle and user-defined oscillation allow precise aiming of a powerful dust-capturing mist consisting of millions of droplets per minute in the range 50–200 microns – proven to be the most efficient size for most project needs.
The DustBoss Atom is said to be a true innovation in mobile dust suppression – a fan-less, self-contained design that incorporates remote control and 4G LTE telematics technologies as standard equipment, to deliver an unprecedented combination of suppression and monitoring.
The compact, diesel-powered unit fits in the back of a pickup truck, so it can be quickly positioned and relocated to address dust-generating activity directly at the source. It also has fork-lift pockets on the front and back.
‘After more than 15 years of designing purpose-built dust-suppression equipment in a variety of sizes and styles, we found that some companies expressed a desired for a smaller, more manoeuvrable unit, with a lower price point,’ said BossTek’s vice-president of sales, Mike Lewis.
‘This machine is well suited to quarrying/crushing, recycling operations, demolition projects, transfer stations, bulk material processing, ports/shipping applications, biomass handling, and concrete curing.’
The Atom features a Kohler KD440 power plant – a 9.1hp air-cooled engine that meets Tier-IV Final emissions standards. A special air-filtration system increases performance and lengthens service intervals, even in dusty environments, whilst its integrated fuel-injection system and overhead-cam design are coupled with a cast iron cylinder liner for consistent, reliable service.
The engine and pump subassembly is secured by four isolation mounts that minimize vibration transfer to the frame, whilst the high-impact stainless steel nozzle features a quick disconnect for easy replacement.
‘In addition to its compact size, what really sets this unit apart from other designs are the built-in communications features,’ continued Mr Lewis. ‘The hand-held remote controls virtually every function, and the telematics provide a web-based platform to monitor status and streamline service and support.
‘The system tracks engine hours, operating temperature and average run time per day, and provides readouts of suggested maintenance. It can be programmed to monitor machine location via GPS and can even troubleshoot remotely or ‘geo-fence’ each unit, so it’ll only function within proscribed locations. The telematics are so sophisticated that users can remotely disable machines, if needed.’
The system is fitted with a Cat Pumps 56G1 water pump that requires just 40 PSI (0.344 bar) minimum inlet pressure, connected by a 1in cam-and-groove quick-disconnect fitting.
Widely considered to be the world’s most dependable high-pressure reciprocating triplex plunger and piston pump design, the unit has specially formulated seals and high-density polished ceramic plungers that are optimized for long service life and durability.
The unit also includes protection against pressure drops; if a low-pressure situation is detected, the unit shuts down to prevent damage to the pump or overheating of the engine.