Water-thrifty units trap toxic particles

As part of its commitment to bring to market sustainable onsite solutions, Generac Mobile Products has unveiled the latest addition to its DF Ecology range, which is claimed to reduce dust and consume less water than many competitor offerings.

The DF 3000 Mobile Power Tank (MPT) is described as a strong and independent dust control unit equipped with fog canon, generating set and 1,000 litre water tank positioned on an adjustable telescopic mast reaching over 4m.

The new dust-suppression unit is suitable for use on small- to medium-sized sites where water and energy are limited. It conserves water for this application, seemingly, and includes an efficient diesel engine with up to three hours of continual operation to cover an area of up to 20m.

With 10 models now available, the Generac DF Ecology range has proven popular on rail and construction sites as operators look to new and innovative products which help reduce air pollution from toxic air-borne particles.

Activities such as earthworks, demolition, quarrying and building, along with onsite transport and manoeuvring of plant machinery across sites, have been cited as the main causes which generate high levels of dust from materials including concrete, silica, stone and wood.

It is now mandatory for sites to ensure that steps are taken to reduce such pollution, limit the effects of inhalation of the dust particles and provide appropriate health and safety equipment by adopting a strategic plan which includes dust-suppression systems.

Generac Mobile Products launched its first dust-suppression unit in 2009 and has pioneered the use of nebulized water to trap toxic particles including silica and asbestos. The nebulized water is most effective at trapping dust particles less than <80microns whilst reducing environmental impact due to its reduced water consumption when compared to traditional methods.

Key benefits of the DF MPT 3000 include: Reduced water consumption when compared to traditional techniques, therefore helping to meet sustainability targets and suitable for use on sites where water is limited; and suppression rather than ‘extraction’ – delivering wide spread application and control. The DF 3000 MPT also provides a
practical and safe solution for the quarry sector to take proactive measures in managing onsite dust and steps towards reducing air