Tame the Dust
New Dust Suppression Unit Tackles Air Pollution
As part of its commitment to bring to market sustainable onsite solutions, Generac® Mobile Products has today unveiled the latest addition to the iconic DF Ecology range, which reduces dust and consumes less water.
The DF 3000 Mobile Power Tank (MPT) is a strong and independent dust control unit equipped with fog canon, generating set and 1000 litre water tank positioned on an adjustable telescopic mast reaching over 4m.
The new dust suppression unit is ideal for use on small to medium sized sites where water and energy are limited. It consumes only 10% water and includes an efficient Yanmar diesel engine with up to 3 hours of continual operation to cover an area of up to 20m (even further if wind assisted).
With ten 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.
Construction sites in the UK are amongst some of the major contributors to air pollution, responsible for 7.5% of nitrogen oxide emissions, 8% of large particle emissions and 14.5% of emissions of the most dangerous fine particles.*
Activities such as earthworks, demolition 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 site teams to ensure that steps are taken to reduce such pollution, limit the effects of inhalation of the dust particles and provide appropriate H&S 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 ideal for use on sites where water is limited.
- Suppression rather than ‘Extraction’ – delivering wide spread application and control.
- Autonomous operation when dust is in the atmosphere providing consistent control and coverage.
- Reduced staff costs – no dedicated person responsible as the system is autonomous.
- Compared to traditional methods like a water hose, there is no formation of muddy surfaces across the working site- keeping site teams, and plant, clean and safe.
- Odour suppression for recycling depots and waste management centres.
Andy Thompson, Sales Manager for Pramac-Generac UK said: “In our industry we tend to focus on delivering products powered by alternative fuels, but for us this is only one element on the sustainability agenda.
“We believe sustainability should also focus on delivering products which help site managers control and manage the long term, environmental impact of the area they are operating in for themselves and others. The DF 3000 MPT provides a practical and safe solution for construction and rail sectors as they take proactive measures to manage onsite dust and steps towards reducing air pollution.”
The dust suppression systems of Generac® Mobile Products are suitable for a variety of applications, such as demolition works, mining sites, odour suppression in waste dumps, aggregate production or recycling, environmental repairs and much more. The smallest units, DF Mini and DF Mini Duo, are ideal also for asbestos removal and can be used for indoor works.