Illinois-based dust control technology supplier BossTek has added a new product to its portfolio for indoor particulate emissions, the DustBoss DB-10 atomized mist cannon.
The compact unit is engineered for enclosed working environments, and is easily maneuverable with a compact, portable design. The outcome is effective airborne particle control with fewer emissions, less standing water and a safer, more compliant workplace.
The compact mist cannon is mounted on two wheels with a tall handle. Similar in size to a child stroller, it is light and easy to maneuver, while still offering industrial-level dust control. A ¾-horsepower fan delivers 3335 CFM of airflow, powered by 120-volt current.
Mounted on the front of the cannon is a circular manifold with 12 atomizing nozzles that fracture pressurized water into a fine mist. About as loud as a hand-held hair dryer, the fan forces air through the barrel then pushes millions of tiny droplets in a cone-shaped pattern up to 30 feet (10 meters).
Using the 0 to 50-degree vertical adjustment, the mist can reach into the rafters of warehouses or be directed at specific emission zones. It is offered with a standard wheeled carriage but can be specified with alternate mounting as needed.
One driver of the new design is the fact that hoses create droplets up to 100x larger than atomized mist, far too large to capture airborne particulates. They can use up to 100 gpm of water, causing excessive standing water and runoff, a potential hazard. The DB-10 addresses all these issues.
“Our customers are well-acquainted with our technology, but before the DB-10, the smallest machine could nearly cover a football field, which is far too powerful for most indoor applications,” said Dust Control Specialist Mike Lewis.
“The dust emissions from indoor[s]…can create tiny particles that you can’t see,” Lewis pointed out. “These can get deep into your lungs and cause serious breathing issues, but the mist droplets are small enough to capture individual particles at the moment of emission and drag them to the ground.”
The DB-10 produces droplet sizes of 50 to 95 microns in size, roughly the same as the cross-section of a single human hair. The slipstream created by droplets greater than 200 microns in size can deflect tiny respirable dust particles, rather than absorbing them. Using less than ¼ of the water volume of a handheld 1 in. (25.4 mm) hose, the DB-10 fills the area with a dust-trapping mist that stops particulates from remaining airborne or migrating away from the area. The wide area of distribution and gentle settling reduces the chance of pooling and runoff.