Dust control is an important part of many industrial processes. The most extractive operation or processing produces dust – unavoidable when minerals and other materials are destroyed, delivered, and distributed. If dust is not managed properly then it can cause many problems. When this is controlled, the benefits include:
- Prevent or reduce the risk of explosion of dust or fire.
- Increase the visibility of workplaces (better security).
- Prevent an unpleasant odor with dust oppression.
- Reducing the cost of cleaning and maintenance of the site.
- Save money with dust control (by reducing equipment wear).
- Create a healthier workplace – morale boosts employees.
- Ensure compliance with environmental laws.
- Avoid precious commodity waste.
The importance of the spray nozzle in dust oppression
At the heart of each dirt management system is a spray nozzle. Different nozzles provide different spray characteristics. This is achieved with various sizes of droplets, speed, and spray patterns produced and must be carefully matched with certain process applications.
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For example, solid cone nozzles provide high-speed remote sprays; Hollow cone nozzles produce a circular ring pattern; Flat spray nozzles produce greater and higher pressure droplets; The fogging system makes droplets in the submicron to a micron-sized range (especially useful for air suppression). Advice on the configuration of the nozzle is only one area where experienced suppliers can help.
Depending on certain applications, dust control equipment can be used alone or together with other techniques. However, for many wet system applications, it is preferred because of their cost-effectiveness, ease of implementation, and avoidance of product contamination that can occur with surfactants and foam.