Telematics-enabled dust suppression

The Atom can throw 30 metres with adjustable elevation.

As effective dust control continues to gain priority across a wide range of industries, BossTek has introduced a new dust suppression unit.

With a throw of 30 metres, the The DustBoss Atom has adjustable elevation angle and user-defined oscillation to allow precise aiming the dust-capturing mist. The Atom creates millions of droplets per minute in the range of 50-200 microns, which is an efficient size for most project needs.

The DustBoss Atom is fanless and its self-contained design incorporates remote control and 4G LTE telematics. 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 forklift 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 maneuverable unit, with a lower price point,” said BossTek VP of sales Mike Lewis.

“This machine is well suited to demolition projects, recycling operations, transfer stations, bulk material processing, ports/shipping applications, quarrying/crushing, biomass handling, concrete curing and even indoor operations where significant air movement may be undesirable.”

The Atom features a Kohler KD440 power plant — a 9.1 horsepower air-cooled engine that meets Tier-IV Final emissions standards and complies with California CARB requirements. Its air filtration system increases performance and lengthens service intervals, even in dusty environments.

It has an integrated fuel injection system and overhead cam design, coupled with a cast iron cylinder liner for consistent, reliable service. The engine and pump sub-assembly is secured by four isolation mounts that minimize vibration transfer to the frame. 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 is the built-in communications features,” Lewis continued. “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. The telematics can also remotely disable machines.

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 1″ cam-and-groove quick-disconnect fitting. The unit has specially-formulated seals and high density, polished ceramic plungers that are optimized for long service life and durability. It 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.