Case study 1: Air XD Dust Monitor
One of the top three building/construction material manufacturers.
Mineral processing, crushing, and screening house.
How long have they worked in the industry?
Over 100 years
What was the issue and how did Air XD Dust Monitor resolve it?
- Forecasted ROI within six months
- Notably reduced wastage of dust suppression materials
- Safer environment for workers
- Clear, specific, real-time reporting on PM (particulate matter) types and presence
- No more reliance on ineffective monitoring methods
Overview of the company processes:
The amount of dust present in the air of the site’s enclosed buildings vary, as well as the composition of said dust. Due to the nature of the materials being processed, buildings within the site often have a high level of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) present.
The levels of these dusts can fluctuate over any given period. The unpredictable nature of the site’s dust pattern made it very hard to effectively assess how safe their environment was to work in. In order to protect their work force, respirable protective equipment was used all the time and various dust suppression systems were implemented to try and control the amount of respirable dusts in the air.
The way in which dusts were controlled was by using a visual inspection via CCTV from the main control room, this is a very common way of checking how the process is running and having a visual inspection of the dust levels being generated.
The Air XD Dust Monitor experiment:
After the client had given the detailed historical overview of their processes, a suitable location for the Air XD Dust Monitor experiment in the site’s process had been identified.
The purpose of this trial was to investigate how effective dust control tactics already in place on-site were for our client, and whether they made a difference to their dust levels that weren’t visible during visual inspections via CCTV.
While visual inspections can identify whether there are any larger dust sizes present, this method of inspection can often miss the smaller and most dangerous PM sizes, all of which below PM10 are invisible to the naked human eye.