WILLSHEE’S CASE STUDY
Willshee’s are the largest independent company for domestic, industrial and commercial waste management in the Midlands. With three state-of-the-art recycling centres Willshee’s offer waste management and recycling solutions for the industry.
Willshee’s reached out to us at Air Spectrum, with a concern for dust control on-site, looking for a long-term solution for the new depot. The company wanted an innovative, low-water solution to their on-site air quality issues.
Controlling dust was a top priority at Willshee’s. As the new site became operational, potential dust issues became apparent, calling for dust management solutions to be introduced early to prioritise health & safety on-site and create a more pleasant working environment.
Health and safety, visibility, and security, were all amongst Willshee’s reasoning to introduce dust suppression systems into the depot. Dust was beginning to reduce visibility and cover the screens of cameras within the depot. With an understanding of the respiratory issues dust exposure can cause workers and the risks of poor visibility for safety and security issue on-site, we were tasked to provide a solution to improve the environment within the depot at Willshee’s.
Our team of experts were able to assist with providing the most suitable dust management plan and systems to control dust on-site – improving air quality overall.
Fixed Rotary Atomiser – We introduced a fixed system which works by providing a fine atomised mist to ground large clouds of dust in the air. This system was installed with the intention of being easy to operate and accessible for the team at Willshee’s, using a simple on-and-off switch. This system was introduced to bring down the heavier dust (upwards of PM10) and create a slight airflow.
StaticAir PMX – Additional dust-control was added in the form of StaticAir PMX units. This was the recommended solution as the nature of the work meant certain areas and machinery needed to remain dry. StaticAir systems use electrostatic technology to collect and reduce fine dust in the air. Dust is ionised by an electrostatic charge emitted from the PMX unit and is then attracted to the negatively charged base plate central to the unit. The dust is collected until the scheduled clean removes the residue.
Four PMX units were installed. In order to optimize performance, StaticAir systems benefit from a very slight airflow, the addition of Rotary Atomisers supports the system, producing a steady airflow within the environment. This is particularly important in environments that are indoors. As the StaticAir systems are IP65 rated, the two systems can work effectively together. The PMX units were positioned within the facility to collect the finer respiratory dust particles generated during processing. The PMX units were integrated to operate automatically alongside the machinery in the facility and work simultaneously to reduce and clear the air of dust.
The systems were installed with an industrial hoist to raise and lower – which makes them extremely easy to manoeuvre and lower for a required clean.
StaticAir systems are virtually silent and low maintenance, they’re also extremely energy efficient (consuming only 18W per hour), making them an attractive, new solution to controlling airborne dust particles. The Rotary Atomiser produces a fine mist, which uses less water consumption than other systems. These solutions combine to make a sustainable solution to dust management.
“Having engaged with Air Spectrum and discussed our requirements they have provided us with a solution that has allowed us to see a great visual change inside the plant. the air is far clearer and allows us to provide a safer and better working environment along with easier monitoring of the process facility through the on site CCTV.”
“This was a cost-effective solution for us and we were extremely impressed with the immediate change to the dust levels once the system was operational.”
“Air Spectrum worked with us to ensure fitting of the system in no way impacted on operational times and worked out of hours to install the suppression system. This allowed us to continue working and ultimately ensured the install was quick and ready to run after only a couple of days.”