Reducing Haul Road Dust When Water Is Scarce With Quaker Dustgrip® Super Tac

Quaker Chemical Mining and Longwall chemical solutions case study

SURFACE COPPER MINE REDUCES WATER USAGE SAVING $20,000

DUSTGRIP® SUPER TAC

CHALLENGES

A large surface copper mine located in Chile was looking for a dust suppressant that would reduce the frequency of road treatments, as well as the amount of fine dust generated due to:

  • An extremely dry climate and low humidity
  • Track back/ blow back from large equipment continuously operating on the untreated haul roads

At the mine’s locations, water is expensive and scarce, making it difficult to continually water the roads.

THE SOLUTION


To help reduce the dust generated 

Quaker Chemical Corporation

 (“Quaker”) recommended the 

surface copper mine

add, DUSTGRIP® SUPER TAC, a 

dust suppressant

 that binds the road together while also penetrating the surface to maintain subsoil moisture content, to their operation. The customer trialed  DUSTGRIP® SUPER TAC on their 

haul roads

 at a 25% concentration at ½ gallon per square yard.

  • Since the first treatment, the surface mine has not had to water the roadway for over a month saving them $20,000 (water trucks are estimated to be $500/day), as well as reducing water usage

Additionally, the mine was using a salt (chloride) based product.

  • DUSTGRIP® SUPER TAC has reduced environmental impact, and has been less corrosive to the vehicles traveling on the haul road
How to reduce dust on a surface mine when water is scarce with Quaker Chemical Dust Grip Super Tac

THE PRODUCT


DUSTGRIP® SUPER TAC

 is an 

easy-to-use

 

dust management tool

 , which provides 

durable control

 and 

suppression of dust

 caused by wind, vehicle and heavy equipment traffic. This product is safe and easy to use, with no special equipment required. Its unique properties effectively control and 

suppress fugitive dust emissions

 in areas such as 

haul

/

unpaved roads

construction sites

 and 

quarries

. Other areas where dust may be a problem include recreational areas with unpaved parking lots and roadways. DUSTGRIP® SUPER TAC is well suited for dry to moderately rainy climates. The formula has the ability to 

retain moisture

 and 

re-hydrolize

 after initial application.

THE EXPERTISE


Quaker Chemical has developed an innovative and effective system to provide dust control solutions. Dust is not only a health risk for workers, but its suppression is a continuous and costly activity for companies. Quaker’s dust suppression product line is an effective means for the mining industry to manage resources (water) and lessen health risks and environmental concerns (dust). Quaker DUSTGRIP® dust suppressants offer effective means of managing resources and environmental concerns as well as the following solutions:

  • Effective dust control

     – improvements to 

    health and safety

     by 

    increasing visibility

     and 

    improving air quality
  • Maintains subsoil moisture

     – unlike water, the products have a cumulative effect thereby, 

    reducing water consumption
  • Reduced costs

     

    – labor and equipment
  • Health, Environment and Safety

     – products are 

    fully biodegradable

     with no effect on the environment

  • Ability to use with existing spray equipment

     – do not require post application rinsing of equipment

  • Non – corrosive

     – will not corrode 

    rail cars

    conveyors

     or other equipment

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