Dust Control

For Extreme Mining Conditions

Reduce dust and water usage by up to 95% with guaranteed compliance.

The only comprehensive dust control solution made expressly for the most extreme mining conditions, from the leading innovators in dust control for diamond mines and hard mineral mining operations. Get a solution that gives you extreme safety, productivity and compliance results.

WE STARTED WITH MINES AND HAVE WORKED THERE FOR 45 YEARS

Midwest was founded in 1975. Our first customers were miners. Every day for 45 years, we have invented and developed innovative intended-use products and programs to get extreme results in solving dust problems for diamond mines and hard mineral mining operations.

When it comes to dust, Midwest is the answer. Our comprehensive solution starts with proprietary products that are more effective and greener alternatives to 1) water; 2) water used with magnesium or calcium chloride; or 3) any other ordinary commodity dust suppressant products.

For proven dust control, choose the dust control experts.

We understand each aspect of the mining process and issues relating to dust, with an unmatched value chain. Midwest chemists have created the broadest product line in the industry, with 45 years of knowledge about which product is best for each situation based on the particular chemistry, soil composition and other unique, challenging factors. With that comes 45 years of first-hand experience working in the most extreme mining conditions, led by dedicated field people who deliver extreme improvement results.

It is important to know that the application process can account for 60% of a suppressants efficacy. Midwest leads the industry with experience that gets proven results. We not only have our own application equipment, we have actually designed and built much of it, to provide the best combination of product formulation with application and equipment. Or we’ll work with you using your existing equipment.

Increasingly important is Midwest’s proficiency in environmental compliance services, where we scientifically prove your dust control results — guaranteeing compliance in order to avoid the cost, inconvenience and downtime others endure. We also provide training and support during the life of the program to ensure the intended results and performance improvements.

WE GET RESULTS

Midwest has unsurpassed experience in solving issues of dust control for diamond mines and hard mineral mining operations:

Up to 95% water reduction

Up to 75% grading reduction

80-85% (or greater) consistent dust control 24/7/365

MSHA health and safety compliance

Title V emissions compliance

Eliminate commodity products which cause corrosion and concern

Eliminate excessive water-related operating issues requiring road maintenance

Better utilization of personnel and equipment

Single source of accountability

All this while preventing catastrophic dust events caused by high winds.

A comprehensive solution for every aspect of your mining operation.
Extreme results can only come from extreme dedication … extreme know-how … extreme expertise … and extreme skill. Midwest has the practical, every day experience solving problems in each segment of your business:
Haul Road

Controlling dust on your haul roads with water is an expensive and resource intensive endeavor that typically results in very limited short-term results.

Midwest balances the use of water and chemical dust suppressants for a solution that combines the right products, people, application, equipment and environmental compliance services, whether with existing water trucks, custom-designed application equipment or a fully managed service dust control solution.

Access and Transport Roads

Heavy traffic from cars, trucks, tankers and small mine support equipment creates significant dust events. Worse still, it’s difficult for water trucks to operate on these roads. When they do, it takes the resources away from watering your main haul roads, which reduces the effectiveness of that process — certainly a lose-lose situation.

Midwest will deploy the custom-planned products, people and application to improve the overall effectiveness of your program for continuous dust control, while balancing the costs of maintaining these roads.

Underground

You have important issues with which to deal, such as strict underground dust emissions in volumes measured by g/m2 on a continuous basis; high air flow rates that create even more dusting events and a concentration of dust on ribs, roads and roof.

Midwest helps you effectively treat road ribs and roofs without interrupting operations through the best combination of proven products, expert field people and job-specific application equipment made for optimum results.

Tailings

You need to achieve cost-effective continuous dust control that’s integrated into the mine’s tailings operational process, and that meet compliance requirements. Your issues include the potential for a catastrophic dusting event that puts compliance at risk and reaches the public as news.

Midwest best meets your needs, with the optimum combination of products, people, application and equipment to address your critical issues.

Material Handling

Are you are experiencing a high consumption of water, yet not getting the dust control results you need?

Midwest will improve performance while reducing costly waste with the products, people, application equipment and environmental compliance testing within a full program. We will design, install and optimize the use of both water and chemical suppressants to balance the cost-per-ton and its overall effectiveness to achieve optimal dust control levels.

CUSTOMIZED FOR YOU AND TESTED ON YOUR SITE

A product alone is not enough. The Midwest program seamlessly integrates into your mine plan for extreme performance results.

Midwest’s comprehensive 30-day trial helps you see real improvements on your real site. Your mining site is different than others, with its own conditions and day-to-day challenges. Unlike buy-it-and-hope-for-the-best products, our customized solution will be implemented to demonstrate actual economic and operational benefits. The trial, co-developed with you to determine your best solution, provides accurate data for predictable performance assurance to achieve proper scale-up and overcome obstacles to success.

Otherwise, how could you know it will work unless you see how it performs throughout daily operations? After all, you get carry-over and track-on from untreated areas, as well as spillage from loaded trucks. Midwest offers the only customized and dynamically managed road, tailing and material handling program. Anyone can sell you a product, but Midwest’s full solution combines product chemistry for dust control in a diamond mine and hard mineral mining environment with expert application, supported by ongoing service and testing.

VS.

MIDWEST COMPREHENSIVE, CUSTOMIZED SOLUTION
A Partnership
  • Product chemistry + expert application + ongoing service/testing
  • 30-day trial on your own site to co-develop your best solution
ORDINARY, SIMPLE PRODUCTS
On your own
  • Hope for the best
  • Once you bought it, you use it
HAUL ORE, NOT WATER

The Midwest program is proven and green, water is costly and has limited effectiveness.

Depending upon conditions, water can play a role in suppressing dust. We help you determine where water is the right solution and where further dust suppressant technology is your best option.

Midwest integrates your co-developed, comprehensive solution into your diamond mine and hard mineral mining operation, rather than disrupting it. Innovative chemistry and state-of-the art green technologies provide significant economic advantages, with operational and environmental performance improvements.

The commonplace, default reliance upon water as a dust suppressant can do more harm than good, and is no longer your only option. Water may not perform adequately; it evaporates quickly; it can create runoff and unstable driving surfaces; and requires reapplication after reapplication — which requires vehicles to haul more water and personnel to do more work.

The Midwest solution has been designed for extreme mining conditions, with typical outcomes including:

UP TO 95% REDUCTION IN WATER
ON MIDWEST TREATED SURFACES
UP TO 95% FUNCTIONAL
DUST CONTROL vs. 50%
WITH WATER
EXPECT UP TO 75%
REDUCTION IN GRADING
vs. WATER
YOUR MINING SITE, YOUR REQUIREMENTS, YOUR CUSTOMIZED SOLUTION

Get the positive benefits of a trial with your Midwest solution. The Midwest trial process helps determine the goals, needs and competing interests to design and implement your dust control solution in a controlled way to ensure its effectiveness and scalability within the challenge area.

4 Steps to Building Your Dynamically Managed Dust Control Solution.

Midwest is proud to be the only provider of comprehensive and completely customized dust control solutions that are dynamically managed for the most extreme mining operational challenges. We discover, diagnose, design and deliver what you need in the way you need it and when you need each interval.

DISCOVER

We custom-design our hypothesis with you based on broad value propositions:

> you decide whether to investigate further
> you decide if the potential improvements work for you
This begins the mutual respect and trust that governs our relationship.

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Site survey and interviews with site managers accumulate critical knowledge to describe, define and create value objectives collaboratively. Our conversation starts by exploring and defining decision criteria: 

> increase productivity
> reduce dust consistently
> improve site safety
> enhance environmental conditions
> meet Title V and MSHA regulatory compliance
> identify economic improvements

DIAGNOSE

We test the validity of the value hypothesis:

> in-depth determination of improvements and financial impact
> collaboratively uncover physical evidence to compare against hypothesis
This allows you to make an informed decision about the derived benefits.

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Considerations include:

> traffic flows and road-usage patterns
> dust sources
> challenges to effective dust control
> current watering and grading costs
> operational issues
> restraints of current practice on future production requirements

DESIGN

We work together to create the optimum design for the best results:

> define a custom solution to address your specific needs and situation
> includes the financial impact and value
This is a highly interactive effort to arrive at the best possible solution.

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The design phase is both collaborative and exploratory, a process to uncover the optimum solution:

> establish a combination of product and service parameters, that will...
> minimize your risk of change while optimizing your return on investment
We help you make the business decision that is best for you.

DELIVER

Midwest will summarize and document the diagnosis and design work to implement your solution:

> meet your goals and objectives at the best cost
> Midwest on-site for implementation and training of your personnel
> health and safety compliance result

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We assist in measuring and documenting the actual value you achieve:

> ensuring you obtain the value as committed
> you will be able to measure and verify your financial impact

EXTREME RESULTS
Midwest’s mining dust control programs outperform all other ordinary alternatives.

Midwest’s singular program approach uses advanced chemistry science, experienced mining experts, proprietary products and dynamic management for extreme performance on all three essential issues — safety, productivity and compliance. Safety requirements are met; mining productivity is improved while saving millions of gallons of water, costing millions of dollars every year; and compliance is GUARANTEED. Those are extreme results!

EXTREME SAFETY RESULTS

Whether regulatory, company-mandated or a combination, you experience dramatic improvements in lasting dust control, consistent and reliable reduction of emissions levels to improve safety for your company.

EXTREME PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS

As part of our initial Discover & Diagnosis process, we will determine and then deliver specific, measurable productivity improvements to lower your total cost/sq. ft. through factors that include: reducing water consumption and maintenance (saving on water costs, vehicle costs, personnel costs); and reducing the need for regrading and restructuring surfaces (preventing the loss of important road fines and saving materials costs, equipment costs, personnel costs); resulting in greater longevity and lifecycle savings, which support increased mining production.

EXTREME COMPLIANCE RESULTS

Nothing can be more extreme than a GUARANTEE of compliance, which is what you get when the Midwest program is properly implemented. You no longer have to worry about the cost, inconvenience and operational interruptions that result from noncompliance fines, recurring inspections and work stoppages.

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