The days of relying on just water for mining dust suppression are long gone. And the humble H2O has always been less than ideal for the job.

Mainly due to its surface tension, the smallest, most harmful particles simply bounce off water’s surface.

Meaning no matter how much of it you buy and spray around, its efficiency will stay the same.

But as technology has advanced, so has the world of dust control. 

More efficient and effective solutions are now available in modern mining, construction and agricultural settings, where controlling dust is part of the job.

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Water is making way for more chemical and polymer-based products, which can cut down on fugitive dust and the consumption of vital water resources.

Proven to make massive gains in rugged applications, from pit to port, the new generation of dust suppression technology provides industrial operators with a huge leg up in the performance and connectivity of their dust control methods. 

Introducing IoT and Automated Dust Control

With the leaps and bounds in technology like the Internet of Things (IoT) and automation, dust suppression was bound to see some flow-on benefits.

Here are a few of the ways that interconnection and automation are changing the face of dust suppression for the better:

Enhanced Real-time Monitoring: IoT sensors can be used sit-wide to monitor dust levels in real time, allowing operators to adjust dust suppression systems to meet changing needs. 

Predictive Maintenance Improvements: Connected IoT sensors can also be used to monitor the performance of dust suppression equipment, predicting when maintenance is needed before a costly breakdown occurs. This pays dividends In sectors where reducing downtime is crucial. 

Remote Control Operation: IoT technology can remotely control dust suppression systems, allowing operators to adjust settings and turn systems on and off from a remote location. This can improve both efficiency and health and safety outcomes for onsite staff.

Precise Data Analytics: Interconnected IoT devices can collect and analyse dust levels and suppression performance data, providing insights for optimising dust suppression systems and improving overall performance.

GRT SMART Dosing Units 

Global Road Technology’s Smart Dosing Units are making the most of polymer and IoT technology advances.

The units provide operators with cutting-edge dust suppression solutions to maximise performance while reducing water use and capturing critical data for further improvements.

The Sustainable, Mining, Autonomously, Reporting, Technology or SMART units are the leading solution on haul roads, providing remotely controlled and automated product dosage, error detection, flow rates, and more.

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Essential features of GRT’s range of dust suppression products include:

  • Non-hazardous
  • Transparent drying
  • Non-corrosive
  • Non-flammable
  • Non-leeching
  • Biodegradable
  • Non-dissipating
  • Odorless
  • UV ray protected

The Australian designed and manufactured SMART Dosing Units – from hand-operated pumps to our fully automated dosing units – are used by some of the world’s most prominent mining and quarrying companies. 

At a glance, here are some of the critical features of GRT’s SMART units:

  • Solar, generator or mains powered
  • Manual, remote or automated start
  • Permanently fixed, mobile skids/bunds, or truck-mounted units
  • Dual-purpose dosing of GRT: Haul Loc and GRT: Activate


Dust control methods have come a long way from the bad old days of “only water”.

In particular, advances in mining dust suppression technology have seen efficiency and performance make a quantum leap.

Two innovations driving these improvements include shifting to polymer-based dust suppression products and the rise of automation and the Internet of Things or IoT.

GRT’s SMART Dosing Units combine the best of these new technologies into a robust solution for miners around the globe. 

The SMART dosing Units are at the cutting edge of modern dust suppression methods, featuring purpose-designed polymer solutions with site-wide data gathering and delivery via the IoT.

To find out more, visit our dedicated SMART page

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