Street Sweeping/General Maintenance Sweeping
The most common municipal application is general maintenance sweeping, which happens on a regular schedule in most cities. Generally, this means sweepers that can handle picking common gutter debris, half of which is within about six inches from the gutter into the street. Most material is light, including sand, dirt, sticks, grass and small litter.
The full line of Elgin sweepers are appropriate for street sweeping and general maintenance and can be equipped with a variety of options to customize to any specific applications.
Leaf Removal and Pine Cone and Needle Sweeping
In the fall, when gutters tend to fill with leaves rather than dirt. Leaves and pine cones are typically light and bulky and can be difficult for many sweepers because they climb over brooms when extremely dense. Pine needles often bunch up and can be difficult to load.
The full line of Elgin sweepers can be used for these tasks. From the mechanical side, the Elgin Pelican and the Elgin Eagle, the belt sweepers, have a slight advantage over squeegee for handling mass amounts of material. The pure vacuum sweeper, the Elgin Whirlwind, can be the most effective, especially considering the exhaust methodology.
Catch Basin Cleaning
Some municipalities combine their street sweeping with their catch basin cleaning, which means they need the ability to lift leaves, silt, sand, gravel, and litter out of the catch basin. Cleaning catch basins regularly prevents streets from flooding and keeps the rain run-off flowing as desired.
Air machines are perfect for combination sweeper and catch basin cleaning — if equipped with a boom style hose or catch basin cleaning hose feature. The boom style hose options allow for ease of operation and better maneuverability of the hose over a catch basin. The Elgin Whirlwind, Elgin Megawind and Elgin Crosswind are all excellent options for a combination sweeper catch basin cleaner. A hand-held hose or litter hose is not suitable or durable enough for this application.
Year-Round Street Sweeping
Cold or northern climate municipalities experience freezing temperatures and need to sweep material year-round, such as sand, gravel, silt, traction sand, salt residue, and cinder. This type of sweeping cannot be done with water for dust suppression, given the possibility of freezing both to the street and the sweeper components.
Mechanical sweepers are often the best choice for this application. However, in areas where dust is a problem or concern that dried sand and salt may result in dust when sweeping, waterless/dry dust control sweepers are an excellent option. The Elgin Waterless Eagle and the Elgin Waterless Pelican are both suitable for year round, cold weather sweeping as they control dust with a vacuum system and specially designed skirting around the brooms. If air is the preferred technology; the solution is the Crosswind NX is equipped with a high-efficiency air filtration system that can be effectively used with significantly reduced water. (It is important to note that running an air sweeper without the use of water can adversely affect the components causing premature wear as the material may be drawn through the system and into the fan.)
Spring Clean Up and Heavy Duty Sweeping
Sand, gravel, silt, salt and traction sand often accumulate in northern climates after a winter of reduced sweeping and require rugged sweepers that are strong enough for the task. This material is often very heavy and compacted and requires a powerful broom and conveyance action to dig out and remove it from the surface.
Mechanical sweepers are typically the best option, as they are best suited for conveying large quantities of heavy material, making the Elgin Pelican, Elgin Eagle, Elgin Broom Bear, and Elgin Road Wizard excellent options. Air sweepers can be overwhelmed with the amount of clean up and the heavy nature of this material.
Cement plants experience spilled material and track out around the facility, requiring durable sweepers. Materials can be a combination of crushed lime, coke and finished cement product. In addition, the cement product is reactive when in contact with water.
Sweepers with waterless/dry dust control include the Elgin Industrial Waterless Pelican and the Waterless Eagle are the most effective in cement plant applications. These sweepers can sweep dry dusty particles without using water to suppress dust. The Elgin Industrial Waterless Pelican also has an industrial option that includes reduced broom speed, a lower roller deflector and special skirting all designed for superior performance in bulk powder applications.
Coal, coal dust and fly ash from spillage are the typical contaminants and debris that sweepers must deal with at power plants. These materials are all dry bulk powder and the use of water can reduce pick up efficiency due to creating material that will stick to surfaces.
The best products are waterless/dry dust control sweepers, which include the Elgin Industrial Waterless Pelican and the Elgin Waterless Eagle. The Industrial Waterless Pelican also has an industrial option that includes reduced broom speed, a lower roller deflector and special skirting, all designed for superior performance in bulk powder applications.
Typical sweepers needed in plants where grain is processed into powder for various applications are needed to sweep up ground grain spilled around the processing as well as track out. Sweepers must be able to handle the fine grains, like processed corn or wheat, which are dry bulk powders that react with water, meaning they can begin to ferment and create odor problems. Sweeping should be dry, yet able to handle small particles.
The best sweepers for these situations include the waterless/dry dust control Elgin Industrial Pelican and waterless/dry dust control Elgin Eagle. They can sweep the dry dusty particles without using water to suppress the dust. The Industrial Waterless Pelican also has an industrial option that includes reduced broom speed, a lower roller deflector and special skirting, all designed for superior performance in bulk powder applications.
Lime and Quarry Processing
Lime and quarry operations need to move sweepers out on main and ancillary roads where material spillage happens. The typical material to be swept is sand, gravel and lime dust.
Any Elgin Sweeper is appropriate if wetting the material is acceptable. All of the sweepers are capable of providing excellent pickup of the material presented.
The type of materials that can be found at ports varies widely, ranging from spilled bulk powder to large bulky material such as broken pallet pieces. Ports are congested areas that require sweepers with high maneuverability. Most ports contain a system of railroad tracks as well running from the shipping docks to the outside transportation terminals.
The best sweeper for port applications is the Elgin Industrial Pelican because they have high maneuverability, high dump capabilities, the ability to sweep a wide range of material, 360-degree visibility and sweeper dirt shoes that offer flexibility to better handle railroad tracks.