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Written by Don on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted in Primasonics Blog

A few weeks ago I received a letter from my dental practice reminding me to book an appointment for a dental inspection. So I booked for this week and as we all do I brushed my teeth and 'teeped' between them several times a day for a few days before my visit. Did it work – NO. OK so I did not require any fillings, however my dentist sent me to the hygienist (or the detention class as I call it) to have my teeth and gums properly cleaner and to be suitably lectured by the hygienist.

In my younger days the dentist did this job himself using an old fashioned foot powered de-scaler drill and brush – a slow and sometimes painful experience! It was also pretty ineffective in descaling the tartar and usually resulted in damage to gums and teeth.

However the lovely lady hygienist used an ultrasonic de-scaler.

 Old Foot Powered Descaler     Modern Sonic Descaler

 Old Foot Powered De-scaler                                                                  Modern Sonic De-scaler

The tip of the scaler is thin. When held against the tooth, sound waves bounce off the tooth and cause the tartar and plaque to break up. The sound waves works so well that even hardened plaque, also called calculus, breaks up. The water coming from the scaler then washes the broken debris away. The tip of the scaler does not damage the enamel of the tooth as traditional hand-scaling methods. Using only the vibrations from the scaler, patients can expect a painless process.

So what connection is there then between a modern dental practice and Primasonics International? The answer lies in the removal of ash and particulate build up within power station plant such as boilers, superheaters, economizers, air heaters, ESPs and SCRs.

The steam soot blower is equivalent to the ineffective old foot powered de-scaler where damage to the tube bundles can be caused resulting in corrosion, erosion and ineffective cleaning. The Primasonics solution is a version of the dental sonic de-scaler – the Sonic Soot Blower. The Sonic Soot Blower constantly prevents ash and particulate from building up and hardening on the tube banks, catalyst etc. The powerful sonic sound waves cause the particulate to de-bond and be carried away in the gas stream and without causing any damage whatsoever to the tubes, plates, bags or catalyst. The result – effective cleaning without damage which, as far as the plant engineer is concerned means no pain!

                          Steam Soot Blower                                                                             Sonic Soot Blower

Sonic Soot Blower

Steam Soot Blower




I am a truly innovative and affable Irishman who has over 35 years experience in a wide range of dry process and storage industries with particular disciplines in project engineering and consultancy.

Faced with a range of material flow and storage problems throughout my career my ambition was to find an affordable innovative and simple solution to prevent material blockages and build up and improve material flow within a wide range of dry process & storage industries.