Dry ice blast cleaning is a relatively new cleaning process using solid CO2 pellets(known as dry ice). Developed by the aircraft industry to clean everything from electrical components to petroleum waste, blast cleaning uses compressed air to propel dry ice particles that create an impact flushing action. These particles expand on contact and sublimate into vapor CO2, leaving behind a clean, dry, undamaged surface, and no residue. The dry ice cleaning process is superior to blasting with sand, glass bead and other types of cleaning methods based on the lack of secondary waste clean up alone, just for starters.
Today, the dry ice blast cleaning method is quickly becoming favored for environmental, as well as for production purposes. Because of tremendous environmental regulations,the industry has needed to minimize waste, which we do. Also, there is a growing global environmental concern over production practices, dry ice = GREEN. However, these benefits are only accentuated due to the tremendous performance gains through dry ice cleaning — little or no production downtime, the quality of clean and minimized damage to equipment.
- Dry ice is readily available
- Eliminates cleanup costs resulting from toxic chemicals or gritty cleaning
- Reduces the labor costs of manual maintenance
- Slashes or eliminates waste disposal costs
- Lets you bring cleaning equipment on-site, further reducing your costs
It Improves Productivity
- Can extend equipment life
- Increases equipment operating availability
- Eliminates equipment disassembly and masking before cleaning
- Reduces cleaning time — which also lowers costs
It’s Environmentally Friendly
- Replaces many environmentally damaging solvents.
- Since dry ice evaporates completely as a gas it leaves no waste. Only the material being removed must be disposed of.
- When dry ice blasting replaces hazardous chemical cleaners the disposal cost of that chemical is eliminated.
- Protects surface integrity and avoids grit entrapment, making it an effective alternative to abrasive grit blasting.
- No residue or secondary waste to clean, so you can use it with food processing equipment.
- Eliminating toxic chemicals and harmful emissions makes dry ice blast blasting environmentally safe, and it reduces employee health risks.