Dry Ice Blasting

Cleaning with dry ice! This new development is quickly expanding around the world. Our system uses small rice size pellets of dry ice shooting them out of a jet nozzle with compressed air. It works somewhat like sandblasting or high-pressure water or steam blasting, with superior results. The frigid temperature of the dry ice -109.3°F or -78.5°C “blasting” against the material to be removed, causes it to shrink and loose adhesion from its sub surface. Additionally when some of of dry ice penetrates through the material to be removed, it comes in contact with the underlying surface. The warmer sub surface causes the dry ice to convert back into carbon dioxide gas. The gas has 800 times greater volume and expands behind the material speeding up its removal. Paint, oil, grease, asphalt, tar, decals, soot, dirt, ink, resins, and adhesives are some of the materials removed by this procedure. Only the removed material must be disposed of, as the dry ice sublimes into the atmosphere.

  1. We cover and protect because your using 130 cfm of air to blast ice at the product will cause some to becomes airborn. This way when your finished you roll the plastic up and dispose of it with what material may adhere to it.The other benifit is your employees can work in areas around the plastic walls with out you having to shut down another area. You loose no production time in that area.
  2. We blast away material along electrical lines ,walls, piping, bearings,and almost any surface.
  3. The finished product looks great and there isn’t any additional residue except what was there when you started.

Tank with Polymer & Emulsion Buildup






 Replaces Steam or Water Blasting

When you are trying to keep from creating additional waste this a great alternative to Water blasting or steam blasting.

Dry ice blasting is also an improvement over steam and water blasting for several reasons:

  1. Electrical parts and generators can be immediately put back into service used without waiting to dry.
  2. Radioactive contaminate removal doesn’t require large storage containers for contaminated water.
  3. Mildew and mold removal are far more complete with less chance of regeneration because of water vapor or moisture.
  4. Dry ice blasting removes more algae, sea slime, and mussels on boat hulls, than water blasting, which allows the organic matter to reattach sooner.

Replaces Environmentally Damaging Solvents

Finally Dry Ice blasting is used in place of many environmentally damaging solvents. These chemicals include trichlorethane, methylene chloride, perchlorethane, orthodichlorobenzene, cresylic acid, and caustic solutions. Since dry ice evaporates completely as a gas it leaves no wastes. Only the material being removed must be disposed of. When dry ice cleaning replaces hazardous chemical cleaners the disposal cost of that chemical is eliminated. Tinker Air Force Base has reported it eliminated hazardous waste disposal associated with 17,000 gallons of chemicals they no longer need to use each year because of dry ice cleaning.

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