ice blasting benefits can be broken down into six general areas. They
are as follows:
Benefit #1 - Decreased Downtime through Cleaning
cleaning procedures require that equipment be disassembled and moved
to an assigned area for proper cleaning. That is not the case with
dry ice blasting. Equipment can be cleaned in-place and hot in most
situations. Because of that, many time-consuming, labor-intensive
steps which were required with other methods such as sand blasting
can be eliminated including:
Dry ice blasting can shorten the downtime for cleaning from days down
of the equipment to and from a dedicated cleaning area
Benefit #2 - Faster and More Thorough Cleaning
With dry ice blast cleaning, a superior clean can be achieved while
reducing hours when compared to scrubbing with abrasive pads or
wire brushes. A tremendous labor savings is accomplished. In addition,
the CO2 blasting method cleans in crevices that can't be reached
by hand. As a result, equipment runs more efficiently and potential
leaks are revealed possibly preventing major system failures.
Benefit #3 - Elimination of Equipment Damage
Dry ice blasting often eliminates equipment damage. Cleaning methods
such as sandblasting leave an aggressive and abrasive effect on
the surface. They can actually remove part of the surface, changing
the surface structure considerably. Dry ice is non-abrasive to surfaces
and does not change a surface's structure. It lifts the contaminants
away. Second, because equipment can now be cleaned in place, potential
damage from moving equipment to and from a dedicated cleaning area
is also eliminated.
Benefit #4 - Reduction or Elimination of Solvents
Dry ice blasting uses no solvents, but instead uses harmless CO2
pellets. This can be a critical need for certain companies in order
to comply with environmental regulations or to improve worker safety.
There are no issues pertaining to toxicity with CO2 blasting.
Benefit #5 - Reductions in Waste Disposal
With other cleaning methods, whether it be with solvents, sand blasting
or some other means, the cleaning agent becomes a secondary contaminant
and must be disposed of as toxic waste along with the primary contaminant.
However, with dry ice blast cleaning because the CO2 pellet vaporizes
upon contact, the only waste created is the contaminant itself.
This alone can result in significant waste reduction.
Benefit #6 - Increased Safety
ice blasting pellets are non-toxic, non-hazardous creating advantages
to the environment, your employees, and production facility:
for the environment
for end products
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