Introduction to Benefits of Dry Ice Blasting
Industries across the world using Industrial equipment must be aware that in order to achieve high profit they need to have massive sales.
And for high sales, manufacturing is very important, even for a dry ice machine manufacturer. Imagine a hypothetical scene of an automotive organization where the machinery is maintained through the conventional technique of cleaning.
The manufacturing cost of the whole product or a component is rising and the quality is declining day the day. Management is concerned about it and asks the Production manager for an explanation.
The product manager explains that it is due to the cost of maintenance of the machines. Management asks for a replacement of the machines as they are used for the past two decades.
This is a common scenario in most manufacturing firms but ideally, the machines are not obsolete but the way in which they are maintained is wrong.
Ideally, the management should have suggested better cleaning methods as the conditions of the machines and business applications is because of the costly cleaning practices that were not only time consuming but labor-intensive also.
Process of Dry Ice Blasting
With the advent of technology we now have a revolutionary Dry Ice Blasting method of fast and effective cleaning of our industrial applications and machines.
This method uses CO2 pellets for cleaning. It is a procedure whereby particles of dry ice are moved forward to supersonic speed, in order to effect and clean the surface.
The particles get acceleration through compressed air, merely with other blasting systems. The micro-heat shock (caused through the dry ice temperature of negative 79 C), the kinetic energy possess by dry ice pellets along with the air pressure dispense the bond between the substrate and the coating.
This was the working of Dry Ice Blasting but well how does it matter to the production/manufacturing department.
The real piece of information is how beneficial is it and how cost-effective it is because that is what the management analyzes.
But over here we will go a bit further by analyzing the benefits of dry ice blasting with the drawbacks of traditional methods of cleaning such as sandblasting, solvents, and others.
This will make the readers clear as to why dry ice blasting should be used and not the old traditional ways of cleaning.
Benefits of Dry Ice Blast Cleaning:
1. Acceptable in all field
Dry ice blasting also meets EPA, USDA, and FDA guidelines.
2. Less clean-up of the waste material
The “clean-up” from your existing cleaning technique is worse compared to the problem itself. Dry ice blasting solves that problem by removing the secondary waste. It simply disappears once the job is done, as it is a gas thus eliminating the cost of disposal of the waste.
3. Extended life of the equipment
The dry ice pellets used in this method do not leave any kind of residue and perform the work better than the traditional methods of sandblasting and solvents thus extending the life of the equipment.
4. Clean in place
Save labor, time, and cost by cleaning dry ice machine in place. With dry ice blasting, disassembly is largely eliminated.
It reduces the chances of damaging equipment during disassembly, reduces injury and fatigue of workers, and saves valuable hours or days by reducing downtime.
5. Cleans more thoroughly with dry ice blasting
The dry ice blast method of cleaning is accessible to those places where other methods are difficult to reach through chemicals or brushes.
6. Reduce or eliminate equipment damage
Dry ice blast cleaning is absolutely non-abrasive because as the dry ice pellets strike the surface to be cleaned, they sublimate after loosening the contaminant from the part to be cleaned.
7. Save space
Dry ice blasting units are portable and can be easily moved from one place to another so that the equipment can be moved to the area of cleaning.
8. Safe cleaning environment
Dry ice is toxic-free unlike several solvents used in our cleaning industry. The non-toxic dry ice blasting system reduces employee exposure to hazardous chemical agents and other dangerous cleaning methods. Health risks are reduced, and operator safety is enhanced thus creating a safer working environment.
9. Dry cleaning
Dry ice blasting thoroughly cleans and dry your equipment completely. It works without chemical solvents, without lubricants, and without water, so it’s the perfect cleaning solution for electrical equipment and water-sensitive applications.
10. Non-polluting and environmental friendly
As a cleaning agent, dry ice disappears after it is utilized in dry ice blast cleaning. Dry ice is not susceptible to become a disposal issue or a toxic waste like various popular cleaning solvents.
11. Protects bacterial and fungal growth
Dry ice is a natural bacterial and fungal growth inhibitor because it functions at (-109) degrees Fahrenheit, which kills bacteria and mold [fungi] upon contact. When you use the dry ice blasting method from cleaning, you are also disinfecting at the same time.
You can clearly see the benefits of dry ice blasting and why it is recommended for cleaning of all the industrial applications and equipment to reduce cost and improve performance.
So if we have to sum up the benefits of dry ice blasting then we can say that it provides
- No secondary waste
- Safe for the environment
- Safe for employees
- Safe for end products
- Safe for equipment