Dry ice cleaning is an innovative cleaning technology that can save both time and money in nearly any manufacturing environment. It is similar to other types of media blasting, but the Cold Jet systems use recycled CO2 in the form of dry ice to clean and prepare surfaces. The dry, nonconductive CO2 pellets are accelerated at supersonic speeds through a specialized hose and nozzle. Once the dry ice strikes the surface, the effect of the combination of kinetic energy transfer, thermal shock and gas expansion breaks the bond between the substrate and the contaminant and flushes the contaminant away. Also, upon impact with the surface, the dry ice pellets sublimate back to gas, leaving no secondary waste or residue.
Dry ice is a nonconductive, nontoxic, environmentally responsible and safe cleaning media. It is a soft media and non-brasive on many surfaces so it can be used to effectively clean delicate equipment without damage. ecause it is a dry clean, it can be used around electronics and other sensitive components where cleaning with water or other solvents is problematic.
As the ultimate clean-in-place tool, dry ice minimizes disassembly and pre-job preparation time – and because the dry ice sublimates upon contact with the substrate, cleanup time and disposal costs are reduced and foreign grit contamination to sensitive moving parts is eliminated.
Dry ice cleaning can be used to remove production residues, release agents, contaminants, paints, oils and biofilms – and can be used for many general cleaning applications. It provides an economical solution for cleaning tooling and equipment, resulting in less downtime, a better clean, higher quality parts, improved tool utilization and longer asset life.