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Dry Ice Blasting used for cleaning inside a reactor at a major chemical plant located in Houston, Texas. The project required that the walls be cleaned down to white metal.

Dry Ice Blasting

 

Dry ice blasting is a precision cleaning breakthrough that has been discovered by a growing number of industries and commercial enterprises. For everything from removing heavy slag to cleaning sensitive semi-conductors, it is fast, uncomplicated and cost effective.

 

  • Fast: There is almost no post-cleanup because there is no waste water, unlike steam cleaning or chemicals
  • Uncomplicated: there is no grit or dust left behind even though the technique is as effective as sandblasting
  • Cost effective: Some machinery can be cleaned on-line or with minimal downtime, and there is no time lost or expense for disposal of residue

Dry ice blasting allows in-plant maintenance and production cleaning
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Cleaning with dry ice protects any surface under the grime. Unlike sand, bead blasting, or chemicals, dry ice (CO2) pellets will not leave pits or scratches. CO2 is not a hazardous chemical, unlike most industrial cleaning solvents.

How does Dry Ice Blasting and Cleaning work?

Dry ice blasting uses compressed air to force CO2 pellets out of a tube through a narrow tip aimed at the surface to be cleaned. Although it looks much like pressure washing or sand blasting, the big difference is that dry ice is – dry. The CO2 is so cold – 109° below zero – that it causes the dirt molecules to shrink, loosening them from the surface. As soon as the pellets hit the surface they change from solid to gas, creating a molecular "blast" that pries off dirt, grime and paint.

  • The only thing left to do is sweep up the residue of paint, ink, resins, asphalt, grime, adhesives or whatever has been removed from surfaces. No waste water. No chemical drainage. No sand or plastic beads scattered around. The CO2 goes into the atmosphere.
  • There is no dust or detritus from dry ice blasting that can be trapped in or foul up either the machinery being cleaned or nearby equipment.
  • The pellets are non-toxic; pose no workplace hazard to people or equipment, and meet EPA, USDA and FDA guidelines.

You no longer have to take apart industrial equipment, move it to a cleaning area, and then move it back to the manufacturing floor to be reassembled. It can now be cleaned in place, greatly reducing costly downtime. The dry ice blasting nozzle is agile for reaching most exposed areas. If needed, some strategic disassembly performed in-place enables the cleaning to be completed thoroughly.

After Dry Ice Industrial Cleaning Case Study - Fin Fans of Heat Exchanger after Cleaning

Cleaning of Heat Exchanger Fin Fans with dry ice blasting

Electrical parts and generators can be back in service immediately because you don't have to wait for water or chemicals to dry. Dry ice blasting of radioactive deposits is simpler because the contaminated residue requires far smaller storage containers than would contaminated waste water from pressure washing. Dry ice is being used for cleaning in applications around the world including:

  • Fin Fan Heat Exchanger cleaning
  • Printing presses
  • Manufacturing equipment
  • Piping
  • Storage tanks
  • Reactors
  • Heating exchangers
  • Oil field equipment
  • Turbines and transformers
  • Power sub-stations
  • Boilers
  • Molds
  • Electric motors
  • Generators
  • Gears

Dry Ice Blast Equipment and compressors are mobile and we travel to your location. Our technicians pass all needed certifications to work on your site. 

After considerable testing and experience, we upgraded our compressors to ultra High air pressures to deliver the punch that Dry blasting needs to clean reactors and heat exchangers in chemical plants and Refinery’s in the Texas area. Clean-Co Systems will always stay on the cutting edge in cleaning technology in the industrial field.

Clean-Co Systems compressor capable of 750 HP at 550 PSI at 1550 CFM air compressor for Dry Ice blasting

Cleanco-DryIce-blasting-equipment compressor

Industries and commercial companies are also using dry ice blasting to complete periodic maintenance cleaning projects, because of the ability to avoid or isolate downtime. Increasingly the method is being used in the food industry, for safe cleaning of ovens and packaging lines.

Dry ice has replaced solvents that damage the environment and are a workplace hazard, from acids to caustics. This also eliminates the very expensive hazardous waste disposal costs to get rid of both the chemical drainage and the residue which has been contaminated by the chemicals.

Dry ice blasting is the most environmentally
friendly industrial cleaning available
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