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If you are experiencing prolonged downtime, high costs for secondary (solvent or water) waste disposal or costly wear and tear on equipment—it’s time to evaluate your cleaning, coatings removal and/or surface preparation process and measure it against the Cold Jet dry ice blasting process.

Cold Jet dry ice blasting is an environmentally-, employee-, and equipment-friendly alternative to most conventional surface preparation and cleaning methods. Compare your current cleaning process to the dry ice blast cleaning process and see how Cold Jet can add value to your business through improved productivity, reduced waste and lower costs.

Find your current cleaning method in the list below and click on it:

Most solvent cleaning processes involve substances that are detrimental to the environment and worker safety. When solvents are used to dissolve unwanted surface materials, a subsequent flushing, rinsing or hand tool operation is frequently required to remove the dissolved materials. Equipment must often be disassembled or extensively prepared prior to the solvent cleaning to protect sensitive portions. Solvent management and disposal are also costly issues for businesses.

Cold Jet dry ice blasting dissolves and blasts away unwanted material in one step. Like solvent baths, the Cold Jet dry ice blasting process can simultaneously clean numerous objects with differing, complex geometries. Plus, Cold Jet dry ice blasting systems provide safe, thorough, in-place cleaning for components, subassemblies and complete machines. The dry ice evaporates on contact with the surface, preventing the creation of any secondary waste stream for cleanup.

Quick, easy tasks that would take too long to set up for more mechanized approaches are often accomplished by employees who clean only defined areas and use specified hand tools.

Cold Jet dry ice blasting is the ideal tool for these “easy” jobs. When performed by trained employees using specific nozzles and according to various other parameters, the Cold Jet dry ice blast cleaning process results in 10 to 20 times less labor hours required for cleaning.

Power tool cleaning can provide a quick solution for flat, simple geometries—but it can also damage or wear down surfaces.

Cold Jet dry ice blasting provides the benefits of power tool cleaning without added “wear” on expensive molds and other production tooling. This, combined with an increased cleaning rate, is the reason Cold Jet is rapidly replacing power tool cleaning in these operations.

While it is among the fastest methods of cleaning, water blasting nevertheless has limited applications. On steel surfaces, for example, it cannot create any specific surface profile, which is a key parameter in paint performance. Also, the use of water induces flash rusting, which makes paint or coating application more difficult and risky. Furthermore the use of water blasting on production equipment including automated welding lines, presses and machine tools can result in severe electrical problems. Many customers tell us that water blasting is the quickest way to burn up a motor.

Cold Jet dry ice blasting can be used on any variety of materials as well as on or near electrical equipment. Because dry ice evaporates quickly, equipment stays clean and dry. Waste streams are minimized as no additional waste (such as wastewater) results from the cleaning process.

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This process results in some level of cleanliness and roughness with sand being the most common blasting media. Like all open blasting, sandblasting creates fugitive dust, and this dust is usually toxic. In all cases, it is a nuisance, creating mess and dramatically shortening the life of all nearby moving parts through wear.

Cold Jet dry ice blasting uses nonabrasive dry ice that won’t wear away the surface being cleaned and won’t create additional waste for disposal. You can also take the Cold Jet dry ice blasting system to your equipment—cleaning it in place without risky and time-consuming material handling. Cold Jet dry ice blasting is the logical choice when no surface roughness is desired.

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