ICE BLASTING FOR AUTO INTERIORS MANUFACTURING
For years production
managers have used dry ice blasting in their urethane foam operations
to reduce labor costs,
increase productivity, and ensure part tolerance and smooth part
what some of these people have to say about the use of Cold Jet's
dry ice blasting systems in their production facilities:
cut cleaning downtime by 78%. Our results show it will save us $50,000
annually just by cutting overtime labor costs."
Automotive Carpets Mfr.
find that online blasting is the fastest for our phenolic resin
molds...before you can move to clean the next tool the first is
ready for production again."
Sound Barrier & Carpet Mfr.
all the cleaning has to be done during overtime, the savings were
our specific use the Cold Jet was more aggressive in the removal
of the mold release. I would recommend the Single-Hose
Blast System for similar applications."
Manager Urethane Foam Mfr.
Poor Part Release Have a Hold on Your Scrap Rate?
Cold Jet dry
ice blasting is an easy and affordable way to reduce
scrap. These portable units make it easy to manage
release agents online as buildup occurs to ensure
consistent part tolerance and smooth part release.
use it (the Single-Hose Blast System)
both in our foam spraying operations and in our ABS & Poly injection
molding. In the aluminum acoustics molds it removes the wax-based
release agents to prevent heat transfer and defects much better
than manual scraping did...We use it every weekend."
Automotive Interiors Mfg.
Jetting does not generate any secondary waste or leave any residual
blasting media to clean up or dispose of.
like it (the Single-Hose Blast System)
because it gave us a much more thorough clean and leaves no residue.
Our scrap rate is definitely down...Cost justification was easy,
we wondered why we didn't already have one."
Jetting removes silicone release agents from our molds and eliminates
the health hazards...and prevents mold damage from using acids."
Automotive Instrument Panel & Interior Trim Manufacturer
A major automotive
flooring manufacturer recently challenged Cold Jet and one of
our leading competitors to clean vertical aluminum tooling. After
completing two comparison tests, the automotive supplier purchased
a Single-Hose Radial Feed Dry Ice Blasting System from Cold Jet.
The following results indicate why:
the Single-Hose Radial Feed Dry Ice Blasting
System with Cold Jet's exclusive 523
Stealth nozzle, the test began on an 18"X18" (45.7cm x 45.7cm)
area using a 3/4" (1.9cm) air supply line with 65 psi (4.5 bar).
A considerable amount of wax-based release agent was removed completely
to bare metal with 2 passes in just 4 minutes. Each pass with the
523 Stealth cleaned a 2" (5.1cm) swath.
considerable decrease in ice consumption and cleaning time was achieved
with a sustained air pressure of 80-90 psi (5.5-6.2 bar) . However,
even with the lower air pressure Cold Jet's Radial Feed Dry Ice
Blasting System used 77% less dry ice than the competitor's ice
shave system and cleaning was completed in about half the time.
A summary of Cold Jet's dry ice blasting results follows:
clean rate: 81
in2/min (522.6 cm2/min)
Ice consumption: 1.6
lbs/min (0.73 kg/min)
Total clean time: 4
Total ice used: 6.4
lbs (2.9 kg)
a similar test at a flexible foam seating manufacturer, Cold
Jet's smaller Venturi System was used to remove a thick three-day
buildup of a water-based release agent from a three-cavity aluminum
"clam shell" energy absorbent (EA) foam mold:
clean rate: 45
in2/min (290.3 cm2/min)
Ice consumption: 2.2
lbs/min (1 kg/min)
Total clean time: 8
Total ice used:
17.6 lbs (8 kg)
Cleaning times and ice consumption rates will vary with the frequency
of the cleanings and the quality of dry ice used. Molders
report cleaning times cut in half with regular PM schedules.
not all dry ice is equal! Maximize
your cleaning aggression by using high-density
dry ice pellets.
Dense pellets ensure flawless ice flow for
faster cleans using less dry ice!
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