ICE BLASTING IN THE RUBBER INDUSTRY
molds are imperative!
At Cold Jet, we
understand the importance that clean mold cavities, open sprues,
and clear micro-vents mean to the quality of a rubber product.
The buildup of fouling residue and mold
release agents cause blemishes and unwanted flash to the final part.
It also makes it more difficult to hold today's tolerances on parts,
which can lead to increased scrap. Similarly, the molding process
will not be under control until the part variance is reduced. The
level of build-up in the mold becomes a major variable to the molding
molds affect not only quality but productivity also.
The rubber parts will stick to the mold during
removal, which increases cycle time, and in some cases, mold build-up
can lead to overpacking, which in turn can cause internal strains
to the tool.
ice blasting is unlike conventional cleaning methods that are both
time consuming and harmful to the mold and the environment.
mold cleaning methods also increase down-time and limit productivity
- Wait for
mold to cool down
- Remove mold
from the press
mold to the cleaning area
- Clean mold
with grit blast, bead blast or wire brushes
- Remove particles
from intricate cavities and grooves
mold into press
- Ensure correct
- Bring mold
to correct temperature
of contaminated waste
reinstalling the mold may lead to tool wear, as well as risk damage
to the tool during out-of-press handling. In addition, grit blasting
and wire brushes round corners, open tolerances and roughen the
finish of the mold. The
use of Cold Jet dry ice blasting eliminates these sources of mold
and tool damage.
Jet dry ice blast cleaning is cost effective
has shown a drastic reduction in mold cleaning "press downtime"
when the Cold Jet dry ice blasting process is used.
The following are examples of productivity
improvements for several rubber industries:
Cold Jet's dry ice blasting answer to
conventional cleaning methods results in an 87%
reduction in downtime and a 300% reduction in cleaning costs.
(see table below and Tire Industry for
labor time per mold
labor cost per mold (@ $25/hour)
operational cost per mold
per mold cleaning
down-time per mold
An application involving a 3-shuttle plate press resulted
in a 91% reduction in downtime. Cold
Jet's dry ice blasting process required 20
minutes per mold versus 240 minutes
using conventional methods, which corresponds
to a cost
savings of over $200,000 per year.
The Cold Jet dry ice blasting process
reduced cleaning time of eleven 36" x 36" (91cm x 91cm) multi cavity
plates from 44 hours to only 9.5 hours,
a 78% downtime reduction.
calculate your potential savings click
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