Industrial Plant & Equipment Cleaning

Cleaning equipment throughout plants with dry ice provides many advantages. Below is a list of these advantages from a Cost, Safety, and Quality perspective.

  • Eliminates waste disposal costs
  • Lowers costs of consumables
  • Dry Ice Blasting System is completely self-contained (doesn’t use plant utilities)
  • A various number of blasting units can accomplish a large amount of work in a short period of time
  • Decreases labor-time of scrubbing and manual cleaning allowing employees to concentrate on other tasks
  • Reduced downtime
  • Equipment is cleaned in place
  • Work can be performed while plant is in operation
  • No extended downtime waiting for surface to dry
  • No cool down required so cleaning can take place at substrates operating temperature
  • No damage to equipment
  • Extends equipment life because ice blasting does not abrade, wear, pit, or erode equipment surfaces
  • Elimination of equipment damage from transit to or from the dedicated cleaning area
  • The most environmentally safe way to clean a surface
  • The safest way to clean a surface
  • No harmful chemicals
  • No waste generated
  • No disposal of large amounts of materials
  • Non-abrasive
  • Almost any surface can be cleaned
  • Completely dry
  • Non-Toxic (Carbon Dioxide is safer than toxic or environmentally harmful chemicals)
  • Non-Conductive
  • No harmful emissions
  • Safe for employees (No hazardous chemicals eliminates employee exposure and corporate liability)
  • Safe for end products
  • Safe for the environment
  • Safe for equipment
  • Provides a quicker and superior clean
  • Provides a perfectly clean, dry and prepared surface for recoating
  • No moisture
  • Doesn’t burn out fixtures or damage electrical equipment
  • Aggressive enough to clean tough surfaces and sensitive enough to clean delicate, e.g. industrial control panels, man fans, and other electrically sensitive equipment
  • Cleans nooks and crannies or disposal problems
  • No messy clean-up, no collection or disposal problems
  • Stops the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria, and other fungi as well as stops odors at the source by elimination of the bacterial host environment (not as a masking agent or cover-up)
  • No disassembly and re-assembly of equipment
  • Non-Abrasive, therefore, no surface stresses are created and no change in cavity size or round corners through wear
  • No special preparation is required, e.g. masking and covering
  • Plastic, glass, rubber, steel, and concrete can all be cleaned
  • Electrical or areas around bearings can be cleaned
  • Helps equipment run more efficient
  • Improves maintenance efforts
  • Production equipment normally dismantled and transported to special area can be cleaned safely in place on the production floor, saving substantial downtime and other resources

Applications

Dry Ice Blast Cleaning Comparison Chart

Blasting Cleaning TechniqueWaste for DisposalAbrasiveToxicElectrically ConductivePerformance Comparison
Dry IceNoNoNoNoExcellent
SandYesYesNo*NoOK
Glass BeadsYesYesNo*NoOK
Walnut ShellsYesYesNo*NoLimited
SteamNoNoNoYesPoor
Solvents NoYesYesLimited

* Each of these blast cleaning materials becomes contaminated upon contact if used to clean hazardous objects. When that happens, these materials are then classified as toxic waste requiring safe disposal.

Before and After Gallery