Dry Ice Blasting

Dry Ice Blasting is used to eliminate surface contaminates without disassembling equipment, often continuing to operate.Dry Ice Blasting is an industrial cleaning system used in virtually all industries to eliminate a variety of surface contaminates without having to disassemble equipment and, in some cases, clean it while in operation. CO2 or Dry Ice Blasting is non-abrasive, non-toxic and completely dry with no residual blast media cleanup.

Plant Services, Inc. successfully uses CO2 Blasting in many different industrial applications. An efficient and cost effective way to maximize production capability and quality, Dry Ice Blasting can reduce cleaning times by as much as 80%.

From production and welding assembly lines, utilities and power generation, historical restoration, disaster remediation, and everything in between, PSI can put this revolutionary process, coupled with our knowledgeable staff, to work in your facility today for instant savings.


Benefits of Ice Blasting

Dry Ice Blasting offers a multitude of advantages over traditional cleaning methods. The following list is 10 of the immediate benefits of Dry Ice Blasting.

Benefit #1: In-place Cleaning Increases Uptime

Traditional cleaning methods can require equipment to be disassembled and relocated to a designated cleaning area. Dry Ice Blasting can be performed on-line without disassembly, and without the need for cool down or drying time, which can result in cleaning completion within hours vs days.

Benefit #2: Reductions in Waste Disposal

Traditional cleaning methods can result in additional hours spent cleaning up "secondary waste" (such as solvents, sand, or other cleaning agents), which becomes a contaminant that needs to be disposed of immediately. Dry Ice Blasting eliminates secondary waste; dry ice particles are made through a process of taking Liquid Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and expanding it into a snow like substance. Dry Ice Pellets simply disperse on contact and evaporate, adding nothing toxic to the environment. Facilities using Dry Ice Blasting minimize waste volume by eliminating the creation of secondary waste and the need to dispose of harmful toxic chemicals, thereby eliminating the costs or waste concerns of more traditional methods.

Benefit #3: Decontaminates Surfaces

Food processing and packaging equipment gets dirty with grease, wax, proteins, seasonings, crumbs, glue and other build-up. This build up prevents equipment from operating at peak efficiency and increases the chance of transmitting foodborne illnesses. Dry ice blasting has been documented by the Food Standards Agency to effectively decontaminate surfaces of Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria (FSA Project Code: B02006).

Benefit #4: Quicker and More Thorough than Cleaning by Hand

Dry Ice Blasting results in a more thorough and expeditious cleaning process by getting into tight areas often inaccessible to cleaning by hand. Dry Ice eliminates the need to scrub with harmful abrasives, the labor required, and equipment downtime. Another positive aspect of Dry Ice Blasting tight spaces is that any potential equipment issues which can result in system failures will be readily apparent.  

Benefit #5: Safe Around Electrical Components

Dry Ice Blasting cleans thoroughly, leaving equipment dry and in place. It works without the need of harmful chemicals, lubricants, solvents or water for that matter! Dry Ice Blasting is an ideal cleaning solution for electrical equipment or other water sensitive applications.

Benefit #6: Reduce or Eliminate Damage to Equipment

Dry Ice Blasting is a non-abrasive and non-corrosive procedure; it won't pit or abrade surfaces like other traditional cleaning methods such as sand, glass beads or walnut shells. Once the Dry Ice Pellets strike the surface to be cleaned, they immediately sublimate, loosening the bond between the contaminant and equipment.

Benefit #7: Disinfects while Inhibits Bacteria and Mold Growth

Dry Ice is a natural, anti-bacterial cleaning method. Because of the extreme temperature of -79 C, the Dry Ice kills bacteria and fungi immediately upon contact. While it cleans, it disinfects without the need of chemicals, toxins, or additional agents.

Benefit #8: A Safer Cleaning Environment

Dry Ice is non-toxic, unlike many of the traditional cleaning solvents used in the cleaning industry. Exposure to hazardous materials and agents is eliminated, reducing health risks to employees and operators by creating a cleaner and safer work environment.

Benefit #9: Saves Space - No Need for a Dedicated Cleaning Area

Dry Ice Blasting units are portable, so they can go where the equipment is located. The need for disassembly, transporting, and reassembly is eliminated.

Benefit #10:

 Dry Ice Blasting Pays for Itself The Dry Ice Blasting process eliminates so many of the negative elements associated with cleaning that it literally pays for itself!

Dry ice blasting, a cleaning process for food processors, reducing cost & cleaning time, eliminates secondary waste.

Dry Ice Blasting eliminates:

  1. Solvents
  2. Hand scrubbing
  3. Equipment damage
  4. Drying time
  5. Cool down time